Overcompensation for toxic environment
Project and Marketing Editor (Former Employee) – North Andover, MA – March 15, 2018
ERS has great benefits -- catered lunches once a week, stocked kitchens, beautiful offices, a fabulous yearly party, on-site games and participation events ... but it's compensating for what is, frankly, an awful work environment.
The business is full of brilliant engineers who don't have a clue of how to interact with normal peers outside their field on a professional level. This includes but is not limited to arguments, scorn, and sheer indifference for job roles. The "editorial" department is disrespected to a point that makes everyday work undervalued, stressful, and redundant. The engineers (especially those running the company) don't see the point of grammar rules and have absolutely no interest in enforcing them -- but also do not abide by any mistakes in any form. This expectation for abject perfection adds to the singularly toxic environment.
As far as culture, support for parents in the form of kids' sick days, appts, etc., was (perhaps still is) boastfully supported in writing but frowned upon and sometimes scolded in practice. Work-from-home opportunities were few and far between, and micromanagement is common, as is a passing-the-buck mentality of no one admitting to their mistakes. Cliques form easily, and unless you're accepted right away, you're not allowed in.
TL/DR: It could be worth it for you to handle the toxic environment for the perks -- because they are great. But if you can't, then nothing will ever make it worth it.
Free lunch. Stocked kitchens. Big parties. In-work celebrations. Company outings. Lovely offices.
Easily the most toxic professional environment I've ever had, Underappreciated work, Flimsy (if there at all) exec support, Disrespectful coworkers, Not family-oriented