Pros: flexibility in time to be at work, long lunches were acceptable and great boss and team members.
Cons: working overtime without pay, having to pick up other lazy people's weight and responsibilities that were not supposed to be mine.
Typical day consisted of supporting the meeting planners with the coordination and maintenance of programs and events. (Registration in event management tool SignUp4, running reports and exporting them into excel to send to the sales force 3 times a week, communicating with sales force and surgeons attending the programs, arranging transportation with the corporate travel agency for all attendees, testing registration sites before they were launched, creating name badges, participants lists and tent cards, helped with shipping materials out, lots of customer service for attendees and sales force and daily administrative tasks.
I learned how to create registration sites on my own and basically everything I did. I was trained by a great co-worker and learned a lot about prioritizing, communicating with surgeons, and what the programs entailed. The event management tool (SignUp4) we transitioned to in the beginning and I learned how to utilize it for every meeting created. I learned about the medical devices and what actually went on at the meetings such as the faculty teaching technique of our products to other surgeons and why our products are better.
Management was ok, the director of my manager was always wanting me to do things for her team which were not my responsibilities, but I did them anyway. I felt like we were the "go to" team just because we were so good at what we did. I did not feel appreciated by the director.
My boss and co-workers in the beginning were great. Towards the end we had one meeting planner that ended up making me do so much extra work that was – more... not needed, due to her laziness and lack of communication and not wanting to listen to our boss. She was always causing problems.
The hardest part of the job was the time limits for program execution. Other departments that we needed information from would not get the information we needed till the last minute, so we would have to running around last minute to do our part of the job. We were supposed to have 3 months to prepare for a meeting and they would spring one on us a month before, but we had to follow orders of course, from the higher ups.
The most enjoyable part was my team. My manager was the best manager I could ever ask for and really cared about my growth and development. I could go to her with any problems and talk about anything. As well as my one co-worker that trained me and taught me everything I know. Those two just made me want to come to work every day. The environment in the office itself was quite fun as well. Employees were always joking around and having fun and it was pretty laid back. We would have team building events, go out for lunches, it was great. – less