Hilldun Corp is a family owned business. It is conveniently located near Penn Station, which makes it easily accessible to employees who live outside the city. Regular work hours are 9-5, so there is no need to worry about long hours and overtime. They honor all Federal and Jewish holidays, which is very helpful for employees with children who may be out of school during those times. The company is closed from Christmas to New Years, and all employees receive pay for that week. Christmas bonuses are also given, which, in my opinion, is quite rare in today’s world.
Room for growth is extremely limited. Although some employees have been there for over a decade, few have moved on to any positions of substance. Most managerial positions are filled by family and/or outside hires. Some employees are promoted to the position of Team Leader. In addition to their regular duties, Team Leaders are responsible for making sure that all employees within their assigned sections are not socializing, using their cell phones, or being disruptive. However, as far as I am aware, Team Leaders are not included in manager meetings.
The work environment is very strict. If you are not a manager, you are not allowed to leave the office without permission unless you are on your lunch break. You are also not allowed to order breakfast, as this is considered a non-work activity and should be satisfied before work hours. You are not allowed to use your cell phone during work hours unless it is an emergency or you have permission. You are expected to remain in your seat at all times unless you are using the restroom and/or getting coffee (the restroom and coffee machine are placed directly in front of a manager’s office). There are systems/protocols in place to monitor and observe all non-managerial employees to make sure no rules are being broken and all employees are being productive throughout the workday.
Benefits and PTO leave much to be desired. Medical Insurance is offered, but the standard plan comes with high copays. Vision and dental plans are not offered (although there are limited services offered under the medical plan). All glasses, contacts, fillings, extractions, root canals, etc., are out of pocket expenses for employees. There is no FSA plan. Using PTO may be a bit of a challenge. Aside from calling out, it is not easy to be approved for time off. Be prepared to explain why you need the day off/need to be late and/or leave early. 4 hours of PTO will be docked if you leave early/arrive late due to appointments/other engagements, despite the actual amount of hours used. You may be asked to reschedule any and all appointments (including surgery) if they feel your absence will be disruptive to the workplace. In the past, half days were not approved and employees were forced to take a full day, even if they only needed to leave an hour or two earlier than usual. In my personal opinion, this practice of gouging PTO time is in place to discourage employees from interviewing/seeking other employment.
Before you accept an offer, please be sure to read the handbook in its entirety and make sure that your responsibilities are given to you in writing to avoid complications after you are hired.