February 5, 2014
I do apologize that you felt that way about Central Research, Inc. We all experience different aspects of a company depending on our perception of reality and how we feel about an event or person.
I am not sure how to take your criticism and better the company seeing as the first statement is actually false. We have a monthly incentive program in which everyone has an opportunity to qualify for a bonus on top of their hourly pay rate. We do have a standard practice to perform our jobs with as little error as possible. It tends to work negatively if someone is constantly performing just as average and having many errors to counteract a positive review of someone's performance. If you were written up for errors, then that is a company policy that we have and everyone understands.
Sometimes we perceive reality of someone getting fired as a negative connotation to a company standard of practice. Most of the employees who have been let go have had the unfortunate history of poor performance or misconduct within the policy of the company.
Honesty is the best policy. Sometimes we are not able to correctly identify or explain a situation that is going on due to the procedures set in place. If someone is fired, then we are not allowed to fully disclose the reasoning behind it due to legal and ethical reasons. If someone partook in misconduct of the employee handbook, then that is grounds for termination as well.
We would like to have as many people on staff as possible and not have to fire anyone, but sometimes a company has to do so to protect others or to set a standard. If there is a policy in the handbook and someone breaks that policy, then appropriate action has to be taken according to the offense.
I am sorry that you felt that way about this company, but I do hope that you have had an opportunity to find another job and have better luck there. I wish you the best in your future endeavors. – less
April 16, 2013
I must know you because I worked there for almost two years. Everything you said is very accurate. I can relate to what you went through. I would be curious to talk if you are no longer at this company. Anyway, I still have nightmares about this company from time to time. Good luck in finding a new position and putting the past behind you!
February 5, 2014
I do apologize on the behalf of Central Research, Inc. that you have the misfortune to connect Central Research to negative connotations that you have posted. It's never our intention to have employees feel that way.
No one is fired on the basis of personality. We have structured our work and pride ourselves on work performed. If someone doesn't meet the standard of productivity that we all have agree upon then appropriate action must be taken. We try to provide employees an opportunity to improve their work performance by taking proper precaution with them. A verbal warning is given, followed by a written warning, and then termination if needed. We always try to provide an employee enough notice relating to their performance and what they should/can do to try and correct it.
When asking as to why someone is fired, it can be a legal and ethical issue to disclose the reasoning behind a termination. If you were to ask the employer, they can be sued for disclosing the termination's details. You are more than welcome to contact or speak with the employee who was let go, but an employer should never disclose to anyone other than Human Resources, Management, and the employee in question as to why they were let go.
The Washington, D.C. business is not a top secret mission in which no one is allowed to know anything about. We do not provide great detail through the hiring process for someone being considered for a position in Lowell as to what happens in Washington, D.C. because you are not working in Washington, D.C. What they do there versus here are two separate entities, but we have always provided information on our website as to who our customers are, http://www.central-research.com/Customers.aspx. If you had asked and someone told you that they couldn't disclose any information then I am sorry that they couldn't better assist you. We do try and offer many specifics when asked, but informing new hires on Washington, D.C. details is not warranted due to the separation of the entities and what each location provides for clients. – less