- Yurz08.Mar 2017
Over all culture was vastly different from department to department. I'm giving it a 3 star because SEP/Web/IT and Development (lower) had good camaraderie and culture with each other.
Support from management
Again, varied from each department. the SEP/Web managers were good. My first manager was awesome, and she worked very hard to be fair and responsible to everyone in the department. She left around Feb 2016. The manager that came in after that was significantly less hands-on, but over all was a good guy. He stepped up to bat for us, and did his best to give the department what they needed to run. We had a supervisor step up and take on the hands-on aspect the first manager had, and she did a great job! She was very in touch with everyone in the department and was very easy to go to with issues.
Again, giving 3 stars because my individual department had good communication and teamwork. Sales and Customer service were significantly more cut throat.
Freedom to work independently
Again, varied greatly from department to department. SEP was allowed much more autonomy than CS and Sales, which had strict schedules and requirements. They used a break program to make sure people were taking exactly 15 minutes to smoke and go to the bathroom, and not 30-seconds over.
SEP was much more casual. As long as the needed things were covered, we had no scheduled lunches or breaks, and were trusted to coordinate with each other about it.
Communication in SEP between employees was great. Communication to us from upper management was horrible. Drastic changes in our work structure and requirements wouldn't even be given to us, but dumped on us the morning of with no warning. Many times we had to scramble to change things to make it work. Upper management never seemed to care how the product was made or managed, and expected us to magically make their ideas reality. Frustrating and stressful to say the least!
No women in upper management. Female supervisors were treated horribly.
Office / Work Environment
The office space of the Beaverton office was horrible. Too many people crammed in on ikea tables never designed to be a computer desk. Many times they had to scramble to move people so the fire marshal wouldn't declare something a fire hazard. They remodeled the office right before they closed it entirely, so we only got to use the nicer desks for a few months.
HR tried to be eco conscious. She was careful to get paper cups for the break room and not be wasteful. But upper management would suddenly make her throw out furniture or decor, and she usually had no choice but to throw it away. She tried to donate to goodwill as often as she could, but the time restraints they put on her often made it impossible.
My individual department supervisor and manager were good with this, allowing schedule flexibility and understanding that life happens. The other departments were super strict and allowed zero flexibility. Multiple times i overheard an employee trying to explain they were sick, or had a family thing they needed to go take care of, and the managers blatantly didn't believe them, or care.
Zero. Lay offs like clock work every 4-6 months.
Never had an employee with disabilities to test this, but the facilities were all wheel-chair accessible.
Upper management had zero concerns for employee safely. They made several of us work in the building as it was being remolded. Often had walls being painted (with regular, fume paint, too) during work hours. Several employees got sick from the fumes.
For my department, it wasn't challenging work. It was a lot of work, but once you had the basics memorized, it was just time to get everything done.
Inclusive / Diverse
Upper management would fire any admin or receptionist that wasn't a pretty, thin blond girl. We also suspect he went out of his way to fire any obviously homosexual employees, but never could prove it.
The following benefits were offered to me
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2016