Watch Your Back Enviroment
General Manager, Houston, TX - May 15, 2015
HR is NOT your friend! They, like most HR departments, are there to protect the company, and they do that very well. GM training consists of a total of 4.5 days in Dothan listening to the various corporate departments tell you how special they are. Be prepared to sleep through the HR and especially the recruiting portion of the class.
Evidently, they had a GM who worked for them for several years before they were caught being a" little less than honest" and now every policy and procedure they have in place is a result of this. They literally have a policy and procedure for the policies and procedures, be prepared to not be trusted.
LEARN TO SAY YES TO EVERTTHING YOUR ASKED. LBA does not want General Managers, they want robots who are reactive, do not think for yourself...that's not what your paid to do.
If accepting a position at LBA, be prepared to "WATCH YOUR BACK" Most everyone at the corporate level is always ready to throw you under the bus to make themselves look good. The RDO's are all scared of loosing their jobs which means you will have no support, your RDO will not go out on a limb for you. If you accept a position keep a detailed diary, do whatever you can to stay off anyone's radar, keep a very low profile, and always be looking for another job. You are under a microscope from the moment you arrive and make sure you do not make the mistake of trusting anyone above the property level.
Don't be offended by the emails you will regularly get that state if you fail to do something you will be terminated, its just their culture. LBA's favorite motto is "perception is reality", you will hear it a lot, especially from HR. I wonder if Hitler's perception was reality as well? Must have been, I think that is where they got it.
My perception? LBA is probably not the worst company you could work for, but it is very close.