Great in some offices, extremely isolated in others.
Support from management
Great in some offices, non-existent in others.
Freedom to work independently
High level of autonomy, but zero support or oversight.
Great in some offices, extremely isolated in others
Attitude towards older colleagues
If anything the problem was people who understood the current market weren't listened to while people from generations past tried to dictate an extremely dynamic market.
Essentially no way to move up except to be a yes man and wait and hope for someone above you to retire or quit.
Overall compensation for your work
Does NOT pay well.
Office / Work Environment
One or two of the offices are nice but many were deplorable: no natural light, no air flow, really yucky and dingy etc.
Often times essentially required to take work home on nights and weekends or drive for long hours for no extra pay - welcome to salary life.
I enjoyed the work I was doing
Suggestions for improvement
- Improve several offices (renovate/relocate). Evaluate (and care) weather employees are happy or not and address the issue. Possibly hire a consulting firm to reevaluate strategies for different regions as these markets cannot be effectively managed with a one-size-fits-all approach.
What I like about the company
There was a lot of chance for development. You had a lot of autonomy. Many of the mid-lower level employees were really great and helpful people.
What I dislike about the company
Remote people who have lost touch with the market years ago typically dictated things like tweaking macro numbers - they really glossed over all the important micro-details.
Conflicting obligations with their CRM system - which many people had a stock in despite it falling flat on it's face.
Depending on what office you were in, there was zero oversight, guidance, support, or chance for collaboration. Additionally, several offices were so disgusting and unconducive to getting any serious mental work done.
Finally, they pay is abysmal. They are notorious for either hiring young people, or people looking to re-enter the job market for whatever reason, and underpaying. This lead to a good amount of disgruntled employees who only saw CE as a stepping stone on to their next endeavor.