Quality Inspector (Current Employee) – Marshall, MI – May 10, 2016
My Knowledge is only on the Marshall location:
Honestly, this place is good for learning experience in different areas. They will probably transfer you around at least once within your first couple months. They have a multiple positions in the factory, but not much room to advance. If you're working as a temp they will probably throw you into just about any version of part sorting and ask you to pick up another responsibility without additional pay. Positions for Temps are mainly: Visualizing parts via microscope/mag-light, part measurements via gauging, running tumble, wash, or automation machines.
Getting hired in is nearly impossible. Which means that you will not be receiving benefits such as: Healthcare, Time off, or supplied lunches. At this plant they do offer a "machinist apprentice program" which not a single employee has completed. They either quit or get fired. In order to even get into the program you have to complete: A semi difficult test, go through an interview process, and then take a class once a week for 2 years. They will pay for your completed classes or so they say and they will want a 3-5 year employment contract. If you don't complete this you will have to pay for the cost of classes. So, if you don't get hired in by previous work experience you probably won't.
Management seems to be nice, they are slightly unorganized and don't always inform workers on schedules throughout the month. Scheduling can really fluctuate week to week, which can be typically 6-12 hours and 5-7 days a week. They don't seem to know when these changes will takemore... place until last minute, so hopefully you don't mind.
Co-workers are typical, some can be some of the nicest and greatest team members you will work with and some can be down right cranky and love to gossip.
The work environment also fluctuates on cleanliness, some areas are very oily and have harsh chemicals and have metal shavings and others are fairly clean. The oily air is unavoidable though.less
Shipping (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – January 21, 2015
Overall this place believes in fewer people with more hours. Great concept if you are young and without family. This provides the company with great job stability, but long hours year after year causes burnout. Management is there but true leadership is lacking. Anger management with management was an issue, but the stress level was high at times also. At times management was more worried about finding someone to blame than finding a solution. Compensation was above average. Pay and other small working benefits were outstanding. Benefits were fair, but dropping year over year. Most co-workers were great people. Overall business structure was strong, but could use better managers; some managers were part of the good ole boy club and were untouchable. Overall this is a great place to learn and find out how a lower tier automotive supplier works.
pay, lots of overtime, some great co-workers, lots of hard workers.
lots of overtime, low work-life balance, managment good ole boy club.
A pleasant experience, great opportunities for students
Shadow (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – May 9, 2016
Autocam has a beneficial array of programs for up and coming college students to work for a reasonable wage while achieving their education. The employees are amicable, and there's a clear amount of office banter, making it a very stress-free environment to be around. I did not meet a person there that didn't leave a good impression on me.
Hydromat Operator (Current Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – January 26, 2014
This company is an excellent company to work for in terms of treatment of their employees, benefits, and overall workplace environment. However, one area they are lacking is the opportunity for career advancement.
Visual Inspector (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – April 2, 2015
For actual employees, overview may be a far higher positivity. Not so much for the contracted or "temporaries". Autocam definitely is a split entity. Few plant areas or positions are actual hire-in opportunity, which is basically limited to machinists or maintenance. All others are low-pay contract (under $11/hr), which the actual plus is the 10-15 hrs overtime--actual production considering. And that is often irregular or occasional. Prior, production flow was a guaranteed 50-hr week. Presently, not so much.
Generally friendly work environment, opportunity to train on or learn different parts
Very low pay, limited hire-in or no advancement opportunity
sorter\final inspetor (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – August 11, 2015
when we came in to work we take a tote of metal parts . we take them to a desk and look for defects in the part and also debris inside the part with a micro scope. After we were done with the tote of 200 parts we send them to a packer. I sorted about 1200 parts a day
Factory Worker (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – March 21, 2014
Your co-workers are the best part of the job. Management will never get off your back, no matter the quality of your job performance. The job itself is easy and pays alright, but it's not worth the stress.
Engineering Assistant (Former Employee) – Kentwood, MI – March 25, 2014
I worked at autocam for over a year. There were alot of older workers and many of them were cranky and social. I mainly had my circle of friends who started the same time as me. I was being trained to be an engineer but the company decided to train each one of us on a different machine each semester when we were in school. Some engineers were nice and some kept a distance. I found the work easy because it came naturally to me. I never really had a "hard part" other than trying to find work when all my work is done. The most enjoyable part was seeing my machine run with no problems which gave confidence that i did a good job.
Loved the job, but poor management and organization
Quality Inspector/General Laborer (Former Employee) – Grand Rapids, MI – January 5, 2014
Was a quality inspector; I learned how to inspect parts according to customer standards; Management was prejudice and always waiting for certain employees to mess up; coworkers were great, we worked so well as a team; hardest part of my job was dealing with lack of organization and poor management; most enjoyable was the team I worked with.