Not the smartest decision you will ever make...
Production Unit Leader (Current Employee) – Warren, MI – July 3, 2015
On paper (and in your interview), this sounds like an ideal situation. Solid base salary, four days on, three days off with the "occasional added production shift "as demand dictates." I am telling you now since no one told me, "demand" will dictate quite often. It is nothing to work 15-20 days straight at 12+ hours/day. It is also easy to put in 140+ two week pay period without blinking.
As for the workplace/culture of a unit leader, you are expected to fit 13 hours of tasks into a 10 hour shift thanks to your very useless "support" departments that serve no other function than to add work to your plate. Oh, and this is in addition to your actual job of keeping the production line running/directing manpower. Of those departments, I would rate the safety team the worst. They are required to do nothing involving actual plant safety, as all projects, medical investigations/passes and safety tours are expected to be completed by (you guessed it) production unit leaders. The safety team as well as the other support teams do nothing but compile reports to present to the plant leadership of what tasks the unit leader was unable to accomplish.
The operations management is an abomination as you will not find standardized instruction to be the same across multiple shifts. Edicts/mandates from corporate to tackle issues such as work-life balance and salary retention often are ignored by the operations team which includes production center management.
As I said, take this job if you want, but don't read this review and later say no one told you so.
The salary is solid. If you can find another benefit, we're all ears
No ability to plan for off days in advance. You might go a couple weeks without one, Very narrow/linear career path.