Good People, Lots of Politics
Middle Management (Current Employee) – Blackfoot, ID – June 3, 2014
Basic American is filled with great people but they're all leaving. The turn-over rate for middle management is extremely high, mostly because of a lack of advancement opportunities (unless you want to take a lateral move with a pay cut- that's what they deem an "advancement opportunity") and a lack of feedback. The Blackfoot plant in particular is extremely competative and has a back-biting culture where if you don't work a 50 hour work week, you're looked down upon. There is no work/life balance, you're pretty much married to your job whether you like it or not and don't expect yearly raises of more than 1-1.5%, if you're lucky enough to get that. It's very much a place where hard work will NOT get you ahead, instead it's who you know and how well they like you that gets you a promotion. Upper management rarely sticks to a strategic plan long enough to see it through and their "bonus" program for hitting company goals is a joke at best and an insult at worst. The biggest problem with Basic is not the salaries, benefits, or work. It's the culture of competition and uncertainty as to where you stand with HR and upper management. Every day is like walking a gauntlet of judgement and cynicism.
all of the plant managers are awesome, lots of opportunities to learn, decent salary
human resourses, advancement opportunities, work/life balance is non-existent