Quality Control Technician
What I like
Good pay. Good, lower cost, health care insurance. Lots of discount programs. Plenty of room for professional growth.
What I dislike
Work-life balance. Professional growth requires grovelling. Favoritism. Old school us vs. them mentality.
Suggestions for improvement
Implement roll out style shift scheduling. Allow employees a reasonable amount of time off. Scrap the "This is how it has always been." mantra. Adopt some more progressive attitudes.
Negative attitudes prevail. No pride in the facility. Systemic bad attitude from top to bottom.
Information vital to my job is almost never shared in a timely manner.
2nd shift quality team works very well together. The other shifts not so much.
If it was possible to deduct stars here I would. Quality Lab Tech is a MINIMUM 6 day a week job, but mostly 7 days a week. Quote from the Quality Manager, "If you want a weekend off that's what your vacation days are for."
Support from management
When asking for very basic equipment or repairs to equipment, the tools used every day, expect a very long wait, but your patience will be rewarded with nasty-grams about low yields and production lapses.
Freedom to work independently
The quality/ production departments are team environments. There are some tasks that can be done independently but they are few.
Inclusive / Diverse
Quality has more women than most other departments but most departments are short on women.
Attitude towards older colleagues
This is an old school us vs them shop. Management vs workers. Older people are a valuable wealth of knowledge who should shut up and get out of the way.
Office / Work Environment
There are some very negative attitudes in the quality department. A great deal of that negativity can be attributed to the monumental amount of forced overtime. We do have fun now and again though.
Plastic waste. Diabetes. More plastic waste.
Nope. Maybe a little in the front office.
Walkways and doorways are shared with tow motors (fork lifts). Lock-out tag-out program is just rolling out, most equipment is not LOTO equipped. Despite safety short-comings they did/are still set(ting) records for safety this year.
Overall compensation for your work
Wages are competitive. Plenty of overtime available. Benefits are really good.
Unless you are a real slacker, rule breaker, call off a lot, or are consistently late they need bodies so you will work.
Mountains of plastic waste are the company's legacy.
Tuition reimbursement is a thing here. Free professional development courses are readily available.
Learning the job is challenging because of the volume of tasks required each day. Becoming proficient at the job is challenging because of the variables in the process. There is always something new to learn. Overall the work is challenging and satisfying.