Truly does have open-door policy (necessary with only 70-ish employees). More recently, more employees are encouraged to better interact with ownership through lunch meet-and-greet type programs.
Attempts to create cross-training with MGIS Academy and other opportunities were a wonderful idea - but, unfortunately, it was not lasting (simply faded away) and not a successful implementation.
Company truly does work to support its brokers and reps, educating and fostering them with training and knowledge to become better versed with LTD products
The office space is not "overdone" - could never say that money was being wasted on the office itself being too overly fancy or uneccessary in prestige. It wasn't shabby, and updates were made when needed - I do credit them with tyring to be reasonable with surroundings in order to invest in other areas.
The company has received a couple BEST PLACE TO WORK awards (as have many others) - but it's something the employees feel quite obligated to do as employees. Take it for what it's worth, just another opinion, but trying to be truly fair and honest with a balance of pros and cons.
No room for advancement due to low turnover is simply not true. The company perhaps cannot support more advancement of positions, as it is now very lean (not a large heirarchy)... HOWEVER, there is CERTAINLY high turnover at MGIS. I've witnessed quite the opposite in a relatively short time - including a single, large layoff which eliminated half the workforce (it used to numer nearly 150). New management and new positions have come from outside sources.
Outsourced consulting is too heavily relied upon, at the expense of overlooking, or eliminating valuable internal resources.
Times are tight all over; but money is being spent on some very unneccessarily expensive outsourcing while the few employee perks are cut back more each year.
Advice to Management
I understand the need to promote the company through social media, but the feeling that that previous review was far overdone (with the "cons" answer being far too contrived as a textbook answer to an interviewer's "what is your greatest weakness") is just not realistic or fair.
Look within. You've lost some of your most valuable players and supporters while simply looking outside at inefficient and expensive resources. At the same time, you're overlooking some very serious issues with existing managers who aren't competent and are causing more damage by the day.
Practice what you preach. As nearly every company can be guilty, MGIS is trying to espouse values best found in organizational behaviour courses at Harvard Business School, while practicing the opposite. If you can watch 'Office Space' and find the humourous exaggerations a little too close to home, there's a reason. Forced fun can't make up for ongoing morale busters. I feel the place is going downhill in satisfaction.
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