To Be Avoided...
Pros: great travel benefits
Cons: you don't have enough vacation time to enjoy the great travel benefits; horrible, cult-like culture
Maybe this is a good company to work for if you are in the call center, where your mission is well-defined.
Maybe this is a good company to work for if you are in computer services and you can are charged with solving very specific problems.
Maybe this is a good company to work for if you are fresh out of college and just don't know any better about how well companies could and should treat employees.
All else need not apply.
As a creative environment, this place is the most maddening, infuriating, ill-focused, and backwards place I've ever worked. First off, our copywriters are largely not writing: We are hacking down and repurposing existing content, more administrators than creative professionals. When we do actually write something, it begins with terrible direction, which then changes constantly over the course of a project. You don't just write it and refine it: You write it, then re-write it, then re-write it innumerable more times while the folks upstairs get their story straight. Good writing is simply not appreciated, and after a while most of us copywriters stopped trying to be good and just tried to make the people in charge happy. Consequently, I wrote a lot of stuff that I considered well beneath my standard of quality, and I insisted that my name be removed from any attribution.
The atmosphere is toxic and corrosive. The company has cultivated an attitude where it is better to be right than to be a good person, and consequently you are constantly demeaned, belittled, and treated as though you were expendable. Women at the company fair particularly badly, – more... which is odd considering there are more women here then men. Women supervisors see other women as threats, and hold them to a different standard. Cattiness and pettiness prevail. Men who are withering or cynical are "funny" and "characters." Women with the same characteristics are "difficult" and "not team players." It's appalling.
The company crows on and on about its "culture," oblivious to the fact that its culture consists entirely of talking about how great its culture is. There is no culture. There is only profit.
Good travel benefits, but those do not offset the ridiculously small amount of vacation time you get and the rather modest salaries. The company is horrible when it comes to paid holidays (you get next to none), and has little regard for their employees' safety, asking them to come in on days when there are hurricanes and terrorist attacks.
If you need a job and can't wait, go for it, but don't get sucked in. It will destroy you. – less