Senior Print Operator (Former Employee), Research Triangle Park, NC – May 7, 2013
Pros: benfits, pay
Cons: no longer where i am at.
This job was fun, but serious when we had to. This job had great employees, great benefits, and co-workers who worked with you. They had issues but would listen, and try to correct their issues, which in return made the employees correct any issues that they had. The job could be stressful, but we do things throughout the year to relax and try to keep – more... things in perspective. – less
Account Manager II (Former Employee), Los Angeles, CA – May 6, 2013
A typical day at work was managing staff with no interference from outside staff. I learned many things from this employer and have many new skills. My co-workers were great. The hardest part of the job was dealing with clients with attitudes and not having the upper managements support. The most enjoyable part was working with my peers.
Office/Records Associate (Former Employee), St. Louis, MO – May 2, 2013
typical day very busy some time slow, but very easy going. I obtained a lot of skills with this job. co-workers are fun to work with there was nothing hard about this job at all enjoyable part of the day is when every one works togethe to get the job done.
Graphic Design Associate (Former Employee), San Francisco – April 28, 2013
Pros: sleeping on the job ok, online shopping on the job ok, seen many co-workers do it in presence of manager
Cons: poor ventillation in room
The manager uses a tactic like extend the training weeks during slow season (slow season: Dec to Jan) to generate more billable hours to Goldman Sachs, but sadly they do this at the cost of the unsuspecting new hire. Because they would say later that it's needed due to the "incompetency" of the new hire. Yikes! This, despite that the "new hire" beat – more... out hundreds of other candidates to the job AND went through a half-day testing of programs during the interview process.. "Incompetent?" Who knew.
And if you happen to get on the bad side of the manager (whether you know it or not), he will continue to put on a friendly front whilst begin concocting a long list of reasons supported by very one-sided, even made-up situations - all put together on a final "work performance review" that will make sure you come out appearing too terrible of a worker that the company has no choice but to terminate you. It will happen very fast, you'll definitely be caught off guard. You will actually only find out on the same day that you are already being terminated. Shocking?
My advise is to not make the mistake I did - Never, ever sign any reviews that you don't agree with without making an annotation somewhere on the paper stating: "I do not agree with the wording of this job evaluation. Signed, [your name]"
This annotation will protect you. (My dad tells me this now) The manager had downplayed everything until one day, after working on projects all day, I was taken to a room and was served my termination papers. It was crazy. So to all you who haven't been wronged, annotate next to your signatures. – less
Imaging Specialist (Former Employee), Pittsburgh, PA – April 18, 2013
Pros: good working hours
Cons: short breaks
Imaging books, movie scripts, magazines, papers, and legal documentation on CD's. Learned operating printers and scanners. Management was strict and co workers was fun to work with. The hardest part of the job was not to miss any pages as you scan them in the system, and make sure they are legible to read. Most enjoyable part was, all kid different – more... paper and information that had to be scanned; from movie scripts to old book of 100 years. – less
Records Associate, Sr (Current Employee), Milwaukee, WI – April 18, 2013
Pros: free coffee, sodas, and tea. picnics and christmas parties
Cons: healthcare not to good, no overtime
I clock-in and start working. When slow I check with my co-workers to see if they need any help. All my co-workers are nice and some can be challeging, but I get along with all of them. Management is okay. This job is pretty easy so there's nothing hard about this job.There's nothing to enjoyable anymore since my department was outsourced. I just work – more... and go home. – less
Wiliams Lea - I'd rather sell lemonade on the corner.
Creative Services - Presentation Specialist (Former Employee), Philadelphia – April 16, 2013
Pros: if you lack a work ethic, this is your place! feel free to sleep at your desk while others pick up your slack.
Cons: lazy coworkers, unprofessional managers, mediocre health benefits, subpar pay
Looking for a company that will underpay you while overworking you? Do you desire coworkers that could care less about the quality of their work or reputation? Perhaps you are in the market for managers that are willing to exploit and take advantage of you. Then look no further! Williams Lea is your answer!
I have never before had the displeasure of – more... working with such an unprofessional and uncaring company. The turnover rate in our department was abysmal. Almost without fail, near 80% of our new hires were untrained, unmotivated, and most likely underpaid. I've had more than one coworker fall asleep at their desk on a regular basis and no action was ever taken. It became a sad joke, as the managers would just expect others on the team to pick up the slack. Williams Lea's motto should be, "We'll just throw bodies at the problem!" Because training was terrible and new hires had no idea what they were doing (as if they cared!). As for company values, Williams Lea is a company that will cut costs down by understaffing and underpaying. If there's a problem, the managers will be sure to make excuses rather than coming up with any valid solutions. Don't expect quality service from Williams Lea.
