Plunkett Research Review Assignment

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Be prepared for a bit of a bait and switch. You might be hired for one thing, and start off doing the thing you think you were hired for, but end up doing things you didn't sign up for. Things like maybe fixing light bulbs if you're a man, or writing checks or handling fedex when you have no experience in either and you were supposed to be a writer. Or being hired as a writer but ending up being a sales person...

The pay is horrendous. You are paid well below the market value of your job. What you've made after seven years, doing the work of several people, is about the same as ENTRY level elsewhere. Embarrassing...

Do be prepared to be treated unfairly, good or bad. Nobody is treated equally. Some people get in trouble for some things while others don't. Some people get raises while others don't. Some people get reimbursed for using their own car and gas to run errands and some people don't...

Depending on your job, be prepared for 0 deadlines but expect the CEO to expect YOU to read his mind OR be prepared for him to be up your butt constantly...

Be forewarned, the owners will probably have no idea what you do, or will forget after a while. I've had to arrange meetings to make sure everyone was on the same page/knew what was going on...

Depending on your job, be prepared to spam a few people, or write a few fake reviews...It made me sick to see my coworkers do this. It's unethical and gross. It made me ashamed to work there...

Be prepared for owner to tell the whole office your business. If you have a medical issue or a surgery coming up, he will tell everyone in the whole office about it. He will also discuss your love life with everyone...

They have a way of skirting the Texas overtime law of being paid overtime beyond working 40 hours in a work week. They will pay you overtime if you work beyond the maximum hours in a two week pay period, which is under the assumption that one works eight hours in a day. This is both good and bad. Good if you need to take some days off during the week, so this allows you to "make up" or "catch up" on hours and they don't need to pay you overtime, bad because it's not really legal. I didn't mind this, but some people might...

Do not stay more than a few years at the most. Do not let the relaxed environment and your ability to show your midriff and wear booty shorts make you complacent and urge you to stop looking for better opportunities... I've been a loyal employee for many years and was fired in a really ugly, cruel way for violating a policy I don't remember reading that was never enforced and was something that everyone did. With NO warning. I've seen out of the blue firings to two other employees, one that was extremely well liked by everyone. One day he was gone, as if he never existed. You never know if it will be you because there is no system of written warnings, performance reviews, etc. You really have no idea what is going on or what your standing is because the owner doesn't tell you and expects you to read his mind.

If he likes you, and you decide to leave the job for another opportunity, the owner will get really upset/angry. Even if you give your two weeks notice. He might even let you go early on the spot. The only way to avoid making him upset is to give him notice months in advance that you will be quitting, which isn't very realistic. If you haven't worked for very long, or he doesn't like you too much, he won't care if you quit. So there's that. Don't even think about getting a reference from him. He just doesn't do it...What's the point of working here?

I really wouldn't recommend working here. In my opinion, the company is becoming antiquated and obsolete. I don't believe they are making much money, which is why I think they continually want a high turn over and cheap labor. You either stay a long time and get CANNED for a petty issue while the owner strings you along and makes you think everything is fine, making you train a new hire so he doesn't have to do it, while he plans on getting rid of you days in advance of the actual firing OR you quit, do the right thing by giving two weeks notice and he gets mad at YOU for inconveniencing HIM...

No benefits. No sick days, no vacation, no health benefits, NADA. And they never will get to the position where they can offer it...Oh yeah, and the building constantly has bathroom issues and smells like old poo. It is not unusual for a water pipe to burst outside and you have to drive to Whataburger to go to the bathroom. And then for days the tap in the building tastes like booty sweat and you have to bring your own water. One time there was sewage on the sidewalk right outside of the building where people park and it took forever for the city to come clean it. Biohazard.

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