Pros: good pay, location (close to port authority, penn station, grand central), summer hours, rewarding work
Cons: lack of growth opportunities, reduction in benefits, poor increases, overall culture
When I first began my tenure at Tishman Speyer it was at a growing subsidiary of the company. It was the perfect work environment as it had a small company atmosphere, with large company benefits.
Each year, the work environment has diminished, the benefits have been reduced and it has become an enviroment that discourages ideas, thoughts, growth and – more... insteads fosters, just DO IT and don't question.
Early on a typical day, was very productive with each member of the team working together to accomplish the tasks at hand. In accounting emergencies, rushes, and deadlines pop up all the time. But previously we were staffed to accomodate the daily grind, the emergencies and the projects. As staff leaves Tishman Speyer, they are no longer replaced but work is "REDISTRIBUTED".
Over the course of my career at TSP, I've learned about creating, managing and maintaining a budget, I learned cash flow and cash management, and with my extensive work with the IT Department, I have become a Project Manager that can see from the beginning to it's fruition a custom application(i.e. Inventory control, PO System).
My biggest concern at TS has been the recent changes in the Accounting Management teams that have led to issues in communication, team chemistry, and staff morale. My Specific Management team, is not up to speed on systems, procedures, and staff needs. As a result, what should be the job of the Management team tends to fall on me. There is a culture of just saying "YES" to whatever you are asked and being chastised when you challenge the status quo. Ultimately, you are later asked to "FIX" the problem that was created by them not listening to informed feedback.
I am a person of strong integrity, opinions and work ethic, and all of this is being squashed here now, where it wasn't before.
Overall, my co-workers are great to work with, as well as my direct reports. However, culturely as people are passed up for promotions in this nepotistic environment, there is a sense of "Just get the work done and go home" that didn't exist previously.
I enjoy the daily challenges, the projects, setting up the PO system, traveling to our regional locations and training it and now maintaining and improving it, is both fun and rewarding. I enjoy tackling an issue and coming up with a resolution successfully and researching an account to figure out what is wrong with it. The work is always rewarding even the mundane details.
The hardest part of the job, is how efforts are critized, staff is chastised out in public (yelled at, disciplined at their desks etc...), the lack of trust, and questioning of long-term loyal employees as to their integrity and work ethic. To watch people being treated poorly makes coming to work a very difficult task. – less