The truth is the truth. HR is "controlled" and does not take action against the protected one.GPTW - The IT leader had horrendous rating yet got promoted. I have heard stories from reliable sources about complaints made about the "chosen one" that were buried/ignored or laughed at. When they questioned the c/o he simply lied. Cheater (askx and xadmin), Competent (??) Yahoo voting mess, failure to mail important documents for more than one year, confirms missing (all under his watch).
Why is this allowed. That's all we want to know. I guess it really is who you are in bed with!
so is there a true lawsuit going on about the great place to work being a sham?
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In response to the guy in J.S. who knows what a sham the survey is I would have to agree with you. Management DOES NOT CARE about the workers. They also allow favorites to get away with unspeakables but punish others for the slightest thing. VP's think they can do whatever they want and apparently they can. HR is useless otherwise they would not allow the VP of inserting to take his title literally. Poor girl. Complaints about managers that spew "Now that you're here hop up on the desk and entertain us" go unpunished (actually the man was promoted). Maybe they have pictures as well which is the rumor and a qoute from the HR man himself. Senior leaders who promote systems that don't work so they can say, i met my MBO, and force others to work 7 days a week, often 14 hours a day is commonplace. Apparently certain bonus payouts are based on meeting objectives and are not discretionary. Lawsuit must have some validity!! Great place to work? Forced to work on Saturdays (told if you don't HE WILL KNOW and you will be put on his S..T LIST). Does this really sound like a great place to work. When the team put in place to protect associates is too scared for their own job or under strict orders to protect "the elite - the ones with the pictures" where does that leave the abused worker. Ask the entire group of people that went to HR with complaints about the QA group. Best Place to Work? Really? Taking staff out for dinner at your country club so you can meet your annual obligation? I wonder how many take a write-off on their personal tax returns even though they get reimbursed for the dinners and parties!! Great place to work. 50-100 get to go on a great trip every year yet the company cut the company picnic which was enjoyed by hundreds,. I guess they don't really care about the workers, only the elite. Salesman abuse their expenses and have no accountability. $200 bottles of wine without a client to be seen. Let's do a white and a red. WTH, NOT MY MOENY
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Unmailed margin letters, possible sell-outs, billing clients for services not performed, losing valuable documents. OMG. The list goes on and on.
I hear ET has a new person in charge (not a BR fan) and its probably a matter of time before they jump. Cost consessions to make them stay will only keep them for so long. Big consessions from what I hear.
Who is $$$liable$$$$ (the provider or brokerage firm) for non-compliance!!
Sentiment: Strong Sell
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Have to agree with you that stock is most likely heading back to 22. Stock has never been able to hold 24. No innovation and if management supports managers like you mention its no wonder the company can't grow. A good deal of the workforce most be miserable and an unhappy workforce is unhealthy.
Pattern continues. Stock price going nowhere. Management that knowingly supports managers that cheat on expense reports, cheat on productivty reports, lie to corporate auditors (make staff create policy documents with phoney dates to make it appear like they existed for months before they were written), make staff create proof that they followed these policies (the ones that did not exist) so he can pass the corporate audit, destroy reports that make him look bad makes your wonder if the claims about pictures are true. HR is so guilty for allowing all of the complaints to go unpunished. Exit interviews don't lie. Anyone see the 60 Minute segment about the teenager in Ohio who got abused and the abusers friends sat back and watched. Now they are getting in trouble for standing idle while the poor girl was abused. Integrity ?? Employee of Choice?? Service Profit Chain?? Why have an HR if they are unempowered or under strict orders to "protect ....! Ethics Hotline (confidential) is also a sham...
Upward move is nice to see but is must likely the company buying back shares (hide their cash so they don't get bought). I know alot of ex workers that tell me horor stories about the company. The Yahoo fiasco is the tip of the iceberg and was only disclosed because they got caught. Orders for material that go unfilled (but client billed? Compliance?). TRow/MasMus management left or threaten to leave all the time. Management told that the FINAL voting numbers sent to FS were incorrect (outstanding shares were mistakenly counted twice in some cases) and they choose to "keep it to themselves". Man, the % of shares voted F/A/A were wrong and they keep quiet. Man, if FS knew that their data was being viewed and manipulated in India. The proxy system is so old and does not satisfy the users needs so offshore teams are asked to manipulate PRODUCTION DATA so the users can give the clients what they need. NO QA/QC. The voting system is a sham. Your vote does not always count since they have no way of knowing where the overvote stems from so they could be throwing away your vote and counting a non-shareholders vote. Reconcilliation system is from the dark ages. SLAs are constantly missed buy "tricks are played to avoid penalties". When you question management they respond (analogy - We mailed the documents on time. But the PO doesn't pickup from that box since 2010. So what, our SLA only states that we must have in a mailbox....) D/R committed to in contracts did not exist for 4-5 years after the contract was signed. No integrity by managements and will do anything to make their numbers. With all this they still can't move the needles. Cheater(s) are rewarded handsomely at the company..