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Helpful (1)

My expectations for career growth did not prove to be true.

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Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Omaha, NE
Former Employee - Senior Database Administrator in Omaha, NE

I worked at First Data

No opinion of CEO
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Salary and benefits are good. In most areas, accommodations for routine life / family issues can be easily made. Most technical resources are highly skilled and very good at what they do.

Cons

Culture is slow to accept "outsiders". Long-time employees are favored because of their internal political connections. Too many decisions are made based on internal politics.

Advice to Management

Look for management resources that aren't "yes" men or wormen.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Started out great, ended poorly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at First Data

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Initially when i started the opportunities were solid and you were rewarded for your work. After acquisition by KKR in 2007 this deteriorated dramatically.

    Cons

    Management had a short-term quarter to quarter view. KKR brought in management that had no understanding of the industry. They oversimplified everything and accomplished nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Get industry expertise at the executive levels

  2. Helpful (1)

    Used to be great, now the employee is not as valued as Mission Statement says it is

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I have been working at First Data

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Good benefits
    2. Good location
    3. For most part, people are very knowledgeable and hard working
    4. Another CEO, willing to give him a chance.

    Cons

    1. Do not take advantage of exisiting knowledge pool when making promotions or deciding to make a reduction
    2. Not many local opportunities for advancement
    3. Slow or even failure to communicate changes in organization structure

    Advice to Management

    The base business was put together by many mergers and adquisitions, don't let good knowledge/history and great workers walk out the door as you take the company into the future.

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