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Eyes wide open
Metal Fabricator (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNMarch 13, 2017
A typical day at work was unpleasant. I learned nothing. Management is biased! Workplace culture is oppressive. The hardest part of the job was showing up! The most enjoyable part of the job was going home
Pros
Union
Cons
Abusive management!
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Fun place to work
Welder (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNFebruary 22, 2017
It was a fun place to work. Great group of people. Management was very friendly. The hours were early, but you got off at 2:30
Pros
good benifits
Cons
hot in the summer
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productive and great environment to work
Welder/ Assembly (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNJanuary 25, 2017
work life balance is great. great managers. benefits are great. union is one of the best. job security is not too great. but great pay, great job, great management. they rehire when they can.
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All purchasing personnel are being laid off
Buyer (Current Employee) –  Lakeville, MNFebruary 12, 2016
All purchasing personnel are being laid off. Company being dismantled. Not a good place to work. Production being transferred to china.
Pros
WARM INSIDE
Cons
COMPANY BEING DISMANTLED
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Despatch was purchased by ITW a few years ago
Customer Service Manager (Current Employee) –  Lakeville, MNDecember 7, 2015
The company has changed significantly. Many layoffs have happened as company duties were and continue to be consolidated with other business units worldwide.
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Great personnel
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNJanuary 1, 2014
150 year old private company making industrial ovens. Bought out by large public company. Business slowed down and first choice of the company was to outsource all production then lay-off personnel.
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Full time Summer Electrical Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNDecember 27, 2013
Welcoming working environment

Company has for departments each encourages employees' contribution and development
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Productive and fun workplace
Test Technician, Electrical Assembler (Current Employee) –  Lakeville, MNNovember 17, 2013
Some production lines are going to be eliminated. Some work has been out sourced.
Pros
Occasional Free Lunch or Doughnuts
Cons
Workforce Shrinking
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good people to work with.
Senior Materials Clerk (Former Employee) –  stockroomOctober 24, 2013
pulled parts to support the floor,aslo did shipping for ups,fedex.
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liked this shop
Welder (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNSeptember 16, 2013
i liked this shop a lot i liked the people a lot i got hired as a welder but didn't do a lot of welding there. i loved the hours. but they had a lot of people that worked over time and they ran out of work
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Good company destroyed by buy-out.
Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNAugust 20, 2013
Was a solid company with a very long history. A majority of their resources were moved into the development and support of solar cell manufacturing equipment. When the bottom fell out of that market, the layoffs started. They retained the talent for the solar line and cut the rest of the company. Now they can't build their traditional product lines and there is no market for solar at this time.

Expect layoffs every few months. If you don't get cut, you will get the work of those who were laid off dumped on you until you cannot keep up, then you will be let go yourself.

ITW bought them a couple years back, and put in place policies that crippled their ability to be profitable (i.e., outsourcing even when it cost more and took longer).

Otherwise, good people and some really good products. Hopefully things will change there.
Pros
Location, pay, hours
Cons
Regular layoffs, no bonuses, no chance for advancement.
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it was a little dingy at times, although all the employees worked together well
Designer (mechanical) Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MN---Worked from Oxnard, CAJuly 30, 2013
My primary duty was as a design engineer and project manager. Besides providing good designs to a shop that was located in MN, I also had to manage smaller projects that were being constructed there. The hardest part about this position was trying to control the construction of items that were not made on site, they were being built 2,000 miles away.
Pros
Friendly people
Cons
Not being able to control the work that I was creating.
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Productive
Financial Analyst (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNJuly 24, 2012
Helped with AP/AR, month end tasks, assisted with staff accountant, performed many projects, did budget information for all business leaders.
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Diversifyed Projects interesting to work & lern
Senior Mechanical Engineering (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNMay 9, 2012
Work on the projects from cradel to grave,with same people makes it a good team experience.
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It was an good safe enviroment to work for.
Electrical Installer (Former Employee) –  Lakeville, MNApril 7, 2012
It was a solid job with good pay and a lot of hours. The company is so rigid with rules and regulations that it is hard to move up quickly in the company. People there are stuck in their old ways and don't like change. And half the people there don't belong there and management is got their heads up the rear end
Pros
work was constant
Cons
union
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