Horrible management with no discerneable people skills. Cliques and boy's clubs.
Pros: stepping stone
Cons: management, systems
First let me preface this with the fact that this office was purchased from JPMorgan by Livingston. This is not a indictment of Livingston International but rather the management of this office.
The problems are Livingston kept the existing management in place, and they, in turn, refused to integrate into the greater culture of Livingston.
Petty management, systems that are held together with tape, reactive, rather than proactive management. More time is spent on clerical minutia, than on actual work. Large volums of personal CYA, because there's always a bus looking for someone to run over. Got a family? TOO BAD. Medical problem, work around them.
Most people are pretty decent, they are in the same boat afterall, but there are others who have reached their zenith, and are quite protective of their perch.
Management views people who leave as poor employees who were recruited away by opportunistic companies. They never look to themselves as bearing any responsibility. The odd thing is, almost without exception, these "poor" employees are now advancing in their careers.
What I've learned, a five minute job can be micro-managed, meeting and measured into a multi month project. Don't think for yourself, it could contradict someone's process. While other parts of the company work together, this office works apart and against. Its greatest product is meetings and meeting minutes.
Hardest part of the job is "we know better than you do", effectively ZERO support, bureaucracy and systems that are less efficient than paper and pencil processes.
The most enjoyable part was when I gave my notice. While moving out of state was not my first choice, the decision has allowed me to grow professionally and nearly double my pay.
There was a lot of hope that the purchase by Livingston would result in significant changes. Per my friends who remain, "not so much"