Welder (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN – September 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
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.
location, pay, hours
regular layoffs, no bonuses, no chance for advancement.
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, CA – July 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.
not being able to control the work that i was creating.
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