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Ted W. Giles
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    Most employees great to work with. Most of the executive level management is utterly intolerable.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Birmingham, AL
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    I have been working at Chester's International


    Much like the comradery formed in foxholes during combat, the interaction between most non-executive level employees is founded in their mutual desire to survive the day with as little interaction as possible with certain leaders of the company.

    Relationships are made and defined quickly so while there is still a "getting to know you" phase, it's really more of a "getting to know you while under fire" phase.

    The non-managerial employees and a select few of the managerial staff are good people that enjoy their work (though not their job), are easy to get along with and even know how to have good time throughout the day while still being very productive.

    The Pres/CEO is nice guy and is willing to learn what ever the subject matter is to the fullest of his capability.


    The leadership of the company is inundated by the need to micromanage everyone to the fullest extent possible to include things such as; highly detailed daily reports from all employees at every level regarding every single task the employee performed that day, no matter how remedial, regardless of reporting schedule between an employee and their manager; to check in with the front desk when going to/returning from the restroom; impromptu changes to the annual budget in order to divert money away from a department because they don't think it's being spent correctly.

    The level of narcissism and egomania displayed by the company's leadership is obscene. It's as if permission must be formally requested and granted in order to make progress in any area.
    Any personal ideas/thoughts/opinions are listened to just before being irreverently tossed in the trash. Written corporate policies and procedures are altered or flat out ignored on a whim to the detriment of budget, planning, projects or even employees personal plans.

    Employees have been called in from vacation simply because there is a concern about project details that are irrelevant at that time. Employees have had request for time-off approved weeks in advance only to have the request revoked literally the day before they were to take that time off.

    Everyone, both hourly and salaried, is expected to show up early and work late. Though the business officially closes at 5 pm, employees are frequently required to attend meetings that begin at or after close of business. Some employees are frequently requested to show up for work on Saturdays, while the office is closed, to conduct standard daily business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many employees believe Chester's International could be a great company to work for if only those who call themselves the leadership of the company would lighten up, make a strong effort to end the micromanagement and let people do what it is they love to do. While we expect you to give us direction we do not need to be told where to place our feet for every last step along the way, nor is it necessary to your job function to know every last detail of our day. We're adults. We are capable of making at least some decisions ourselves and if you would shape this into a company we cared about then the decisions we made would actually be with the company's best interest in mind.

    Stop putting yourselves on a pedestal and acting like we exist solely for service to you. Without us, the employees, the company you have spent so long at the helm of would come to a stand still and decay beneath you. The morale is this company is pathetic. No one enjoys their job. Not a single person that works here looks forward to going to bed because they know when morning comes they have to come back here. Treat us like you actually appreciate us as employees and as individuals or we will find an employer that does. Many already have.

    A wise man once said "a good way to tell what kind of leader you are and the state of your company is the amount of laughter you hear when others know you can hear them compared to the amount you hear when they think you can't. If you only hear it when they think you can't then it won't be long before it won't be heard at all. And by that point its to late."

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