- City of Minneapolis22.Aug 2018
The company's culture was okay in certain areas. Bear in mind that the milestone often referred to as "Excellent" is something no company ever attains without engaging in continuous improvement process. Having realized that over the years, I will not condemn any corporate culture, particularly as found in organizations that are making concerted effort to improve their cultural practices.
Support from management
Depending on the unit/division/section. Ninety percent (90%) of the directors and Managers who supervised my in the course of my 30+ years of professional work were great human beings, ethical professionals, and well-educated in their respective fields.
Competition among employees for individual achievement was in the way of maintaining harmonious team work for the common good. Corporate leaders might had good intention, as spelled out in the organization's mission, goals and objectives, but the practices of some middle managers occasionally derailed the "conveyor belt of implementation policies and regulations," which were designed to guide all the manages, with a view to encouraging them to align their personal goals with the organizational goals.
Freedom to work independently
I enjoyed the freedom afforded me by those 90% described above. The price of such freedom was doing good job, which those directors and manager appreciated greatly.
As of the time I left, the organization still had a lot of work to do.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I say no more than what my rating indicates above.
It depended on how influential your supervisor was. Many of my supervisors liked and appreciated my work, but they were not influential to tilt the budget scale to develop who wanted.
Office / Work Environment
Again, it depended on the work unit, supervisor. The physical work office/work environment, including parking was awful.
Some environments were captivating and inviting. A few were like shark infested bodies of water and were repelling. However, where I was able to give the sharks some distance and maintained my space, I was fine for the duration I was such bodies of water. Knowing how to deal with difficult people was an act I had to developed and mastered. With that I was able to turn a few people around in the course of my 30 plus years of service.
To an extent, increasing workload was in the way of maintaining a sustainable work-life balance, no matter how well intended.
Now, this is my own assessment, based on ethical research work for my graduate study. It has nothing to do with my experience there.
For a number of years, the security was guaranteed. In the later part of my career, that guarantee was gone for a number of reasons.
It was not challenging enough for me.
Inclusive / Diverse
Again, the organization always had, as I observed, a well-intended goal of maintaining inclusive/diverse workforce, but the implementation was the issue. Invariably, the issue of "buy in" rested in the hands in the middle managers and not the top management group.
Suggestions for improvement
- This is a tough one. In a politically charged environment, where everyone was concerned about tax-payers money, who was from the city, and where the idea of emulating the private sector, in terms of management principles would like a bitter pill to swallow. However, in spite of limited financial resources, the political heads of the organization can still set goals for the department heads for improving their diversity hiring, gender equity, employee training and development, work team cohesiveness, etc. Mind you, one cannot force another person/team/organization to do what is not practical in certain environments.
What I like about the company
The directors who appreciated and valued my work, some of whom wanted to elevate to where I should have more challenging work, but were not influential enough.
What I dislike about the company
Without bashing some managers for working to achieve their own personal goals, I would say, it was the slow pace that existed throughout the organization. Decision making was slow, regulations, rules, policies and procedures were too many. As a recruiter, there were just too many hurdles to jump for me to complete a full cycle hiring. I like unions, but...
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyCity of Minneapolis
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee
- DepartmentHuman resources/recruiting