They trust you to do the job they hired you to do. Some supervisors commend employees, others do not. There is a sense of fairness and trust in the company culture.
Support from management
Supervisory support was lacking. I have a disability that sometimes flares up and renders me unable to work. My supervisor demanded that I provide him with a date as to when my condition would flare up--a medical impossibility.
Requires communication and coordination with other disciplines. As in all firms, sometimes that communication is late in its dispersal and this can affect deadlines.
Freedom to work independently
I worked in the electrical design department and as in all other engineering firms, the workload was feast or famine, meaning that there were times when I had to approach other disciplines to see if I could garner work from them.
Sometimes employees are informed of results. The only way I became aware of successes is if the client told me directly. Meetings between disciplines were held to discuss client-required changes.
There were a number of women who worked there but it was far from being an equal number to that of men. Men held supervisory positions with the exception of the interior design discipline. All human resource administrative positions were held by women.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I saw no differences between the way older employees were treated as compared to younger employees.
I received no additional training during my employment. Had I stayed with the company, I might have at some point in the distant future been promoted to Senior Designer but I saw no one promoted during my time there.
Overall compensation for your work
During the time that I worked there, I had no way of knowing if my salary was equal to or close to the salaries of my male counterparts. I suspect that my wages were lower. Benefits were provided and salaries are paid electronically so they were always on time.
Office / Work Environment
Cubicles are rather small but each employee had in addition to a work desk and computer with necessary updated software, a bookcase and filing cabinet. The company relocated to a larger building space while I worked there and the interior was designed by department heads.
I cannot speak for other disciplines or other designer's work, but I utilized energy efficient fixtures and made recommendations for the removal of existing older fixtures containing PCBs. The company itself had no written or communicated policy on environmental and climate protection. I am unaware if they supported fair trade.
The work-life balance was normal. 40 hrs a week and if necessary, plans that needed to be reviewed or marked for changes could be taken home.
The company image in the public eye was good while I worked there. Most employees liked the company and their jobs. The ones who became dissatisfied left for other positions.
There is no job security in the U.S. but during my time with this employers, I and others who had no work during a famine period were job-insecure.
Handicapped parking in the garage was available although employees had to pay to park in the garage. Ramps and elevators were available.
Working conditions did adhere to OSHA standards and when visiting a job site, noting OSHA violations was done. The only concern that all employees had was that because our company occupied the 14th floor, the only exit in the event of an emergency was to take the stairs and only one person held the key to open the stairway. Two weeks after I left my job, a tornado hit Nashville and the 14th floor windows were blown out and damage to the office was sustained. I do not know how or if employees were evacuated during that time.
I enjoyed my work and the challenges that it brought. I am proud of the work I did during my employment with this firm.
Inclusive / Diverse
We had few people of color working there. Some supervisors appreciated opinions, others would dismiss them.
Suggestions for improvement
- If work is slack, they could utilize other employee skills for filing documents or creating documents, which was something that I did on my own to provide a client-ordered change form for changes the client requested over the phone with a signed authorization that was dated and faxed to the client for his signature. Most employees have additional skills that could be an asset during slow work times.
What I like about the company
My work varied. I worked in the Commercial Sector and the projects included restaurants, small stores, large stores, museums, airports, and retrofitting older warehouses and businesses.
What I dislike about the company
If an employee had completed a project, unless there was one immediately available the employee had to locate his or her own work by querying other supervisors in other sectors or going from department to department looking for work.