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Gemological Institute of America, Inc.:What's it like to work here?

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Gemological Institute of America, Inc. experience report

  • 19.Aug 2016
  • Employee

Weak Management, Its still the 60's there, very Good 'Ol Boys Club

3.06

Company Culture

They are stuck in the past. They say they want to move forward, but the upper management has been there 20+ years and has no other experience so change is not really wanted. If there was a management hall-over there is possibility for change and movement into the future.

Support from management

Leaders are not promoted on merit but by who they know. There is minimal training in how to help build a supportive team. Everything they do wrong blows back on the lower employees.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Employees never leave so the culture is mostly 45+

Career Development

Because there is little management turnover it is very hard to get ahead. People who seem to get ahead, it feels that it is more on who they know and not merit. Very frustrating if you are a hard worker

Overall compensation for your work

Meager pay for lower management and below. Great benefits.

Work-Life Balance

There hours are very 8-5 so a work life balance is possible.

Inclusive / Diverse

Its the most multi-cultural place I've worked

Suggestions for improvement

  • Listen to your employees. Give them a cost of living raise! They work hard and deserve it. Find outside management who are trained in the art of managing versus promoting your BFF.

What I like about the company

The campus is a beautiful place to work. Ocean view, flower fields. I was there for 10 years so its very secure. Good benefits

What I dislike about the company

Low pay for cost of living. Weak management. Having to be the right person's friend to get ahead in your career. No continuous training to help any employee get ahead.

Company Culture
2.00
Support from management
1.00
Teamwork
2.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
2.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
5.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
2.00
Environmental Friendliness
1.00
Work-Life Balance
4.00
Company Image
4.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
3.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Desirable office location is offered Tuition assistance is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Gemological Institute of America, Inc.
  • City
    Carlsbad
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former job since 2015
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Others

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee events is offered