Really cliquey. To the point where the "pet" groups are allowed to ignore the dress code, get invited by the higher-ups to take a free day off to go see movies, and mysteriously always have vacation time.
Support from management
Management really doesn't care very much. They're nice and appreciative during the hiring process, and then they couldn't care less after you start working. My supervisor is a rare example, but, unfortunately, the vice president of the department insists on undermining him constantly.
The people here are the one good part. They're intelligent, friendly, and fun to be around. Definite plus! Until they quit, anyhow. Usually within a few months. Because it's just that bad.
Freedom to work independently
Oh, sure, you'd think being an administrator means you get to manage your stuff fairly well. Unfortunately, the higher-ups will insist they know better (even if you can prove otherwise) and the lack of respect given to your work is frustrating.
You'd think that major changes that pertain to your job would be communicated quickly and clearly, but more often than not, they aren't communicated at all. And then you find out. And then you spend lots of time (even during what was supposed to be a vacation) fixing the sudden lurch in your environment. I don't speak from experience here, honest.
Well, the programming department is nothing but white dudes. Oh, wait! There's two Asian dudes and a Belgian... Who always seem to be treated like dirt. So take that for what you will. Otherwise, women get treated like office assistants, even if they're holding a pretty prestigious position. Which means "HR director", since all the other ones are men.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Don't know too much about this one. I do know we had an older gentleman in our group that seemed to be disrespected by management quite often. He left without notice one day. Other than that, long-serving employees don't exist; the one person that's been there the longest (aside from the higher-ups) has been there three years. Naturally, he's happily wrapped up in the management cliques and given tons of helpful perks that we plebians don't enjoy.
We had one guy that joined the team, and he was completely baffled by how things were done in the company. He expressed this sentiment many times. Nobody ever helped him. He quit within three months. Take that for what you will.
Overall compensation for your work
I'll admit, the pay here for my position is alright. PTO is a pain, since you have to accrue it by working instead of having it at the year's start (a futile attempt at retaining people). They've got the usual health/vision/dental package. They also have a 401K with no matching, which, as usual, is the definition of meaningless.
Office / Work Environment
The office is constantly dark, it smells, there's practically no amenities for the employees (a fridge! Yay! And a coffee maker! But bring your own coffee!), things break all the time, there's laughably not enough chairs for the people they're hiring to replace the ones that leave (how does that even happen?)... I could go on.
What? This question acts like the higher-ups even acknowledge anyone not in their cliques.
Oh, let's see... I'm working 50-60 hours a week, and I even worked during my vacation (see my previous, totally-not-bitter commentary), with hardly a "thank you" to my name. Joy.
Let's put it this way... The wife of one of the vice presidents is constantly talking about how little appreciation she feels working for the company, and how terrible it is we keep losing people because nobody cares. There's usually not a kind word to be had among the people that aren't in the fun little cliques.
I honestly have no idea. If I ever got feedback on the work I do, I might know better, but I'm constantly worrying about whether I'm doing well enough or not. When all you hear is silence, it really does feel like you're on the chopping block currently. Thankfully, that's all anyone here ever hears!
Well, almost all of the offices are on the second floor, and we have a non-functional elevator. I hope stairs are ok with you!
Well, we got an email from HR last week saying "Hey, be careful around the back entrance. There's rattlesnakes." So... I feel a little concerned.
Well, technically, the work is amazingly challenging, because nobody ever documented anything. If you want to know how to do something, well, try really hard to figure out how it works on your own, with no guidance. But hey! When I finish my products, they get shipped off to the users, who don't even acknowledge them, and they may not even use them. It feels like quite a waste of time.
Inclusive / Diverse
Pfft. The higher-ups lay down the law, and you WILL follow it. Prepare to be mocked and criticized relentlessly if you have that weird thing called "independent thought".
Suggestions for improvement
- Seriously, listen to your employees. Nobody is happy. Nobody. You can't retain employees longer than a year in most cases. Sometimes, you can't retain them for half a year! There's clear signs that things are NOT alright with your workforce, and that people are upset, but absolutely nothing is done about it. It's a revolving-door workplace, and it's not simply because you have fickle employees. When the rules apply to some people and not at all to others, it's a sure sign to just get out and not look back.
What I like about the company
Well, I get a paycheck!
What I dislike about the company
Pretty much everything else. I know this site has that nice little "don't be insulting" policy, but seriously... There's no civil way to express exactly how worthless my time feels working here.