- ZF Transmissions Gray Court, LLC03.Jun 2017
The company culture is very harsh, unforgiving, legalistic and punitive. It is particularly unfriendly to employees with family emergencies. There is a "gotcha" mentality at this place, and the Human Resource Department is particularly rude, unresponsive and hard to deal with. They are always looking for more creative ways to give points to employees so that they can get them fired. And there is NEVER any mercy, forgiveness or second chances given at ZF.
Support from management
Employees are NEVER involved in the decision-making process. Management is very autocratic and employees are expect to OBEY and not question. I even had one supervisor who specifically asked me NOT at ask questions at meetings.
Freedom to work independently
Production associated are micromanaged and not trusted to do a good job on their own, even seasoned employees.
It seems like if you are young, black, and female, you can quickly be moved into any position, whether you are qualified for it or not. Even though a large percentage of white males work in the plant, you very rarely see any of them promoted or moved to a higher paying position, no matter how often they apply for internal jobs.
Attitude towards older colleagues
It hires some older workers, but they are not appreciated or supported. No one is.
Applying for jobs internally at ZF is a joke. Most of the time management has already decided whom they will hire and the interview process is done as a mere formality. Plenty of people at ZF get promoted because they know someone or are related to someone. Very few are actually promoted because of their performance and skill.
Overall compensation for your work
Compensation is adequate, although the company is quite secretive about pay in various departments and refuses to publish a salary scale. When internal jobs are posted, salary information is ALWAYS missing. If you ask about salary in the interview, you will be blacklisted and not given the job.
Office / Work Environment
The team leads, and sometimes in the past, even supervisors, do not want the assembles to use hoists and other devices to safely lift things because they complain that it slows down production. They will put pressure on you to work faster without using a lift device and are indifferent about it if it damages your body or you get injured.
Very good. The company tries not to pollute at all. Even they recycle everything.
Production employees are expected to be available for work up to 12 hours per day, seven days a week. You can never plan a weekend off because weekend work is never announced until Thursday. If they would make a monthly schedule in advance, it would be much better.
I was proud of the work I did there. But in the community, ZF had a reputation of being a revolving door for its high turn over rate of employees.
The people in ZF's safety department are some of the nastiest, most hostile human beings I have ever met. They are quite indifferent when employees get injured and only focus on trying to help ZF save money. We had a woman who had an heart attack on the assembly line and ZF wrote her up for "not completing her shift" because the ambulance took her to the hospital. So she had a heart attack and was written up by HR. Not a compassionate company at all.
Suggestions for improvement
- Downsize the Human Resource Department by at least 50%. And make the ones that are kept actually do some work.
What I like about the company
Modern, clean, state-of-the art facility
Decent health insurance
Excellent 401K program
What I dislike about the company
Production employees expected to be available for work 12 hours per day, seven days a week
Not family friendly
A harsh policy of 5 points per absence (for ANY reason, it does not matter) and fired at 25 points.
A "gotcha" culture in HR that seeks to invent new reasons daily to write people up and get them fired for the most trivial offenses.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyZF Transmissions Gray Court, LLC
- CityGray Court
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former job since 2017