For the most part, there is a tense working atmosphere that tilts quickly to the bottom, depending on the customer. There is rarely a relaxed working atmosphere at TechConnect.
The supervisors have a clear line here: "The customer is always king and is always right". Their familiar approach in the company can quickly turn into a perfect "power harassment" triggered by the majority of "monster customers". Often superiors are looking for scapegoats, rather than their own negligence towards the employees or the customer. Also very few supervisors have a profound understanding of a customer project or the technical issues which are involved. As a result, employees may be told the wrong facts.
Additionally, the two-part management transforms the company more and more into a kindergarten, because of legal dispute.
Most of the colleagues are very nice and stick together. Technical knowledge or general problems are often shared. The shared professional grief quickly invites you to make many friends at TechConnect. Unfortunetly there are also colleagues who use the premises and their equipment as their personal dump or are arrogant bugger. The chaos of these minorities intensifies the dissatisfaction within the company.
Few customer projects are really interesting or conducive to your own career. Unfortunately, exciting customer projects with new technology topics have been heavily avoided for several years. There is a lack in many places to accept such modern ways: the project buyers in motivation or the management at will. A higher-level career planning at TechConnect is not really possible for such reasons. Most times you are literally on the siding or on constant fire fighting jobs.
The very familial, flat hierarchy in the company intentionally deceives a benevolent and safe working atmosphere. Communication between supervisors and employees is not always clear and above all not transparent. Important decisions or personnel changes are communicated very late to the affected employees or teams.
Ironically, with this approach, the leadership tries to avoid any unnecessary unrest among the people. Also, it is not always welcome that employees exchange views. Plus supervisor's will not tell you the truth always about working conditions of certain projects.
Most employees, whether young or old or handicapped, are treated fairly.
Umgang mit älteren Kollegen
Dealing with older colleagues is okay within TechConnect.
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A career plan is not possible as a normal employee. Here only pure project work applies as on the assembly line in factory. Very rarely are jobs in project management being re-employed. The training at TechConnect is a joke. It is left to the coworkers to educate themself in rare evening lectures. The quality of these internal trainings and their representatives is often very different.
Gehalt / Sozialleistungen
The pay at TechConnect is only the lower average than other service providers within Bavaria. During the past months, most salaries are not paid due to boardroom coup.
Most employees have average work equipment. The room layout is common for a service provider. Rarely you feel like the chickens on the pole. The contracted 40-hour workweek is often turned into a 50-hours or far beyond when a customer shouts loudly at TechConnect's supervisors to whip their employees back in line because they made false promises based on optimistic calculation
Umwelt- / Sozialbewusstsein
The company has only average environmental and social awareness.
The contractual, declared flextime, as well as the weekly working hours, are adapted to the needs of major customers. Working via the home office is allowed, but only if proven necessity. The company would like to appear socially equitable to the outside world. In lucrative monster projects, little attention is paid to the privacy or health or well-being of employees. Short-term or long-term sickness absence is not uncommon in these working conditions.
The image of the company seems to crumble a bit more each year. Employees growing dissatisfaction is clearly evident from the other reviews and the futile struggle of TechConnect's marketing department, which tries to keep up with very good fake reviews on kununu.
- # Accept less fire fighting projects from monster customers.
# Project buyers need to work more closely with department heads and less with HR.
# Company must promote external education.
# Less scapegoat search among the employees.
# More courage to disagree in front of the customer.
# Search and find other customers.
# Support new technology topics.
# Promote your own product development.
# Just don't lie to your employees and communicate faster.
+ Working time account
+ Overtime reduction via payout or flexitime
+ Company events (Oktoberfest, christmas party)
+ Home office possible
+ Major customer projects
+ Largely free drinks and snacks
+ Good traffic connection
+ Parental leave possible
-Fire fighting projects
-Constant search for scapegoats
-Large customers have too much power over management
-Siding for your own career
-Leadership blindness in project management
-Non-compliance of agreements
-Inadequate training opportunities
-Power games within the management
-No clear communication from superiors to employees
-Insufficient work-life balance
-Attent dispute in the management
-Boardroom Coup which killed most of the executive management
-Unpaid salaries of the management takeover