Suggestions for improvement
- On top of 11 1/2 hour shifts, our days off rotated. It was very hard on us as well as our families. Having the same days off every week adds positively to the work/life balance.
What I like about the company
I learned a lot as a Schneider mechanic. The training is excellent as are the benefits. I learned to weld, use an acetylene torch, and countless other skills I would have had to pay to learn anywhere else. Schneider bought all my work boots and allowed me opportunities for advancement. In my opinion, the most unique thing about Schneider was getting a week vacation after only 6 months of employment.
Along with generous compensation, Schneider also recognizes mechanics for things like going a year without having an accident (I received a Carhart coat) and we had barbeques in the summer and award events all year long . Getting paid 2 1/2 times normal pay for working holidays was nice too.
In all, Schneider was the best company I've ever worked for.
What I dislike about the company
Our leadership people changed/moved on often, making our work environment stressful, as we had to get used to doing things each lead person's way. Just as we would acclimate to one Team Leader's style, he would move on and another took his place. On the same subject, the shop manager was very out-of-the-loop when it came to us mechanics and how things worked in the shop. Things would have run more smoothly had he just walked around and talked to us while we worked instead of getting secondhand information.