- The Milton Hershey School16.Nov 2017
Initially- everyone is nice- but it is who you know not what you know that works here.
Support from management
None. If there is an issue, my immediate boss take the position of the protagonist, and if there is a conflict, the one making the call is given the benefit of doubt. Not the worker. The boss NEVER goes to bat for the workers. Which is why Labor Union is so needed here. Although the union is weak as well.
Freedom to work independently
This would work much better if the boss didn't constantly come into my office and constantly check what I am doing, fiddling with my stuff, and taking pictures or poems off my work station because it "doesn't belong."
Micro-management is the order of the day here...on all levels. It is encouraged and some in management think this works best.
This will be fun to watch un-ravel as the school tries to stop same-sex marrieds from being house parents. Can't wait to watch the law suits...
Attitude towards older colleagues
As for many of the criteria here, I can only speak on behalf of my department, but have seen this in other departments as well. but it seems my boss is only happy when the team underneath him is fighting each other as opposed to going to the boss with problems. Part of the micro-management sickness.
Again it's who you know not what you know. I am an older person, and have had younger "pretty people" get advanced over me without the experience or the degrees. I have 3 degrees, (2 Bachelors and one Master's) I have over 12 years experience in my chosen field, but have tried for over 7 positions while here, and have not advanced one iota!
Overall compensation for your work
I am paid very low. (39,000.00) a year for what I do. (Competition is 52,000- 64,000 depending on experience and region) but the benefits are very good, which is why many people stay here. Call it the "Golden-Handcuff syndrome."
Office / Work Environment
Best environment I have ever worked at. Clean sidewalks, streets always paved on campus. No litter- and the buildings are all new and updated. Even the old buildings are gutted and re-conditioned rather than mowing over and starting again. Of course with a 10 billion endowment, it is easier to invest in buildings than people. :-(
They stress "family values" and best place to work for families...but what they really mean is the "family" culture of the school come first. If you are in a flex position, you work for "family" needs before your own, and if you have things to do outside of work, well...you better scratch that. Quite a few divorces and unhappy marriages in my department.
It' s all about image here. Very strong legal department so that law-suits, disgruntled co-workers and boss bullying goes unnoticed. It never shows up in papers (The only paper being the Hummelstown Sun) in which they are friends of the higher ups at the school. Unless there is a leak.
It was better- (I am told) about 20 years ago. Now we see that when one retires, or gets promoted into another position, they often end that position and the grandfathered seniority and make 2 part time jobs over it. Or they changed the job description of the position (my case) adding more responsibility outside the parameters of the original job.
It would be challenging in a positive way if micro-managing wasn't so normal here.
Suggestions for improvement
- Re-form from the top down. Unfortunately this will not happen because the school is steeped in 1950's- 1980's modernism and holds to the ethos of Madison Avenue top down mentality. The boss is rarely seen hanging out with employees. i.e, having lunch, after work functions, or even the employee appreciation banquette- management sits together and we 'back-bone' of the company lower types create our own clicks based on the leadership that is taught. They are not open to any suggestions.
What I like about the company
Close to home. Work environment and health benefits. Some of the people are authentic, but most are nice. Not good, not bad...just nice.
What I dislike about the company
Micro-managment. Cannot get it out of the DNA of this place. And my pay is very low. I was on State assistance my first year here because the pay is so low.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyThe Milton Hershey School
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Current employee