Most of the time the supervisors were fair and commended employees for doing a good job. Many times the supervisors would buy pizza for the whole department out of their own pocket to let us know they appreciated all of the hard work we did. The upper management however were not this way. They would lie to employees/supervisors in our company meetings about receiving safety and performance rewards. When we met their goals, they promised we would all get brand new jackets (even taking down our jacket sizes and having us pick the color) we never got them. At one of the company meetings upper management threatened to change all of our schedules to a rotating swing shift if we didn't produce better numbers for them. I cannot say I trusted them or felt we were being treated with fairness after they said that to us.
Support from management
Many times the rules and directions we were told to follow, would change from day to day. An example would be that we were not required to wear leather gloves on the production floor, a coworker of mine cuts his hand while unscrewing a garden hose from a water hookup, and suddenly, he gets written up and is told he was supposed to wear gloves at all times even though this was never enforced before or after the accident occurred. It seemed to me while working here that the supervisors would pick on certain people. The guy was overweight but still a good worker, I feel they picked on him because of two reasons, his appearance, and his nationality.
When big spills and messes happened, everyone, including most of the supervisors would grab a shovel, a broom or a waste bucket and we would all work together as a team to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible. Teamwork was always strong at this company whenever things got out of hand or a department needed extra help.
Freedom to work independently
Most days I felt like I got to be my own boss, able to organize my work area the way that suited me best with the forklift and free to do the job at my own pace. (Safely, and efficiently). However, towards the end of my employment, I felt that I was being micromanaged and picked on by certain people in upper management after I asked one of them if I could have a coat rack installed at my indoor work station to free up time to make more product. The nearest coat rack was on the other side of the building and my coat was not allowed to be worn while making product or laid on the forklift or table.
We had regular meetings where upper management would go over the results, successes and profits of the company, they would use powerpoint and show us lots of charts and graphs explaining everything, and then would take time to answer any questions people had
Overall compensation for your work
Benefit costs and cost of living for the employee keep going up but the wage increases are small in comparison.
Office / Work Environment
Earplugs, and other hearing protection was provided from the company free of charge for anyone who goes into the noisy areas of the building. Computers were all up to date. Lighting and ventilation were top-notch. Maintenance was always quick to fix anything that broke down.
The company does recycle metals, But There is so much more that the company could be doing to reduce their impact on the environment. The methane that is produced from the waste water at this plant could be harnessed and used to provide a source of electric power for the plant. It's much cleaner source of energy than using coal powered energy from the cities grid.
The company is very good at giving people their vacation days but only if there is someone available to cover. One nice thing the company does is let employees get a paid day off for their birthday. Some departments are better than others, and there is definetly peer pressure to come in to work during night shift when understaffed and family is not taken into consideration at all. Many times, upper management was threatening people on day shift who weren't able to work night shifts because of family issues that if they didn't do it, that the whole plant would go to a rotating swing shift and all the blame would be on them
There's a lot of employees who are very negative about the company and its image because of how they are treated now, compared to how they were before 2013 when the new owners took control. They did away with the family picnics, they stopped giving out safety and attendance bonuses. They started messing around with people's hours and shifts. I saw employee moral plummet when all this started going on. Their image used to be that of a small family owned, family oriented company. Now I'm not so sure that it is anymore. They still make a very good and safe product though and to the people outside of the plant who don't work there that part of the companies image is definetly a positive one that remains true
They do their best with all the safety training and safety modifications, but accidents still happen and sometimes they are really bad. I wonder how many accidents could have been avoided if the employees were not so tired from working strange schedules designed to have less people do more work for less pay. They like to work people Tuesday to Saturday, and then Sunday thru Thursday so they can get you to work ten days in a row and not have to pay out overtime because of where the end of week falls, straight 40 hours, both weeks, 10 days in a row. Some of the employees work 14 or more days in a row because they won't hire enough people to fill in for vacation days or work them on a normal schedule.
I did feel a sense of accomplishment from the work that I did at this company. It felt good to get to be a part of manufacturing a safe food that lots of people around the whole world will get to enjoy.
Suggestions for improvement
- Bring back all the incentives, bonuses, family picnics, everything you guys took away from the workers, stop making them work crazy schedules to get out of paying them overtime or hiring more people. Go back to the family oriented company you once were.
What I like about the company
A lot of good people work here
What I dislike about the company
The company has changed, they seem like they don't care about the worker or their families at all. I don't like the crazy schedules they make people work, or how they cut out almost all the bonuses out and even did away with the family picnic day. The employee moral is way too low