From CBU — 05/25/2008
I have been with USIS for some time now, and have always been very vocal in standing up for this company. I have had no patience for those who want to complain about the pay, or the personal use charge for our cars, or the fact that USIS does not pay for every single utility in the investigator's residence. I have found that as long as you crank out the work, you can increase your pay through the overtime alone. And, it's been my experience that if you are producing a high case load, you actually do get compensated through bonuses (however small that may be) and through yearly pay increases. However, after months of being increasingly overworked, I've finally come to the point, that I will aggresively seek employment elsewhere. Reason? I can no longer keep up the pace of working night and day, weekends and holidays. These are not hours worked by my choice because I need extra income. These are simply hours put in just in order to keep up with the workload assigned to me. I am not alone in this situation. Other investigators I know (who are not whiners, and are high producing investigators as well) agree with me 100%. There has ceased to be a balance between work and home life. For those of us who have family's, and money is not the only driving force in our life, USIS has become an undesireable company to work for. As a field investigator, I have continued to be one of their high producers, and have no real complaints about the pay. Yes, there are jobs which pay more, but the flexibility of working from home and having the company car offsets the lack of competitive salary in the area. (Yes, believe me, paying $140 per month for a new car, and having no worries about new tires, maintenance, etc IS a wonderful deal for some of us!). However, since Randy Dobbs took over, I have seen a shift from the balance of being an organization dedicated to national security to a company which is strictly profit oriented. Being that we are a private company, I understand the bottom line, which IS profit. We would cease to exist without generating a profit. However, the balance has tipped so far off center, that in managements greed to get rich quick, they have forgotten to take care of the real core of the company, THE INVESTIGATORS. The company continues to bite off more than it can chew. They continue to bid for additional projects, for which we can not realistically meet the deadlines, as we do not have enough people to do the work we have now. I realize from reading these various posts, that there are obviously, still some districts within the company, where their investigators are not overworked and live is grand. This is the exception, though, and not the rule, unless you are fortunate enough to be getting assigned the wonderful PPR (piece of cake. This has been a great job, but knowing what's ahead in the coming months, I see no light at the end of this tunnel. Hopefully, someone will get a clue, and hold off getting all these new contracts until we have the work force which can do the job, and still have some time to spend with their family.