Thank you very much to a current employee for sending this description of Meltwater.
I do not even know where to start. I currently work for the company. There are quite a few good things to be said about the company. The annual kickoffs (picnic/party/workshops) are awesome and the fact that you get to stay in a luxurious resort for 5 whole days and party into the night, is something to be applauded for. However, having said that, barring those 5 days of the year, the rest of the 360 days are hell. Let me bullet point:
No HR !!
I have heard of managers, in the absence of HR, forwarding emails to "someone" to keep them safe. These emails will be the kind of emails you send your immediate manager or TL to complain about something that you are not happy with. The emails might carry super personal details, but they are forwarded to a colleague by the TLs neverthless, with the intention that the emails be kept safe in case the person the email came from, needs to be fired. I do not know about you guys but I do not think this is an ethical thing to do.
Absence of HR also causes Legal issues to be forwarded to this guy called Zubes, who has no practice at law, whatsoever. All he has, is a degree.
Sales is Pathetic !!
The way that sales is conducted within the company really is pathetic. I don't have anything new to add to this area as my thoughts are echoed by so many others here. I have seen so many new recruits being given a presentation about how the salary is structured. I feel sorry for them. If you are fresh out of college on possibly one ofy our first ever job interviews, you probably take whatever the company says, in your stride. I do not see what company would ever need to give its recruits a presentation on salary structure AFTER the contract has been signed.
High Turnover !!
Jorn and managers often, proudly state that 100 new recruits walk in the doors of Meltwater every month. They conveniently forget to mention that 90 old recruits also walk out every month. Otherwise, 100 new people every month, company has been running for 8 years and is still at 500 people (including Tech, most of whom have been here since the first office was opened). You do the math.
No Privacy !!
There is no respect for an employee's privacy with the managers regularly calling up on weekends and giving you work to do outside office hours. If you say no or show anything short of bubbling enthusiasm, you are not a team player and not interested in the company's benefits. I ask you, even if you love the company, if someone calls you at all kinds of hours and asks you to work, without even feeling sorry for it, wouldn't you rebel ?
This isn't just for the employees. I have seen my managers whining because a would be client cancelled a meeting without notice. I happened to ask, why would he not send you an email ? The manager said, I know,he is so rude. I mean ok his wife died. Too bad, but that doesn't mean you stop being professional.
I will leave it to you to figure out exactly what quality you need to get to the managerial level in this company.
Too much Hugging !!
I am sorry, but frankly this idea of hugging every Tom, Dick and Harry that walks in the door, I just do not get. Every time someone is visiting from another office, we have to get up and go hug them, even if we have never seen them before in our lives. If you don't, you lack team spirit and your TL will surely give you a talking to. Every time someone gets a deal, they have to hug like 20 people. Because of this hugging, I started dreading ringing the bell, within about a month. The need to socialize and hang out with your office colleagues is again, way too much. I am sorry but I have a life outside of work too. And besides, you have been shut in one room, together for 9 hours a day. After that, you want to see some other people for a change.
Phew !! It feels good to get it off of my chest. They have really been driving me up the wall lately. I have actually become quite adept at figuring out which of the new recruits will stay at the end of 2 months and which ones won't. It's pretty easy. Sales people (Meltwater Hardcores) can be real bastards and bitches at times and the ones that are not, the ones that I genuinely like, end up leaving or being fired, at the end of two months (without fail).
Isn't that saying Something ?"