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I worked at Miro Technologies full-time (More than 10 years)Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookApproves of CEODoesn't RecommendNegative OutlookApproves of CEO
There are few things a person spends more time on than their job. The place and the people that you spend most of your days with are more important than some people seem to understand. Anyone that has ever looked forward to going to work on Sunday nights knows what I mean. At Miro we worked hard and sometimes long hours but we had very low turnover. Most of us had offers for more money but stayed put. Why is that? Miro was a home away from home. We had friends and projects there that we cared about. We felt that our input was accepted and that we made a difference. These things seem intangible to some but to us they had a real value. A leadership that listened and accepted input and respected employees turned out to be a company that people wanted to sacrifice for. We stayed for years in a post 9-11 economy without pay raises because we believed in our company.
Miro was purchased by Boeing and folded into Tapestry Solutions. The sudden bureaucracy slowly wore away at the heart of the smaller company. There is a lack of leadership there, no identity and no sense of direction. Mandates and policy changes imposed with a sense of hostility and lack of regard for people or ideas is ruining the company. We started getting responses from the new managers like, "If you don't like it then you can leave." And so the intelligent ones are leaving. The politicians will say the company carried too much overhead and the reduction in staff is self correcting. The problem with this type of "correction" is that the talent is leaving and the lesser contributors are the ones that remain. You end up with a lack of talent, lack of personality and a culture of "policy equals profit". Policy does not equal profit. Talented people with apt leaders and good direction leads to profit. The company now has a quality problem and is missing deadlines.
Advice to Management
Cooperation and hard work is a mutual investment that is inspired it is not a policy. Policy is a guideline to direct productivity it is not something to beat people up with or to hide behind. Policies evolve as the company, product and processes evolve. They should be a living document much like our constitution and invite discussion. A person wants you to invest in them and acknowledge their value as an asset and a person just as they acknowledge their company and invest themselves into it. If you treat them like cattle and end arguments with a statement like, "If you don't like it then you can leave." then you can expect to have an office full of non-thinking sheep simply looking forward to the weekend and their next check.
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