Document Accessibility Specialist in Seffner, FL
The day to day work ranges from easy to challenging with the wide variety of clients we serve. Each document can present its own unique needs like form, inaccessible text, or multi-tiered lists that span multiple pages with tables nestled within. The employees are friendly and are always willing to help answer questions or give advice on trickier files. I came into this position without knowing anything about how to make documents accessible to everyone or how to use the array of software that we utilize, but now almost two years in and I am training for another new process to aid the team. Many people in the company are able to shift between departments to help out where needed, making all of the work we produce a collective effort.
I joined the Braille Works team in 2015 at the team member (entry) level. Since I started, Braille Works has nearly doubled in size! With that have come some changes. Those changes are to be expected when a company grows that much in a short period of time. What hasn't changed is core group of management/ownership that truly care about not only the company's growth, but the growth of the teams and individuals on those teams. Braille Works encourages internal promotions. (I have worked my way up from a team member to a member of management.) They encourage team members to be cross trained in several areas making them very valuable. They provide training on both technical/in house skills as well as soft skills - which come in handy when opportunities for promotions come up.Management also tries to schedule several "fun events" throughout the year to show their appreciation for all of the hard work that the team members put in. Overall, Braille Works is a really great place to work. They have a great mission and I am honored to play a role in it.
When I was first hired on I was amazed by the leadership but after a year or so in I seen the true colors. They offered room for growth, that doesn't happen bc management doesn't want to increase your wages they just want to give you the work with no title or wage increase. The owners stepped back and their "Senior Management" seems to be overpaid and make decisions based off their benefit and not the companies best interest. The management is lazy, this includes the HR. Braille Works was a great place of employment years ago but when Lou and Joyce decided to spend less time at the company it declined. You are just a number here now - revolving door. Don't fall for the Christian Based company.
Document Accessibility Specialis in Seffner, FL
An amazing company with a mission to help. Every bit of work goes into making consumable information accessible to those with auditory or visual challenges. It wasn’t until I started with Braille Works that I fully understood some of the every day things I took for granted. Overall, my workplace experience with the company is a positive one. My supervisors were all extremely helpful whenever a problem arose and my peers could always be counted on to share their tips or knowledge. While there were times when the workload was difficult in some fashion, my supervisors were very understanding of the situations and ready to help problem solve with me on how to best address the issue. The company has also proves that it cares about its employees with Christmas bonuses, department-wide activities planned throughout the year, and Christian services held on Thursdays. During COVID-19, they also made sure to meet all of the safety standards. I never felt uncomfortable going into work.
Various Positions in Seffner, FL
The companies mission of helping the blind and hard of sight get their independence back holds true. It truly feels good to know I helped give that power to someone who truly needed it. This is a company that cares about the visually challenged, their clients, and some of their employees. I can't speak for everyone but my experience was both negative and positive. I moved through "hats" and found the last one being the best before leaving. In other words, there were several rough experiences that I felt were unfair in my production role, but eventually, things got better as I moved to a development role.What I will say in the positives is this. I wouldn't have learned as much as I did without being here. Some of the people I worked with every day were truly great people from different walks of life. I learned a lot of methodologies and tools that I still use today. A certain manager helped pushed me to grow out of my comfort zone and truly be a strong voice in the team. In my development role, I really enjoyed challenging my mind every day and working in an agile environment. Automation is the best. Every individual in there deserves higher standards in pay, raises, vacation, and bonuses. It is, in all honesty, the life force of this company's future and needs to be treated as such. The company is not perfect. None are (not even the FANG companies). But if you can move up, you will learn a thing or two that will stick with you. Use this as a stepping stone. If there is a role in the company that pushes you towards your personal legend, then move towards that. If not, learn what you can, and use that towards something greater outside the company.