Company preaches fairness and equity but in reality unless you are part of the upper management or someone being groomed for upward movement you are a tool for their pleasure.
Support from management
Department manager is okay, but night shift supervisor refuses to support employees and deflects all his failures on employees. There are a few exceptional managers in the facility but these are the exception to the rule as most managers are part of the good old boy program and are incompetent.
Employees work well together, keeping the shipping department going.
Freedom to work independently
EVERY aspect is micromanaged so terribly you feel that you have shackles on at all time. Any independent thoughts or ideas are rejected.
Communication comes to late and usually after something bad has already happened. Work information gets passed down only as events happen and is closely guarded by management so as to keep employees in the dark.
Women have the same opportunity to be treated just as badly as the men are here.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Depending on what department you work in depends on how you are treated regarding age. Typically older workers are used just as younger people are until they cannot perform and allowed to retire or are fired for lack of performance.
Unless you are hand picked to be groomed for upper mobility it will not happen.
Overall compensation for your work
Benefits are very good thus many people stay despite the poor management, conditions, career progression, and inequality. Salary is the worst in the region for a manufacturer despite "proposed" changes by upper management to bring the pay scale in line with other manufacturers. Revisions to supervisors pay makes those employees not as likely to perform as pay was cut and the overtime they have to work is no longer paid to them.
Office / Work Environment
Ventilation is extremely poor with an overhead smog nearly always present. Cleaning the floor is done each day; the buildings as a whole are filthy from above broom reach and have layers of dust, cobwebs, and dirt everywhere. Some working spaces are so tight that it is difficult to move around to complete a task.
Company has an active environmental policy including planting tress each year. Unfortunately this is a ruse. The trees planted are used to placate the EPA for violations and to give the impression that this company really is concerned with the environment.
Vacation can only be approved if management approves it, but if you are not among their favorites your vacation is moved to accommodate someone else's who is part of the in crowd. Working 12 and a half hours 5-6 days a week leaves little time for anything, let alone family. Night shifts never see an actual holiday as their day for such is the day prior to a holiday and is usually spent sleeping to prepare come to work the night of the holiday.
Everything is false here. Because of the benefits package people remain here but are not happy in their jobs. The company trying to present an image of a happy workplace but that is blatantly false.
Because the companies work ethic encourages doing only the minimum and they are a main supplier of safety systems to their parent company while paying a very low wage, job security is high.
If you look around the facilities you will notice that there are nearly no one with physical limitations. The facilities are set up to seem handicapped and limitation accessible but the reality is these improvements are not utilized due to a lack of employees who need them.
This company is always hit with OSHA violations but are given the opportunity to correct these and each time they are "corrected" and little to no fines accessed. The same inspectors come in each time and are on a very friendly basis with upper management. Employees are ordered to clean or hide things prior to inspections. Training is very limited and most is now done on a computer. This is a farce as it is designed to give management a tool to say training was done but to blame and fire employees for mistakes or accidents.
The work would be more challenging if it weren't micromanaged so tightly and poorly. Experienced workers know what needs to be done and could make meaningful changes but are not allowed to do so. There is a complacency in this facility that means only the minimum gets done, and management condones this work ethic.
Inclusive / Diverse
In theory management encourages diversity but the reality is that unless an idea or policy originates with upper management it isn't utilized. Occasionally an idea from the floor is utilized to makes employees feel included, but these ideas are rarely kept or enforced.
Suggestions for improvement
- Remove most of the current upper management and bring in management from a different region. Also incentives should be made to encourage higher productivity to rid this facility of the minimum effort mentality.
What I like about the company
Fellow employees were great people and good teammates and the benefits package was good.
What I dislike about the company
Upper management cliques, employees treated as subhuman, lowest pay in the area for a production facility, enforced minimum work ethic, deceptive career progression policies, the good old boy system currently in place, the unfair work schedules and responsibilities, micromanagement of everything, filthy work conditions, false training programs and lack of proper training, lack of competent and real health service at the facility, and the disrespectful treatment from certain individuals within the HR department.