I have been working at GWI full-time (More than a year)
Personal connection with management possible. Fairly relaxed atmosphere. Modern policy on telecommuting.
Lower pay than industry average. Regular shakeups and layoffs without warning. Incompetent mid-management. Disproportionate resource allocation and imbalanced salaries, even within same departments and job titles.
Advice to Management
Evaluate from the top down your strong performer and reward accordingly. Biggest gripe I heard from fellow co-workers in my time was pay raises being doled out on a departmental basis instead of going to those that most deserved it. Star performers in each department lack incentive.
None. Nada. Zilch. Zippo. Goose egg. Diddly squat. Zero.
Seriously - run, run long, run hard. Just run away from this place.
Everything. Where do I begin?
Culture: Negativity & hostility
A negative culture is not only the way of life but sadly, it is encouraged. There is absolutely no teamwork whatsoever and you can expect that the entire company will know within seconds of you making a mistake. I haven't seen so many cliques and so much immaturity since high school. Name calling, finger pointing and harassment are all part of a typical work day. I believe that one person in particular must have some sort of blackmail on someone because no other employer would allow his behavior.
Training - Non-existent
Expect to learn everything by osmosis and in record time. Written policies and procedures are extremely rare and, if found, are likely outdated. Think you can get help from coworkers? Probably not. Even in the unlikely event that you find someone willing to help, their workload will prevent that. You are set up to fail from the day you start and the vultures start circling just waiting for your demise.
Dress Code: Come as you are... literally
Whatever you roll out of bed in is completely acceptable. Seriously, don't go buy new clothes - or even bathe. Ripped jeans, band t-shirts, sweatpants, tank tops - anything stained or dirty. Honestly, anything goes. Personal hygiene? Who cares! This company wouldn't recognize professionalism if it smacked them in the face.
Drug Tests: That's just silly talk
Work Environment: Nasty old building
You will be embarrassed to tell your friends where you work. Let alone bringing important business clients by.
"Management": note the quotes
Middle managers are not allowed to actually manage their teams and "senior management" spends more time drinking tall ones & gossiping about other employees at the local watering hole on their lunch break than worrying about any of the above issues.
CEO: Anti-social Hermit
Rarely emerges from his office and, when he does, expect him to look in the other direction rather than saying hello. Couldn't care less about any of the above issues.
Compensation: Varies wildly for the same title
It's all in who you know - not what you know. After being there for one year, you will receive a bonus in the form of a $15.00 check. Said check will be taxed as a bonus so you can expect to take home between $7.00 - $8.00. I would advise you to invest rather than spending it all in one place.
Advice to Management
I tried. You don't care. You pretend to at first but then realize that change will require effort. You will continue losing good and well-intentioned people until you recognize that your current model is just not working. Your employees are unhappy and the ones that have been there for a long time are only there for the 7 weeks vacation. Essentially, they are there just because of the amount of time that they don't have to be there. Think about that. It's sad.
"Treat your employees like they make a difference and they will".
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