Pros: excellent benefits; flexibility to leave for doctor's appointments, etc.; "summer hours" during which we close at 1:00pm during the summer months
Cons: entrenched hierarchy; "us and them" mentality
I wear many hats as an executive assistant to three senior level executives and office manager. It is my responsibility to see to it that this office runs smoothly and efficiently, thus enabling our executives to do their very best work without worrying about the incidental but vital parts of running an office. On a typical day, I make travel arrangements, calendar meetings with numerous participants, order supplies, greet visitors, plan special events as needed and act as liason to the office of the building owner.
During my time with this company, I have learned that without good communication within a company, it is difficult to perform efficiently and proactively. I have learned that without good leadership, an office is not going to function at it's desired level of efficiency. Lots of closed doors and whispered conversations amongst executives does not inspire, it only excludes. Managers must be accessible and willing to answer questions from subordinates.
The most difficult part of my job is being excluded from staff meetings and outings because of my position.
The most enjoyable part of my job is working with intelligent and funny people.