Suggestions for improvement
- I know it's difficult, but find ways to mention POSITIVES on employee's appraisals.
I like about the employer
The people who worked there were FUN people. Auditors are quirky. I enjoyed meeting quirky people. Plus, you worked on a team, but had a lot of autonomy. I worked for two other Federal Government agencies where this didn't happen, and I missed the Army Audit comraderie.
I dislike about the employer
When I first started there (60's), it was still an old boys network as there weren't many females. Over the years that changed. Plus, auditing is a stressful career as you are always looking for "negatives" and this overflows to your individual performance appraisals, as managers only know how to find "negatives" and not positives. Thus, performance appraisals tended to be negative. However, I ultimately worked for two more Federal Government audit agencies and found this "negative appraisals" was rather pervasive. After a negative appraisal I once asked a manager to tell me what I did GOOD. The manager looked at me, then said, "well, I wasn't trained to look for that...."