I worked for Meltwater a few months ago, it was my first job out of Uni and thought I would give a corporate culture a bash!
I must say the whole experience was bizarre, first they use really standard propaganda techniques like creating an "Us and Them" mentality among the employees, which plays on aspects of human nature.
Truth be told the whole thing is treated like some kind of religion... I kid you not, in my training people actually spoke about life before they "found Meltwater" and how difficult it was... even then I thought it was bizarre!
The company culture revolves around working and drinking and it is really really unhealthy. I was one of the few who always had a life outside the office and was actually judged for it although managers would never admit that.
What was however the last straw was that unacceptable behaviour was just glossed over. One of the top managers in the office [name deleted] is a perfectly nice guy but the man clearly has an alcohol problem and I mean clearly!! And it is a horrific experience for any new employee to go for a drink with one of the managers and land up having to half carry the wreck of a man home and put him to bed... or if you happen to be a woman you have to fight him off first!!
All this was fairly obvious and had been experienced by almost everyone in the office but was never properly dealt with by management. I left after a really horrific situation of sexual harassment was completely glossed over and the girls were never even apologised to, even though the company put them in that situation in the first place. Further they were expected to sit next two him in the same office for the next two weeks and make sales calls while his booming voice and laugh flooded the office! The poor girls actually felt sick just looking at him!
At the very least you would expect management to stop him from drinking but no, the MD would encourage it as this sad and pathetic alcoholic behaviour amused him no end.
That is not a company that cares for its employees... I don't care what they tell you....
Most companies would have dealt with such a situation swiftly and efficiently and a company that really cares would have made and effort to rehabilitate this guy.
They try to buy you over as much as possible in the beginning but it is just a facade covering something really sad and pathetic.
The day I quit I woke up and thought to myself. I would rather be a waitress than work for this company!
So happy to find this blog..keep it going.....!!"