Benefits, co-workers, raffle tickets to events
Micromanaging, scrutinize everything you do, very mindless work.
Advice to Management
Let employees off the leash. They are smart, and can make good decisions.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at McMaster-Carr (Elmhurst, IL).
I was contacted by a recruiter via Linkedin. After a brief phone conversation, we scheduled an in-person interview. The recruiter had no details on who I would be meeting with, and what I could expect from the interview, other than that were would be some sort of writing exercise, and I should budget "several hours." I ended up answering the same questions over and over again from the same people, which is a glorious waste of everyone's time. I met with four different people, and got a tour of the plant. I wasn't even given the interviewers' last names. Everyone was very kind and spoke highly of the company's benefits. The entire thing lasted nearly 5 hours, which might work fine for the fresh-out-of-the-Ivy-League management candidates they march through there, but isn't very kind to those of us years into the workforce. The writing exercise wasn't too difficult, but it seemed to be the most important thing, as everyone who interviewed me asked about it. You only have an hour for something that they, by their own admission, will take weeks or months to actually conceptualize, tweak and publish. It's a test of how you think about a problem. The final product isn't as important as that. Less than a week later, I got an email from the original recruiter saying they were moving on with other candidates.