Pros: challenging work, fast paced environment, very diverse, excellent benefits, flexible schedule, excellent resources to do your work.
Cons: constant reorganizations, work-life balance does not exist adjust or look for other work, very competitive environment measured versus colleagues sometimes impact true teamwork.
Excellent company. Work is very challenging, complex programs and projects, and the pace is very fast. Very diverse work environment. There is international contact even for positions that are domestic in nature. Provides opportunity to work with and learn from colleagues in other regions (Europe, Asia, Latin America, etc.). Almost all work is cross – more... functional; matrix environment.
Great benefits (variety of free drinks and some snacks). Many jobs allow for flexibility to work remotely (e.g. from home, remote offices, etc.). Much is expected of the employees including long days and sometimes weekends. Co-workers (mostly) great to work with. They are driven yet easy to get along with. One tough situation is that performance is not only measured against objectives, but against your colleagues. At yearly review time, it creates a bit of a tense environment, but it's manageable.
Management: in a 100,000 employee and approximately 30-40,000 contractors, the talent varies. The process for establishing performance objectives is very well established so "self-management" is very important. In addition, there are constant re-organizations so that could be distracting. There is a constant effort to minimize bureaucracy given the size of the company.
Lots of virtual team work with regular progress reviews. Weekly for run operations and core teams, monthly and quarterly with management. A lot of interdependence with other groups so cross group collaboration is a must. Managing a large volume of email is a must as receiving dozens of emails a day is standard; in busy periods over 100 emails a day is not uncommon nor 60+ hour weeks.
Overall, an excellent company. Challenging work with aggressive targets. – less