Pros: welding experience, vacation accumulates from the start
Cons: management, working hours, no work life balance, does not follow progressive disciplinary system, no job security, under qualified management, abusive environment
When I was hired at Curt, I felt like it was my lucky break. It was my first full time job and first job that paid above $10. However I soon began to realize that applying there was a big mistake. A typical day sees employees welding trailer hitches and sending them out for inspection. If the employee does not hit a golden "standard" of 80 hitches per night, he gets taken into the office and is yelled at for lack of production and/or written up. Curt has no tolerance for this no matter what the reason. The welding machines are very dated and are breaking down constantly; making hitting production demands almost impossible. Employees are rounded up each day for a "announcement meeting" where the leads tell the employees what bad workers they are and how they will be fired/written up if they don't work harder. Shifts at Curt are never shorter than 10 hours, and expect to work AT LEAST 8 hours of overtime per week but usually more. The workers are viewed by management as pieces of equipment; as evident by how they are treated. Also expect a lot of micro-management, because the leads will consistently pop into the employees welding booths or examine stacked pallets for missing welds at least three times an hour. They will also resort to threats, personal attacks, and intimidation to get results. Needless to say it was not the lucky break I anticipated.