The culture around Gaylords Cooper Standard was pretty good. For the most part, everyone wanted to help each other out if needed. Teamwork was pretty good around there. Occasionally you would find someone not willing to be a good team player.
Support from management
Yes management was very syeupportive to me when it came to my job and if I needed any help.
They definitely encourage everyone to work well together and to always be honest. If there is a problem with a machine, or product. Or if you just don't feel comfortable with the department your at. Just be open and honest about it, and find a solution to better everyone's issues.
Freedom to work independently
There were areas where employees worked alone. Such as molder, or benders, ect. You are trusted to work independently there.
They do communicate very well with the employees. If there was a problem in a specific area, they would let you know. And every day at beginning of the shift, there was a meeting to discuss the daily schedule and any issues or non issues that needed or wanted to be discussed.
They are great with treating women fairly. Not one job there that they offer is only for men.
Attitude towards older colleagues
They have lots of respect for elderly workers. They allow them to take breaks and rest, and even sit down while working in a lot of different departments.
There's not a lot of growth opportunities there. That is one only bad thing about gaylords Cooper Standard.
Overall compensation for your work
The pay was very fair there. And I heard it got even better. Especially for the areas location average hourly wage.
Office / Work Environment
Yes, they are always looking and listening for new ideas to improve anything that needs improving.
They recycle everything they can there. There are lots of separate bins for all different kinds of materials.
There are lots of times where they do mandate you to work lots of hours, which doesn't leave a whole lot of time at home outside of work.
It was a previous employer, but I was proud and still am proud to say I worked for Cooper Standard.
My position was stable, but due to medical/health issues, I had missed to many days and had to be let go.
Area are equipped for handicap needs.
Safety is first there. And anyone can voice and write their ideas down that do get looked at.
I would say it was fairly challenging. It had lots of different departments that were completely different from other areas in the factory. You would always have something new to learn in every department.
Inclusive / Diverse
They have a marker board for anyone to write any safety issues or new ideas. And you have an option everyday to let management or your supervisors know what tipu have in mind.
Suggestions for improvement
- It would be nice to have air conditioning installed in the shop in the summer. Or at least more fans like they used to allow us to have in the past. The heat isn't as bad as other Plastic shops I've worked in though. It's just a bit uncomfortable during the day in the summer time. Also if they didn't have so much mandatory overtime, I know that would make a lot of people happy. Or at least give more of a heads up that you are mandated, not a couple hours before your shift was supposed to end that you find out you have to stay longer.
What I like about the company
Management always wanted to hear about our safety concerns. They awarded us with payed lunches quite often. They payed not only time and half, but double time on Sundays! The work there was not too hard, or too physical. And there was a variety of different jobs to do. The shop was never too hot in the summer nor too cold in the winter. Some jobs you could even sit down if you wanted to. The company bought you a brand new pair of steel toed shoes/boots every year. The benefits were great! Blue Cross and Blue Shield insurance is what they provided at a great and fair cost!
What I dislike about the company
It is a union shop. But the union isn't like it used to be. They don't really take their rules to heart or even completely follow them, nor do they "fight" for your job like they should if needed.. They also don't have any room for advancement there. That is a major downfall for a lot of people. If there was more jobs that they had where you could advance to, then it would make that shop almost perfect.