I worked at Systems Studies and Simulations
Pros – In a high-tech, low-cost area of the country with good employment prospects. Small company where you can make a difference...first and mid-level managers and employees work together as a team to collectively accomplish the mission.
Cons – Higher management has peformed virtually all job functions at some point and has same expectations of competency for most employees from the start. Singular focus is on business side; being a "fun place to work" is not a consideraton at all.
Advice to Senior Management – Demonstrate genuine caring for employees. The company is small enough...manage by walking around, yet without micromanaging. Consider "Support Staff" personnel as important as the "line" (revenue-generators). Recongize all levels of employees for their daily contributions, in the form of praise. Display real lightheartedness and approachability. Realize when there are positions with multiple personnel turnovers in a short span (e.g. a couple years or less), concerted management methodology reviews are essential. Realize a great benefits package is "not the holy grail"...truly caring for employees, team-building events, and making a company "a place employees are proud to say they work at and enjoy coming to work" weigh significantly for many current and prospective employees.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2008-07-01 08:45 PDT
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