Pros: creative freedom, performance reviews, ownership in skills/projects, positive management
Cons: short staffing
My experience at Standard Textile has been nothing short of rewarding. The healthy positive culture is truly what keeps the company alive and well. Management is always visible and reflective of this culture. Standard is a larger, smaller company with approximately 3000 associates world-wide, and roughly 2000 are here in the United States. The excitement – more... of working at a smaller company is definitely existent at Standard as well as the added bonus of being recognized and known for your skills through-out the company. Associates are always recognized for their performance (the good and the bad) and are always striving to improve themselves. The company has been fortunate to grow and expand over the last two decades. The company has never been busier (or larger) than where they are today. The future looks even brighter for Standard Textile.
The most enjoyable part of my job at Standard is quite simply the freedom of creativity that I am afforded to use with my job two titles as the Technology Communications Coordinator (training) and IS HelpDesk Supervisor. The company is growing at an incredible rate. This translates to all associates, no matter what the department, is needing creative professionals to think outside of the box, push the envelope, and maximize performance all at the same time. New methodologies are always welcome, if they can be sold. Many (not all) of my ideas have been welcomed and implemented with open arms and open minds. My brain needs this type of creative freedom - it simply thrives in it. Standard Textile affords me this creative freedom more than another company I've ever worked for.
The most challenging part of my job has been managing the extreme workload of the HelpDesk and coordinating corporate training courses, which I am also responsible for. There simply isn't enough time to do both, unless we are fully staffed. The HelpDesk routinely has two full-time associates. However, extreme workloads have sent past associates seeking different jobs and/or higher paying ones. Having to re-hire, re-train, and keep the HelpDesk above the water every day pulls me away from coordinating/developing training courses, of which I'm also responsible for. Simply juggling all of these duties has been the most challenging feat of my working life. Working with my manger to improve the situation is varies from weekly to monthly, with some parts of the year being more easily manageable than others. I'm working with my manager to be removed from the HelpDesk to focus more on training coordination. I love education and I love to educate others, especially when it comes to technology.
All in all, Standard Textile is and has been nothing short of a fantastic place to work. I don not wish to leave the company, unless of course a better opportunity were to come along. Perhaps something that doesn't involve day-to-day HelpDesk responsibilities. – less