A quiet and computer intensive environment with little room for growth.
Pros: benefits, co-workers, freedom to be creative
Cons: short breaks, poor upper management, pay freeze, little to no perks
There were two things that I truly enjoyed about working at Onvia. First, was the 8am to 4pm work hours (roughly) M-F. Secondly, was the freedom to take initiative. By this I mean that I could take any project I was working on and have the full support of management and my fellow employees to make that project or process better. If I see something that can be fixed or improved I like to be able to take the reins and make that change knowing I have the support of the company to do that.
Like any other company Onvia had its share of good co-workers and bad co-workers. Taking the one with the other is just something you always have to deal with. Management at Onvia was so-so. The head boss of my department was a struggle to work with, but all the supervisors who I reported directly to were, for the most part, smart and friendly.
The biggest thing I learned working there for two years was how important it is for a company to treat all of its employees with respect and integrity. While Onvia did this very well in divulging company information on the direction the company was going and what our efforts were doing to move the company in that positive direction, it did not however show the employees respect in other areas. A continual pay freeze was put into effect for all two years I was there. Hard work and and achievements such as being employee of the quarter got you little more than a pat on the back. The hardest part about working there was to see all of your hard work benefit the company but to get no benefit in return. If an employee feels they have the respect of the company then the employees, in turn, will work that much harder to show that respect is not unfounded.