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could be worse, but could also be what it used to be...
Operator (Current Employee) –  Waukegan, ILOctober 18, 2016
Workers are pawns not people. Management says one thing and does another. Decisions made today would change tomorrow, and again the next day. A lot of workers do nothing but milk the clock and then complain they don't get raises or promotions (stupid). Always need overtime and never enough people. Good employees pick up the slack of bad workers while management avoids the issue. Good luck with HR.
Pros
Drives safety as #1
Cons
Poor management and leadership
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Quite setting
Infrastructure Specialist (Current Employee) –  Marietta, GASeptember 1, 2016
Support of 30 different sites within the United States, Canada and Mexico.Typically worked on several projects at one time.
Learned how to manage my time more effectively.
Hands off Management to a degree.
Remote co-workers was ideal.
Learning the companies objectives alone.
Learning more project based functions as it relates to I.T. etc..
Pros
Self management
Cons
contract work
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poor
Production Worker (Current Employee) –  Berea, OHAugust 31, 2016
A day at work here is hard, hot with lots of chemical smells must were PPE co-workers do not speak much. management is not skilled at all with communicating with workers.
Pros
none
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Continues Improvement Specialist (Current Employee) –  High Point, NCAugust 30, 2016
Great place to work. A lot of benefit. Average work load. Management very helpful and supportive. Going through tremendous change. Try to improve day in day out.
Pros
Good place to work.
Cons
Managment
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Moved to india
Accounting Associate-temp (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNAugust 29, 2016
company sold AP/AR/Credit/ Finance...everything moved to INDIA. NO JOBS FOR AMERICANS ANYMORE. Had to correspond with and train with our job replacements in India. so sad to see good jobs go away.
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Toxic environment at all levels. Weak unorganized upper management questionable ethics.
Procurement Manager (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 18, 2016
If you enjoy high blood pressure, sleepless nights and a lot of heartburn. This is the place for you.
Weak management with no interest in improving processes or effectiveness. If it doesn't immediately deliver high savings dollars they aren't interested. After years of high praise multiple additional duties added several promotions and internal recognition . All of a sudden you aren't the right fit 2 months after a new manager is hired? If you ain't Dutch you ain't much is commonly quoted across all businesses and levels.
Pros
Cafeteria
Cons
High stress no support
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Dangerous Texas plant w/ Nigerian management
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Deer Park, TXAugust 10, 2016
Old (50 years +) plant and process units with bulged and buckled steel Reactors containing highly flammable paint product. Managed by obnoxious Nigerians who hate white people. This place is a major catastrophe waiting to happen.
Cons
Dangerous as a meth lab
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If you need money.....
Interim Commander (Current Employee) –  High Point, NCAugust 8, 2016
Insane hours, 50-72 per week
Very little home life.
The work conditions are comparable to working outside, very hot in the summer, very cold in the winter.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Poor Management, Zero recognition
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Good Company but has flaws
Maintenance Manager (Former Employee) –  Pasadena, TXJuly 27, 2016
It is a good company but the emphasis on cost control and lean manufacturing put a large burden on employees.

Maintenance manager is expected to work long hours and weekends are needed on occasion. There are additional safety and permit audits as well as meetings to consume a lot of time.

Reactions to safety and environmental incidents can become over the top and way to involved on some smaller issues. Changing interpretation of company policies are found out after the new interpretation is violated.

