The culture was one of hard-work and self-challenge
Support from management
Leadership was very clear on the objectives and metrics
Many of them did, yes.
Freedom to work independently
Management had a bit of a micro-managing style
Sometimes we did, and sometimes we didn't. There was a very strong culture of secrecy and exclusivity. You only knew what Management wanted you to know
Very much so
Attitude towards older colleagues
Yes they were
There was plentiful amounts of professional development. However, only women seemed able to climb the corporate structure towards the end of my time there
Overall compensation for your work
My personal compensation was adequate up until the time I left
While outwardly, this value was expressed, in practice, there was a guilt-driven culture that revolved around taking days off or missing work. Splitt-shifts were common; whereas employees had to work the morning and evening shift. Due to transportation distances, this often meant some employees stayed at work from 8am until almost 10pm every working day.
For a long time, I was.
There was never really any job security. There was a real culture of fear, and many in management had a style that bordered on bullying.
There were elevators
It was OSHA compliant
The work was very challenging
Inclusive / Diverse
Outwardly, this value was expressed. Towards the end of my time there, there were almost no black members of management, and nearly no males. Management was almost exclusively female, white and Hispanic. This was problematic, since over 95% of the client base we served were black.
Suggestions for improvement
- Study Google's model; if you treat your employees right, there will be no other business issues.
What I like about the company
Computer Systems Institute gave a lot of students a second chance; students who for various reasons, could not enroll in other schools.
What I dislike about the company
Computer Systems Institute was family owned and operated, and as such, it's priority was the profitability of that family.