I worked at Baden Sports full-time (More than a year)
A few friendly employees that help you tolerate a stressful day at the office. There would be the occasional company bbq or holiday lunch which is always nice however it doesn't pay the bills or feed the kids...
My supervisor would NEVER carve out any time for me to meet with him. I would constantly send email requests or stop by his office to get in a quick 5 minutes but he seemed to always be waiting for a conference call, about to step into a meeting, out of his office, or not even in the building! I was told I would be given the opportunity to move up in the workplace and given more responsibilities. This started to happen but once I asked for a raise, they handed over promotion to another employee. I was forced to take on a part time job in addition to working full time at Baden because my pay was barely making ends meet. The two years I spent there, I only received a 36 cent pay increase. They constantly stretch all their employees thin and put off hiring extra hands until everyone is stressed out and someone blows up. When they finally added extra help to my department, I trained the new employee and we had very similar job descriptions however, they were paid a significant amount more than me. The constant beating around the bush from the my supervisor was irritating and I could see through his salesman persona which is why I believe he wouldn't meet with me towards the end. The company would occasionally host a company-wide meeting where the heads of each department would essentially brag about how great the company is doing in sales however there suspiciously never seemed to be enough money left over for employees to get more than a 2.5% raise. Meanwhile the CEO recently purchased a new Audi.
Advice to Management
Make it a requirement for upper management to make time to meet with their subordinates when they request time.
Evaluate pay increases for each employee individually, not as a whole department.
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