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5 days ago

Sharepoint Architect Contract - 4 days per week

Plan-Net PLC London, England

*Work with Collaboration, Portals, Enterprise Search, Enterprise Content Management, Business Process and Forms, and Business Intelligence. *Work… Glassdoor


23 days ago

Desktop Support Analyst / 2nd line Support

Plan-Net PLC London, England

of the role include being an escalation point for all requests, alerts, incidents and problems that relate to the delivery of our clients&apos… Glassdoor


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    Victorian Workhouse style of management

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    I worked at Plan-Net full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You and your colleagues will form strong bonds through your common suffrage (there are many nice people working there; expect to see people in tears on a regular basis). You will enjoy a sub-par salary and training that is designed to entrap you. They will ask you to pay something like £1000 for the privilege of accessing a long list of mostly out of date on-line courses.
    You will be happy all the time because there is a policy that forbids you from appearing otherwise. In fact, there is a policy for just about everything. The staff manual is 75 pages (in addition to your contract) and then there are a bunch of supplemental policy documents. The policies are entirely discretionary, so you get to follow them but management will do whatever they want. A good but shocking example was when senior management withdrew 3 hours compassionate leave from a colleague (although it had been granted by his line manager) who's mother had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer (and who died 5 weeks later).
    If you are lucky enough to come over to Plan-Net PLC via TUPE, then you can be secure in the knowledge that (if they want shot of you) they will figure out a way to get rid of you by making life as awkward as possible. If you would like to work for an ethically bankrupt company then this will be your dream job.

    Cons

    It's hard to think of any, other than:

    In my opinion, management position themselves to have complete control over you. A lot is captured in policy but don't expect them to stick to that. They may use policy against you and ignore it when suits them.
    It's "our way or the highway". Even if you choose the highway, senior management may become spiteful and make your exit very uncomfortable. I saw this happen several times and overheard their plotting too.
    Lack of professional ethics - you could expect to see (or be a victim of) severe bullying. I witnessed an individual routinely bullied to the point where myself and other colleagues were worried about his mental well-being.
    They may threaten your reputation or to damage your career if you go fall-out with them. Unless you can afford to sue them, don't fall out with them! Be meek and subdued, become the victim they want you to be and try to escape with as few ripples as possible. Make written records of any incidents issues / call ACAS to get advice if you are concerned about anything.
    I've heard accounts from colleagues of mangers being totally humiliated at the senior managers meetings.
    I've witnessed staff being asked to complete tasks that they don't know how to approach and given no support from senior management (other than being chastised for doing a poor job). Ask for clarification at your peril. You may be derided, berated and treated like an idiot for several hours (and called back in every day for a week for a re-run each day). But during all these hours they will lavish on you, you may not receive any actual guidance as that (ironically) would be considered a waste of their time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your staff are humans. Treat them as such. Speak to them and listen to what they have to say. Use less stick and more carrots.

    If you can't do any of that then consider going into battery chicken farming where the whole operation is largely automated and the "only" victims will be the chickens.

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