Comfortable place to work if you don't mind nasty office politics
RD Specialist, West Sacramento, CA - February 1, 2016
The job itself is good work. You can work 9am to 5pm and have a one hour lunch break and everybody at West Sacramento will do this. There's not a whole lot of micromanagement, for the most part you do your work on your own schedule and as long everything gets done timely you won't have any problems. There's nobody breathing down your neck and it feels pretty nice. The pay is good comparatively to other similar companies and there are plenty of meetings and company perks like swag, appreciation events etc.
Management is very disorganized. There is no real leadership in West Sacramento. It's more like whoever yells the loudest gets first dibs but it's only the management who are listened to. If you are a Bachelors' degree RD Specialist compared to a pHD Scientist then you pretty much have no voice. Treatment of the Bachelor's degree level people continues to deteriorate. And if you are Scientist level person then even then it doesn't mean that you get treated well. If you are a favorite of management - then you might be treated well. The rest are fighting for scraps and the Bachelor's people are more like second class citizens. They get paid well so they better not say anything and just get the work done.
There is no support for any kind of problem. Be warned. If you report anything to HR - those people get a PIP, then admin leave and then they disappear. It's happened many times while I was there. Be wary if they do an investigation as well as almost everyone I've ever known who had an investigation never came back regardless of where the blame lay. Also be warned - that when going to HR - to avoid problems with conflicting stories always... always send complaints through the computer system and put everything in WRITING. I wish somebody had warned me about this.
In terms of promotion from within - especially for the Bachelor's level people, they speak a lot of people development strategy but in reality its all lip service. The truth is that the company is just too big and there are too little spots for moving up. They also prefer to hire from outside the company when a promotion is available. It is a comfortable job, you just have to be satisfied with the status quo. If a person is talented - mostly they end up leaving to go upward in a different company. Because of this mindset - the company has a very high turnover rate.