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  • 2 employees say

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    Subpar (2)
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    1.80
  • 0 applicants say

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Reviews - What employees say

1.80 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 13.Nov 2017
  • Employee
Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
1.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
3.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
2.00
  • Company
    Colorado Chiller Services
  • City
    Denver
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Not specified
  • 15.Dec 2015
  • Employee

Company Culture

This was pretty good when I had first started working for the business. I have a Shiba Inu pup that the owner adored so he would let me bring her to work with me. Within a few weeks I noticed that he had started to scare her by chasing her around, stomping and shouting that I was worried about her well-being. She would jump up onto my desk and key board to get away from him and he just thought it was funny. I stopped bringing her to work with me. It was difficult for me to get work done with a stressed out puppy on my desk. The owner was also very appreciative in the beginning as well. That was one of the main reasons why he decided to start his own HVAC business was because his employers never showed him appreciation. He slipped into that position within a month of me working there.

Support from management

The owner was extremely disconnected from what was really going on in his business. He would bark out orders and every thing was "top priority" and then he would leave for the day and weeks later he would ask about something like he didn't even even remember telling you to do something and of course there were many times he wouldn't tell you to do something but it would come up weeks later and he would get so angry and insist that he said something weeks ago. Even if other witnesses were there and disagree with him, he get defensive and thinks everyone is wrong and every one is "out to get him". In a nut shell, he doesn't truct anyone and doesn't appreciate what people do for him. He moved away from the company he was working for and started his own business in the industry because he hated the way his employers treated him. Now, he has become just like them.

Teamwork

I often had to work with the book keeper who worked from home and didn't do very much and I would end up having to fix her mistakes, some of them were as bad as misplacing $21,000. When I would bring up some of my concerns to the owner about her work ethic, productivity, and accuracy (she supposedly had 20 years of book keeping experience), the owner dismissed what I said in a very aggressive way, told me he would always take her side because she was older than myself and therefore he trusted and respected her more. From then on, I could never say anything about the book keeper without him flying off his hinges screaming, "everyone makes mistakes, she's only human, it's okay to make mistakes, and she's not here to defend herself." The one time I made a mistake, which was a mistake that piggy-backed on a mistake the book keeper made where she paid a vendor and didn't enter the payment into quickbooks, so when i came time to pay vendors, I wrote them a check, hence accidently double-paying them), the owner got so upset with me and no matter how much I apologized, he would not let it go for months. That's how it always was, though. I would make the smallest mistake and he would make sure it hung over my head, until I no longer worked there.

Freedom to work independently

I pretty much ran the entire office and for the most part, no one was ever there since the techs were out in the field working, but I rarely got a say in any structuring. For instance, the owner wanted me to do job costing retroactively since he had not been keeping track for the six months he had the business and when I explained that it would be best to get some purchase order software, no matter how cheap, he would always decline. I had to do all job numbers, purchase orders, employee hours, and job costing through microsoft xcel. He was extremely lazy when it came to the business side of the business. He didn't care how difficult it was because he didn't have to do it. And when things would take longer since I had to do every thing the hard way, he would get upset about that.

Internal Communication

The owner would really only call meetings if it was to reprimand someone. Only a couple times was it to discuss a project, successes or results and even then, they didn't last long.

Gender Equality

As a woman there was one particular time that I noticed that I was being treated unfairly based on the grounds of my gender. I had recently been told to cut down my hours by the owner since the book keeper (who was only part time and had agreed to limiting her work to six hours a week) had started charging for twenty. Shortly before this happened; however, the owner had offered for my boyfriend who was only a couple years older than me to come in and do my job at the beginning of 2016; however, the news that I needed to cut down my hours became a concern to my boyfriend who was considering taking the job and wanted it to be full-time. So one day he called the owner and spoke to him a little and supposedly when he asked, "Well I don't want the job if it is going to become a part time position," and the owner responded, "For you, it would be full-time, just not for her." My boyfriend, who had also just attained a degree from a university in business management, was not happy to hear that type of discrimination.

