Pros: benefits, open communication, friendly co-workers/work environment
Cons: short breaks, advancement not available as in past, lack of flexibility
My experience spans over a nine year period. In this time things went from great to worse. There was a merge half way through this time and perhaps it was unfortunate timing for me, but being laid off due to attendance even though I "was not a problem employee," in terms of attendance, was unexpected. They tried to let me keep my job, but after four – more... years of holding a now-satellite (once local) position to the department, my belief is they simply wanted to consolidate. My local co-worker was laid off within the month after they let me go. The termination was cold and heart-breaking, after nine years of dedication and hard work, I lost my paid time off and was told my supervisors could not be referrals for me. When once they could be flexible and understanding, especially when a sick pet is involved, over the years they changed to mark each time I left 30 minutes early or arrive 15 minutes late (to attend to my pet,) as an occurrence. And with my supervisor being in Seattle, it was often difficult for me to reach her in a timely manner. Earlier that same year I had applied to two different Clinic Manager positions because I had enough knowledge and experience to do the job. When once that would have been encouraged and one would have been uplifted and mentored, after the merge, because I had no management experience, they refused to promote me. It used to feel like a family, working together to meet the needs of our community. Then transformed into more of a cold, corporate-centric business with the demands of a out-of-state union out-weighing my history and dedication with them.
The best part of my job was feeling like I was working with friends every day, and the sense of satisfaction that came when a client was truly satisfied and received the help they needed. When management was at it's best, I learned something every day, felt loved, supported, and listened to. At it's worse, I felt invisible, disposable, unappreciated and under-utilized. It was often stressful work, and I'm not sure management understand that and the energy it took to do well at the job. I miss my friends/co-workers, I miss the benefits, I miss helping the clients. It's sad to think how things went down when previously I held them in such high regard and defended the organization when outside the work place. I still appreciate the service provided by it, but cannot shake this feeling of disappointment. – less