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Dura Automotive Employer Reviews

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Excellent work environment
Maintenance Manager/Staff (Former Employee), Fremont, MIJanuary 13, 2015
Had planned on retirement with this company. Automotive crunch early 2009, mass layoff including my support staff, and eventually position.
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Great Company to work for with a strong workforce
Production Supervisor (Former Employee), Stockton, ILDecember 29, 2014
Pros: leadership team, great workforce
Cons: location
Typical day was planning meeting in the morning, manage your team based on SQDCM. Looking for opportunities for improvement was encouraged and accepted by upper management.
The company had a budget for continued learning for each employee which helped to build skills. Rotation to different areas in the plant was also common so knowledge of the operations was shared.
The hardest part of the job was the facility was located in a small town not near any major city.
The most enjoyable part of the job was it was a great atmosphere to develop managerial skills with a leadership team that was interested in building skills.
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2nd and 3rd are the least stressed shifts there, but 1st has more overtime
machine operator (Former Employee), Lawrenceburg, TNDecember 9, 2014
Pros: raises every 2 months, dinners on holidays and birthdays, everyone on a first name basis with plant manager
Cons: short breaks. no paid sick days. knives broke too easily - other supplies overall great.
I came in early to set up everything in my work station so when start time came, I was in full swing. I learned if you wait until start time to do all that, there isn't enough time for unforeseen events, like finishing required numbers in the face of downtime. K2XX co-workers were great. We worked together like one person, giving us all the satisfaction of a job well-done.

The hardest part of the job was switching to 1st shift. For me, that was a mistake. I discovered coming in at 2 and 4 a.m. didn't work for me nearly as well as 2nd shift. If I hadn't made that move, I'd still be there today.

