Powerplays and Back-Biting is a very popular hobby among the management. Everyone is striving to be the President's favorite. Very much a "Child's Playground" atmosphere.
Support from management
Leadership consists of "Yes men" who just say what the President want to hear. Any thinking outside of "That's the way we've always do it" mentality is dismissed.
Teamwork among labor is good, but problem that involves management is a problem. No one in management will support you when it's required.
Freedom to work independently
Labor seems balanced but Engineering is a "Favorites" game.
Company meetings happen once a year. Most all information is transmitted via rumors. Very little pertainint imformation is communicated to employees (unless they are doing something wrong).
Attitude towards older colleagues
Length of employment means nothing. Employees that have long terms or history at the comopany can be dismissed at any time. The is no effort to preserve the basic knowledge base.
Further education is not paid for or encouraged. Career advancement is non-existent. You stay in the position that you are hired for and there is no movement or progression.
Overall compensation for your work
Salaries are on the Low Side and although they tout their medical benefits, you will find out how lousy they are when it comes time to use them.
Office / Work Environment
The temperature in the building tends to be very hot or very cold. A great deal of the hourly staff keep heaters under their work stations in the summer and winter.
Vacation/personal days are earned. Failure to give proper notice for time off results in disciplinary action.
No one ever stays late or has the desire to stay late. Working "Above and Beyond" what is required will not be rewarded or recognized.
There is "ZERO" job security here. At one point they eliminate 50% of the entire staff in less than two years. Finances are Micro-managed daily. If the income level drops, they don't hesitate to "clear" some floor space.
There is no requirement for safety glasses although people are operating machines with potential for injury. A great deal of the assembly work involves "striking tools", which are prone to throw dislodged parts. Once again, no glasses. Safety shoes are not required as they should be for most of the areas.
Most of the Engineering work is updating the current "dated" product. Most documentation for current products is non-existent (Engineering and Manufacturing). It seems that nothing is ever put together the same way twice. Most products can only be assembled by certain individuals, since they remember how to do it from the previous product run.
Inclusive / Diverse
This is strickly a "Friends of Friends" business. A lot of people, especially labor are related in some way.
Suggestions for improvement
- Hire a President who knows how to run a company and who has run a Engineering/Manufacturing company before. This business is operated as an After-thought by a small group of "Favorites" that are only interesting in their well being. It may be easier to sell the company to a group that's interested in making it successful and taking care of their employees.
What I like about the company
There is nothing positive going on here. Every day is an "uphell battle" to accomplish anything. Unwilling to try anything new or spend money and upgrades to improve the current products or methods.
What I dislike about the company
A family run business that is overseen part-time by a family member that has NO experience in the Engineering/Manufacturing field. The other family members employed there just seem to be "riding out the clock". This is seen by the rest of the company and sets the tone for the entire factory.