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2015/02/12 16:31:22 (permalink)
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Is your company a good place to work?

Are you looked after at work and do you feel secure in your job?
Do the management play fair or do they have their 'favourites'?
What about sickness and disciplinary procedure. Are these issues dealt with according to the law, or does your company appear to 'make up their own rules'?
 
This is not a thread about how much money you earn or why you do your particular line of work. The topic here is how your workplace treats you as an employee.
 
 
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    faipdeooiad
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/12 17:25:15 (permalink)
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    Yes but the HR department are a joke. I've just sat through a 2 hour interview for a job that was filled last week (job filled Wednesday - I applied thursday, offered interview Friday)
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/12 17:38:29 (permalink)
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    Im the CEO of two so its ****ing epic right now lol. Makes me realise why I couldn't gel in big companies. 

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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/12 18:05:54 (permalink)
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    iv been out of the navy almost 12months now i left because you werent looked after. You would go to sea for months then get 4 days off and be back in work. It was like being a mushroom fed on sh*t and kept in the dark.
    I decided to make the plunge and try something new my point of view was even if i got treat the same the money is better.
    Iv been in my current job since i left. Its still working away but if i do more than my allocated month i get double time to compensate plus there's email and phones which wasnt always guaranteed in the navy especially in submarines. Its a bit organised however they bend over backwards for you if you need certain dates off. Also the HR people have been friendly and helpful which is new to me. The lowering price of oil worries me a little but at the minute its no effecting me. Plus there BBQ's and christmas doos have been great!
     
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    Im the CEO of two so its ****ing epic right now lol. Makes me realise why I couldn't gel in big companies. 


    Are both of the company's similar or both totally different?

     
     
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/12 18:27:11 (permalink)
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    Current company is ok. It is Austrian so has very strict labour laws and various other differences. I am an expat in the company however the HR treat me as if I was Austrian ie. Very well.
    In terms of the best company I have ever worked for I would say Centrica Energy. Would never have left them if not for the opportunity to move abroad closer to my wife's family.


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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/12 20:57:13 (permalink)
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    It's good in terms of the work being interesting, and generally people being on your side in tricky situations. For example, if you need the off at short notice for childcare, family problems or illness or whatever, then it is no problem.

    However, they are eroding our privileges at a more general level. We've not had a pay rise for years and our pensions are being paired back. Recognising that probably only 3/4 of people are in the office on any given day, we no longer get a desk each. There'll be about 80% desks to staff and first come first served. I guess there will always be somewhere to sit, but the thought of not having my desk with my books and family photos on it makes me feel very much more like a resource than a valued employee.
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    Floydy
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 02:35:40 (permalink)
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    Okay. No point me starting a thread without an example. Here's one from just last night...

    One of our night shift lads fell off his bike a couple of weeks ago and he's been off sick with a fractured arm. He is due back to work next week.
    He has been now been asked to come into work tomorrow morning for an "informal chat". In other words they want to see if he is lying.

    Are they allowed by law to ask a guy with a sick note to make his own way into work? Is he covered by insurance if anything happens to him - and who would be to blame? Surely this is intimidation.

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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 06:43:19 (permalink)
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    Hi Floydy, yes, they are allowed to ask, however, a sick note should suffice. Sounds to me like the guy is on the hit list. My company will only do **** like that when an employee has been making waves.
     
    Surprising what a company can get away with, folk think their safe being in a union, but from my observations, they do jack **** when you need them. A few examples. The company was apparently on its last legs, the truth was that the directors (all 6) where draining the business financially. Talk of redundancy became the norm BUT, before they had to pay redundancy they looked around for easy targets to save cash.
     
    One fella, returning to work after a battle with prostate cancer was told he had to work nights. He said no, they said there are no other positions available, bye. Another fella was picked on because "apparently", he made more mistakes than anyone else, when in fact he made a lot less than the folk who sacked him. Basically, over a period of a year they hounded the poor fella, made him a nervous wreck, which in turn made him feck up, he went. One other fella was said to be slow at his job, which was utter bull, the truth was, he wasnt pally with the foreman, game over. In all instances the union was useless. Companies have a way of treating folk like ****, but doing everything through the book, so to speak.
     