Attitude towards older colleagues

The older you are, the better you will do with this company. He never reprimanded the older employees for anything they did wrong. You could probably drive one of the business' truck straight through the office and he would offer to pay your hospital bills.

Career Development

Simply put, there was no advancement opportunities in the business and absolutely no training either. No benefits, no prospects, no raises, etc. You get what you get and you either sink or swim, but the owner wont dive in to help, unless your older than 40 that it.

Overall compensation for your work

I got paid a decent amount for what I had to do and what I had to put up with, but when the day came when I started driving home in tears, the money wasn't worth the pain and the level of disrespect I received. The company would pay direct deposit through an accountant but the owner would often forget to get the timesheets in on time so checks would be mailed and one time in particular, two people did not receive their checks for close to two weeks. And like I said earlier. There are no benefits, at least not when I left.

Office / Work Environment

I loved my office, mostly because I set up the entire office myself. I did the best I could to keep it clean which didn't take too much work since the techs barely came in and if they did, they usually were working out in the garage. Every thing was in good working order and I could alwayd change the temperature if I was too warm or cold.

Environmental Friendliness

The owner, who was born and raised in China, practiced as an experienced HVAC technician here in America for decade and then decided that he didn't like the company he worked for. They never appreciated him and he didn't like the overall work environment. However, within about six months of being a new business owner, I entered the scene as his Administrative Assistant. I went to a University here in Denver and graduated with a Poilitical Science Degree and as a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Not only was my job to be his right had woman, I would also attempt to teach him about business politics. The biggest one that he had an issue with was discrimination. Through all of the times that I would catch him saying something to an employee at work, I would explain EEOC and Title VII regulations and he would only get upset with me. I would explain that he needed to learn these things so he doesn't say it to an employee and get sued over something and ultimately, I was trying to protect him and his business. What he heard was that I wanted to sue him.

Work-Life Balance

In this case, the employees schedule was pretty lax and they always got holiday pay, overtime, or double time. The owner was pretty good about these things.

Company Image

There are two other employees other than myself who do not think highly of this company at all. One of them will be leaving the company at the end of the year and absolutely HATES the owner. The other would blow of steam with me sometimes and will likely quit at the beginning of next year, especially since he is union.

Job Security

The job's existence is stable for now, as far as it is not going anywhere as long as the company is in business. As far the actual "stability" of the positions, they will likely drive you insane. I was supposed to be there for a while, but the owner let me go after only two months of working there after I tried to discuss the issue of discrimination in the workplace.

Handicapped Accessibility

Technically, no. But there are so many BFOQs for tech positions that depending on your disability, you may not qualify. However, as the office manager or administrative assistant, you could be absolutely be disabled and work just fine. The office is only on one floor, the first floor, so no ramps would be needed.

Workplace Safety

I did not receive any training, but I would like to think that the techs do; however, I know that the business does not provide training.

Challenging Work

I really enjoyed the work that I did and went home feeling amazing and couldn't wait to go to work the next day. I just hated being around the owner.

Inclusive / Diverse

There was diversity within the company, but discriminating attitudes came with it from the owner.

Suggestions for improvement

  • I think it may be too late for suggestions. They never listened to the ones I already gave them

What I like about the company

I liked the job I performed as the office manager

What I dislike about the company

I don't like upper management

Company Culture
1.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
1.00
Freedom to work independently
2.00
Internal Communication
1.00
Gender Equality
1.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
1.00
Overall compensation for your work
2.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
1.00
Job Security
1.00
Handicapped Accessibility
1.00
Workplace Safety
1.00
Challenging Work
2.00
Inclusive / Diverse
1.00
  • Company
    Colorado Chiller Services
  • City
    Denver
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Others
  • Department
    Administration

The following perks were offered to me

Vehicle allowance is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

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Review averages

  • 2 employees say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (2)
    100%
    1.80
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
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    Good (0)
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kununu score comparisons

Colorado Chiller Services
1.80
2 reviews

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