The owners are very open and receptive to change and compromise. The people I work with are good people who mean well and work hard towards that goal. They are trying to create a family type atmosphere and very laid back.
The benefits are terrible compared to larger companies. The time-off requests are looked upon unfavorably and often times make you feel guilty. They sometimes tell you one thing but do something else although it is often unintended. It also creates unintended harm and falsely leads people to a different expectation.
Advice to Management
Really listen to the employees and act upon the actionable parts of it. It appears too few are actually able to influence and make real changes. You can be a great company if you dare to listen and act first. Please try to keep the place happier by offering higher benefits such as 401(k) even if there is no matching.
The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at MS Technologies (Dallas, TX) in February 2011.
I initially conversed off linkedIN with one of the sales executives for the company. He invited me to talk to the partners who had reviewed my linked in profile and wanted me to possible do a 1099 job while I was interviewing with other companies. I accepted.
Fast forward to weeks later, I had received two offers from potential employers and asked the owners if they were interested. They said they were and came with an offer. I countered the initial offer with additional vacation time.
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