I worked in the Information Technology (IT) department at WingSpan primarily at the Midway (Headquarter) location and I can attest first hand that many if not most of the criticism towards the company is valid, justified and true. Their CEO Steve Horne is a lawyer by trade so they use money to try to hush anyone that comes out to reveal the dark side of Wingspan Portfolio Advisors, but I will not be censored nor redacted nor silenced and I will give you a clearer picture of what its really like to work at Wingspan. This is a free country the last I checked and thank God we still have the freedom of speech. It aint libel, slander or defamation if its true! If they try any tricks on me I will counter-sue them for retaliation and conspiracy. The law works both ways.
Working as an IT guy at Wingspan I was in the unique position of seeing the entire company. I was a lowly helpdesk/servicedesk employee paid only $19 /hr but that meant unlike someone who was a network engineer or IT manager I actually got to do the daily grunt work of walking around the entire company and meeting and greeting the entire rank and file and getting to know everyone from the lowest paid $15/hr Bank of America mod contractor to the COO himself the millionaire Ed Delgado and every title and rank and department and position in-between. Wingspan doesnt have a system in place where any of this can be done remotely or automated so I had to do the footwork and manual labor every single day. The upside is I got to meet a lot of people and socialize a bit.
The first thing I noticed is that there is indeed a class and racial segregation at Wingspan. Any reasonable mind who was presented with the same evidence would come to the same conclusion, that it is self-evident Midway is where they kept all the Caucasians and personal friends of the CEO and the high class folks and Gramercy was basically the slave camp where they exploit all the lowly paid (underpaid) Hispanic, Muslim and African American workers. Like the Supreme Court likes to say, its one of those you just know it when you see it kind of situations. And if you were a good looking girl you were extradited from Gramercy to Midway and instantly made some Executive Assistant or given some bogus VP title. Im not sure how the company can do something like this and not get noticed by the EEOC, FTC, DOJ, FBI, etc... but this is one of the stronger instances of class and racial segregation that I have ever witnessed and its really sad and pathetic that we still have something like this going on in this day and age. Even one of the other IT employees at Gramercy commented on such....
They also have a junior network admin who sits in the cubicle right next to me whos job is to do nothing but monitor and spy on employees all day long. This is the digital equivalent of having the Hispanic Janitors spy on African American workers in the restrooms. He was tasked with installing hidden and secret cameras and monitors everywhere. He is worse than a spook, this is one of the most paranoid guys I ever met. He kept saying he was afraid Id report him to HR... and when the network went down he asked me directly if I had sabotaged it. My first week I tried to ask him to lunch just to be friendly and he accused me of trying to buy my way into a higher position at the company. The employees had their computer and internet locked down yet the IT admins made exceptions for themselves and were surfing on weapons and gun sites and other sketchy sites all day long.
He was racists to Asians as well and made fun of Chinese people every chance he got. He says he is exempt from discrimination liability since he traveled to China and married a Chinese wife. My first week on the job I had did a Google search for Wingspan to read up on the company, the very first page linked to a ripoff report about Wingspan so I was curious and clicked on it... within seconds he was telling all his coworkers that I was reading bad stuff about the company and that I cant be trusted. This is like something that came out of a Jason Bourne movie, youd have to literally be there to believe it. He even admitted to doing deep packet analysis and real time spying on his coworkers and thats when I started using SSL and https and then switched to 4G LTE on my personal phone for internet use. This guy said he was a CCIE but I checked out his LinkedIn profile and all he had was a CCENT.
Thats another thing, half the employees who are VPs and Directors at Wingspan lied their way into their positions and never managed nor directed a single person in their life... not to mention that Wingspan was extremely top-heavy to being with, almost anyone who is anything at all is given a title of VP if they know someone in power or played their cards right. They had some departments that only had two people, a VP and a Director... I wont name names, but at least two of the IT staff at Wingspan came straight from truck driving... and the service desk lead used to be a physical trainer before he broke his leg and got tired of that and decided to fake his way into the IT industry. Even the Senior Infrastructure / Server Admin only has a MCSA and was bragging about it all day long... he has some Microsoft Press Kit books on his desk and he thinks that makes him this super tech dude....
