- Three Rivers Optical Company21.Jan 2016
I often times felt like I was back in high school. There was a very catty atmosphere, especially when I first started.
Support from management
There was a lot of yelling for things done wrong and very little thanks for what was done right.
I had some really good co-workers but most did not understand teamwork.
Freedom to work independently
We were always asked to do way more than we were paid for. And often times interrupted in our work to do something else and then questioned why we stopped the first thing they told us to do.
I feel that often times, the departments were not cross-informed and this hampered the process because there was not the same foundation across the board.
I never noticed any outright discrimination.
Attitude towards older colleagues
Here I did notice a few discrepancies. An older gentleman that was semi-retired had previously run a bank for over 20 years. He was often times treated like he did not know what he was doing. If you never allow a person to do their job, they will never learn.
They never promoted within the company. The office managers were brought in from outside. It is a process driven company, so there is not a lot of room for upward mobility.
Overall compensation for your work
Wages are not indicative of responsibility. You pay a small portion of your healthcare but the bulk was paid by the company when I left. However, no one there is making what they should be making for the jobs they are asked to do.
Office / Work Environment
High noise level especially in the lab part of the building. Though computers were updated, they and the printers were still slow, or broken down. Floors in the lab were also slick around the generators from some unseen source.
They wasted a lot of paper. I tried to save it where I could, but one person can only do so much in a company. As far as I know they do not recycle. Everything just gets put into a compactor.
Vacation cannot be taken at any time. Prior to my departure from the company, there were no paid sick days. They did do bereavement leave, but aside from that, they were rather inflexible. I even heard co-workers complain that they were intimidated into not scheduling doctors appointments at certain times that would interfere with work.
No, it does not. It is presented outwardly as this cohesive, productive environment. When it really isn't. There are some very nice people that work there, but as a whole, it leaves much to be desired.
There were a number of times when myself and my co-workers felt our jobs were threatened. There were times when we were called into the conference room and told if production did not correct itself that the person sitting next to us could find themselves out of a job. They use intimidation tactics a lot to try and boost production and lessen breakage. Effective, but it tanks morale.
While they did have handicapped spaces and accessibility, no one that I worked with was actually disabled. So what their policy is regarding that, I cannot tell you.
They did have someone who was up on OSHA, however I was never trained in any specific way, so what their OSHA rating actually is, I could not tell you.
No. Mostly because positive work is seldom acknowledged. It makes it very hard to feel a sense of accomplishment.
Inclusive / Diverse
I often had ideas about how to do something more efficiently for the processes needed for the job I did while I worked there, however I was questioned at every turn because it wasn't the way they were used to doing things. It took a really long time for them to accept and implement those new methods.
Suggestions for improvement
- They need to use intimidation tactics less. Workers who feel like they might be fired at the drop of a hat are not nearly as productive as happy workers. I'm not saying you have to pay everyone $20 an hour, but you should also look at what each employee does, and raise their pay to reflect how much you value the fact that they come to work every day and make it so the product gets out the door.
What I like about the company
I did like the fact that I had health benefits. At the time that I was working there, I did not have beyond a high school degree, so it was about as good as I was going to get.
What I dislike about the company
It was a very negative place. We were yelled at far more than we were thanked. While I understand that it is typical for a company to not pay their employees the full measure of their worth, we were undervalued and a lot was expected of us. It was also very intimidating to even think about asking for a raise. I managed to do so, but it was not something I would want to do again. All in all, had I had any other options, I would not have stayed with the company for even one year much less the longer time that I did stay. I can honestly say that I am glad that I had an opportunity to leave and hope I never have to go back.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyThree Rivers Optical Company
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2014