Faithful + Gould
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I have been working at Faithful + Gould full-time (more than a year)Pros
This is a dishonest person's paradise. Liars and Machiavellians are most welcome. Management is gullible and worthless. Pay is satisfactory and the jobs are stable (depending on who you are). This is a great place to work if you don't want to grow as a person.Cons
So many times already, I've gone home early, to lay on my bed and wish the world away because I've felt so demoralized. I'd lay in my bed and try to sleep, but sleep for me doesn't come easy. In time I crawl out of the despair and become able, but only for a time, until the cycle repeats.
This organization, if it were safe to call it that, is a great example of disintegration. That is, different parts of the organization are unaware of the others are doing. It's probably and excellent study in a slovenly, dysfunctional, bureaucratic corporate culture. I recite a satisfying quote, "The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy," Oscar Wilde.
This organization is also a great example of an organization that's attempting to integrate one into the other, and failing miserably. That is, Atkins bought Faithful+Gould, but Atkins is doing such a terrible job that staff cannot provide badly needed technology and other items.
I also find great example in the Peter Principle, which is that people rise to the level of their incompetence. I see some pretty smart people who know their jobs well, gain management positions and are terribly failing.
I also see management forced to fail in some terrible ways. It makes zero sense to hire a manager, and strip him or her of any ability to do anything, especially when everybody loves that manager, wants to do it that manager's way (strong buy-in, which is just to die for from a manager's perspective), and not enable that manager at all. Such is the story with several managers.
Communication is terrible. It's so bad that people tend to miss the point drastically. When someone assesses your mentality and your emotion, but miss the point entirely, you know they didn't even try. That's demoralizing. Also, managers are often absorbed in meetings so that they are unavailable even to misunderstand things. I guess you can say that's a clever way of preventing managers to damage things (which they so notably do).
Management often is unaware of what they're doing. They portray great confidence and energy, but in practice they're slovenly and useless. They have no clue what management is and cannot learn.
Other employees have bad adaptations. Some will try to absorb themselves into their own little hovel of expertise, and it works because it plays off of management incompetence. That is, they become super-experts in their niche. Well, it doesn't work if nobody gives you work to do.
Some employees lie. It's impossible to help people who lie.
Road blockers abound and management caters to them. The effect is that it's suddenly impossible to do the job. It's not even legitimate road blocking, but the inclusion of those who's main complaint is, "Gee, that sounds like I'd have to so something a little different," or, the more sinister, "I don't want you to know my ignorance, so here's a bunch of technical babble, just try and call my bluff." That demoralizes me because it's not that I cant' see through their lies, but that they're trying to lie in the first place, which is so hurtful.
Technology is a horrible failure. They buy into only the most silly of technology, which in effects renders fast hardware shackled buy a bogus hardware problems, further exasperated by scrappy software. It's like management is made of the most gullible people I can imagine.
I've been failed so many times. I was promised training for my skill deficits where I could be more effective, but this has never occurred. My boss even road-blocked trying to get through the organization through their channels and get training. So, I've been forced into my own little shelter, and there I remain, demoralized, waiting for the tide of failure to take me away.
Management has promised that change is going to occur, but considering the failures, if change does materialize, it'll be dysfunctional change, that makes things ever worse.Advice to ManagementAdvice
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