Pros: steady paycheck (which many jobs have)
Cons: constant watch by 'big brother', little freedom, get written up easily, little recognition for hard work
I started off liking this job, but quickly realized its many, many cons of being employed there:
- No raises. ...Ever.
- EXTREMELY difficult to get promoted (if at all).
- Very few bonuses (and the ones you MIGHT get are meager).
- You could be written up for the littlest thing, even if it's completely out of your control. No place to park? Your problem (100x worse in the winter w/ snow). Late to work? Doesn't matter why, your problem. Sick? More than one day, your problem.
- I once worked overtime for a month without so much as a thank you, and a couple days after I went back to my regular hours I was asked when I could work overtime again.
- No one can use Spark (a company IM tool) unless they are asking a manager a question. If the managers aren't around and you have a question, you're still NOT supposed to 'bother' a coworker for help.
- If you have a moment when there's no work to do, you're supposed to sit at your desk and do NOTHING (ie, stare @ your computer screen) until work comes around. No quiet crossword puzzles @ your desk, no internet usage at ALL, no reading a book... just sit at your desk & wait like a good little robot.
- Don't like your shift? Too bad, it's the one you're going to have. People who got hired AFTER me got a shift I'd been asking for for over a year. Nice.
- Don't want to work weekends? That's nice. You're still going to, though. I wouldn't have minded if it wasn't EVERY SINGLE weekend (like, if there was a rotating schedule or something), but I barely spent one Saturday w/ my spouse for over a year.
- Cell phone at your desk? Doesn't – more... matter if it's far away from you & you're not even USING it, you could get in trouble (same thing as a book. Oh, and by the way... SEVERAL times I saw hypocritical managers using their phone, OR the internet, at their desk. But they're a manager, so it's okay for THEM to not follow the rules).
- You get one 1/2 hour for lunch, and (for full time workers) two 10-minute breaks. ...The breaks are barely enough time for you to get up, go all the way across the building (which is somewhat big) to use the bathroom, & get back to your desk. If you are ONE minute late coming back from lunch, you could get in trouble. And don't even THINK about coming back one minute EARLY... you could actually get in trouble for that too!
- OPT LITERALLY keeps track of every single second you are not on the phone/working at your desk ('scheduled adherence'). They're essentially punishing people for getting up to go to the bathroom (because you know, I can control EXACTLY when my bladder is full). Despicable.
- Fruit flies in the cafeteria, vending machines not always fully stocked (when they don't eat your money).
- Giving more than 2 weeks notice for a vacation or day off, and it's not necessarily during a holiday? That's nice... they can still deny you taking it though, because 'the department MIGHT be busy @ this time' (this happened to me asking 1+ month in advance). – less