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I worked at Hi-Line full-time (more than a year)Pros
Health benefits. 401k.
The distribution/warehouse team works efficiently. These guys are relentless and work tirelessly to support the sales team.
Sales force is solid. The company actually has a potential to grow because of its dedicated sales team!
Good job guys!
Since its a small company there is lots of visibility with other departments and mangers. Its really easy to walk up to the CEO or the CFO and strike up a conversation with them.Cons
Family-owned company. And it acts like one!
It seems like almost all of the decisions that steer the company's future are based on emotions and feelings or whims rather than business acuity, research, or any type of analytics. At times there seems to be no justifiable reasons as to why management implements the things it does whether its concerning business development or office culture.
Gossipy, clique based, and down-right unprofessional.
Everybody talks about everything, regardless of if its unprofessional in nature. Gossip spreads like wildfire. There are certain employees that speak absent any forethought as to how certain comments will be received by a co-worker. And the management is well aware of such behavior, and looks the other way. There is no sensitivity training for those who stand to be corrected. People just roll their eyes and move on like its normal to say or do unprofessional things to one another. Its not.
Management....Oh the miscommunication!
It would help if the people in management positions actually knew about managing a team or a project.
Most of the time people are cramming and scurrying to finish things on time. And it seems like none of the managers are actually communicating well with neither their peers, employees nor bosses. They all just collectively concur to say things that the CEO wants to hear. They don't actually challenge each other, support each other or communicate ideas that will be productive and boost revenue.
Some of the management team severely lacks proficiency in their own particular field of work. You would think that a person managing a department would be well versed in their field/department. Ex: the marketing manager should know the very basics of marketing. Its an embarrassment when the person in charge of the department cant speak intelligently about their own field of "expertise". This allows for a shoddy work environment and leaves the management vulnerable to be manipulated by their employee(s) because they can't discern the BS from the merit.
Nepotism. Need I say anything more?
Refer to "Family-owned company"
Come here if you want a job, not a career. There is no growth in this company especially in the home office. Despite the supposed "uncapped commissions" you will always be a sales person. I have known people to choose to go out into the sales force rather than to grow with their tenure because there is more "money to be made and more flexibility to be had" as a sales person. There have been people that quit because their manager wasn't fit to do their job but they still held the title and position causing unnecessary friction. The blame sadly falls to nepotism. Not surprisingly this culture of nepotism trickles down to upper management and management.
Last but not least:
The building is actually located in a pretty shady part of town. The building and the cars in the parking lot have had several attempts of breaking and entering. There is no security on duty at any point and if you're the last person out of the building you're walking to your car at your own risk. They don't mention that before you sign on.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Change with the times and listen to your employees. You hired them so let them do their jobs and try to take a note of their expertise. That being said, train your managers to listen smartly and give credit where credit is due.
Please train your management team on communication, management tactics and professionalism.
Invest in team building activities. These are different from office parties or celebrations. It would help the office culture if the team members actually learned to respect each other.
Just go ahead and revoke your rule of "no food or drink at your desk". Everybody is doing it anyways.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookDisapproves of CEO