All technician & installer positions REQUIRE EXTENSIVE TRAVEL and are probably best suited for the young, single, or those whose only interest in life is their work.
The Technicians & Installers were some of the best I've ever worked with although MOST were unhappy at work and planning their own exit strategy. Many of these employees were more than capable of doing the job I was hired for but the company seems to prefer hiring from the outside rather than promoting from within. Management & Engineers were the worst I've ever worked with...no exceptions! The company makes every attempt to skirt federal labor laws (e.g. paying for travel, etc) despite their reliance on government jobs. Employees are expected to use personal vehicles for work and pay for expenses up front (reimbursed later). Medical benefits are extraordinarily expensive!!
Field Service work assigned with no background, system plans, appointment time (other than "lunchtime"), or parking/building access information.
Rack builds (with incorrect plans)
Warehouse & shipping detail
All technicians regularly sent home early
Knowing E1's historical travel requirements, I made it crystal clear that I was not willing to be away from home for more than a few day at a time, and no more than once or twice in any given month (rare instances, excluded). With this agreement in place, I accepted a Lead position with ExhibitOne. Four days into the job, I was sent to Texas for 1 week where I was primarily tasked with sorting trash & stray product. Upon my return, I was asked to resubmit my timesheet as the company was unwilling to pay wages for time en route to/from the job site (2 full days) - I did not comply. The remainder of my time served at E1 was spent as described above, when I was not applying for security clearances, getting fingerprinted, or sitting on my hands due to severe lack of work. It took six weeks of "encouragement" to get the company to finally provide the promised tool kit necessary for the job. The promised company credit card was never provided making job related purchases of tools, supplies & gas impossible. My final week at E1 was spent questioning management about why I was hired (when there was no work), what I was hired for (as I had not been utilized as expected, despite the rather large rate of pay), and why EXTENSIVE and frequent travel was being scheduled despite pre-hire agreements. In the end, management had to apologize and admit that the job I was promised did not actually exist.
The best part of the job was the interaction with the Technicians & Installers. The pay rate was nice too.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with management. Their incompetence, dishonesty, and severely limited communication skills made an effective working relationship impossible.
The one thing I learned here is that no agreements should ever be made unless they are first clearly presented in writing and then signed by all interested parties.