Pros: excellent culture, job security, management, training
Cons: no paid lunch hour, pay, long hours, working on saturdays, work most holidays
I've worked at Power for just about 4yrs now. I started out in Field Marketing. Became a Field Marketing manager then became an Event & Retail Marketer, before becoming a manager in that. Moved into the office as a telephone marketer/lead scheduler. Now I'm in Operations in the Warranty Service Division. Throughout my experience with Power I've got – more... to know a lot about the company, their culture, and the pros and cons of working at Power.
--> Excellent culture. Everyone is very supportive of one another and their growth with the company. The entire company has an incredible work ethic where you don't create excuses, you create results. This is perhaps one of my favorite things about working with Power. Each position I've worked in for them, the people around were not just your peers, they became your good friends. You can't really ask for a better work environment. Excellent culture.
--> Management is strong. Starting out inexperienced in any role within Power, the management ensured that you were given the training and the tools to succeed. They were able to walk the line between good friends and management. Managers really listen to their staff. For example, at a meeting my peers and I presented a case as to why we needed new computers. A week or two later, we got brand new Mac minis.
--> Job Security. There is plenty of it. Each department I worked in within Power continued to grow exponentially, even as I was promoted out of the departments. I have zero fear of losing my job. The business has a strong and solid foundation. The only way one could lose their job is if they were directly involved with chronic wrongdoing.
--> Job Work/Life Balance is not as great as I would like it to be. Unlike most of my non-Power peers, you are required to work one or two Saturdays per month. This is something I was required to do in every department I've worked in so far with Power. This doesn't sound that bad at first. But when you add it up, you are working about an extra month out of the year. My current role allows this time to be overtime pay which is nice, whereas previous roles weren't paid overtime, just a part of your salary. Unlike most of my non-Power peers, you also work a 9hr day everyday. (1)hr is a non-paid lunch. Additionally, I typically work additional hours almost everyday. It's very standard for me to work a 10hr day, (5) days a week and an abbreviated day on Saturdays that I do work. I would much rather work less hours and enjoy my free time outside of my job.
--> Sick, Vacation, Personal Days. The first 2yrs you only receive (10) total days off. This includes sick, personal, and vacation days for the entire year! 3yrs gets you (15) days, 4yrs gets you (20) days off. Power makes you work almost every holiday. When I was in Marketing, you had to work Labor Day & Memorial Day and all other holidays with the exception of 4th of July, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and New Years Day. So if you wanted to use your time off on a normal holiday when family or friends had off anyways, you would burn through your time off so quick. Other employers give you more days off, and honor more calendar holidays. e.g. MLK Day, President's Day, New Years Eve, Columbus Day, Veterans Day...
--> Compensation is not as great as I would like it to be. Comparing Power to a lot of my non-Power peers, most other jobs start out at a higher salary/pay rate without requiring weekend hours. Even after (4)yrs with Power, I'm not making a base salary that is equivalent to most of my non-Power friends who just start out at their first job. You would think with that many years with a company you'd be making a base that is closer to 40k. On the other hand, Power does provide bonuses & incentivized pay that can add up substantially if you consecutively hit your goals. Hitting bonuses is the only way to earn the pay I feel should be making up the actual base salary. – less