Great benefits, no room to grow
Inside Sales Representative (Former Employee) – Austin, TX – December 23, 2013
I was with this company for over three years.
The culture there is fantastic. There were frequent gatherings and events. Of course, much changed after the merger with a larger parent company, but enough remained that it was a pleasant place to dedicate my time. Earth Day celebrations, employee competitions, creative outlets and more.
The focus on green energy was very apparent before the buyout. We were all steeped in knowing that what we did every day was changing the world. However, after the buyout, it was obvious that the company was simply greenwashing for a major energy corporation, and the actual impact of our efforts felt very diminished.
In the time I was there, I saw one person move from a supervisory position to management, and two people move from entry level to supervisory positions. This is not what was promised to any of us.
While touted as room for growth at hiring, I saw the whole structure set for stagnation of employees. There were not enough steps along the path to promotion. On my team alone, we lost all but one team leads, and no one was ever named to replace them. Everything was left to the department manager, and his right and man.
I am not bitter, the day to day work environment was pleasant, and the overall tone of every level of employee from top to bottom was very approachable.
In the end, I would return to work with them again if the opportunity arose, but I would negotiate harder at the onset, and know that it might take years to take a step up the ladder.
Frequent breakfast tacos, regualr celebrations. Open dialogue among the entire strata.
No room to grow, talented people not encouraged to come to their full potential.