There was no encouragement from management to do a good job. The atmosphere was a bully environment.
Support from management
The companies leadership controlled the path of the company and gave little value to employee's input.
The morale of the company was so poor that no one wished to get involved in a well run organization.
Freedom to work independently
Leadership tended to micro manage.
Communication did not exist on any level. There was no clear organizational structure.
Equality between men and women was not truly an issue. All mid and lower level employees were treated poorly.
Attitude towards older colleagues
There was no one employed past the age of 55 when I was therebut among those that worked there, most were under appreciated
The company was not good for developing a career path for anyone. There was no training offered nor professional advancement.
Overall compensation for your work
Salaries did not match responsibilities and only health insurance was offered as a benefit (company only compensated for part of health benefits). Company had hard times and for several weeks, employees had to work under Unemployment Work Share program were only partial pay was available.
Office / Work Environment
The office equipment was not up to the level in which it was easy to perform tasks. Restrooms were horribly maintained and the odor of paint oftened crept into the forward offices.
Although work hours were not out of the norm, the tasks given were unrealistic within the time alotted. People were required to do the tasks of 3 or more personnel for little pay or gratitude. Training for many of the tasks was non-existant.
The image and morale of the company was low.
There is no stability within this company. Many positions were eliminated due to financial hardship.
The restrooms were certainly not up to diabled standards. Disabled parking was not readily available either.
Certainly seemed like ventilation was an issue. Not certain wheter or not OSHA standards were being met throughout the building but I suspect if they were reported, issues would most likely be found.
I was always proud of the work I performed but it seemed like I was undervalued by upper management.
Inclusive / Diverse
The forum for expressing opinions and ideas was not encouraged. High level management made most of the decisions.
Suggestions for improvement
- It is suggested that before you bring on new staff, have a strong plan for improving production timelines and methods. Update and/or replace equipment and software to improve job productivity. Stimulate a positive work environment aimed at improving morale. Encourage people to build upon their skills and education through training and seminars and help them to build upon their strengths. When people are encouraged to better themselves, they tend to give back. When people don't care, everyone suffers. When you do bring in more staff, be certain that they are properly trained for the role and fully understand the goals of the company and their position. Communicate with your people on a human level and not just a business level. Condescending to your employees only promotes negative feelings (e.g. - putting a smiley face on paperwork promotes a parent child feeling rather than a coworker to coworker environment). It is important to be organized but be certain that all understand your methodologies. Have a solid plan for addition of employee benefits. If you can't offer 401K's,profit sharing, life insurance, full health benefits, etc, perhaps improve upon the paid time off allotment and/or flexible time scheduling. Future success of the organization requires new and unique approaches to your struggling situation.
What I like about the company
As an employee of VQL, I enjoyed working with the employees with whom I had involvement. They were professional, hard working and courteous.
What I dislike about the company
As an employee, there were unfortunately many issues with the company. There was much micro management toward the production staff to the point that timelines were significantly affected. There was a poor handle on bringing the company to a more cohesive and functional organization. High level corporate approaches were brought to a small work shop. These approaches were not pertinent to the company's goals. Training and career advancement was non existant. Work responsibilites did not reflect pay levels and the company's finacial stability was highly questionable. Company was forced to downsize at one point.