Pros: good healthcare benefits, flexible schedule, flexible breaks, good amount of sick leave for salaried staff
Cons: no attempt at keeping up morale, lots of finger pointing, root cause investigations begin and end in engineering, very little pay for the amount of money we are responsible for ($38, 000 a year, and i am solely responsible for a $25 million dollar account!), iowa state grads get preference over every one else, most information provided for your job is a decade old and wrong, but it will be your fault when you make a mistake
Altec is a very stressful, finger pointing environment where you will never be thanked, and mostly barely be acknowledged. They have a annual review of their employees with a possible rating of 1-5 the scoring system goes like this
1 - Probationary period (In reality they would have fired you already)
2 - Below expectations (If you get a two you are – more... getting ready to be fired, so start looking for another job. You will get 2's on individual categories but if you get an overall 2 you should look for a job!)
3 - Meets expectations (Altec takes this to mean that you go above and beyond every single day and are perfect in every way) This WILL be your score
4 - Exceeds Expectations - (You cannot get a 4 don't even try)
5 - You are a Unicorn (Much like Unicorns 5's don't exist! Again don't try)
Overall Management doesn't care about the employees, all you will hear is that you are losing money for the company, yet every year they tell you how they had a record breaking year...essentially they think you are stupid and can't remember what they said the other 364 days of the year!
Management has different rules for different employees and it all depends on the friends/enemies you make. If you start in some positions (sales, quality, manufacturing) you have potential to move up in the company, if you start in Apps Engineering you are screwed, you better glue yourself to your seat for the next 25 years and be ready to take your whippings like a good little stepchild.
I have been with the company for 11 years, and am still there and considered an exceptional employee, but will be leaving soon to start a new career – less