administrative assistant, Cheshire CT - May 3, 2015
as an administrative assistant typical day for me consisted of running around like a chicken with its head cut off, literally. pulling files and putting files away in the file room for underwriters was a big part of the day, sabotage was very big with some of the colleges in the department that would intentionally hide files so they could go to the boss and complain that you were not doing your job properly and did not know what you were doing. pulling reports for higher ups in the department was also common since they were to busy staring out the window all day long. one of the worst parts of the job was LAZY co-workers that would jam the copy machine up and call you to remove the papers from the machines, just as bad was when the copy machines would run out of ink it was again your job to change the ink cartridges since doing this was BELOW many of the people in the department,some of whom were very stuck up. one of the stupidest things i have ever seen was every month was the "in" crowd would go around decorating people's cubicle's with balloons, streamers, and so forth. everyone was expected to buy gifts for whoever's birthday happen to fall in that month. this was by no means fair either, the people that were in the "in" crowd received the majority of the gifts leaving the rest of us out of hard earned money! office politics and favoritism was definitely common there as in most companies, if you were in with the "in" crowd you were fine, otherwise you would be set up to fail, by co-workers and management. bonuses were good, along with the 401k and the health benefits. HAI group Cheshire is more like a country club with its cookouts, dress down days where some people literally looked like they came to work in their pajamas, Christmas parties, and yes there is more then one Christmas party. food is found almost daily in departments, leaving one to gain weight while working there even though there is a small gym for employees to work out in. having worked in the underwriting department as an administrative assistant definitely was eye opening, the higher you were up in the department the more you got away with, while the lower you were in the department the worse you were treated. management had their "pets" there and did their best to sabotage you if you were not in the "in" click, and yes eventually you would be fired for something petty and stupid. human resources also took great pride in letting someone go. employee growth is based on who you know and once again if you are in with the "in" crowd you have it made, otherwise not so much so, glad i got out when i did.