Suggestions for improvement
- I personally would like to see management get more hands on in the day-to-day operations. We hear that departments are shorthanded so they begin moving people- management should jump in and help instead of telling us to work faster when we're already going as fast as we can.
Many of the machines run slow, which cuts down on our production. If the machines were reworked to run faster we could get more done.
One-on-one meetings with supervisors (as in all the workers in a given cell with their supervisor and team lead) to address disrespectful behaviors would probably clear up a lot of miscommunication and help us to understand each other better.
If the employee asks for something (like fans), the supervisor should personally come to assess the situation instead of passing it off to someone else. We need to see that they do actually care about our needs.
What I like about the company
The majority of co-workers are very helpful in training newcomers and will help others if asked to do so. The work isn't particularly difficult but it is tedious; it takes a while for "muscle memory" to kick in so you are able to achieve speed in production eventually. There are occasional parties for holidays in which a free meal is provided and sometimes prizes are given out after games are played.
What I dislike about the company
Management often ignores floor workers requests. An example would be that in my department (only myself and one other person work in the cell) 2 of our 3 fans stopped working and over the course of a month and a half I had spoken to at least 5 managers/supervisors asking that the issue be addressed as it is well over 100 degrees (heat index) in the plant on many days during the summer. We were finally told by a maintenance tech (the only person really interested in helping us) that a supervisor had used some very colorful language in regards to me and my coworker and we would not be getting any replacement fans, though there were plenty available. Floor workers aren't even acknowledged many times if we ask a question, or we are told "I'll check on it when I have time" but we never receive an answer. One of the company's big "strong points" is that no one, regardless of position, is above anyone else and "respect" is pushed heavily in plant meetings. I have seen managers, team leaders, and supervisors all be very disrespectful towards floor workers. It is a daily occurrence. It would be very helpful if all employees were treated equally, as in all had to work on the floor for at least a couple 8 hour shift a week. I think the supervisors, ect would have much more respect for the floor workers and the work that they do if they had to do our jobs and not spend most of their time in an air conditioned office while the rest of us struggle to stay upright from the heat.