- Southwest Times Record30.Nov 2015
Once again, you're expected to hit the ground running. The company doesn't believe in praising you for what you should be doing anyway.
Support from management
You're expected to hit the ground running with little support. To put it another way...sink or swim.
If you can't rally the troops you'll find yourself looking for another job quickly. You HAVE to be charismatic.
Freedom to work independently
You're an adult, and expected to take care of things on your own.
Personal cell phones and emails are used to constantly keep in contact.
I've seen women in positions of real authority, and several of them.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Generally you're given a little leeway if you're older as far as what is acceptable in the way of making mistakes.
This job will teach you people skills, and how to manage difficult personalities.
Overall compensation for your work
Full commissions are intentionally impossible to obtain, they offer limited matching on your 401K, and you're better off getting health insurance from your spouse as theirs is expensive, and very detailed on what they will and won't cover.
Office / Work Environment
Working conditions can sometimes be outdoors or in the weather.
The company recycles, and does some occasional events to raise awareness of local charities, but nothing major since we stopped supporting the big golf tournament. That "support" was in the millions, and we got very little in the way of good P.R. for it.
You're expected to do whatever you can whenever asked. If you get asked to do something on your offtime, and you do it then they consider that you "volunteered" to do it. That's the way they see it, and that's how they described it to me when I asked.
I think most people who work here have a good idea of what the company stands for.
We recently went through a series of layoffs in 2014 and 2015. No one was safe, and this is something that could happen again.
Work is located on the bottom floor of a 2-story building, and has plenty of handicap access.
This is something you're already expected to know when you get here.
Especially at first since you'll receive probably little training (if any).
Inclusive / Diverse
The company is very diverse. They don't care who you are as long as you can do the job.
Suggestions for improvement
- Introduce a mentoring program for new employees to help them get better in a shorter amount of time.
- Give the employees freedom to obtain materials they need for work without having to wait until they get ordered and shipped. There are several office supply stores in the area...use them!
What I like about the company
There's no micromanagement. You're an adult with a job to do, and are expected to do it without having someone telling you.
What I dislike about the company
Lack of benefits, only match some of 401K, health insurance could use improvement, work/home balance nonexistent.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanySouthwest Times Record
- CityFort Smith
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee