I have been working at Soldream full-time (Less than a year)
Coworkers are mostly friendly, there is plenty of work to keep busy, and the commute from my home to work is only about ten minutes.
The pay, compared to the industry average for an engineer with a mechanical engineering degree and Six Sigma training is about 25% less than the center of the bell curve. Benefits aren't made available until you've worked for 90 days, and the upper management team lacks engineering experience (they hold business degrees, computer science degrees, etc). They acquire jobs and promise our customers unrealistic turnaround times. And when the product doesn't meet the delivery date, m y department receives the blame. I'm constantly asked to work on Saturday, and if I'm unable to make it in, I'm required to work remotely from home over the weekend. There is very little acknowledgement of the extra hours we are already putting in during the week, and the pay definitely does not coincide with the hours they expect you to work. Also, there is no Human Resources Department. On the one occasion I had a problem with a superior, I was told to present my issue to one of two people in management; one of those people being the one I had a problem with. Very poorly structured front office team.
Advice to Management
Management is aware that they have a problem with high employee turnover. They need to identify why they cannot keep employees long term and correct it. They can start by giving their employees a salary commensurate with their education and job experience. Also, management needs to recognize that people require a work/life balance. Getting burnt out is quite common at this company. If the company is so desperate to accomplish work, perhaps they need to evaluate hiring additional staff rather than treating their employees like they are company property and working us to the point of exhaustion. We are educated people who can bring a lot to the table. This company needs to get rid of their "retail run" attitude and offer a little more dignity to the employees, such as providing benefits no later than 30 days into the job, paying us, at the very least, fair market value, and immediately end the expectation to work beyond our normal 9 hour workday and eliminate the expectation for us to work EVERY weekend, whether it's at the company or from home, working remotely.
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