It's the case of the opposites. The culture is team. Be a team player, help your team. But for the love of all you hold dear, don't forget that it's a race and if you lag behind you'll be left behind. But go team!
Support from management
The desire to lead is there, the ability to do so isn't. A lot of the leadership environment is set up to make the leaders feel like they have to lead rather than empowered to do so. If you don't lead then you're not part of the team.
While personalities are destined to clash both in and out of the office, when the information the team receives is filtered down through several layers (ie. people) not everyone is going to be on the same page. Then you get into the issues of trying to make a team work by getting everyone on that same page but by then so much time has elapsed you lose track of why you wanted to get there to being with.
Freedom to work independently
You're on your own. If you fail, then that's on you. Help is minimal at best. Everyone is too busy to allow your questions and inexperience to ruin their productivity.
There are plenty of emails. And meetings. And emails about meetings. And meetings about meetings but very little useful information.
Yes and no. Favoritism is rampant but good work is noticed.
Attitude towards older colleagues
While the culture of team is stressed throughout the company, the practice is entirely the opposite of that culture. The staff is mainly female and sometimes that can lead to a lot of issues both professional and personal
They do want you to learn and get better at your job. There are programs and committees that will help you receive training and education about the industry in which you work.
Office / Work Environment
If you're a favorite then you've got it made. If you're the new person, hope you have a four leaf clover. If you're not a favorite and don't have someone watching your back? Seek other employment.
You work to live and live to work. You're not allowed to choose.
Image is a very important factor and is stressed constantly. However, lipstick and mascara can only do so much.
None. Period. The. End.
Inclusive / Diverse
The nature of this business does affect some aspects of diversity.
Suggestions for improvement
- N/A. New management from top to bottom. New HR department. Allow the employees to be heard.
What I like about the company
They try to foster a feeling that this isn't just your job but it's your second family. Everyone is very community oriented and enjoys competing in company events.
What I dislike about the company
The culture. High stress, high demand work, high demand expectations, unproductive meetings, bad planning, last second (not minute) deadlines, favoritism, the game of "place the blame," gossiping, lack of an effective HR department.