I have been working at FosterThomas full-time (More than 3 years)
Remote work - Glassdoor says minimum of 20 words but I don't have that many pros. Working remotely is the only pro.
Travel policy - someone else makes your travel arrangements with little input from you. You could have to stay in a truck stop hotel or fleabag motel. You do not receive reimbursement for lunch OR incidentals when you travel for FT. Expense reimbursements take over 8weeks. There is no per diem. The mileage is reimbursed at a rate lower than the IRS standard. The expense reimbursement is done via excel spreadsheet.
Bait and switch is what I experienced. Listed below are some of the broken promises made during the offer and acceptance - bonuses, 6 month reviews, & certification.
There is a huge conflict of interest with having the PM also manage the SME's.
Micromanaging: how quickly you should reply to emails, consistently going over scheduled time in meetings, last minute meetings for non-essential items, dictating shift start and end times, dictating every minute of time when on client site to ensure team only has enough alone time to sleep and shower. Consistent inconsideration of time in areas where consideration could be exercised to make the team comfortable and feel appreciated.
There is the high likelihood of being laid off from your full time salaried position if your client doesn't buy your product. The lay off would be for the duration of the project which because of lack of guidance and failure to set proper client expectation, could extend far beyond scope.
Corporate leaders come across as money hungry, thoughtless, careless.
Advice to Management
It is a conflict of interest to have PM also be managers of SME's.
Employees that travel are not property.
Make it clear to staff that certain subjects should not be discussed such as sex, politics, race, and religion.
Update the expense system and send reimbursements through the payroll. Update the payroll system and allow the employees to use ESS. You're a consulting company and should be an example of how it should be done. Allow employees to make their own travel arrangements. issue per diems via payroll and stop with all the recipes and excel spreadsheets. Seriously? Let the employee change their own password on the company email. This is clearly a security risk.
Lastly, it's not 1980. Even though some staff may be more comfortable in 1980, that's not where we are headed. Learn a management style that attracts and retains millennials. In other words, focus on getting the job done well and efficiently and stop focusing on following a methodology that everyone else is using as a GUIDELINE.
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