I don't care what their feel good videos say. Working for the Brethren of the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church (Peebs) is not a good idea for anybody who is not one of them. Further, it is not even good for some of the Brethren themselves if their family does not own the business.
I've just watched a video on You Tube of a Brethren company in the UK and they love to showcase their glittery workplace which is festooned with more gadgets and up to date IT baubles than you can poke a stick at. They are all doing it now. They all sound so wonderfully 'worldly' and integrated with 'worldly' marketing practices.
This particular mob I watched several videos on, producesenvelopes and make the claim that they are the biggest in Europe and maybe even, the world. And what do they put their success down to? As their managing director, turning the lights on for a 6am start says, 'Their wonderful staff!'
Of course - you can pick the Brethren employees against the worldly ones, because they stand out like Maltese Terriers at a Pit Bull convention. Anyone with sideburns or a moustache or a beard is immediately recognisable as being a non-'Peeb'. Any lady with earrings or a slightly shorter skirt or short hair is most certainly not one of them.
And here's the thing. Sure you can work for them, but your contract and your tenure will always be prejudiced towards their own type. I mean by that that they are all family owned businesses and no 'outside' share holding or 'power job' by a 'worldly person' is allowed. So their relatives, their family members and their church members are always going to get a look in a long time before you do.
If you have delusional plans of advancement in your professional life, abandon them now because it will never happen as it does with normal businesses, with any Brethren run concern. They cannot have worldly people taking over positions in the direct line of management of any of their businesses. That represents an unclean 'yoke' to them. And trust me brother, you don't want to be yoked with these turkeys.
I know about this through bitter personal experience. I was one of them once. If your dad or at least a close relative does not own the business, you are probably screwed as well. Because one day, a son or a nephew or an uncle or someone,is going to be shuffled in right over the top of you regardless of your years of unstinting service and loyalty. Sure - it happens in the world as well but there at least you have a fighting chance. With the Brethren you have absolutely none.
When it comes to morning tea time and lunchtime - prepare to enter into a world that you thought had long since disappeared from the face of the earth. Apartheid. Segregation. Separation - whatever you want to call it. This will leave your head spinning as to its fairness and political correctness in this day and age. They won't eat with you or socialise with you. Enter the staff canteen and prepare to eat with your own kind. Sit with them and they will stand up and leave you to it. It is illegal for them to eat with you and if you think you can turn them around with a quick drink after work - forget it. That is a sin punishable by automatic disfellowship and the loss of everything they hold dear. In fact they would get the sack as well for such a transgression.
To be fair to them, they don't make the rules. But such a transgression would result in them ending up in a dark place (to them) - with you! And then they'd have to get the sack because they cannot work for a Brethren business, despite doing nothing wrong professionally if they were once one of them. With me so far?
So if you still want to go ahead with employment in a Brethren owned company, prepare to work for an organisation where you are a person who will always be beneath them and will never be accepted, no matter how good a job you do for them. You will automatically be a sort of pariah, which they will smile at and say 'Good Morning' to, but will never ever really mean it.
The Brethren have had separation drilled into them now for nearly 60 years. In 1959 the decree was made that they MUST separate from the world and its peoples. It is unthinkable that this strange un-Christian rule will ever be reversed today. Too much has been lost through it, including thousands of their own people back in the 1960's who had families 'on the outside'. If you did not immediately cut off all contact with them, you were thrown out. Did I mention that these people call themselves Christians? No matter. But when they cut themselves off from the world, because everyone in it is evil and 'unclean', (except for them of course), that meant that they would never assimilate again with normal people. Like everyone else in the world does or tries to do.
They might be human beings just like you, but they are special human beings because they are the 'chosen ones' and you my friend sadly - are not! So your position in their business might sound 'normal' but it is anything but. You are a toiler, a contributor, a money maker, a worker - but you are not really part of the business. Once your daily purpose is fulfilled, they wash their hands of you in more ways than you think. And they would rid themselves of you in a heartbeat without one single thought for you or your feelings if they had to.
Today, Brethren owned businesses are a lot more savvy and modern in their operating methods than they were in my day. But then again, only a bit over 15 years ago, it was illegal for them to own a computer or even a facsimile machine. They regarded the World Wide Web as a 'pipeline of filth' which is what their leader called it, and even an electronic garage door opener could get you thrown out on your ear if you had one of them. They destroyed families over some members who got interested in computers, which the world had embraced some 20 years beforehand, shall we say a little too early for their head honcho. Of course, he is a big businessman too and employs 'Worldly people'. So he could see that without computers and technology, the Brethren were going to be left behind like the Amish people if they didn't get their act together.
So if you have some years in your career left to serve, do yourself a favour. Don't be mesmerised by the glittering LED lit facades and LED screens promoting their services and their free lunches and their wares in their fancy new business premises. Sure they might give you a job, but you will never advance much - if at all. Sure you might be good at what you do. But because you are not 'one of them', you will never advance or be recognised like 'one of them' will be. And that's simply because you my friend are a 'worldly' person and that is a brand to them, that is not many rungs above the devil himself when it comes down to it.
Don't say you weren't warned if you do decide to work for them. But at very least, read very carefully the contract they put before you.