Pros: lots of electricians have retired with good benefits, nice enviroment for electricians.
Cons: hiring practices are suspect
The position for electrician at Texarkana, Arkansas plant has been unfilled for over 2 years. Do not waste your time going through the application process. A little background first, I have worked on this site for the last 5 years as an electrical contractor, I have seen several pool electrician retire or quit due to work enviroment. A typical day for the maintenance electricians is very relaxed, as the bigger jobs are contracted out.
Let me get back to the position for electrician, the company has been "trying to fill", and yes they really need electricians. I have spoken with several journeyman (whom have applied) with mostly industrial experience as the company is requesting,( knowledge of ladder logic troubleshooting, controls, automation, and basic requirements of an "industrial electrician"). No problem most of the electricians applying for this position are experienced with industrial work due to the regional area, as there are several large manufacturing and processing plants.
The hiring process is fill out online app. and submit resume. If that is deemed acceptable (spelled name right) you will be contacted and scheduled for a phone interview, this is done by a HR rep whom ask questions but has no idea of electrical work. If by some rare chance
you make it passed this step (as far as I know not very many people do, i did) you will be asked to schedule a first test on the site, this is a written multiple choice test 60 questions 45 min long over multitude of electrical and electronics questions. I passed this test, the next step is the first "in person" interview, very – more... relaxed and professional experience. A second test, hands on 6 hour time limit is the next step in this process (so they say). Before this a second "presecond informal interview is given" this is the step I believe is not authorized by cooper tire and is used as a "weeding out" process to hire based on personal reasons (family or friens of employees). This part of "interview" is very unprofessional, one of the interviewers asked personal questions restricted by law, gave insults, and said " I realize you are intelligent, but I just have a gut feeling you wont fit in, so im going to tell them I dont think you are convincing enough that you are a good electrician", now understand I have worked on this site for the last 5 years, no issues. Oh and this interviewer is a milwright not an electrician. Well I went for the second test off site, given at the local college, and was told I was no longer considered for position. I made it farther than most whom have applied. If you are not a family member, friend of employee, or you do not hunt, fish and watch all the shows about, you will not be considered for this position. You will be treated rudely during informal interview and dropped off the eligible candidates list. I do not think the HR department in Ohio knows of this hiring practices, in which skilled candidates are turned away for personal not professional reasons. – less