Systemic ideas are in place to achieve everything an employee could expect in fairness, trust, and otger aspects of maintaining a healthy work climate. However, on the local level, the ideas are not always carried out well or implemented well. Too much work to be done and not enough time to focus on the peripherals of employee relations.
Support from management
Management team, on the whole, is very professional. No overreaction to problems. Solutions are found and situations diffused, often without needing to resort to disciplinary action. Disciplinary sanctions are viewed as a last result. Company strives to maintain a professional workplace at all times.
Colleagues often adjust duties according to workload and maintain flexibility so that no one person is carrying a significantly greater work load.
Freedom to work independently
Little or no say in this area. "This is your assignment; get it done." Granted, for the most part the means and structure are there to carry out such tasks, but it is very much workers work, managers manage.
There is no communication between management and rank-and-file employees regarding results, successes, and profits. Below management employees are left in the dark.
I will not comment on the equality of women because I have no experience in that, being a man. But, there is no racial equality. Hispanic employees are shown significant preference in advancement opportunities, work area transfers, and other aspects of employee relations. All information is disseminated in Spanish first and some time after provided to English speakers, sometimes as an after-thought. Have had instances where information was never provided in English after being distributed in Spanish, referrig to matters affecting all employees.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Senior worjers are celebrated with this company. No age discrimination at all. No forced retirement. No refusing to hire senior appplicants. "Can you do the job?"
Perhaps in some areas this applies, but in my area of the company, I don't see it. So, I just don't know.
Overall compensation for your work
Wages are competitive with the market, and benefits are what every major company used to offer 20 years ago. One of the last holdouts on great benefits.
Office / Work Environment
The company preaches ergonomics, but in my location, there is little application of this ideal. Employees routinely adjust to the environment, tools, resources, rather than these being made to adjust to employees. Hazards are plentiful and too often go unaddressed.
The company takes pride in these values and it shows throughout the work area.
Production demands determine work hours. Requesting time off for valid reasons is frowned upon and can lead to disciplinary action. Co-workers are highly pushy in getting otgers to work overtime. Don't call in sick, unless hospitalized.
In my area, we feel pushed too hard to produce, like that is all that matters. Lots of bitterness. In other areas, there is company pride, for good reason.
Once hired, it is only by one's choice, or a disciplinary action that results in cessation of employment with this company. In my area, an employee really has to make an effort to get fired. Turnover is nearly all from voluntarily quitting.
Probably in violation of many ADA requirements, at least at my work location.
Training is unfortunately lip service. It is provided, but the mrans to practically apply the training provided does not exist. Tons of OSHA violations all over the plant. Individual rank-and-file employees are apathetic. Potential hazards and situations of imminent danger are dismissed, almost like "worry about it when something goes wrong." Severe injury or death has not occurred more by luck and fortune, as opposed to planning and safety measures in place.
No sense of accomplishment. No rewarding aspect to the job. In my area, it is entirely repetitive, menial tasks. No thought process involved, really.
Inclusive / Diverse
This seems to be the case, at least I have not observed to the contrary, as to embracing diversity and welcoming opinions with it.
Suggestions for improvement
- Better communication. Supervisors in each area of production, beyond an hourly employee with lead status tag. Implementation of what is presented in safety training, beyond just doing the training as a legal protection from lawsuit.
What I like about the company
The benefits, the ability to work 2nd shift, the approachable attitude of most managers, and the steady hours. At least 40 hours/week is guaranteed.
What I dislike about the company
Safety is preached, but not given action. Issues are presented, management acknowledges, plan of action is determined, then nothing is done as the problem continues. Non-management give themselves supervisory status and management does nothing to prevent said employees from being lording over other employees. These are not lead position employees, just ones with type-A personalities. Lots of conflict as to instructions given, then other employees undermining said instructions.