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BI Worldwide

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

Pros

They can be an exciting company to work at, with the variety of things they do: from event planning and business theatre, to group and individual travel, to recognition and loyalty. There are BIW offices all around the world, serving a truly worldwide audience.

Cons

The flat corporate structure makes advancement largely impossible, unless you happen to be one of the Insiders, or want to totally change jobs or departments. There are five levels: associate, senior associate (usually only title change, not an upgrade); team leader, director, vice president.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Let associates participate in the performance reviews of those they report to. And trust your associates to telecommute effectively.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture embraces mediocrity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN

    Pros

    Decent annual raises (3-7%), pretty much impossible to get fired.

    If you're looking for a job where you don't have to work very hard, don't have to be be held accountable and aren't required to get results then this is the place for you,

    Cons

    Culture embraces mediocrity and promotes based on it. They want senior managers and "leaders" in the organization who get along with everyone versus people who are strategic, intelligent and forward-thinking. They have a nice set of values created, however, senior management does NOT live them - if you want to get a sense of the culture look at the opposite of each value and that's what BI is. It's a very slow, political culture. If you're talented, curious, driven, innovative, fast-paced and results oriented you shouldn't waste your time at BI. Unfortunately, BI has many talented people - all in non-senior management roles - and they don't last more than a few years because of the issues with senior management and the president.

    Senior management is horrible - no one is qualified for their jobs and there is no accountability but they never fire anyone in senior management or clean house. There's no upward movement (or at least not for 15+ years until senior management retires and then I'm guessing all senior management's kids, nieces and nephews will get the jobs), president doesn't trust senior management - doesn't let most of them make decisions and doesn't hold them accountable.

    The president has built a culture where his senior managers are scared to challenge him and as a result he dictates everything. This leads to the slow-moving culture because everything needs to be approved by the president - no senior leaders are allowed to make decisions. I've never been in a company where so many senior leaders were scared of the president - they were terrified of him. It's a very unhealthy environment but they stay because they've all been there their entire careers and aren't qualified to work anywhere else.

    Benefits are awful and HR doesn't allow flex hours are working from home (you can get away with it depending on the department). The HR department sucks in general (most do) - all they focus on is throwing parties - and ignore the fact that there's talent that keeps coming and leaving the company each year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I pretty much gave it all to them when I was there in person. Don't see things changing.

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    Approves of CEO

    BI Worldwide Response

    Nov 12, 2013Vice President, HR

    I feel compelled to respond to this former employee’s submission. This person was clearly not aligned with our culture and values. Mediocrity is not embraced by us and to make this assertion is an ... More

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    pretty good to me

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Overall it can be a very exciting company, with all the different things they do and offices all over the world. Management tries to make it a cool company to work for with summer parties, bands, and local restaurants selling lunch on site weekly.

    Cons

    Not all departments share equally in the excitement, because workload can make it hard to look up from your desk and see what else is going on. The 4-layer corporate structure makes it impossible to aspire to a promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The performance review peer process is ok for associates, but how can you really know how a manager is doing without asking the people who report to him/her?

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    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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