I have never felt so taken advantage of and undervalued from a company before. Going above-and-beyond and having a good work ethic will only get you in to trouble. If you pick up the slack for coworkers, managers will seize this opportunity to grant you their responsibilities and EXPECT you to carry your coworkers on your back. It's always great to watch your team leader play with apps on their smart phone for 3 days straight while you carry the brunt of the workload as well. Sweat shop managers in China probably care more about their employees than Williams Lea does.
Do yourself a favor and stay away from this company. – less
Senior Application Support Specialist (Current Employee), Kansas City, Missouri – April 12, 2013
Pros: the occasional free lunch (about once a month), paid certifications, decent benefits package.
Cons: micromanagement, being a contractor, so having no say in policy decisions
It's a hard but rewarding job. Answer support calls and e-support the entire day, roughly 30 calls. The team is good, but small. The management can be micro-manage inclined. There's next to no room for advancement that isn't title based and in place. You're not going to get off the phones unless someone else leaves for another opportunity.
Probably – more... the hardest part of it all is letting the stress and bad vibes from working with lawyers roll off of you instead of absorbing it.
The most enjoyable part is probably getting the opportunity to help people out. – less
Operator in Presentation (Current Employee), San Francisco, CA – April 7, 2013
Pros: free cab rides for night shift
Cons: calculating insidious ploy
From what I've observed so far within half a year, we have a pattern going on in our San Francisco office. We seem to be replacing this one position routinely, usually within the 3-month probationary period of the person.
Our supervisor has told us many times that the company is cutting back financially, and judging from our supervisor's phone calls – more... it seems that our company has also been thinking of ways to up the revenues but at the expense of new hires. We all share one medium-sized room, and it's hard for anyone to really have privacy in the room and we sometimes eavesdrop on each other's phone calls.. From what I've witnessed, it seems that the management extends the new hire's training period from the usual 2 weeks, to the very maximum length of time they can get away with so that they can bill these 'billable hours' to our on-site client, Goldman Sachs. No harm done, Goldman Sachs can afford it.
But unfortunately, when Goldman Sachs questions the massive bill for the new hire's extended training period, our supervisor would say: "Well, the new hire's skills is not up to par and more training was necessary…"
It totally sounds awful especially I know that everyone here went through a lot of tests before being offered our jobs.. So now the new person will usually be let go exactly within 3 months based on bad work performance and I feel bad because our office was actually pretty dead for a while, we had a super slow stretch and it was really boring. There was nothing to do but take a nap on our chairs. But the new person was being fired for poor work performance when there was really no real projects to do? Seems to me that new hires are being consistently used to keep us afloat. There is something rotten going on around here. – less
Filing Clerk (Current Employee), Los Angeles, CA – March 18, 2013
I'm Filing Clerk. I work 8 hours on weekdays. I do filing the files and create in Opus (the system of Williams Lea using to record the files). Checking the outlook if we have emails and client request files. I'm friendly, hardworking, nice and kind. Fast learning, if they give me new task I do it automatically. I ask my co-worker if they need help. – more... I'm approachable. – less
Account Supervisor (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZ – March 8, 2013
Cons: manager is in green bay
Overlooked two associates. Print/Mail, deliveries, metered mail, ups,fed ex, office supplies. Handled customers service by phone or face to face needs.Solicited our services to other states. Hardest part managing people is how to handle different personalities. Happiest part is a satified customer and seeing my associates working hard but having fun – more... while they work. – less
Lead AV Tech/Office Service Associate (Former Employee), New York, NY – February 15, 2013
Pros: great team
When you come in you have a role to act on, scheduled duties How to grow and learn from others Good Management, always a good resource for any unknown issues Great Co-workers Saying Good bye Satisfying others with your services
Manager (Former Employee), New York – February 15, 2013
Pros: autonomy to run your own site.
Cons: low starting salary, no bonuses, small raises, no room for growth
Their business model of satellite offices is not conducive to job growth. Once the ceiling is hit at your site, there's nowhere to go. At that point you're a gerbil in a wheel, doing the same thing everyday. Pay raises or bonuses, if any, are an insult to the efforts you put in. Here's the kicker - even if you work your butt off and the account is making – more... Williams Lea a lot of money, you will not get a bonus because some other division of WL in Europe did not do well. What is the point of working for a company that looks for any excuse to squeeze as much work out of you without paying you for your efforts? Skip this company. – less