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Always improving, always learning and always trying to be the best.

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Current Employee - Salaried Employee  in  Columbia, MO
Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Columbia, MO

I have been working at MidwayUSA full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Quality and customers are #1. Everyone is always striving to make things better than they are and make sure things are sustainable. Strongth growth provides a stable place to work and there are lots of opportunities to advance. Plus, their are some really smart people on staff and the pay is good.

Cons

Sometimes the need for everything to be a process stunts creativity. Also, there is too much planned on the strategic plan each year.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Too much control is held at the highest levels. Let people make mistakes and forgive easily. Without making mistakes, people can't learn.

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    A really good experience, and I got paid to be there.

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    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Web Applications Developer in Columbia, MO

    I worked at MidwayUSA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool, rewarding projects.
    Judicious application of newest technologies.
    Great attitudes.
    Excellent leadership.
    They invest in eliminating technical debt.
    Will hire new grads who have the right attitude.
    Will train you.

    Cons

    The team does a good job of shielding you from much of the wonkiness from the company at large, though word on the street has it that the worst of the wonkiness has been discontinued.

    Other departments that you had to work alongside could be a source of considerable vexation.

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    Backbiting team; Moderately bad cult of personality surrounding company owner

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Columbia, MO
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Columbia, MO

    I worked at MidwayUSA

    Pros

    Remarkably good at adopting new technologies if you can avoid some of the worst parts of the legacy code base.

    Good personal ownership of the projects you work on.

    50% of the people in the department are the greatest people you could ever work with.

    Will hire folks out of school and it's a good place to learn.

    Solid company, good job security.

    Good pay for the local area.

    Employee discount is a lot of fun, good for some products, negligible for others, though probably wouldn't be worth all that much $$$ compared to some other job that paid $1,000 more or less.

    Company ownership puts their money where their mouth is, dedicating extraordinary amounts of money to supporting the industry.

    Mixed pros and cons: Knowing that some of the other people can be so backbiting about one's work output can drive one to develop his or her skills rather quickly.

    There is an amount of genuine interest in making the company a really good place to work. Some of it is ostensible, some of it is disingenuous, some of it is misguided, and then some of it is truly genuine.

    There are a lot of great folks working for the company. Really great folks, and highly intelligent and competent.

    The shooting sports industry is fun to be involved and to work with.

    Cons

    The other 50% of the people in the department make for a considerably frustrating experience, either by being condescending, backbiting, obstinate, or untrusting. Sadly this is enough to really sour the experience entire experience of working in the department in spite of the 50% of the people I mentioned in the "Pros" section. There is a culture of finger pointing whenever something goes wrong, and criticizing other people's (or, everyone else's) code years after it was written, bad enough that most people grow accustomed to working with their dukes permanently put up and their hackles permanently raised.

    Be prepared to spend some regular time on the phone in the call center taking orders from customers if you're salaried. Not just any customers, but the subset of customers who can't use the website to place their orders. It is an experience that is detested by everyone who undergoes it (most will agree that it's actually a lot worse than it sounds), but the company ownership stubbornly will not let it go. You will be called upon to work in the call center even more hours if business ever surges for whatever reason, and every year or two management manages to seriously muck up one of the hourly staffing processes, in which case you will likely get to work in the warehouse too.

    There is a remarkably bad culture of sycophantism throughout the company. It starts at the top and causes some pretty substantial organizational problems that ripple throughout the company.

    Fear, uncertainty, and doubt often motivate the technical decisions that wind up being made by non-technical people.

    Very traditional attitude toward your butt keeping the seat warm for 40 hours a week. Your seat at work, not at home. Company leadership can't stand the thought of working remotely, even any small amount of time. Company is getting better at flexing your rigid schedule to a slightly different rigid schedule (1 hr earlier/later) if you provide a decent enough justification.

    With a few exceptions, almost exactly the wrong people are selected for advancement.

    As another reviewer noted, the company is largely about process, process, process. Standardize your strategic planning. Make all decisions systematically. Until the guy who owns the place gets a whim and just upends all your planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't ask for employee satisfaction improvement ideas if you're not willing to make serious changes to implement them. For example, try letting people work remotely some tiny fraction of the time. If it turns out to be disastrous, which is possible, then end it, but people will know that you listened and gave it a shot.

    End the practice of everyone taking calls in the call center. Everyone hates it. You know it. You're not running a 3 employee startup any more, where you actually need to shift everyone to and fro.

    To the top-most management: Praise in public, criticize in private. This is even more important when it comes to your VPs. And to your P. Don't criticize them in front of other people, or behind their backs. Instead, consider yourself to be solely responsible for their selection, for their placement where they are, and for their ongoing professional development. Many of them are very good, very intelligent people.

    Also, focus on being consistent. You're known for being inconsistent to the point of being self contradictory, even over short periods of time, and even in writing. You can force people to deny it only as long as they work for you.

    Similarly, don't insult people and think it's a funny joke just because no one is calling you out on it. It's not funny.

    Guard against company communications becoming too propagandistic. People see through it, and it winds up defeating the purpose.

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