    Ive learned a lot about folk over this last few years, greed drives some folk. Then you get the bum licking strivers who become two headed snakes lol. Out of a company of 30, i like 2 or 3 genuine folk, the rest are all dicks, guess im not very social at work.
     
    Gone on a bit, lol
     
     
     
     
     
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 06:53:46 (permalink)
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    Thanks for your post, Sean. All very interesting and no problem with the duration of it!
    Your company sounds like a similar place to where I work. A lot of dodgy managers, senior op's and team leaders with an ego problem, something to prove and so on which leads to victimisation etc. A few of my colleagues have recently joined a union for security, however secure that is who knows? Peace of mind I guess.

    But don't get me wrong. On the whole I work for a hugely respected private company. One of the largest in my city. There are just a few rather suspect or even corrupt people at the top right now.

    I have another recent example which I'll post later as it's now my bedtime, but more excitingly - the weekend woohoo!
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 06:55:17 (permalink)
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    I run my own limited company so I think the boss is wonderful.......however some of my clients are first class pricks .

     
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 07:36:40 (permalink)
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    Same here.....for every decent customer there seem to be twice as many dicks

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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 07:57:51 (permalink)
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    Yeah really good - let me change my hours to suit childcare arrangements, very flexible with time off, working from home etc. Pay rise every year (over 8% this year), gave us our annual bonus despite the company not meeting its financial plan...

    Also let me drop my hours to four days a week so I can spend an extra day with my daughter (Fridays off woo!)

    A few months after I joined they held the annual company conference in an amazing hotel in the Swiss Alps, it was amazing!

    Pretty lucky really :)
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 09:19:12 (permalink)
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    I've only been here for almost 18 months and it's ok.  It's a family run company that has grown to a decent size (£40 million turnover, 400 staff), but it's still run with that small business mentality.  So they can be very flexible and friendly, but lack certain procedures and formalities.

    There's no training budget for staff, no development plans (I now do my own for my team), they avoid wage rises like the plague.  I moved here for a decent wage rise so I'm ok for now but I'm keen to see what happens when I want more.  But this job was a big progression step for me, so I won't find it difficult to move on for more money again if I have to.
     
    I never feel safe in a job.  I've seen too many people who have been "asked to leave" in previous companies to be silly enough to think I am ever safe.  Keeps me on my toes.
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 09:53:26 (permalink)
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    I feel looked after, and reasonably secure, - although security I think is based on a two way relationship, times and markets change...
     
    I get 30 days holiday a year + bank hols, they are flexible, I can start at 7am or 10am for eg, long lunch breaks, I can work from home when I want, I get training, and they have accomodated me well when I wanted to try different roles, I get a reasonable pension, private health insurance, and they never see me out of pocked regarding expenses, overtime, on-call etc. They also used to do an excellent "home purchase plan" which worked a little like company pensions whereby you can save X% of your salary before it gets taxed, and the company will double (to a degree) what you put in, - it helped me get on the ladder many moons ago, unfortunatley they had to scrap it when the Government made company pensions mandatory (as you couldn't opt in for both benefits). Their ethic is basically: as long as I am getting the work done - they treat me well. I have a good work/life balance, only problem with this is that I am probably too comfortable, arguably it's about time I moved on
     
    The management that I deal with are fair, and promote people who prove their worth, - all issues that I am aware of have been dealt with fairly.
     
    Being a large company, I would say that problems can sometimes occur due to excessive red tape, politics and budgets between divisions of the company, despite being constantly told it is 'one' firm, - sometimes it feels like multiple companies working together.
     
    There has been few shady things happening at board level, but I think that goes on with many companies
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    Re: Is your company a good place to work? 2015/02/13 11:12:20 (permalink)
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    I'm in Utilities (electrical) so while ever we all want to turn our light switches on I'm alright.
     
    My company (who poached me from electrical contracting) are funding all further University studies and right now I'm working from home so I'd say my company is good to their workers. We are a relatively small consultancy though so this is probably the reason. I've worked for big companies in the past and if you are just a number you are more likely to be p**sed off I think as you can be left feeling undervalued.
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