What I like about the company
Low Stress depending on leader
Multiple Opportunities for Growth
Unlimited Training Opportunities
Salary is actually EXCELLENT, unfortunately as a woman, I was unaware of how to negotiate when I came in, and with the limited promotions in my particular organization, I have reaped the results...
Flexible work hours and telecommuting ARE available (see comment below on why rated low here)
Excellent Benefits and by far one of the best plans (although the Health Plan after 20 years and the Tuition Assistance for those with Student Loans was removed... huh? Doesn't make sense right)...
What I dislike about the company
Please note that this is a great company to work for, however, I would have liked to know some of the things below and with a couple of adjustments, I could have found my experience far better if I knew these things and could, thus, navigate accordingly. These issues are leader specific and with the many opportunities in the company as well as for those leaders, you will have many opportunities to overcome most of these issues in this section of the review as long as you remain with the company long term. Knowing they exist will not surprise you after joining for the reasons above and the excellent reasons in many other reviews you will see elsewhere about how good this company really is.
Low Stress unless you have a high stress leader (which then becomes difficult... this isn't the company's fault, this is a leadership, hiring, and training issue which the company could attempt to manager better but is too large to)
Flexible work hours and telecommuting ARE available however, because it's up to the leader and because of the comment above and because this is a technology organization with traditional values, the individual leaders prevent its use and you are looked down upon if you attempt to use the company policy. I have personally been able to use the policy because of my leaders, however, my leader's peers do not allow it for their people because they have a 1950s style of leadership and a difficulty ascribing to millennials and the changes across generations (as defined by Richard Daft). Note that I am Gen X, thus, my comment here is unbiased. Again, this is leader specific and with the many opportunities in the company as well as for those leaders, you will have many opportunities to overcome most of these issues in this section of the review as long as you remain with the company long term.
I see A LOT of diversity, but not enough on the Senior Staff. While some think this to be normal, in my particular organization, individuals are forgotten and promotions are limited. However, an exerted effort of networking and doing that extra work to ensure people outside of your organization know who you are can help far more than your high performing work itself.
Excellent Benefits except that the Health Plan after 20 years and the Tuition Assistance for those with Student Loans was removed... huh? Doesn't make sense right)... So in spite of small pockets in the company that happen to have cultures counter to the company's values and mission to no fault of the company, the overall environment of the broader company (especially CEI) and the benefits keeps me positive and retains my talent!
PS Whenever Alex Taylor speaks, I remember why I came to this company and thus, I am reminded that the issues with my organization are individual specific and not company specific, and I know the rest of the organization is wonderful! I wish that some that have left the company has more opportunities to hear him speak before allowing an individual organization change their path! Undercover Boss is needed in all pockets of CCI over the next few years.