Pros: good atmosphere and people, free lunch on crisis projects
Cons: job security, crisis projects
Overall, I really enjoyed my time at Wiser until after being laid off. Being in the subcontractor business with only one prime contractor, can make or break a company. I really enjoyed all of the people that I worked with, they were all fun, knowledgeable, and easy to work with.
I learned a lot about business, office culture, cartography, and ArcGIS. Having such a diverse workforce allowed me to learn from a variety of people in a variety of ways. This really opened up my eyes to all of the different learning styles that people thrive off of. This really helped me when I had to train an individual. In the last three years, I also got to develop my problem solving and technical skills. Being in a leadership role, I was the one who would actively develop solutions to the given issues. I was able to advance in the company due to my work ethic, personal drive and personality. It was possible for people to advance, but they had to go out and get it. The low rating in that category is for job security. Wiser promoted a good environment and avenues to transfer knowledge within the company.
To sum up a typical day at work with one word, busy. I prefer to be busy rather than slow, so I enjoyed this. Managing projects and employees, training, status, keeping tabs on new guidance and processes, creating new documents and trackers, answering questions, extracting, and making data deliveries. These are just some of the task that kept me busy.
The hardest part of the job was not knowing when your next project would come in. The other thing that got old was meeting accelerated deadlines. There was weeks of 100 plus hours and it made it extremely hard to have a home life. On the flip side, the most enjoyable part of the job was knowing who the end user was and why they needed our products.