A typical day at work required a combination of speed and accuracy. I always started early so when the start-of-shift buzzer sounded, I was already at full speed, making motors and welding electrodes. The 1st shift team had the same concept.
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It's a good place to work but not much chance of advancement.
Assembly Line Operator (Current Employee), Milan, TNNovember 16, 2014
Pros: monthly birthday lunches helping with the different school sales
Cons: low wages not enough hours or overtime
Clock in, start work. Do my job to the best of my ability. How brake cables are made and the importance of quality work. We have an open door policy that works for everyone. If a situation arises, it is handle in a prompt and fair time frame. My immediate coworkers are knowledgeable of the task at hand and we work very well together. we're all versatile in the factory. There is nothing difficult about the job. As long as you follow the control plans, safety rules and produce quality products, it all runs smoothly. The camaraderie, between the employees, is magnificent.
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Productive and a fun place to work. Coworkers and management were great. Room for advancement.
Cell leader (Former Employee), Spring Lake, MIAugust 25, 2014
Pros: upper management took a great interest in the workers' needs, empowered me to make daily decisions in running the assembly line, good pay and compensation package.
Cons: closed their doors to relocate to another state.
As a cell leader for the two-cell assembly line, I would have to assemble a tire carrier from each cell and test them to make sure they were up to quality standard, I would make sure my workers had all the components needed to assemble the product. I would assign a starting spot for each employee and they would rotate every hour to reduce repetitive motion injuries. Fill out lot traceability and production reports. Test five parts from each cell twice a day to make sure they were within the quality standards set by customer. I would relieve workers for bathroom breaks when necessary. Listen to any concerns they may have and report things that were beyond my capabilities and/or responsibilities to the supervisor. The hardest part of the job was problem solving when parts were substandard due to substandard components. This was time consuming and stressful on my body due to the many tests I would have to perform to bring the product back into customer specifications. I learned how to use a torque and tension tester and dillion machine. The most enjoyable part of my workday was interacting with my workers. We always got along well and looked out for each other.
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Glad to not be there anymore
Assembly (Former Employee), Stockton, IlJune 22, 2014
Poor management made even simple tasks a complicated mess.
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Stay away
Quality engineer (Former Employee), Detroit miMarch 16, 2014
Pros: pay check
Cons: environment
I worked there for several years before leaving recently. The company is in very bad shape. They are shedding employees. Everyone who works there is working long hours and morale is low. In the last year I was there probably the most stressful year of my life. I would not take a job there. This company may not be around much longer
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Strict Supervisors
Machine operator (Former Employee), Gladwin, MIFebruary 13, 2014
Long hours.most coworkers were good people, hitting rate for the machines was hard.
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Learning experience
Project Engineer (Current Employee), Fremont, MIDecember 17, 2013
Learned alot about automation and process when dealing as a Tier I supplier. Environment is somewhat laid back.
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Good benefits and compensation
Machine Operator (Former Employee), West Union, IADecember 1, 2013
Pros: the co-workers were nice.
Cons: the work was repetitive and hard on your body
Assembled RV component parts and Deck hinges for Ford Motor Co. I learned about quality control and how to maintain it. Management were helpful in assisting in the completion of assembled parts. The co-workers were very helpful. The hardest part of the job was the repetitive motion and having to stand the entire shift. The co-workers were fun to work with
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team players
Shipping Clerk (Former Employee), Hannibal, MOOctober 23, 2013
Pros: pay, benefits, team work
Cons: moved out of country
Loved working at Dura, everything about it people, work, even the management, they really cared. Loved working as a team. the hardest part of the job would have been the over time and working on Saturdays. the most enjoyable parts of the day would have to be all of us working together,loved it.
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Fun and Productive
Assembler (Former Employee), Milan, TNAugust 29, 2013
I made park break cables for the Automotive Industries as well as Shifters for Chrysler.
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Very repetitive place to work but good co-workers.
Assembler (Former Employee), Stockton, ILAugust 14, 2013
Worked as a robotic welder. Check each part to make sure welds were good, and if they weren't I would have to grind them down and spot weld them. Made sure all the parts were in spec and functioned properly. Sorted out parts that were bad out of bins and put them seperate and make rejection tags of why they were bad. Assemblied parts on assembly lines. Just the laying off and only being able to work 3 or 4 days sometime was a bit but did enjoy the overtime when they had it.
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I had met really nice co-workers. The factory itself is unorganized due to the fact it's the automotive industry.
assebly line/ paint line (Former Employee), Stockton, CAMay 14, 2013
Pros: it was nice getting to know different people, it was meeting a second family because you worked 10 hours and, saw these people more than your family so, you had to get along some how.
Cons: this place would be a good place to work but, you don't know what is going to happen day to day due to the economy. it could be fine and, then sorry we got to lay you off again. i got permenatly laid-off so, i'm not too thrilled with this company. while others got their jobs back but, i didn't even get called back.
The jobs I had I did like. But, I had felt the management didn't know what they were doing. The situation with that that was probably because, it is the automotive industry and, one month there would be all types of production and, hours. The next month there would be hardly any then they would have to lay-off people.
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Dead end job with little or no chance for advancement
Assembly (Current Employee), Stockton, ILApril 3, 2013
Pros: good wages and decent benefits.
Lack a managerial oversight leads to a horrible attitude among the workers. Everyone wants out asap.
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Productive
Laborer (Former Employee), Fremont, MIMarch 22, 2013
Pros: the cafeteria was always clean and there was always a place to sit.
A typical day at work is fast pace. I learned how to put shifters together and run welder's. The management was good. My co-workers was nice people. The hardest part of the job was the Monte Carlo welder. The most enjoyable part of the job was you always have something to do when your machine breaks down there is always another one to go to.
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Growing company with much upside.
Assembly Line Operator (Former Employee), Stockton, ILFebruary 14, 2013
Fun place to work. Staff is well trained but laid back. Safety is a top concern.
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Decent job, set hours,
Assembly (Former Employee), Hannibal, MOOctober 18, 2012
Pros: set shift/hours, decent job & people
Cons: no consideration or benefits for "life events" before 1 year, middle/upper management rarely available to floor employees.
Decent job, people, direct floor manager, and hours, no benefits or time off for "life events" before 1 year
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All in all, a good place to work...
Senior End User Support Analyst II (Current Employee), Fremont, MIAugust 27, 2012
Pros: decent pay (meets market), somewhat challenging, very little micro-managing
Cons: tight fisted on moneis allocated for improved infrastructure
The dept I belong to, IT, is divide into two parts; infrastructure and applications. The company as a whole understands the need of the family and does a good job in providing time for that.
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Productive workplace with unsteady work hours
Assembly Line Operator (Current Employee), Milan, TNJune 20, 2012
Pros: made friends
Cons: early work hours
A typical work day at Dura could begin between 4-6, depending on the work schedule. I learned how to read blueprints, properly check park brake cables and train others if needed. Having to be at work at 4am would be the hardest part of the job, along with having to stand on concrete from 9-11 hours/day.