Pros: decent pay, most people easy to work with, occasional free food, decent benefits
Cons: poor management
My day started at seven in the morning. In the finishing department, where I worked, the ventilation is extremely sub-par. I am cooped up in a aluminum room with no substantial heating element and no cooling system whatsoever, so the temperature is almost identical to the weather outside, which affects your work quality. The ventilation fails to work unless you open one of three doors. If you open the one to the rest of the shop the other workmen yell at you, and if you either of the other two you collect the dust from the dust collectors directly outside in your finish. There were two people in the finishing room other than myself. One is a nice guy who works at a reasonable pace, and the other one, who came in about three months before I left, would either try to rush things and mess it up or go do his own personal projects instead of the work that needed to be done. He also refused to cooperate on anything we tried to do.
The managers were very poor. The shop foreman did his job perfectly, but the two main managers above him were poorly organized and focused on the wrong tasks. They were also cutting corners to save money, so we were forced to use a defective cup gun, filters that were supposed to be replaced daily were having to be switched out every two or so months, spray booth filters that would be completely stuffed and not properly suck the fumes and over spray out, and especially chemicals that failed to properly do their intended purposes. The enamel we used for the Starbucks job in Downtown Disney was a prime example, as it would peel off and flake very easily. – more... We had to redo all of the metal once and then send one of the guys off to touch it up again once it was installed. We did two specialty jobs while I was there, and the managements' scheduling would have us doing jobs that should have taken four or more days to dry properly in less than one because they had been forgotten or scheduled for the wrong week. This would then be blamed on the shop workers. There were several times that the finishing department would be forced to stay for anywhere up to 13 hours per day and all weekend. This was me and the nice guy as the other one was allowed to leave at 3:30 like everyone else by making excuses.
This place would most likely fail an OSHA test, but they always give a heads-up when they are coming. So we would grab our glasses and the other workers would install the safety guards on their tools. I had trouble breathing while working on regular occasion. – less