Pros: pay, benefits, office location, my coworkers
Cons: my manager, lack of training, systems, lack of control
Everything that I heard during my interview with my future boss was pretty much a bold face lie. Not only was I recruited into the position with MVG from my previous employer, but was campaigned from another offer. After a week on the job, everything changed. The working environment within my department was quite hostile. Oddly enough, the hostility – more... did not come from my coworkers. It was very quickly noticed by everyone, not me until much later, that my manager hated me. My coworkers noticed immediately that the hostility my manger had for me was much different from the hostility she had for them. I had several meetings and a review stating how great I got along with the team and how quickly I was progressing, but I should ask my manager more questions. When I would inquire about time to go over questions, it was pushed aside as irrelevant to mound of work on her desk. Understandable? Definitely. Every question/project? Really? The manager would keep telling me I need to ask HIM/HER questions (she could not know how much I was "catching on" otherwise) but would not make herself available to answer ANY questions. After two or three months came the subtle threats to fire me if I did not direct more questions to the manager.
I did my job. I asked questions to my coworkers when the manager could not and would not answer questions directly related to training, my understanding, and my job. I kept my head down and did my best with what I was given.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with the manager in charge of the department. When poking around to see if HR or the direct boss above her may be able to help, I was quickly told to keep my mouth shut. I finally went to HR and was let go the same day. Retaliation? Smart. Conveniently, Ohio is an "at will" state and no reason is need to let an employee go; I was given no reason.
The company itself has a great reputation within the Real Estate industry. Had I known about the company culture/environment, I would not have taken the job. Given the experience I had, I would not recommend the company for a young professional. It was not a great learning environment for someone with just a few years of experience and who is eager to learn/not afraid to inquire with questions. – less