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Disappointing corporate culture.

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Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Plano, TX
Former Employee - Project Engineer in Plano, TX

Pros

Decent starting salary.
Begin with 4 weeks paid time off and 10 company holiday days per year, you'll need them.
Opportunity to work with a wide variety of products.
Work was usually self-directed.

Cons

Incompetent and out of touch upper management.
My team leader had weak English skills that resulted in near daily miscommunication and unclear expectations.
90% of work was E-mail and MS Office based.
Employees stole tools, equipment and supplies from the lab regularly.
Strict business casual dress code.
Hard to find people to go to with real technical expertise when solving problems.
These same people received less respect and greater criticism of their flaws than the "Old Guard" at the office who had mostly lost their technical expertise from disuse if they ever had any.
Outsourced tech support in India makes even the simplest PC tasks like changing the system clock time or installing a new version of office require hours of waiting on the phone, for downloads to complete or for them to call you back.
I was denied a request to work fewer hours to improve my work/life balance.
Management decided everyone had to start at 8 am after I'd worked here for 5 months. The 8 am start added 45 minutes to my commute each way. No compromise could be reached except coming at 7 am and working overtime every day.
1 hour lunch break is unpaid but mandatory.
Supervisor traveled constantly making feedback very scarce.
There was little recognition for producing high quality and through reports only speed was rewarded.
Pressured to compromise the quality of a product safety evaluation to do it faster rather than right.
Uncomfortable office politics.
Rules for the sake of rules, for example which doors people used to enter a lab or what kitchen they kept their food in.
Beige shades were installed every exterior office window making it feel overcast indoors even when it wasn't, moral of employees was negatively affected and the shades were universally opposed outside of management but they remained up.
No recycling anywhere in the office, not even for toxic batteries or electronics.
Messy lab environment, tools are not returned after use, are stolen, broken without reporting it or lost. Usually 1/3 to 1/2 of time away from report writing to test products in the lab is spent actually looking for things gone missing.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Realize that employees are humans and work better when they are kept happy, treated as equals and have a say in things that affect them.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Satisfied Employee

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Finance in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity,
    Diverse culture,
    Great Boss and colleagues in my team.

    Cons

    Limited social bonding.
    It software is lacking. The company needs to enhance their current software to meet the growing demands of the company to be more efficient and effective.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place for an engineer or technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cortland, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cortland, NY

    Pros

    160 hours of PTO, 9 paid holidays which works out to 30 days paid vacation, just as long as you don't try to use this on month end or popular holidays

    Cons

    Terrible management, especially HVAC performance. Terrible morale issues, The technicians know that they are just doing whatever they can to produce regardless of quality. Its all about month end revenue. The manufacturers hate the place, and do not like traveling to economic depressed cortland ny. If you are a new engineer out of college this might work for you because you do not know anything different yet, But to the experienced engineer this place is a joke. and more like office space. Stay away if you can help it. The pay is terrrible for what you do, and the pressure for revenue is rediculous. The petty crap that is allowed to happen there just flushes out the good employees and all that is left is the garbage and socially inept. I have never experienced anything so horrible in my proffesional life and I have been in the industry for 12 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the good ole boy managers, pay your engineers and technicians better, perhaps the turn over will not be 50 percent for engineers and technicians. This is the truth people. Nimer get rid of the old managers and put some new blood in there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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