It was a great place to work for 24 years.Loved it.
Over the years I carried out many different roles for electrician to instrument technician,maintenance planner,electrical engineer and continuous improvement engineer.
I've been working with the company for over 6 years and here are my thoughts on the company in it's current state:
Work life balance is very poor and you will be expected to work whatever hours are required to get the job done in entry level positions. I fully accept that this is the case periodically in most jobs but for the past two years I have finished work on time on less than 10 occasions. And, as a large number of teams are underresourced, the norm is for staff to work much more than their contracted number of hours per week without any chance of getting any time in lieu or paid overtime. This lack of necessary resources to manage the workload has been highlighted to senior management in the company but has been ignored (as it would affect profitability on which their bonuses are measured against). A team in one department in the local organization are expected to do approximately 3-4 times more work than the benchmarked average for their department with no plans to increase headcount or reduce workloads.
Field based staff get considerably less benefits than office based employees do and they are generally not considered as favourably as office based staff when it comes to filling internal vacancies.
The salarys paid in general are considerably less favourable than what our direct competitors pay their equivalent staff (between 10-20k pa less) with an inferior benefits package.
The senior leadership team decided to change the bonus structure this year which will result in my bonus being reduced significantly as a result (I consulted a solicitor about this - more...
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Long Hours, politics, poor management, bad pay, poor benefits, underresourced.
Busy, quiet environment.
nice people and very nice office.
good training provided.
all round good company - cares about its people
Lots of fun things to do as a team, bbq's team sports days, lunch time quiz etc
Training available, occasional treats such as massage, lunch time lectures etc