- Chicago Fire Soccer, LLC21.Sep 2016
What I dislike about the company
At first glance, the Fire is a great organization to work for. It's a top 3 professional sports market in the US with a young staff. At times, they do fun outings and create the illusion of a well functioning professional team but when you see through the smoke and mirror show it has a lot of work to do.
With soccer being "the world's game" and Chicago being a microcosm of the world's population you would think our office would have more diversity. Besides two African-American employees and a few Hispanic employees the office make up is predominately caucasian. If we had a more diverse office with different life experiences, we could engage and reach a larger audience and bring the people of Chicago together. When it comes to the demographic makeup of male vs. female, there are mostly males in the office. The Fire does have a few upper-management positions filled by strong women but a lot of the middle management and entry level positions are filled by males.
Working for a professional sports team is a 27/7 job. The hours listed on my job description were 9 am - 5 pm and working game days (which are mostly weekends). Since we are required to work so many weekends throughout the year it would be nice if they gave us more late starts or the occasional day off after a 6 day work week. Often times they pressure us to come in early and stay late. The work/life balance does not really exist. In their eyes we are puppets that are required to work all of the time.
They also expect us to progress as professionals rather quickly without offering any sort of career development program or mentorship program. They do not encourage their employees to pursue advanced degrees or go after different certifications. The Fire make it seem like they want to promote from within yet they don't give us the tools to advance our knowlege-base and careers.