Pros: fully paid vacation, decent salary
Cons: no upward mobility, no company resources
This company is located in Kabul, Afghanistan:
This was an enjoyable overall experience, but there were a few downsides.
What I like about this company were the family values associated with this company's everyday decision-making. It was truly a mom & pop shop type operation. The thing I hated most about KBR were all the dam SOPs and written procedures. The thing I loved most about REED were the lack of written policies and procedures.
Another plus to this company from an American standpoint was the exposure to South African culture. There is a down side to it, but overall it is a very respectable culture with a strong history. I learned so much about a history that I never had any exposure to.
The downside to South African culture is a lack of respect for Americans. Unfortunately, they think that all Americans are lazy and high maintenance. All I can say is that there is an overpopulated amount of bad apple Americans within contracting, and that has a lot to do with it.
In general, the South Africans have a very good standing policy for how to conduct business: you take care of me, and I'll take care of you. Because I did such a dam fine job of taking care of the contract, my employees, and the company, I always got what I wanted.
The only thing that was really lacking were the salaries. Because REED had to underbid their competitors so much, the salaries were about 30% less than they should have been.