Free muffins and t-shirts? Seriously?
I’m sorry, but I think it’s safe to say that this is incredibly underwhelming for the engineers. I don’t want to sound entitled here but I expect (and frankly deserve) more from Synergetica.
Those of us who started when this office had less than 15 employees remember when the perks were still appropriate for the work we were doing. Now…free muffins and t-shirts? Not even a hot breakfast?
The guys at Brickmueller Biotronics have a full buffet every morning. What is my motivation to stay at Synergetica if I have to make my own breakfast? And if the selection is limited to muffins, why can’t we get them from Celeste’s instead? You only order from the place that doesn’t do that sugar crumble thing on top.
Also, t-shirts? How is that even a perk? Why should I be excited about wearing an ad for Synergetica? It only benefits the company, and you’re spinning it like it’s some kind of reward. A t-shirt.
Oh, and they’re white. You expect me to eat a mediocre (in good conscience I can’t even call them “mushy”) Dutch chocolate muffin and NOT get stains on that shirt?
This whole thing seems poorly conceived and executed. The t-shirts look and feel terrible too.
And why are we limited to two shirts only? I have three cousins so I took three. I’m sure I’ll hear about it later because we never order enough even though Synergetica can obviously afford it.
To be frank: I feel like there’s no benefit to doing my job or coming to work anymore. Lunches used to be steak and sushi but now it’s always cold sandwiches, burritos, or pizza. WHAT HAPPENED TO LOBSTER FRIDAYS?
Our data plans are capped at 5 gigs? And HR is asking me to explain how my gas reimbursement requests are business-related? Honestly, if I have to pay for my own gas, that’s the last straw. Just because we have 100 employees now (half of which are in a call center) that doesn’t mean we have to treat our most talented veterans like interns. It didn’t use to be like this.
And don’t think I haven’t heard that this year’s holiday party is beer and wine only. If we can’t even scrounge together a 40 of vodka for a holiday party, why should I think we’ll have enough capital to ship version 2.0?
I’m concerned as an employee AND as a customer.
What’s next? Limited vacation?
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