Very challenging and high expectations
Plant Operations Manager (Former Employee) – Los Angeles, CA – June 23, 2016
This was not an 8 hour job by far. a 60 hour week was a short week, and the demand never ended after work hours, this included all holidays and most weekends.
I enjoyed the challenges of the job and problem solving, I had hard time getting any assistance from management, specially that they were not local and most issues required local attention.
There is a huge number of employees who have been there more than 20 years and some are over 40, however they were not nice people. Very territorial and they expected all the help and favors without ever helping others. There is a high sense of entitlement specially that the industry is specific and most people there feel that no one else knows what they know, so they can not be let go.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with other managers who are stubborn and not people I could be friends with outside of work. The director of operations had me written me up twice and made it public, not for anything wrong I did, but as a political statement, and told me behind closed doors, not to worry about it; I mention this to paint a picture of the environment.
But as I mentioned before, I extremely enjoyed the technical aspect of the job and the challenges that came along with it. I also learned a great deal of management skills and coaching through training and experience; and watching trouble employees turn into effective members was very satisfying
You are on your own in a large company, so you would learn the most
Bad managers, very resistant to any change