Production Superintendent (Current Employee) – Jasper, AL – January 26, 2017
Nationwide company with a mom and pop feel to local management. Managing Director, General Manager of Operations, and Human Resources all have unique backgrounds and allows for diversity from upper management. Employees for the most part are dedicated to working and getting the job done, with little outside interference. Pay for hourly employees is competitive for the area, and insurance and investment opportunities go beyond what others might offer.
Pros: Company rewards employees often, good work hours with off time, full time employees guaranteed 40 hours.
Cons: HR refuses to communicate with supervisors in a timely manner, one shift is treated differently than other two shifts, GM and MD arent involved with off shifts unless something goes wrong. Sales manager overbooks sales often, causing added stress to production.
Company rewards employees often, good work hours with off time, full time employees guaranteed 40 hours.
HR refuses to communicate, one shift is treated differently than other two shifts, GM and MD arent involved with off shifts. Sales manager overbooks sales often, causing added stress to production.
Distributor (Former Employee) – Missouri – September 15, 2016
We tried to become a distributor for Central States but when they found out our company was owned by two women they started questioning do we know how to measure a roof and figure out how much material is needed. They turned down our request to be a distributor. Bad business practice to discriminate against women owned businesses.
Production, metal shop (Former Employee) – Hartford, SD – March 22, 2016
No matter what a person does you can not advance from their basic job. All the people that started the same time I did were gone within a few months then it was my turn. Save all the documentation, notes , or any other backup (CYA) because you can and most likely will be blamed for all their mistakes and fired for it.
Find another job elsewhere. They really try to sell their retirement plan, the Employee Stock Option Plan, that made their truck driver from 30 years ago a millionairelike you just hit the lottery winnings. That's really all they have. It's not really that impressive but they have obviously sold their souls and think we will believe them.. After you buy into it they are still in the process of paying back the family of the companies founder so I don't think it's all that great as they fix it on paper.
They play people against each other by offering some other job that you can just take over because the guys doing the job might be really messed up one way or another (not true).
Most likely any other job will work better. You might also hear about how it all relates to s*xual harassment about once an hour , , haha
Cons , they are, backstabbing cutthroat culture, the ESOP plans seems just too good to be true if you are there 30 years(IF, IF, IF), "you are an owner of the company" and customer service is motivated by greed, sales team not honestly supported, low pay, no accountability in management, very poor local management on most all levels, dishonest, untrustworthy, unreliable team except for some of the newer guys, tools and lunch stolen, machinesmore... breaking down and unreliable, no lockers available and nowhere to put your coat, It is OK to do pain meds here as it is approved. their own metal building at the manufacturing planmt is a good example of very poor quality, lots of ROOF LEAKSless
Alright basic benefits but no better than most
backstabbing cutthroat culture, low pay, no accountability in management, very poor local management on most all levels, their own metal building at the manufacturing plant is a good example of very poor quality.
Driver/ Flatbed (Former Employee) – Lowell, AR 72745 – February 18, 2016
Driver/53' flatbed/Delivering costume cut sheet metal across the 4 state. More about flatbed operations. Management was great. Co-workers were great. Unloading the metal sheets by ourselves Meeting new costumers,and pay.
Great place to work with good benefits and retirement. Esop is great! Good coworkers and people. Hours are long in sales. 730 am to 530 pm everyday and Fridays at 7am. Should stagger shift within sales.
production (Former Employee) – Michigan City, IN – December 15, 2015
They talk a good game to get you in the door, but this is a revolving door job from the sales dept all the way down to the production floor. Management treats everyone bad and they use bully tactics. Long hours and the pay is low. Turnover is through the roof, people get tired of getting treated like robots so they quit.
They preach morals and integrity but that is just a front. All they care about is getting product out the door and will break or bend rules to do just that. If you have legit complaints or issues, you are always told "if you don't like it, find a new job", that is how they deal with issues. Worst job and management that I have ever worked for in my life. PEOPLE DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH CSMI
Long hours, low pay, high turnover, no room for advancement
Retail Store Manager (Former Employee) – Jasper, AL – October 24, 2014
Co-workers were great, hard working, reliable and fun to be around. Plan on a 60 hour work week with no recognition or support from management, which it totally inept; meaning without skills.
The plant stays in utter chaos. Employee moral is low, turnover is high, and very few are happy being there.
I learned how to be humiliated, embarrassed and talked down to, and walk away. I learned how not to set goals, and be ridiculed when the unrealistic goals were not met. I learned how to continuously apologize the the contractors (customers) because the company didn't give a rip about them and gave me no support in providing superior customer service to them.
The company culture makes it impossible to be successful. Their Value Statement is toilet paper. There is no Integrity, Honesty, or Accountability in management.
The hardest part of the job was knowing I was unable to do my job because management made it impossible.
The best part of the job was the relationships I built with the plant employees and contractors. God Bless Ya'll. You need it!
Retail Store Manager (Former Employee) – Jasper, AL – October 16, 2014
I gave an overall rating of 1 because that was the lowest ranking available. The management in this plant is awful. There is no communication between departments or support from management for the retail center. Central States is a manufacturing/distribution company that says they want to be in retail. As an outside sales rep, you will be put in direct competition with CSM distributors. Your territory is restricted as is your advertising. Do noe expect any training, coaching or support from upper management for Metal Central. Prepare for 60 hr work week.
Work/Life Balance got a 2 because there is vacation time and holidays off.
Compensation got a 3 as it is acceptable.
Job security gets a 1 because there is none. They have had 5 managers in 7 years. You will be in direct competition with the manufacturing plant for space and time. You will lose.
Management gets a 1 because that is the lowest rating choice. Management knows nothing about retail; How to do market analysis, segmenting, targeting, positioning, forecasting; nada... nothing... but they do set your goals with no input from you.
Job Culture again got a 1 because that was the lowest rating choice. They promise to treat everyone with integrity, honesty and accountability. They can throw that in the garbage. The culture there is awful.
So, if you want to be humiliated, belittled, talked down to and work 60 hours a week, this may be the ideal job for you. This review is in the context of Metal Central only.
I would like to end with something positive. I forged some great relationships with contractorsmore... in the area and with employees in the plant. God Bless Them.
When you get terminated, you will be asked to give them ideas on improving the operation. I reached out to executive management (Lowell) but obviously they had no interest as they ignored me.less
Employee Health & Safety Coordinator (Current Employee) – Lowell, AR – August 19, 2014
CSMI is a fantastic company to work for, but adjusting to the culture is crucial, and the company is not for everyone. If you are flexible in your work environment, willing to put the customer (internal and external) first, and willing to relocate, you'll have no problem advancing and excelling in this company. Hands-down the best employer I've ever worked for.
Business Development (Former Employee) – AR – April 3, 2014
I left a good job to take this position. If I'd just read these reviews, I would have never done so. The "orientation" was a disorganized mess. Management, if you can call it that, put no single person in charge of my introduction to the firm. I felt like I was still going through an interview process the entire first week. In the end, I was dismissed after 6 days and the reason? "I was not coachable." aka I was not the robot they wanted. The best thing they did for me was to let me go. If I had relocated there and THEN discovered how micromanaging they were, it would have been a worse disaster than it was.
General Manager of Sales (Former Employee) – Michigan City, IN – June 18, 2013
Central States Mfg encourages personal growth and advancement. You must be motivated and willing to work hard. The culture at CSMI is above and beyond what a positive work environment should be. As a former employee my negative experiences were only related to my direct supervisor but overall a great company.