Country Financial – Dothan, AL
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I have been working at COUNTRY Financial as a contractorDoesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEODoesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO
Pay is alright for contract work. Hours are always there and I suspect over time will be the new norm for many IT departments, which means time and a half for hourly contractors. Great opportunity to gain experience as a contractor and have something nice to put on your resume. Still has a fairly laid back culture.
0 chance for contract to hire. Many are promised and it's been years of waiting for some people. Huge restructure just took place. They got rid of 40% + of the non-contract IT workforce but didn't have a plan on what to do after the cuts. Nobody knows where they are going to be or even what function they will be performing. They took people they didn't want to get rid of (yet) and placed them into jobs they have never done before and must learn from scratch. Some departments are staffed by only one person. There was going to be a second round of cuts in late 2015 to early 2016 but they decided enough damage has been done for now. Many employees that they expected to stay have begun abandoning ship now that they are moving their IT divisions to mostly contract work, so there is a significant amount of knowledge of their systems and procedures (most unwritten and not updated in over a year) that they have now lost permanently and will continue to do so until they can prove employees jobs are stable communication is re established between senior management and employees. Contractors aren't even allowed in any of the Q/A or meetings on things that many of them primarily do (some departments are all contractors now but they are not allowed to take part in any meetings that directly affect their department).
Advice to Management
You had the nerve to schedule an event on communication between employees and management when you kept everyone in the dark about the restructuring (even after you did it! Nobody still knows whats going on!) and quite literally every point the speaker had on good communication you did and still do the exact opposite. And the added slap in the face was that you scheduled it after employees noted in anonymous surveys that senior management had 0 communication about everything, and pretty much stated it must be an employee problem so we'll fix it by hiring this guy. So my advice is.... well don't do that? Communicate and don't schedule a speaker that points out your hypocrisy. It makes you look pretty disconnected from the reality of the situation and quite frankly stupid. Employees know the claims department is next on the chopping block, and are pretty sure that its going to be a train wreck as well. I'd advise rethinking your approach on that as well.