Free Lunch on Fridays from nice places. Some of the reviews make that out to be a minor thing, but of everywhere I've worked in the past, they might have bought us lunch twice a year (maybe). So, yes, the owners are nice and promote our well being. They don't push the staff to develop work like previous employers did. The owners are very active and creative in developing new opportunities. They tolerate far more from their staff in terms of poor behavior and attitude than anywhere else I've worked or ever experienced. Meaning they don't fire anybody until all avenues have been exhausted. Pro or Con? I think it is a "pro" that they are patient, but a definite "con" that they don't just cut the nonsense earlier. They have an interestingly energetic and perky business development manager (one of the owner's wives) that should have a head cheerleader when it comes to the business. Many don't like her because she insists on delivering what we promise to clients and being accountable, but then again, would we be in business long if we didn't? The Company has a very diverse staff mix (entry level through Ph.D / entry level through 30+ years / Ph.D's, PG's, PE's) with an interesting global reach for what could be considered a small regional firm. The firm has a global reach for what would otherwise be considered a regional firm. They encourage us to think outside the box and be successful irrespect of age or experience.
Leadership isn't very clear at times. The two owners appear to be very bright and expereinced in their own respective areas; however, their personality types are on opposite ends of the spectrum and that often comes across as a mixed message in a small firm. They need to appoint one manager for an office and then funnel their desires, expectations and requirements through that person to get the collective message to the staff. Expectations should be clearer and then enforced accordingly. Presently, this is where management is divided and should close the gap. Don't be afraid to tell a staff member to leave that says that he / she isn't going to do what is asked.
Advice to Management
Learn a better system of commend and correct. Set goals and expectations more clearly. One focal point for management. Too many leaders and not enough followers, sometimes. Hire more experienced people that actually want to work. Promotoe baance between home and work. At the same time, make it clear that if something is due out that all staff members help in getting the job done. Have a system whereby the junior people pay their dues. Right now at World, 20% of the staff do 80% of the overtime to make deadlines. Some of the former "managers" didn't quite understand how to balance this aspect and make the junior staff more accountable. If we aren't taught now, when will be? Quit being afraid of insisting what you want from the staff. If people don't want to work and hide in the weeds, why do you want them anyway?
I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at WORLD Environmental (Spring, TX).
Unprofessional and illegal... Asked me if I have any kids and if I was married, really?
Lowballed but I have obligations so I took it at the time.
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