Austin MegaPath office is like high school in an office setting...
Pros: weekly provided lunches, gadget rewards for productivity contests
Cons: random layoffs, penalization for failures when there is no job description
This company offers competitive pay for its new hires, but that's because there are quarterly layoffs (Friday evening phone calls that tell you not to come back, after your keycard has been deactivated). I was at this company for years, and I repeatedly watched my honest, hard working coworkers (typically the ones that made the most money due to their position or longevity with the company) fired for no apparent reason... only to be replaced with cheaper fresh meat that slowed down productivity (which we were punished for) when the rest of us had to be pulled to train them. The company outsourced most of our jobs to Bangalore India... and instead of valuing the employees here, it laid off a substantial chunk of the workforce yet expensively carted off a manager for a trip to India to train their replacements. Sound familiar? This is OUTSOURCED in real life.
I learned a lot in this job, but the constant stress we all gained from the never ending IS-THIS-MY-LAST-DAY? feeling that never went away simply wasn't worth it in the end.
Many people tried to tell me that the drama I experienced at MegaPath is everywhere and that I would feel the same way about my next role, but I've worked several jobs since then, and I have NEVER been as miserable anywhere else. There were managers who threw parties (off campus, of course) where employees got drunk and high together, and happy hour gatherings after work where people were inappropriately touched or propositioned by those in leadership, only to be shunned by HR when they addressed those issues. Everyone who ever experienced these violations – more... either quit when they realized that the company did not care or was fired for other negligible failures that otherwise would have never been an issue. I've never seen management change so frequently due to people "moving on" to better positions, elsewhere. It was always the same story, too ... They come in with MLK-like speeches about how they have a dream and a direction for the company and that "change is gonna come," but after 6 months, they always realize that the company does not want to change and that they will be greater valued elsewhere.
Megapath believes in one thing: numbers. People and employees do not matter, and the gap between the hard working peons and the management administration is astronomical. Unfortunately, they don't see that creating a positive job culture and fostering the success of a true team that believes in its organization would do so much to improve the company morale AND reward it with numbers. – less