I worked at Totura & Co. full-time
Bait - salary/benefits/job description/responsibilities
Everything presented as pristine with a long-term future assured. Puts a good foot forward initially, asking for innovative, solution oriented team members.
Switch - salary/benefits/job description/micro-management of the simplest of tasks
Arbitrary, punitive and rooted in favoritism at the highest levels with no regard for integrity, any initiative is met with stone-like resistance as the culture punishes and ridicules thinkers.
Advice to Management
Advice to management is utterly useless unless your goal is to find a new job. Doug Totura has found a few very competent people, but has allowed total incompetence to take over at the highest level.
I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Totura & Co. in May 2009.
President of the company interviewed me as he had met me before. He was evasive about salary, benefits, costs of benefits, vacation, work/flex time. He was not transparent and seemed to hold information close to his chest. He did not give any indication of when he would be making a decision nor gave me any type of feedback as to what he liked about me. After the interview I kept looking for other jobs as I did not get the feeling he was that interested in me. Several weeks later he called and offered me a job, I turned it down. He kept calling and eventually we worked out the details and I accepted a position. A better offer came to me and I decided to accept it, turning down the Totura offer of employment.
There was not much room for negotiation. It seems this company does not check the market place for a baseline on salary and bonuses.
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