Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CA – March 20, 2014
Cons: difficult managers, few/short breaks, few/spotty benefits, extremely low pay, very low pay raises, lack of flexibility
The company selectively hires very young people and takes advantage of the economy and their inexperience with negotiation to offer very low pay and other benefits (which they present as "generous"). Most employees here are drastically underpaid for their background, education, and current position - their compensation is often well below the average – more... when compared to the same position in the general population. In addition, pay raises are practically non-existent at 2% a year for the average employee.
Management is awful. The branch manager routinely micromanages activities that do not require such scrutiny while simultaneously failing to appropriately manage situations needing immediate attention. Also fails to show employees a modicum of respect by failing to listen to employees' ideas or plans of action -- immediately rejects plans or ideas out of hand, but often brings them up later as an original idea. Upper management refuses to do anything to address deficiencies of lower lever management and actively encourages employees to find other employment if they don't like it.
Office politics and favoritism run rampant in the office. Management selectively hires and promotes employees of similar cultural ancestry or background (who are often lacking or straight up incompetent) rather than the employees who have put in the time and effort and are deserving of the promotion. Office bullying is also a serious problem. HR is worse than useless; their only interest is to protect the company from lawsuits rather than to ensure that situations are handled appropriately.
Bottom line is that company does not truly care about their employees in any sense. – less