I worked at LinQuest as a contractor (Less than a year)
The company trains you how you should work and do your job with effectiveness and efficiency. The amount of details that go into what you look for are also pointed out in training.
If you are not tied into a network, albeit, the "right" network, it does not matter how hard you work, or what you put in, your position is still uninsured unless you have an intense Air Force network, for example, your family member is in the Air Force and somebody at that position, worked for your family member in a past Air Force job.
Also, if you train, and are not on the inside, you making the effort to get feedback for seeing what you need to look at in time for meeting "bell-curve" performances, are put to zero, since when you are able to get feedback, it is too late.
When they schedule the second evaluation, typically goes for 3 days, after you passed the first one for 1 day, you are on their radar for elimination.
Advice to Management
Employees know that small contracting company sacrifices are important. You need to trim where you can and save up as much as possible for a better future, to promise your company's success. If looking to increase your numbers, and want to keep them, make it clear to employees being trained when they are "behind" and what they specifically need to pay attention to, while not leading them on.
This company had real entrepreneurial spirit. It is employee owned, and is gathering good people. One gets the impression that there is real opportunity to establish culture and pursue personal ambitions. Working environments tend to be good, with quality computers, office furniture, etc. Additionally, this company has a very flat corporate structure, making accessible even the most senior levels of management.
The downside is that there are a few dominant personalities which, thus far, have tended to have an disproportionate influence on operations. Additionally, as the branch office that I was working had few administrative support people, communication on topics such as ethics policies, HR, etc. were lacking.
As this is a younger company with some very young branches, some of the wrinkles may yet be worked out through the refinement of fundamental processes.
Advice to Management
Keep trying. There is a great opportunity here for a some very good things to happen, and overall you are on the right track. Spend more time focusing on attitude, culture, and openness to new ideas. Also, flush out some of the training process, HR processes, and protocols.
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