Management is out of touch with the employees
IT Security Analyst (Former Employee) – Lynchburg, VA – May 1, 2018
The culture at Genworth is difficult to describe, because on the surface it looks like a great place to work with solid benefits and compensation. The problem is with upper management--they are very out of touch with what their employees want from them, leading to a number of situations where they tried to increase morale and employee satisfaction in the middle of a difficult time (lots of layoffs and uncertainty, no bonuses, company not doing well) with things like giveaways and childish parties and team-building games, as well as patronizing general "training" offered in lieu of more valuable role-specific training that would actually have benefited employees' careers and made them better at what they do/more flexible in thei roles. The upper management culture is extremely biased towards hardcore, type A, heavily driven people, which is fine, but when the extremely limited number of opportunities for advancement are almost always granted (often without the job posting process mandated by company policy) to people who are like them, it raises questions of nepotism or at least blindness to the daily reality of life for many employees at Genworth who are not the forceful, driven type, but who work hard every day and do their jobs to the best of their abilities, yet leave those jobs where they belong--at the workplace. I guess what I'm saying is, at Genworth, you don't have to bring your job home with you--that is, unless you want to be given the rare opportunities for advancement at the company. This goes quadruple for technical roles.