Management seems to be fixated on how much they can squeeze out of the employees for the least amount of pay. Outsourcing is rampant, and there is no recognition for a job well done. Morale is very low.
Support from management
Management offers no support, and in fact is very heavy-handed and unfair. Unless you are well connected or have a partner protecting you, you might as well have a target on your back. Management will be looking for reasons to withhold salary increases at review time, although you worked hard to earn one.
everyone is encouraged to help others whenever they have time, although management never sems to appreciate the effort.
Freedom to work independently
You are expected to work independently. And that isn't a bad thing either.
Communication was very poor here. Management seldom communicated anything to employees, other than to make veiled threats.
As a secretary, we only had one male secretary. Everyone else was female, so yes, women were treated all the same.
Attitude towards older colleagues
The company seems to be actively pushing older members out, terminating them if they won't leave on their own. At the same time, the company is hiring younger, lesser paid individuals to replace the older employees who are being pushed out the door.
There is no path for career development here.
Overall compensation for your work
My compensation was adequate, but actually lagged behind what it should be given the industry standards and location of this office. There are no bonuses paid here, and the last two years have produced only "excuses" why there were no cost of living or salary increases.
Office / Work Environment
The ofices and work modules were pretty good. The technology was terrible and prone to frequent and unpredictanle breakdown. The work modules were the result of a past time when the company investd in its employees. That time was in the past. The current mode is to squeeze the employees to work harder with less.
There is a recycling program in place and employees are encouraged to use it.
This company puts tremendous pressure on employees to,work extra hours. Family is not a consideration. In the words of management, the company comes first.
No. Other firms were treating their employees far better. There also seemed to be problems retaining clients, who often left to retain other competing law firms for their needs.
No, there is no job security at this company. Management is out of control with little or no apparent oversight. If you are an older employee, you can be terminated for no real reason.
The building itself is handicapped accessible. The company makes no,attempt to accommodate handicapped employees, and in fact uses this in its decisions to terminate disabled or handicapped employees.
My work,was challenging, and I did enjoy it. I produced the best work product I could, given the lousy technology available there.
Inclusive / Diverse
This company does look at diversity, but the only real diversity seemed to be emphasis on the female attorneys and how theymcould best get ahead. The other diversity this office seemed to be pushing was LGBT issues. There were a fair number of them represented in the makeup of this particular office.
Suggestions for improvement
- Your staff deserves better treatment. The CEO really needs to step in and take look at what his management team has been doing to the employees. Your employes are one of your greatest assets, and you are squandering that asset. You need to fix this before it's too late. The heavy handed tactics used right now are not working. Your peers are taking notice and starting to talk, and that is not a good thing.
What I like about the company
Initially it was a very good place,to,work. The pay and benefits were good, it was well respected among its peers. I was proud to work there. Over the years that all seems to have changed.
What I dislike about the company
As the company changed over the years, the company began to lose respect, made some very poor managment changes resulting in loss of recognition that its employees were key to its continued success. As a result, morale sank to very low levels. The company began practicing "factory law" and lost clients as a result. Employee compensation went down, and partners began to assume an adversarial position toward the office staff. It became a vicious cycle, and it isn't good.