Controls Engineer (Current Employee) – Columbia, MO – November 21, 2017
A typical day at Dana consists of keeping production lines running including all off line machines. I have learned a great deal about PLC logic, HMI programming, electrical controls and tightening tools. Management is typical for JIT automotive suppliers. Everything is about production and quality. Recently there has been more emphasis on safety than any time in the past. Dana Columbia has a good track record in safety.The facility is air conditioned in the summer comfortable all year round. The hardest part of my job is the continual griping about how machines run and how fast they must run to meet quotas. The most enjoyable part of my job is completing a project and having it di exactly what was asked
Clean well lit plant. Support of people in my department
Production Data Analyst (Former Employee) – Dry Ridge, KY – December 29, 2016
I would provide superior communication skills, and they are helpful in facilitating interaction among staff and managers. A morning may start with advising a customer service team on improving telephone skills. Courtesy and patience are qualities that favorably influence customers, and a representative can make a good impression by using them. Making notes to follow up on improvements is usually the last step in advisory meetings.
Working with professionals and easy to ask questions to superiors
Short breaks, long hours, long distance to drive to office.
This was by far the greatest place to work. Always very clear as to what was expected each day. Excellent communication from management to everyone. Great co-workers. It was a shame when the plant closed.
Sales Assistant / QS9000 Coordinator (Former Employee) – Auburn Hills, MI – June 24, 2016
Great place, facility and people to work for and with. Changes of a technical nature were the most challenging part of the job. The part I enjoyed the most was facilitating meetings and executive luncheons.
Benefits and freedom to be away from my desk when needed.
Supervisor (Former Employee) – USA – April 15, 2016
My experience as a supervisor with Dana was one of minimal and ineffective leadership from the front office. The Production Manager loved to micro-manage the smallest details while offering no direction regarding matters of consequence. When problems arose it seemed a higher priority to assign blame than implement a solution. The less seniority you had with the company the more likely you were to be blamed by those with more seniority and the less likely the solutions you offered were even considered. Supervisors were restricted from trouble-shooting issues or making process adjustments on the off-shifts, and then were blamed for poor quality or low production issues the next day. The finger-pointing blame-game between shifts was in full force at Dana, and always taken at face value by the Production Manager without the due diligence of investigating the matter or discussing it with those that were blamed.
In the end my assignment with Dana was terminated without explanation or just cause. When questioned my superiors could offer no negative performance metric or evidence of failure to perform on my part. The impression I was left with was that it boiled down who you played golf with or who you were in bed with, literally. The type of people that were advanced or secure in their position were the most unprofessional, immature, bullying, sycophantic or promiscuous members of management because of who they were friends with.
This might just be the location that I worked at, and the people I worked with. I am not insinuating that this is indicative of the company as a whole.more... If you choose to work for Dana I hope your experience is much more positive than mine was.less
Fair salary, good benefits
Excessive over-time, severe lack of professionalism in management