I worked at Forensic Technology full-time
Specific to the Montreal, Quebec, Canada office:
Being a small company, there were historically few opportunities for advancement or promotion. That issue has been improved by the company’s willingness to move interested employees around to work on diverse projects whenever possible. If you are willing and motivated then there are ample opportunities to work on different projects and learn new skills.
In my experience, those efforts are recognized and rewarded and bring with them even more opportunities.
The people are nice and a pleasure to work with. The people are a lot of what kept me here for so long.
The office is environmentally conscious with recycling and compost collection. An abundance of plants make for a healthy workplace.
Specific to the Largo, Florida, USA office:
I was a motivated, engaged employee of many years who liked my work, my job, the company and my colleagues and had consistently good reviews from other managers. I had no choice but to leave my employment because I was unable to meet a one-time travel requirement due to personal difficulties.
Every alternative and compromise I proposed was rebuffed without consideration or compromise.
It became obvious to me that the determination to have me travel had become about a manager determined to get his own way at any cost to the company.
I have to assume that there is no policy governing employee retention in this office. There also seem to lack any support mechanisms that other companies have for employees expressing personal difficulties that interfere with their work. But that could just be attributed to management apathy. I also have to assume that a manager is not held accountable for the costs — estimated conservatively at 6-9 months salary — of replacing a departing employee for the most banal of reasons. A good leader considers what is best for the company — never a personal need to win — in decision-making. I cannot see how this action could be perceived as giving any thought to what was best for the company.
“People join organizations, they quit managers.”
In my opinion, before considering taking a job in this location, ask yourself what kind of a company would award an employee for hard work at a dinner where he sits with the founder; and then within 3 months the same employee has to leave the company over required travel that in any other company would have been handled by a videoconference if that employee was unable to make the trip.
In my experience, technical knowledge, hard work and ability are not the currency of this office. “My way or the highway” passing as a poor approximation of leadership is. Management seems to have self-invented terms and notions about technical solutions which don’t reflect any real training or understanding of technology. Bringing industry-standard best-practices to the table will not be well-received because they will not be understood.
Please note again that none of this reflects in any way the make-up of the Canadian office — which is managed and staffed by technically knowledgable, informed, nice people.
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