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Pamela J. Braden
Pros – Very flexible and understanding with employees as it relates to personal time off and personal affairs
Cons – Growth opportunity depends, so it may take awhile to advance or achieve your career goal.
Advice to Senior Management – Provide an avenue for personal career advancements and achievements.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
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Pros – *People are very friendly and intelligent. Owner of company is very friendly and approachable but expects/demands a lot out of you.
*Nice office environment and sports-oriented environment. Owners are big on sports evidenced by sports memorabilia around office. Nice kitchens and huge TV in reception area.
*Great company benefits to include sports entertainment perks (Lots of chances to win via lottery of seats to all professional sports venues in DC area such as hockey, baseball, basketball, football, and soccer games).
*Management staff gets own window offices.
*Owner brings two dogs to work occasionally.
*401K matching is above par in comparison to other firms.
*Morning bagels/snacks on Fridays.
*Many awesome social events throughout the year.
*Metro stops are next to company HQ.
*Plenty of restaurants with walking distance but heavy workload discourages people from taking time out for lunch. People often work through lunch hour so they can go home "early."
Cons – *Friends/family members occasionally hired into same department, which is not healthy/professional.
*Poor office location downtown in SE DC and very heavily cubicle-oriented office.
*Senior executive management largely discourages telecommuting unless you are "buddy-buddy" with own manager leading to resentment among rest of team. Policy is not consistent across the board and often is "politically driven".
*Office attire is unprofessional and only upper management wears business attire.
*Free parking is only available to management and underground parking is expensive in DC.
*Most HQ staff often work long hours to meet deadlines: seriously understaffed / overworked / underpaid resulting in high churn rate and poor work/life balance. Most staff and managers in project control and accounting often leave early daily and are not available either in late afternoon/Fridays leading to frustration when dealing with accounting and project control issues.
*Employee evaluations is difficult/confusing to complete and is meaningless. Perception among staff is its just another "exercise" to do.
*Non-existent advancement and some "non-performing" staff are often bounced around within company because management doesn't know what to do with them. Terminations are rare unless project/contract is ending-hence there is no "sitting on the bench".
*Senior project managers are often given bonuses for bringing in the "bacon" but not rewarded for ensuring projects are managed properly. Regular staff is not rewarded at all except for a rare pitiful "spot" bonus. Non-management and project staff rarely appreciated for the work they do.
*Departments are very "siloed" and there is a prevalence of "us versus them" mentality. Executive management often doesn't know how to steer the company nor do they communicate the company vision/goals others.
*Restructuring have left employees demoralized.
*Some corporate employees have nasty attitudes towards others and at times there is backstabbing/nitpicking of others.
*Some HQ employees show up for work and often "chit-chat / goof off" with other HQ employees to pass time due to light workload. Management does not deal with this situation very well.
*Constant micromanaging is rampant in company. Management constantly looks over your shoulder and is incapable of trusting you and does not allow lower level managers to manage people yet assign staff to them to "manage" which by design is redundant.
Advice to Senior Management – *Compensate people better.
*Allow staff the opportunity to telecommute and you will reap the benefits of doing so. Encourage more work/life balance.
*Eliminate micromanagement. If you micromanage people and distrust them, then why hire them to begin with? If you cannot let go of micromanaging, your staff will never grow and your actions will continually demoralize people. If you don't think you are micromanaging people, you have a serious perception problem and you are better off doing things yourself (e.g. don't hire people but knock yourself out trying to do it all yourself.)
*Management including company owners are clueless to how their micromanaging is having a negative impact on their staff's productivity leading to high churn rate.
*Unless drastic changes are made to eliminate micromanagement, encourage more work/life balance, and making changes to negative work environment (see "con" section above), I would not recommend company to others to work at.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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