Lean Culture, both good and ugly
N/A (Former Employee) – Redmond, WA – November 8, 2017
Ok place to work, but all of the company’s problems boil down to two root causes:
- Policies and procedures that are supposed to be temporally used during times of financial hardship have been the norm for years. Examples include using layoffs to balance the budget, cuts to employee activities and wellness programs, ~2% annual pay increases, and <2% annual bonuses.
- Executive team is so focused on short-term financials that they forget to be leaders. This trickles down to mid-level and senior management who then do not have the guidance they need to run the company long-term.
If you’re a production worker, your work is primarily sitting looking under a microscope. Some people like it, others don’t. Expect between $16 to $23 dollars per hours average starting wage. Production is a good team though they’re the first to be laid off during a downturn. Historically this has occurred about once a year.
If you’re an engineer, your work is exactly how you would expect. You have room for growth though benefits are mediocre. The company needs to invest in its engineers.
If you’re a support staff member, expect to carry the weight of the company with little to minimal recognition and average salary with mediocre benefits.
For you, there’s lots of room to learn, lots of work to do, but expect lower investment.
Pro: work life balance, opportunities to grow your career (especially for younger workers)
Con: low investment in its employees