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Chaos, but Good Work Life Balance

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Applications Services Analyst  in  West Point, PA
Current Employee - Applications Services Analyst in West Point, PA

Pros

Good work life balance
Use of newer technologies
Educated workforce
Good pay

Cons

Lack of leadership; Mismanagement
Matrix organizational structure with no leadership leads to chaos on projects; no one is in charge so many try to take charge and workers are pulled in many different, conflicting directions
Lack of communication
Inability to effectively manage or implement change; goals are only the goals of senior management, not emplooyees. Management is ineffective in obtaining buy-in from employees.
Lack of cooperation among staff; limited sharing of information
Lack of shared vision (and lack of communication/promotion of corporate goals)
Functions at each step of system life cycle are centralized but workers receive no training
Very limited sharing of information among workers; contractors are constantly brought in but are not given background information required to do their jobs. Workers are afraid of being laid off so they hold onto information in an effort to become indispensable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Improve communication from senior management to employees
Foster common goals
Provide management training to managers and project leaders

Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work/life balance until you get laid off

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Pharmaceuticals Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Good culture of understanding work/life balance.
    Good benefits.
    You know what is expected of you.

    Cons

    Layoffs every year, makes it tough for planning your future.
    FDA warnings pretty often, fire drills with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a commitment to your employees and they will make a commitment to you.

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Rep

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Sales Representative

    Pros

    Knowledgeable co-workers & responsive mgmt
    Good work / life balance
    Great benefits
    beginning to allow more individual territories / results

    Cons

    struggling industry
    restricted access in offices make it difficult to do your job
    slowing pipeline
    re-adjusting bonus structure if reaching goals by mid-yr

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more of upper mgmt listen to field reps in an anonymous manner so as to get real answers w/o holding back

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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