Pros: if you can survive the first three months, you have a really good chance of staying.
Cons: the military isn't as stringent
I made the unfortunate mistake of working at Extron in the 2001. I remember how happy I was to get a job after being unemployed for a few months and making what I thought was a decent wage.
The interview process was not too bad...the young woman who interviewed me was pleasant...I guess I got lucky compared to some others' experiences with HR. The products that they make are top-notch in quality, but there is no love for the employees.
Then the training...everyone, and I mean EVERYONE has to learn how to do some wiring, learn about electronics, etc. It's long, tedious, lasts for about two months, and you are recorded the entire time. Yes, they video record each session to see if you are paying attention, are engaged (asking questions), etc. and will approach you if they see "something".
I recall how there were about 50 of us at the beginning of our training...each week, there were a few less people. Little did I know that their employment policy is a revolving door....people come, are hired, and then let go within three months. By the time I finished my training sessions, there were only about 10 or 12 of us left. Very demoralizing, yet it also makes you feel like you are a survivor, and if you can get through that, you can get through anything.
It is absolutely true about having to ask for permission to use the restroom. If you want to take a break, you cannot do so at your desk. Even if you are a salaried employee, you still need to clock in and out, and will be reprimanded if your are late, even if you work late.
When I completed my assignments, I had to endure three – more... or four layers of management to review my work, each of which would make changes. In the end, my work would be changed back to it's original state.
I too was let go after three months, and I couldn't be happier. Hardly anyone smiled, HR was feared, if you smoke (which I don't) you can't even smoke across the street, you have to take a physical which includes running prior to being hired. I'm surprised that people were proud to say that they have worked there for years...I guess they wear that as a badge of courage.
So, if you want to feel like a valued employee and appreciated for the good work that you do, DO NOT work at Extron. If you are a robot, immune to the lack of interpersonal communication, or are one paycheck away from being homeless, than take your chance and work for Extron. I would rather work three jobs than work at Extron. – less