- Northern Illinois Electric, Inc15.Dec 2015
Commendation and reward is given to the squeakiest wheel, regardless of whether they deserve recognition. My position was outside the fire, so the situation did not directly effect me, but the culture is witnessed first hand.
Support from management
Management typically falls short when developing any sort of business plan, targets, or important decisions. These issues were dealt with reactively (not proactively), in the harshest and most unprofessional way. A poor plan would be developed, it would fail, and fault would be placed on employees who had no part in the situation. This escalates to a very hostile workplace and serious division between managers and lower staff.
Employees in the field typically protect their own, while ensuring the office is kept blind. The office treats employees as a disposable resource. Communication is absolutely horrid.
Freedom to work independently
Individuals typically work at their own pace, regardless of the goals or speed of others. However, the harder and/or more effective you work, the more others slack off. This creates frequent finger pointing and "blame games".
Profits, successes, and failures are kept top secret. Employees are informed the the company is constantly failing and it is their fault. Plans and necessary information typically trickles its way through, with a mountain of lies to follow.
As previously mentioned, sexism is rampant. Women are treated as phone operators with no useful skill set.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Older workers are normally avoided during interviews, due to improperly assuming they will be injured on the job or ask for excessive pay.
If the employee wishes to take initiative, there are usually options to move into the office. Responsibility skyrockets but without the pay increase or power to affect your subordinates. Once "promoted" to the office, no further advancement is possible. In short there are two possible positions: field worker or office.
Overall compensation for your work
Wages typically match the volume of the employees voice. Raises will be given to the loudest complainers, not the hardest workers. Field employees used to constantly demand an explanation or my assistance, but it was 100% in the hands of the management.
Office / Work Environment
Computers and tools are generally readily available, good condition, and up to date. Ventilation on job sites depends more upon the customer and changes daily, therefore it does not apply to this survey.
This category does not readily apply to the business model.
Working hours are fairly stable. Sick days or vacation time is basically forbidden, regardless of the advance notice given.
Employees rip on the company and management on a daily basis. The image and assessments are accurate.
As long as the employee is normally on time and rarely requests off, work will usually be available. The riskiest positions are new employees- tenure is always considered first in difficult times.
Similar to most construction contractors, accessibility is not possible. Job sites are typically hazardous with multiple curbs, holes, ladders, etc.
OSHA and safety regulations are avoided like the plague. Equipment is rarely inspected or brought up to OSHA standards. Employees are constantly in fear of retribution, so injuries are rarely, if ever, reported.
If you are willing to take the initiative, challenging work is always available. No credit or gratitude will be given, but significant projects are readily available.
Inclusive / Diverse
Racism and sexism is rampant throughout the company- both against customers and employees.
Suggestions for improvement
- Anger management counseling, AA meetings, and a formal business plan.
What I like about the company
Due to my position in the company, the work was always challenging and fast paced.
Located in close proximity to major highways.
What I dislike about the company
Managers have severe substance abuse problems and anger management issues. This causes an extremely hostile workplace rampant with lies and vendettas.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyNorthern Illinois Electric, Inc
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2010