I worked at Sword & Shield full-time (More than 5 years)
The consulting division does good work and all of them are very knowledgeable.
Upper management tends to micro manage and
I have been working at Sword & Shield (More than 3 years)
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Poor vision, lack proper leadership, for it to be a small company there are huge communication gaps. Executive team is unapproachable and resistant to change. Lack accountability. There are zero women in a directorate role. It's the good ol boys club at the top and they seem to have an issue with talented professional women that are game changers to the industry. Lack diversity amongst its employees. Tendency to overlook those individuals who do the grunt work and are truly responsible for the success of its various departments. Do not know how to handle conflict resolution among staffers. Pulling all the women in the office into a meeting and making the statement that everyone needs to learn how to work together or find new jobs is not the proper way to handle conflict that originated amongst 2 women.
Advice to Management
After 25 years you have final created a HR Manager role!! Imagine how dysfunctional an organization is without this very fundamental position. And that sums it all up. Take care of those who take care of you. Stop making emotional irrational decisions based off of pride and ego and think about the bigger picture. Your money education looks and talents can only get you so far, how you treat people tells all. Integrity is everything
Don't get upset b/c individuals have left your organization when you have said many times that Sword & Shield is a training ground. Sword & Shield has had scores of talented people that were willing and able to catapult this organization to the next level. However due to its pious ignorance Sword & Shield has not reached the level of success it could. The relationships you have with your employees is transactional so do not be dismayed when your long term employees leave for a more relational relationship with other organizations that recognize the jewel that you had but neglected and to properly care for.
There needs to be a complete overhaul with the Executive Team stepping aside and sitting on a board and letting a fresh new team with a relavant perspective take the reigns.
I have been working at Sword & Shield full-time (More than 3 years)
Aggressive growth potential, loyal employees, blanket approach to market saturation, great pay, excellent benefits, meaningful work.
Lack of long term vision, stressful work environment, poor utilization of talents, limited effective marketing, still coming into its own.
Advice to Management
Be loyal to your employees that are loyal to your mission statement. Sword and Shield can be a great part of security for both the Public and Private sectors with more focus on future planning and marketing strategies. Good luck into the future!
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