Pros: Lots of vacation days
Cons: Pretty much everything else
This department has turned into one of the worst jobs I have ever had. First off, most of the work that I do, at least, is mundane and rote, so if you want a job that stimulates your mind, this is not the place to go. Furthermore, there has been a steady downgrade in respect for workers in terms of expectations and their basic rights. We have been chronically under-staffed for months; it started in the fall, got steadily worse, and has only in the past month begun bringing in new employees. At the same time, work loads have increased. Yet employees have been expected to get it done in the same time frame, despite there being fewer people managing higher volume. Plus there has been a steady stream of endless side projects which have taken people away from their work and cut into time further, and they were told to just neglect said work and do the side projects... then people would talk about why the work wasn't getting done. As well as showing a deplorable tendency to not start those projects until the last minute. In January, when things really took a turn for the worse, we were told we had to find and release a load of multiple thousand files in a couple weeks... and the message said the deadline had been established a good couple months ago. Why wait so long to start working on it, then?
As a whole, some management works very hard, but many others just do not seem to be good at managing time. There's a lot of micro-management in this department, as it's been made clear employees are not seen as trustworthy. Some did take advantage and/or break rules, but instead – more... of dealing with them privately, everyone gets punished. Plus there has been a steady rise in demands on personal time and energy, to the point that there is no work-life balance to speak of. Life is work, in this department. As of this point in time, employees are expected to work basically every Saturday, a full eight-hour day. You are expected to have few schedule conflicts, and if you have any, you are in turn also expected to pick up extra hours to "make up for" non-attendance. It is now also customary to require employees to do ten-hour days instead of the eight established as customary, typically with little to no notice. Sometimes they tell us the day of. Recently they have also begun taking away our lunch break, telling us to eat at our desks and keep working- including on lengthened days. This is not just once or twice, it's the majority of an established work week. There is little to no understanding about conflict or difference of duties. Everyone is expected to march in lockstep, and questions are greatly discouraged. So much as a simple clarification can be seen as "questioning authority" and therefore insubordination. It's a very military atmosphere, where obedience is expected to be immediate and absolute, even blind. We are typically kept at least somewhat under-informed, where the management doesn't tell us more than they think we need to know, which is often not a lot.
In short, in this position you will be worked into the ground, receive no work-life balance, or respect as a basic human being or individual. You will be expected to be staunchly, blindly devoted to a position that enacts great demands on you for very little reward or gain in return. Employees are basically treated like mobile office equipment with no personal needs or requirements. I will note now other Mellon departments are not like this. I did contract work in two others, and they both treated me very well. But this department is a pit of despair, and unless serious changes are made in the way things are run, I would not recommend to anyone that they work there. You will very much regret it. – less