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I worked at Litecontrol
Pros – Strong passion within the management leadership about the people and the products and the business. Good opportunities to take on projects and make a difference- there is latitude in taking on new responsibilities. Employee ownership structure is positive, allows company independence and potential for competitive advantage versus larger "conglomerate" companies. Customer base is supportive and appreciative of company and products - it's a good company to be associated with, well-respected in the industry.
Cons – Little room for promotion; opportunities for advancement are rare- particularly for young professional. Overload of tasks and projects - along with lack of focus and changing plans by management- can stifle individual progress.
Advice to Senior Management – Create a clear strategic focus for employees to understand and buy into. Emphasize quality and design in developing and marketing products.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2008-11-25 07:23 PST
I worked at Litecontrol
Pros – Really nice people in each department, most employees are very friendly and respectful. The supervisors and lower management are very competent and you enjoy working for them.
Cons – The work environment can get unnecessarily stressful and wear you out quickly. Totally avoidable problems pop up all the time and it's usually not the people who messed up that end up fixing them. The dated internal procedures are very complicated for a company that makes light fixtures.
Upper management is arrogant, disconnected, and inept. They create an fear-filled environment where employees are afraid of them. Most of them are self-serving politician types and seem to not care about the long term health of the company.
The company avoids new technology like it's the plague. Although it could cut down the workload and eliminate errors in the long term, they would rather rely on their underpaid employees for everything.
Advice to Senior Management – Of course, none of this will be taken to heart---the management will scoff at anything that shows them in a bad light, but here goes anyways:
Listen to employees, particularly the veteran supervisors. You won't hear any negative criticism from them because they've seen other squeaky wheels get fired. You have a long way to go to earning their trust, but start creating an environment where people can talk to you openly.
Stop hiring from the outside so much. It may be the textbook way of doing things, but new people take so long to learn the company's bloated procedures and operations, that they never get a chance to be productive. Promote from within and do more to hold onto your best people.
Take responsibility for your decisions. Good managers don't point the finger everywhere else. The company's failures are your failures because it's your job to make the company great. If you just read that and thought "that's not me", it's you.
For a couple of days each month, swallow your pride and go work in the various departments doing routine work. Report to the department supervisor, then get on a computer and start entering orders, designing some special parts, making work orders, doing payroll. Do the same thing in the factory---go work on the paint line or bend some wire for half a day. In addition to the respect you'll earn, the insights you'll gain will help you to avoid making stupid management decisions.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2012-04-18 07:15 PDT
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