- Hufcor, Inc.24.Mar 2017
Okay - needs a bit of a boost. Hufcor is trying to develop a "culture", but fear and the "good ol' boys club" mentality still prevail.
Support from management
Leadership set some hefty goals - some of which were met. Realistic answers to why other goals COULD NOT be met (i.e. building a website without proper photos and text to put into it) were met with yelling and threats.
Some teams work well. Our team - marketing - was a mess, due to a paranoid and almost chronically-anxious boss who demanded respect and was constantly breathing down our necks instead of trusting in our professional skills. Energy and time was definitely not put into teamwork and trust.
Freedom to work independently
In the marketing department, we were promised to have the space and professional leeway to work and produce results - but certain higher-ups and a certain marketing manager was always watching over our shoulder and ruling in fear rather than trust. The level of control and anxiety coming from this certain individual was unreal.
Regular communication is lacking - upper management makes the decisions and relays them to the team quarterly. Team meetings, at least in our department, were non-existent on a regular basis.
Women are under-represented in the company. Out of about 100 office and professional staff, about 1/4 are women and the bulk of the professional and salesforce were men.
Career development only comes if you are there for more than 10 years or "kiss up" to upper management and other stakeholders.
Office / Work Environment
Office is either too cold, too hot, or too dusty. Entire Engineering, Sales, and Marketing teams are in an upper mezzannine over several factory lines, and each day is spent listening to sheet metal being cut, saws chopping steel, 3 production lines, and air hammers. There are only 2 urinals and 2 toilets for about 80 men on the first floor, and 1 toilet for 25 women on the first floor working/office area. Technology is outdated, and the entire office area is laden with dust and particulates from the manufacturing floor below.
Ecologically, Hufcor tries, but generally fails at recycling, waste prevention, and intelligent manufacturing processes that could reduce waste and reduce water and materials usage.
Work life balance is horrible. I witnessed many employees at work until 7 or 8pm, having arrived by 7am. Work is encouraged from home and out of the office. I spent 2 days when my son was born in the hospital, coding a website for the company.
Company had a love-hate relationship in the community. People not working here thought Hufcor was great, people inside the organization were critical.
Jobs are stable - as long as you can withstand long hours, communication nightmares, and a near-impossible workload.
Not ADA or handicapped accessible - entire professional office staff and engineering/marketing/salesforce was on 2nd floor without proper elevator access.
Are you kidding me? Exposed wires, carpet that is tripped on repeatedly, water dripping into the factory and office spaces - this place is a hazard. There are actual holes in the roof above production and the factory lines that drip when it rains or snows, and there are numerous jokes about the building blowing down.
Inclusive / Diverse
There are very few minorities and women working at Hufcor - and there are no real plans in place to encourage diversity in their workforce.
Suggestions for improvement
- Listen to your employees - they have good solutions. By trusting them and valuing their strengths, senior management and other stakeholders will innovate, grow, and learn to trust their teams. In turn, team members will be happier, more productive, and work without fear and pressure. Lastly, don't fire an employee as a show of force. Whether you are missing deadlines or not getting things done - look at yourself and how you manage. Teams that are forced to do work, yelled at, threatened, and made to feel insignificant will try their hardest. They can be so much more if you trust them and let them handle what they do best. Managers cannot be afraid to let their employees teach them new skills. Managers - if you don't know something, don't feel threatened and fire your employees. Learn from them and create a cohesive department built on trust and loyalty, not fear and threats.
What I like about the company
Hufcor, through developing some plans and procedures, is trying to evolve as a 21st-century employer. Though much is tainted and wrong with the company, management, and employee outlook, many people and departments are trying their best to work hard and be industry leaders.
What I dislike about the company
With the new management structure at Hufcor, things have changed. For instance, a department manager was hired by another company executive as a "favor", with the department manager lacking the skills or leadership qualities to successfully do his job.
There is a "ol' boys club" mentality with an almost all-male executive staff. The leadership is non-transparent, and some of the departments, most notably Marketing, have management that rule by fear, not by trust and positive growth. Marketing management is constantly breathing down their employees necks, making threats and yelling. I saw an employee berated for not being able to complete a project. He had literally 15 other major projects on his plate, and as a 3-person marketing team at the time, we were swamped. This kind of "rule of law" and forceful team leadership has to stop if Hufcor wants to grow and keep good employees.
When the Marketing Department could not meet deadlines and deliver, I witnessed an employee get fired because he asked simple questions of management, and offered ways to help. It was a way for the marketing manager to feel in control - but 4 months later, the company has still not moved forward with that particular marketing project.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyHufcor, Inc.
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2016