No open communication encouraged if it Involves taking a long hard look at what needs fixing.
Support from management
Everyone is too afraid to say what really needs to be done. Lots of talk and no action. People get promoted with no skills or experience based on how well they conform to group think. Very sad. Hours are spent on how a presentation looks but content is fluff
The talk is collaborate but the hidden agendas and focus on saving one's position or siloed "empire" comes first. There is a lot of nastiness that happens in teams. Fingerpointing and backstabbing abound.
Lots of meetings and conference calls at all hours of the day because the parent company (Assa Abloy) doesn't feel it is important to be respectful of others' time zones so having a 3am meeting because the Swedes want to exercise their Control is common.
Not too much. A lot of women have left or been moved out. Also pay scale for women is not at par with men. Some men with less experience and Lowe title grade levels are paid higher than some females at exec level with more experience.
Attitude towards older colleagues
When the parent Company has specific goals on hiring younger staff, I would say that 45+ is an endangered group
None whatsoever which is why no one knows modern requirements. Basic infrastructure like IT is less tha stellar with weak skill sets all around. If you want to improve, they don't necessarily allow you to expense a learning experience unless you are connected to the right people only. Very nepotistic
Overall compensation for your work
Good benefits. Lousy pay equivalents to market. The commentary used to be HID is such a great place to work so taking a pay cut is ok. Uh not really when he environment and work life balance doesn't give you something to take the pay conversation off the table.
Office / Work Environment
Great new, beautiful and expensive building that is relatively underutilizing manufacturing capacity.
They do have social awareness when they get a monetary gain. Lots of commentary on sustainability. Parent company has pockets of it but any real investment is usually not approved. Parent company leadership says all the right stuff but doesn't really show in action.
Zero work life balance. You MUST be on call at any hour. Expected to work or possibly cancel vacations. The higher up in management the worse it becomes. It is not uncommon to work 70 hour weeks and work weekends at home. It is a health disaster in the making. But parent company expects it from is US and APAC offices yet not from it's euro offices because laws prevent that in Sweden and other European countries. They also pay lower than market so very little incentive because no one gets stock except an elite few. Bonuses are very weak if at all and merit increases minimal. HR also feels it is OK to change one's title and pay grade without any discussion or informing of the individual.
Well I have heard nothing but negative commentary from people still there.
Not much. People who have come and tried to make qualified changes and performed ROI have been for the most part let go or left. Lots of financial issues have required layoffs and a major metric with Parent company is headcount reduction
Yes. This is required by law so no way to get out of this one
Yes. The Operations leadership cares for sure.
Well if they weren't so behind the times in terms of how they interface with customers there might be some hope. But doing he same thing for years with no measurable improvements or negative performance becomes frustrating to achievers.
Inclusive / Diverse
No really. Again if you disagree with the "group think" approach and the Swedish culture it becomes a huge negative. If a company feels they are great and have great products but competition is showing otherwise hopefully someone will listen to those who are divergent.
Suggestions for improvement
- Change leadership to people who have actually accomplished change in their careers and LISTEN to them
What I like about the company
some of the lower level positions are treated well
What I dislike about the company
Too political. It's a technology company being managed like a door and lock company not understanding that its big customers demand modernisation. The longer they take to make real impactful investments the more expensive it will become to do so. The focus is short-term minutiae rather than long term strategy.