- DC Shoes, Inc.22.Dec 2015
Support from management
There was a lot of nice talk with very little follow through. "My door is always open!" But if you needed to use said open door, you were treated as an inconvenience, an unpleasant thing to be dealt with as quickly as possible. Goals were set with no thought to what was actually possible; even if you mentioned there was NO way you could achieve what was being asked of you, you were told to get it done. And when you inevitably failed, you were of course reamed for it. People were routinely set up to fail. Leadership was evasive about topics important to employees. (We all understand that there are things that can't be discussed for various reasons, just say so, don't make some thing up or pretend like you don't know anything about it - we can tell that's what you're doing.)
There's a "not my job" mentality that runs through a lot of departments; which probably came from the fact that everyone was stretched to their limit.
Freedom to work independently
For YEARS the mantra had been "do more with less" and the "less" included tge workforce. There were layoffs left and right and yet business was growing. We couldn't keep up with the business we had, much less the new business we were getting.
It was definitely a boys club but there were women in positions of power throughout the company.
Hard work was rewarded however training was virtually non-existent.
There were recycling receptacles placed around the buildings but other than that, there seemed to be little concern with the environment or how we affected it. If they did have other programs in place, they did a poor job communicating it to all employees.
Hours were fairly flexible as far as when you were expected to be in the office, as long as you worked 8 hours. However, it was expected that you would be available 24/7 with little respect for your off time. You were made to feel guilty for calling out sick and getting vacation approved was apallingly difficult, no matter how far in advance you made the request.
There were near constant layoffs.
I don't recall OSHA even being mentioned more than once or twice in 8 years. I was in management for years before I received sexual harassment training.
Even when you had a success, it didn't feel that great. There was always a pile more waiting for you and what you did was never enough.
Suggestions for improvement
- Treat people like adults. Be honest. Be transparent. If you cannot give the details on a thing, just say so! "I'm not at liberty to discuss" is a fine solution to that problem.
What I like about the company
I was paid well. I worked with a lot of wonderful people. I was passionate about DC Shoes and the product/image we sold.
What I dislike about the company
Leadership - out of touch, kept employees in the dark, didn't seem to care about employees beyond the bare minimum expected. Workload completely out of touch with reality.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyDC Shoes, Inc.
- CityHuntington Beach
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2015