Shipping & Receiving Clerk / Forklift operator, Lexington, TN - January 11, 2016
In shipping and receiving there's really no "typical" day. I load and unload trucks as they come in. It operates on a 1st come 1st serve platform. But i like the challenge.
I learned how to dock a trailer with a semi-truck (day cab) on this job. And I learned basic first-aid and CPR when I was asked to be a First Responder.
Management was good and seemed to really care about employees when I first started with the company. But it has changed hands through the years and they only seem to value the bottom line and the almighty dollar now. Since NAFTA was put in place a great many of our jobs have been outsourced to our "sister" plant in Reynosa Mexico. General morale on the floor is bad because we hear, in the Communications meetings, how well Emerson is doing ...in Mexico. Knowing it's because they have half our jobs now. And whenever the customer has a quality issue with their work, it gets sent back to us to fix. The input of "the Process Experts" (as the plant manager likes to call us peons on the floor) is ignored. We constantly feel as though we're being set up to fail. It's really quite sad because the people on the floor getting their hands dirty are hard working, dedicated and actually care about producing a quality product. The company is now up for sale.
My co-workers are awesome! It's rare to find someone on the floor there that is not more than willing to help when and where it is needed. Even outside their team or department.
Hardest part of the job is not feeling valued when I give all I've got and try to go above and beyond expectations.
I love driving a forklift and I'm good at it. So that would be the most enjoyable part.