Serious problems with senior management
Administrative, Seattle, WA - April 22, 2015
SHA is one of the leading housing authorities in the country. However, it is the employees who break their backs, trying to ensure that the residents of the community it serves receive the assistance they need. In this agency, it matters who you work for. You are only as successful as your manager. If you work for a good manager, you are fortunate. The senior management team is out of touch with the needs of their customers, the employees. There is a big division between management and the non-exempt employees who work there. It is a highly fear-based culture. Park your brain at the door when you go to work every morning. Opportunities for advancement are not common. Seniority is not valued. Increased wages? Not if you are non-exempt. Many managers are coasting until they retire. They don't care what legacy they leave. As long as they get what they need out of the work environment, they don't have a concern for those "beneath" them (and the people who work for them are treated as if they are "beneath" them). The results of employee surveys are ignored when concerns are expressed by the employees about management. Many, many good employees are leaving. They are tired of not being respected, valued, or treated with dignity. The politics at SHA are brutal. The morale is the lowest it has been in the agency for many, many years. I've never worked in such a toxic work environment in my entire career!