There were a lot of opportunities to learn different aspects of the company, and take on additional responsibilities, if you were willing to work hard and go out of your comfort zone.
My co-workers were the greatest group of people with whom I've ever had the pleasure to work. It really was like a "family" most times.
The company did do things to encourage employee interaction and to build morale, such as "birthday bashes" to celebrate birthdays of employees, as well as carnival games, hot dogs and hamburger cook-outs in the parking lot in the summertime, Mr. Softee visits also in summer, bowling nights, and raffling off Omaha Steak gift baskets. All of these were much appreciated by most employees.
High deductible health care plan, no contribution to 401k, and vacation topped out at 3 weeks after 10 yrs of service were some of the cons, along with having employees sign a form stating if they were separated from the company, either of their own accord or a company decision, the company reserved the right to not pay accrued vacation. Definitely not a morale builder.
Advice to Management
I wish management was a little less "entrepreneurial" and a little more "meat and potatoes", meaning I wished they'd hung in there with the "mom and pop" stores instead of giving everything away to the big box stores and chains which just kept taking from us (time, money,resources, etc.).
Also, would have liked management to learn what it took to perform each job function, so they would know what they were asking of their employees to know if someone did a bad job, a good job, or an outstanding job. With each round of layoffs, more and more responsibilities were placed on surviving employees, which meant longer hours worked, and were obviously financially uncompensated, if salaried.
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