When I was hired by the Aurora, CO. Advantage Security office the receptionist said that I was becoming a part of the 'family'. Later I would find that description as alien a concept as possible with Advantage Security. I needed a job not only to assist me with finishing & paying for college but also to help me assist my mother who had been diagnosed with leukemia. She lived with me for over a year until the cancer finally overcame her. During that time I thought that Advantage was a great place to work and even brought my mother in to meet many of the office administrative staff during a holiday business gathering.
However, as soon as my mother was diagnosed as terminal the true face of Advantage began to show. I needed time off sometimes to help my mother and made this clear to the office, who at the time said they would help in any way they could. When it came time to ask for that understanding and compassion it was all about the business and never about the struggles with cancer however!
I couldn't believe how anti-family this self-labeled 'family business' really turned out to be! I had to quit the company to be there for my mom frequently in her last few months and to settle her estate afterwards. It took me forever to find out the real reason why I was 'ineligible for re-hire'. I was shocked at the unofficial, yet real reason, that my family, and not the Advantage 'family' came first!