Mission: To Create a Client for Life
I have been working at Advanced Solutions International full-time (More than 10 years)
ASI prides itself on maintaining their profitability, which is due primarily to being privately held. They watch the budget, provide for staff needs, and focus their attention on their strategy for business success. It feels like family without all the nepotism. Everyone can contribute since the founders view ideas as a meritocracy. The good ones rise to the top regardless of their source.
Some decision making does appear to be made by fiat. More insight into what drives decisions would be more helpful. More attention to building in proactive responses before emergencies happen would lead to a less stressful, reactive work environment as is now experienced.
Advice to Management
Business practices, policies, and procedures need to be aligned with future business strategies at the same time to prevent reactive management style.
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Advanced Solutions International (Victoria, BC (Canada)) in May 2010.
They requested an on-site interview in Victoria(I'm in Vancouver). After finding out it would be like a day trip to Victoria and back with travel cost mounting up to $90, I politely pointed out the 'financial implication' and asked for a telephone instead. It went well and they insisited on a face-to-face interview. Off I went and shortly after I was informed of being the successful candidate. The subsequent salary negatiation turned out a nightmare; the job description stated a salary range of $60~69k but they insisted the salary must be $60k(Step 1, the lowest in the range) quoting it's a unionized position and employees get paid the same for doing the same job, regardless of matching experience, qualifications and certification.
Reasons for Declining
I was told that higher pay grades ( > Step 1) are possible, subject to approvals of the VP HR. In the middle of the process, the HR advisor approved a Step 2 herself, which was contradictory to that, and I was turned down flat for requesting Step 3. They didn't even bother to go through the approval process as previously claimed. So there was no sincerity from their side. They claim the pride of being an HP company. Any decent company will reimburse the travel cost associated with an interview and apparently it doesn't apply to them even after I pointed it out explicitly. I was satisfied about the telephone interview and so were they. Then it was them who 'needed to see me'(exact quote) whilst I don't care what they look like. Why should I pay the cost of 'been seen'? Always a strong believer of you-get-what-you-pay-for, I with my strong qualifications cannot imagine I could be happy working for a cheap company like this one. Thus I declined the offer. Advice to Advanced Solutions: Do NOT state the salary range if you don't intend to go any higher than the lowest.
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