Every morning when he came in hed disparagingly say to us greetings programs... no doubt making reference to TRON and paying homage to the fact that he was our symbolic overlord and we were the punny lowly tier I service desk nobodies. Our VP of IT was a nobody working at JCpenney before he landed this job and started masquerading as the God of IT and always priding himself on cutting access to this guy or that guy like he got a kick or high from abusing his position or power. Wingspan IT is a mess, there is no integration, no efficiency, no precise roadmap and everyone pretends to be in charge but no one can execute and get things done and its nothing but a cobbled up inefficient mess. They got an old-school CIO who still uses AOL and cant figure out how to get his speakers working... that tells you all you need to know about Wingspan IT.
They recently and quietly canned their COO Mr. Ed Delgado and pretended it didnt even happen. Bank of America canceled Wingspans contract, no doubt because they caught on with what Wingspan was doing and realized it wasnt a healthy business relationship, so Horne had to find a scapegoat and a head had to roll... so they decided to can Delgado and blame it on him. This was right after they coerced him into giving a public company address assuring everyone that things were okay and dont panic speech. Then they threw him under the bus too. Horned was trying to get Chase on board so the political pressure of having to come up with someone to take the blame was irresistible. Horne had purchased Delgado strictly for his connections and was hoping he could buy his way into the industry. It was already out in the public news and 90% of the company didnt even know it happened. Talk about having your collective heads in the sand. Everyone was too busy doing Short Sales and scamming home owners to even take notice of what was happening to their own company.
We had to cut his systems access so that is how our department was privy to that information. The next day they had Security walk him out the front door and publicly humiliated one of the most respected figures in the real estate and mortgage industries. Really it felt like working at the CIA or NSA Delgado and Betrayus was both canned the same week and ironically I could see the parallels... it was all political and everything is strictly on a need to know basis and compartmentalized and classified (confidential). Even something as big as the COO being fired was hushed up and pushed under the rug like it totally didnt happen and we were ordered and forbidden to talk about this secret from our respective Department heads. The next day they had this big HR meeting (I know because I was tasked with setting up the projectors and wireless ) with all the HR and Onboarding staff to talk about how to spin this and cover it up. There is a corporate culture of secrecy and non-transparency from the top-down.
One of the more attractive blonde white lady who obviously got her job not based on her smarts was bragging to another dominating white male about how the pie trick worked... pies for houses was her exact phrase and she said it was a good return on investment and she should be giving out more pies... she gave him a wink and commented on the sexual innuendo of pies for houses... that is another thing you see a lot of this kind of cliche workplace flirting going around and the females do favors for the males to gain in career. I was working on the guys computer and they were just carrying on this inappropriate conversation right in his office and was so brazen didnt even care that I could see and hear everything. Wingspan is a culture of bribes, kickbacks, buyouts and sexual favors and while they silence any external attempts at exposing them, internally they dont even care in the slightest what employees say or do as long as you are in the in group. One time this guy got a virus on his computer that pointed him to a Korean site and since I was Asian he called me down and asked if I had anything to do with it... that was almost as bad as the network admin cursing me out in Chinese.
I could go on and on but bottom line is this: unless you are in the in group or favored by the CEO or personally knows someone in power, Wingspan will overwork you and underpay you and discriminate against you and then throw you under the bus the moment Wingspan perceives you are not of value to them anymore. The vast majority of the so-called employees at the company are actually contractors of some form or another... and believe you me, even full-time employee health and benefit package absolutely is horrible and useless... You are constantly reminded that you are expendable, and that your employment is at will and that you can be canned at any time for any reason or without reason at all. And they make good on the threat too... Being in IT I see all the termination alerts and constantly run into the scenario where an employee being terminated was someone I had just spoken to or helped with an IT issue on the same day.... !! Its like working at the morgue or something! What a downer right? Employees have to wake up every morning worrying about if they will still have a job by the end of that work day. This is not a place that I recommend. It will stress you out, rob you of a life, and then throw you under the bus when you are worn out.