Corporate has increased requirements for audits and equipment inspections but has not increased budget or man power for the requirements.
Pros
Decent working conditions with great emphasis on safety
Cons
Too much emphasis on cost control
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Fun day
Packer (Former Employee) –  Union, NJJuly 23, 2016
I really enjoyed this job. I was hands on in this company and each day working was fun and productive. The management here was also hands on with the workers and that's something I really loved to see.
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Production Lead (Former Employee) –  Waukegan, ILJuly 18, 2016
many unhappy employees, the work conditions do not improve, very poor management a typical day there you spend the first two hours of the day fire fighting problems. their is no discipline employees do not need to follow rules or processors
Pros
good 401k
Cons
lots of maditory overtime
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Poor training
Plant Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  High Point, NCJuly 10, 2016
Training was very poor and manager did not spend enough time with me. I did not care for it. the systems were poor also. Everyone works in silos and don't care about others. There is a lack of teamwork.
Pros
none
Cons
long hours
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Stressful organization
Lean Project Manager (Current Employee) –  italyJuly 9, 2016
I learn how to complete project with minimum support, most of the time of daily activity was searching information from other department that where not really sharing the right and complete information.
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not a great place if youre looking for a set schedule
Chemical Processor (Former Employee) –  High Point, NCJune 21, 2016
work schedule varies form different times on different days, Terrible for people with families since the schedule can change at anytime on any given day.
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Productive and energetic
Account Manager (Current Employee) –  Waukegan, ILJune 16, 2016
The work environment is welcoming and enjoyable. It is a fast paced and learning environment. I am in customer service and work with all departments within this manufacturing facility. This is a paint supply company and considered a large business. We strive to learn and for excellence. I multitask with order entry, quotes, inquiries, product information, and shipments. It is enjoyable because I continue to learn and everyone here is helpful and understanding. Management continues to have employees strive for the best.
Pros
break times, work hours, helpfulness, incentives, healthcare
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High point site...Beware
Finance (Former Employee) –  High Point, NCJune 15, 2016
Review all the jobs posted for High Point - that should be a red flag in itself. SMU level makes plenty of promises but they never come to fruition. Multiple reorganizations along with increased headcount have the site in a tailspin. If it weren't for their high margins they would be in a world of trouble. SMU Management on site now are great delegators so if you take a position there be prepared to work; you job, their job and probably some others. You should run and run fast!
Pros
Incentive
Cons
Everything else
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If you like getting told I need it now or need it more then it's a place for you
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Warsaw, INJune 5, 2016
Fast paced great people if you get to the right shift other wise a lot of back stabbing like everywhere you go. Management just does what they want and if you need something from hr then that person gives you a number to call instead of doing their job. They are spending too much money to trying to make the place look nice instead of fixing the machines. Their pay scales change every year so don't ever know if you are getting a raise or not you get told you are but then takes 4 months. You move up fast there if you tell them what they want to hear and you get positions you're not qualified for and seniority doesn't matter. So if you like working 6 days a week and not seeing your family then apply here
Pros
Some people were nice
Cons
Management thought they were better than you so they talked down to you
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Excellent opportunity in operations
Procurement Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Axis, ALJune 1, 2016
The administrative roles are moving towards consolidation in Chicago. Positions in operations is more positive.

Positive relationships with the union.
Pros
Flexible Mgmt; Union environment
Cons
mediocre benefits for a manufacturing facility
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Chemical production
Chemical Operator (Former Employee) –  Salisbury, NCMay 6, 2016
rotating 12 hour shifts, not able to work shiftwork due to being single parent. day at work was somewhat different. some days nothing but cleaning up, other days priorities had to be set to accomplish what needed . Floor work hot in summer, cold in winter, occasionally outside. climate controlled contol rooms where most of machinery operation occurred, some troubleshooting of computer controlled valves and other machinery.
Management was mainly courteous and respectful, but had issues with child care and schedule.
Pros
Proactive problem solving when needed
Cons
rotating shift
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Do not work at this site
Packer (Former Employee) –  Waukegan, ILMay 3, 2016
Terrible management..they give you 2weeks vacation but always have a problem with you taking days off and they constantly black out days that you can take them due to always being behind and short staffed..the staff is big turn around due poor management the good employees always find themselves leaving pretty quick. Mangers always talk down to their employees and are quick to point out the flaws but never see the good in the employees. As a former employee their this was my title as a packer. Trust me when i say untill they change management stay away from this job/company you will end up miserable.
Pros
401k match
Cons
Management/ Always behind on work/ No chance of moving up in company
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