If you were in good with the 'good ol boys' then you had nothing to worry about. Others were not and avoided this group at all costs. Contractors especially avoided the 3 in the 'good ol boy' network.
Support from Management
Directions were rather omnidirectional. I could follow the main manager's directions, until he would change them to what his buddies thought would be good. They wouldn't tell me of the changes, but would hold me responsible if something went wrong.
Several times there were dragged out arguments among the engineers. During these arguments you could hear them threatening each other, assuming they were empty threats, and with the 'high school jocks/popular ones' winning the majority of arguments.
Level of Autonomy
Several times I asked for help with things that were beyond my control. This never happened.
The meetings were very informative, but not necessarily in a good way. We were constantly behind the competitor with lots of time wasted researching basic clean room practices. The R&D engineers were very smart, but had no idea on basic clean room etiquette.
The one female process engineer was the only one that did not have an area assigned to her while I was there.
When I worked at this Xerox a long time ago I thought it was a great place to work. Time has changed things considerably.
Overall Compensation for your work
I cannot knock it because when I found this position no one was hiring, but I hadn't been paid this low since high school and Genuent offered 0 benefits.
As far as environment and the building, they weren't bad.
Xerox does do an excellent job of minimizing their impact on the environment.
As a contractor at first I really liked the laid back atmosphere and no one cracking a whip. After a while of being assigned to an engineer that would come in when ever he wanted I found where this hurts. Many times I needed support from the engineer I was assigned to, but he was no where to be found, or at home not answering his phone.
Afterwards, when interviewing with other contracting agencies, I found Xerox has a reputation for treating their contractors really bad. I experienced this, as well observed it when I would witness another contractor avoiding a Xerox employee that was well known for this.
I rated real low here because when you're working on a product and behind the competition you have to step things up. As mentioned previously time spent researching well known clean room practices is a waste of time that allows the competition to pass you. If you can't stay competitive you won't be employed long.
I am not handicapped but I did not see any issues. I did not see many handicapped employees there to hear otherwise though.
I saw several basic safety issues that would have been taken care of anywhere else, but not in the department I worked.
I always take pride in what I do. While there I took an area that had a less than 25% yield to an average of 80%+. More changes were needed in the process side, but that was for the process engineer that had considerable more education than I. I feel proud of what I did, but it demeans it when your process engineer is no where to be found and recipes need help.
I wouldn't say diverse ideas were supported if they went against an idea the 'good ol boys' had, but it was kind of cool with all the different cultures and employees there gave the environment a cool mix.
Suggestions for improvement
- Genuent definitely needs to work with their employees better rather than hiding if something not so good pops up. My Xerox supervisors could definitely use to understand that a contractor with an AAS does not have the same knowledge as a process engineer with multiple Masters or PhDs.
I like about the employer
When the economy was tough Genuent was able to find me a job. Granted not a career, but a job and at the time that was what was most important.
I dislike about the employer
When I started having issues I tried contacting my Genuent representative to see about another position. She couldn't be bothered to contact me back. I had great reviews until towards the end.