I feel like morale could use a major boost. Employees are rarely (if ever) commended for their successes, but are quickly reminded of their failures. A little positive reinforcement and praise go a long way.
Support from management
My department has been under-staffed for almost two months now. And in the instances where we do have a full crew, at least one person is taken away from us to work elsewhere. Oftentimes this happens when we need a full crew the most. I feel like we are being set up to fail if we do not have the adequate resources and staffing to work comfortably and cohesively.
My department works pretty well together. I cannot say the same for other departments. Too much hearsay/gossip/rumor-spreading for my liking.
I almost gave this category a 1-star rating. We do have regular meetings to discuss safety within the facility, as well as production goals. But I feel like communication could be FAR more effective on a real-time level. Often we are not informed of important changes (production, downtime, staffing, etc) within the facility until the very last minute, causing unnecessary stress.
As far as I can tell, everyone is on a level playing field.
Attitude towards older colleagues
I feel as if employees with higher seniority are not being appreciated as much as they were in the past. For example, when I approached my ten-year anniversary last year, I did not receive any kind of recognition, nor did my fellow co-workers that reached the same milestone.
Overall compensation for your work
For our line of work, the waged and benefits are very satisfactory for such a small town.
Office / Work Environment
Roof leaks in many locations, still has yet to be fully repaired. Bathrooms are usually in unacceptable conditions, due equally to irresponsibility of employees/lack of consistent cleaning schedule.
Most everyone knows what schedule they are supposed to work. Management does a decent job of asking for overtime fairly well in advance if it is needed.
We do not offer much if anything in terms of aiding disabled employees.
I would like to expand on this topic. While our management does a good job of discussing and enforcing safe behavior in the workplace, I feel like they are fairly dismissive of safety outside the workplace. It applies in ALL situations. Example: I feel like we need to impose an inclement weather policy to ensure the safety of our co-workers that do not live in town and have to drive greater distances to get there.
Suggestions for improvement
- Better communication between all departments and people. More outward praise for good work done. Better treatment of new employees, giving them incentive to want to continue working and succeeding. More varying incentive programs and bonuses for all employees. Implementation of an inclement weather policy.
What I like about the company
Strong wages which compete very well with the wages of most other companies in the area. High emphasis on employee safety, at least within the facility.
What I dislike about the company
Lack of proper communication between departments, and also between management and employees. New employees not treated very well, leading to high turnover. Too much emphasizing on negative achievements, not enough outward recognition for positive accomplishments. Below-average working conditions. Insufficient/sporadic cleaning/sanitation schedule. No inclement weather policy. Disregard for employee safety outside the facility. Insufficient staffing, leading to unnecessary stress. Lack of teamwork in certain departments. Propensity from upper management to arrange last-second mandatory meetings. Disregard for our personal lives outside work. Just lots of things I feel could be fixed fairly easily, thus leading to a much better work environment.