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Current Employee – been working at SHRM
Pros – I agree substantially with the assessments below. On the plus side, SHRM managers and staff are mostly pleasant people and the work hours are not onerous – even directors are out of the office by 6.
Cons – As mentioned in other reviews, there is a strong distinction at SHRM between directors and above (VPs, senior VPs, the C-suite), and everyone below that level. Even managers of important projects and teams, with many direct reports, are assigned cubicles, and the cubicles are cramped together and noisy. There are really no accessible rooms to retreat to for private conversations or phone calls, whether work related or personal. Everyone knows everyone else's business.
This class distinction is made manifest in numerous ways. Below the level of director, salary ranges are pegged to market. For director and above, salaries are above market. When organizational goals are met, directors and above get bonuses at a much higher percentage of pay (even though their higher pay, in itself, would provide them with substantial bonuses). In short, the board and C-suite view those below the director level as non-vital and replaceable.
While the organization has made much about its commitment to workplace flexibility, this is very much dependent on what department you work in. The organization is very tight when it comes to providing laptops with access to internal systems and networks. If you need access to these to do your job, SHRM isn't very "flex." Here again, the organization is much more liberal about access for directors and above (catch the running theme?).
Advice to Senior Management – Make pay for performance throughout the organization more than an empty slogan
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2011-10-19 20:43 PDT
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