I worked at Applied Technologies Associates
Pros – Location, location, location. Central coast of California. Wine country, beaches, university (CalPoly SLO), Big Sur / highway 1. The work can be intellectually challenging and satisfying. Learn the game and you will have a job for a long time. Wages aren't bad for Paso Robles, but low for the oil and gas industry as a whole. ATA has the potential for world class engineering but is hamstrung by the owner/CEO. Senior management (President and below) are generally good. There can be opportunity for the right player.
Cons – Oppressive leadership by the very top level management (CEO). No appreciation for employees personal life. High stress. Not family friendly. Adversarial. More stick than carrot. Nepotism. Suspicion and distrust. The company is a dichotomy. Sole proprietorship, family owned. Tough to convince them to change or improve their management style or approach. No voice mail, no department budgets or costing, no training, goofy succession plan, home grown MRP system.
Advice to Senior Management – Provide employee appreciation events. Promote personal and professional growth. Finance and support employee involvement (volunteering) within local community and schools. Invest in a real MRP/ERP system.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2009-03-31 19:38 PDT
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