Incompetent middle management
IT Worker (Former Employee) – Middleton, WI – May 30, 2017
This is an extremely profitable company and makes a surprisingly good product. This is due to its unique manufacturing process that is extremely difficult to manage and maintain. Having said that, the following have been my observations:
- Due dates for projects are fixed and determined without any realistic planning. Things like equipment needs, network/power cabling needs, software development, basically anything requiring preparation. The expectation is simply "get it done". Planning is essentially unheard of here.
- Employee retention is poor in key positions throughout the company leaving large gaps in basic knowledge of operations.
- New employee resources are sometimes forgotten about during the first month or two during minimal to nonexistent training. This leaves the initiated employee wondering what to do after repeated requests for work. Some employees hired for specific remote jobs sometimes get commandeered by local managers ending up doing work they weren't hired for.
- Work tends to be hoarded and done by some middle management people rather than properly delegated.
- Middle management is invisible unless they want something.
- Work/Life balance here is encouraged but realistically not possible for many employees due to the daily demands of unplanned projects, fire fighting and the simple lack of key knowledgeable employees in the right company positions when needed.