Pros: caring management, decent pay
Cons: terrible benefits, smoking allowed
A2Z Field Services was called the fastest growing company in the Columbus areas for 2012. The company is doing very well, and expanding rapidly, which means that there is a lot of room for professional growth if you start at the bottom. The upper management is very caring of its employees, and the CEO and SVP knows everyone in the company and they go out of their way to make the atmosphere a nice place to work. It is a good place to work if you are young, have no kids, and did not go to college. On the other hand, if you went to college, you will be very bored. The work is monotonous and boring and the same every day, and while you can advance, you might not go too far up the ladder. You will not feel challenged. You do not need any sort of degree to work any position at A2Z, so you will feel like your time in college is wasted. The benefits are horrible; worse than anywhere I have ever worked. You start with only 12 days of PTO per year, which is accumulated. You don't know if your PTO request will be approved until the afternoon before the day you want off. You have to work the day after Thanksgiving and the day before Christmas. You can get vision/dental/medical, but the co-pays are enormous ($50 for an office visit, $100 for urgent care, $200 for emergency room, and those are just to get in the door). Disability is something you buy yourself. I pay $80/month for mine. They do not have a 401K, pension, or anything to save for retirement. If you have kids, you can forget about seeing them, and vacations are out because you get so little PTO that you use all your PTO on their sick days. Finally, they allow smoking outside the building, so the building constantly reaks of cigarette smoke and you go home smelling like it, especially in winter. In essence, if you did not go to college and don't have kids, the people are nice and it is a good place to work. Once you have kids, you might want to go somewhere with better benefits.