Manufacturing Manager, North Tonawanda, NY - January 12, 2018
I worked for this company as a Manufacturing Manager. This role has had many people in it over the years both internal and external and none make it. Some have quit after only a few days and some were forced out after a few months. The average lifespan for a Manufacturing Manager as I figured it out, based on turnover and tenure, is around 3 months. This company is extremely hard to work for. Management in Pittsburgh from the parent company Ampco-Pittsburgh is very traditional in a bad sense and dictatorial. You are useless in their eyes and easily replaceable. In other words, don't even try to be progressive or you will fail. A constant fight with the union and any non-work related conversation is considered fraternizing (even if you say "good morning" or "thanks for working the overtime"). For example; even if a union employee comes up with a great cost savings idea, you cannot adopt or even consider it. Even acknowledging such a conversation will land you in scalding hot water. That would be considered fraternization in this company. This company used to be a part of Buffalo forge as the management style in every way is truly 1950s theory (for the worse). I cannot think of a better analogy for this environment. All salaried employees are expected to work 12+ hour, 6 days per week, absolutely no work/life balance. A typical day was 5:30am - 6:30 (12 hours plus a 1 hour lunch). As a salaried employee you are expected to fill out a daily time card accounting for every minute of your time. If you leave for lunch, you will get reprimanded. Anything less than a 60 hour week is frowned upon; for managers of people, Saturdays are mandatory as well. If you go beyond the job description you have at all, you will chastised for it. Dress pants (black, no khakis), long sleeve dress shirt (white or blue), and impeccable grooming are mandatory, even if you are in the plant on a weekend. You will not get any vacation until you have completed 1 year and then it is only 1 week. The company advertises its benefits and will tout a pension. The health care is sub-par and few in-network providers in Western New York, dental is typical, and the pension requires you to be there 30+ years to collect. All in all a very difficult place to work for. It is impossible to even suggest something that differs from opinions of those above you without being made to feel sub-par, even if its a solid idea. Steer clear at all costs, this isn't worth wasting your life for. The outlook here is bleak and you will be miserable. Go somewhere where you have a life and future, happiness is worth everything.