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June 12, 2020
The Austin office is nice and there's lots of attempts to have a good office culture. The company used to have a better attitude and culture of acceptance, growth and learning but is now focused on the bottom line only (which is good for some positions but not Advisors). They have bi-annual company events to try to keep moral up. The kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks and the office manager and reception are truly amazing.
The politics of management is out of control, blatant favoritism, ignoring complaints, sexisim and there is no diversity in staff. Promotions have little rhyme or reason; once they demoted someone citing numbers but the advisor pulled their own numbers and realized they were very wrong and demoted the wrong person. Managers gladly talk down to Advisors and being ignored by your own manager or having them roll their eyes when you need help is common. There's a reason anyone with any talent leaves as soon as possible and they hire lots of new graduates to burn through.
The company seems to be going through some real growing pains and managers can either grow and learn or just keep burning people out.
The politics of management is out of control, blatant favoritism, ignoring complaints, sexisim and there is no diversity in staff.
June 12, 2020
December 7, 2018
-Extremely quick hiring process -HR followed up when they said they would This is seriously the only part of my experience with the company that went smoothly.
Let me start this by saying my exit interview was a joke. The questions asked got no insightful feedback from me, so this is me laying it all out for y'all -I was told that relocation assistance wasn't available for those in the position I was being offered, however, once I was in the training program I heard this was untrue and many of my peers had received at or over $3,000 for assistance. -I found out that coworkers received hiring starting salaries even when I had tried negotiating mine. Not okay. -I had a manager who had been promoted to that position & I feel like she received no training but she was receiving a lot of pressure from other management because our team (who consisted of all new people) weren't meeting their goal. The first week we all completed signoff she gave us a CRAZY unrealistic goal, we had no learning period to get ourselves comfortable with the role, our accounts, figuring out the logistics, etc. She wanted us all at 100% right off the bat. At first she was nice about it & each week she got more aggressive & even rude. She berated several of my peers all while offering no actionable feed back or assistance- just "work with your BDM". Anytime I would ask her a question (& since I've been in director positions I asked many) she would either give me an incorrect answer, have to ask someone, or just straight up tell me I needed to find the answer myself. Great management style! -But to make her feel better it seemed to me that really no manager knew what they were doing. Onboarding was such a mess- people went without laptops for the entire first week, paper work was scattered & given no checklist of items to complete & where to complete them, forms had to be entered in multiple times literally because no one knew what to do. HR would reach out to me several times a week needing new info that they had missed, it was chaotic. Also if you asked a question that a manager didn't know an answer to they would either give an obvious lie of an answer or tell you to ask your manager (who you already asked & told you to ask that manager). It was actually kind of funny at times. -I was told I would have a flexible schedule and that typical working hours were 8-4 or 9-5. Upon passing "sign off" I learned that my working hours were going to be 7-4:30 but I was EXPECTED to work 6:30-5 or later... I never stayed that late though and trust me, I felt managements eyes burning right through me, but to me that was not the work/life balance I had agreed to when I accepted the job. -The compensation structure is NOT explaining until you are done with signoff and even after that I didn't understand what the structure was until I heard it from my peers. You have to meet your -unrealistic- goal and maintain that for awhile (I'm talking months/quarters) to receive your target pay... Not sure how it's ethical to make people believe they will receive that money on a monthly basis when in reality it's quarterly(if that) -You are EXTREMELY MICROMANAGED. Everything you do has to have a calendar & it better be accepted by your managers before you plan to make any kind of moves. You're told where to sit, pretty much when to eat, what to wear, all kinds of crazy things. Individuality is not respected here -I was told the BDA position involved analytics. This is 100% a lie. This role is NOTHING but a sales job where you are cold calling, emailing, or stalking people on LinkedIn at least 6 times a day. This job requires no skills besides being able to read from a script. -Oh yeah, and there are rumors that other offices are in jeopardy of closing so people will either need to uproot & move their lives or you'll be without a job
I hated the management there so I'm not willing to provide them any ideas on improving. None of you were leaders in my eyes. To my peers: some of you were amazing and have so much potential for bigger & better things. I left Gartner after a month or so to take a job in a healthy office environment and I can't tell you what a difference it's made in my life (plus $20,000 more a year, a flexible schedule, caring LEADERS who want to share all of their knowledge with me to see me succeed, & PTO to be used when & how I want). I got out & into a real career & so can you! Do not let these managers with little experience get you down- keep your opportunities open & stop drinking the Gartner Kool-Aid when you really don't want to because that is not where you belong.
-Extremely quick hiring process
December 7, 2018
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