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Animatics has excellent caring employees on the manufacturing floor, in the machine shop and at the lower levels of the company. These Animatics employees are striving to do a great job. The people in the back would be the biggest pro here. The Animatics SmartMotor is brilliant, and developed by a brilliant, creative mind. There is a huge demand for it, and now that they have been bought out by Moog, perhaps even opportunities for advancement within the larger new parent company. Remains to be seen.
Zero written expectations for the position; no actual human resource guidelines for employee expectations/standards/laws; company unofficial policy of never praising for a job well done (one must wait until the yearly review); strange obsession with the idea that more hours on the job equals a job well done, rather than actually looking to see whether a job is well done or not; salaried employees typically berated for arriving after 8:00am (regardless of how many hours said employee had worked that month/week); certain levels of employees allowed to bring younger children to work and let them run amuck, but not allowing other employees to even bring their children in if they don't have daycare for a day; general lack of trust towards all employees lower than upper level management... Working here is like being on a totally different planet. There are no actual written policies, no procedures manuals, no HR manuals, yet there are all of these unspoken expectations. People get in trouble when they don't meet expectations that were never expressed. It's like being in an abusive relationship, you never know what you are going to do that is going to get you in trouble, and they are likely to not tell you until you've been doing said infraction for some time. And then wham! they act like you never did anything good and you're a terrible person. Strange strategy, especially for a company whose upper level management believes that everyone is part of the happy little Animatics family. If you are new to the valley, young, and need some experience, this is a great place to learn how to work really hard, for long hours, with a really truly great product. It will also send you on your way to really really appreciate your next job, at a different company that engenders trust, cooperation, acknowledgement of tasks completed well, and generally accepted management styles.
Advice to Management
Read about creating a trusting environment, take a class, do something! Everything that the management is doing seems to go against the grain of all of the management books I have read over the past 20 years. A thorough assessment from an independent third party on the true thoughts and needs of your employees would not only be an eye opener, it would also start you on the way to being able to get more effective, clean and hard work out of your employees. People are scared of losing their jobs at this company, and it is the only reason many of them are staying. Many of them are not working as hard, efficiently and happily as they easily could be.