I finally found a place to work where I genuinely look forward to walking into work in the morning. I get there early, not because I have to but because I want to. I leave late not because I have to but because I want to. I feel that my work matters and my position is respected. I have become completely immersed in the company and because it is growing so rapidly, it feels like I am making a difference and being involved at every turn. The company is family owned and operated and they make you feel like you are a part of that family. Plus, moving into a new building (formerly the Compuware building) that has been beautifully renovated makes coming to work even better! The company puts on internal career fairs to promote upward mobility within the company. Further, the company pays their employees generously, implementing a minimum wage of 17.00 per hour. There is an entire "culture" department committed to putting on fun events, after work sporting leagues, weekly happy hours paid for by the company, and promoting the "family values:" Passion, Vision, Integrity, and Quality.
Some employees who have proven to be incompetent and inefficient are given too many chances to change their way and could be terminated more readily and replaced with employees who embody passion, vision, integrity, and quality which are the company's keys to success.
Advice to Management
Keep doing what you are doing. You make your employees feel like they are making a difference in the company and that their work matters.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Caidan Management Company (Detroit, MI).
There was one interview and then an offer for immediate hire. Interview was with all the IS managers. The interview focused on a JAD session, which never occurs in the actual job. The organization has no notion of how JAD sessions work. There was also a focus on object modeling to create a conceptual data model. That doesn't occur in the real job either. The interview was fairly pleasant but promised more than it turned out to be. Don't be fooled by words like "professional" or "team".
There wasn't much negotiation. they came up a little bit, but not much. There was no mentioning of the employee handbook. I didn't get that until after I had declined a better but temporary job offer elsehere. If you interview here, ask for a copy of the handbook. Although not legally binding as a part of the contract, it needs to be reckoned with, because Meridian Health Plan / Caidan Management Company will enforce it or fire you.
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