assembly line (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – May 9, 2016
environment was fast paced with little pay and no raise available to agency employees prior to company employees having better benefits. Workers were not heard in general/ appreciated. Schedule was fit with weekends off. Co-workers had opinionated when it came to new employees and their first day on the job. Favoritism was a big plus in the way employees were treated. Agency members were not offered PTO hours.
free lunch only when lines were productive
short breaks, healthcare only offered to certain extent to non-company employees, no PTO offered to agency employees
SHIPPING DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR (Current Employee) – El Cajon, CA – March 30, 2016
I spend most of my day printing orders to be pulled and shipping orders. As I have worked at Fox I have learned how to manage a team to encourage efficiency. The management is supportive and helps as necessary. I enjoy the coworkers in my department and find them to be encouraging at all times. The hardest part of my job is juggling various tasks at the same time. I manage to always accomplish all of my tasks though, with support from my coworkers. The most enjoyable part of my job is the people that I work with and the accomplishment I feel after a hard day's work.
Sr. Quality Engineer (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – February 12, 2016
Unskilled farm workers are used to make / assembly shocks for bikes and cars. These workers are given one task to do for 8 + hours and are intimidated while they work. Although I was not part of this work force, I witnessed it daily. I saw this type of hostile work environment and intimidation of these workers daily. Management didn't have any sense of caring for their production floor workers or engineering for that matter. Lots of product returns and complaints of their products. Co-workers I worked with cared, but management didn't. Production day was a minimum of 10-12 hrs, typically 14-16 hrs to keep the product line running.
New Quality Manager was clueless. Production engineers were very knowledgeable. Sales team was great.
Lots of challenges to over come, this made for a busy and fast day.
Management didn't care and production workers were intimidated and used as slave laborers
Line Worker (Former Employee) – El Cajon, CA – August 5, 2015
Its about who you know not what you know. Otherwise a good place to work. Employees work hard but no one really wants to stay due to pay and raises. i personally enjoyed my time there. it was a learning experience to say the least.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – May 23, 2015
When I got to Fox in the morning the team would check the work orders to see if there were any "rush' orders. If there were we would do those right away. First pull the parts for the build from a wall of hundreds of numbered bins, gather together kits for sub assemblies, & then build them. After they were done the main shock or fork would be builds & cleansed in an isopropyl alcohol bath. Finally I apply decals & package the suspension in a box with pre-cut foam, sealing it with an order number sticker.
Great food trucks, free t shirts and hats occasionally
Process Improvement Lead (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – May 13, 2015
Fox is a company that is right by the beach, and the culture represents that. Many people there are really nice, but they lack structure. This lack of structure exists all the way up the ladder. Many management positions were hired in attempt to resolve larger systemic issues, but were given very little training, direction, or background of the issues. This was mainly because there was never anyone who know how/what to train employees, and work hand-offs were very poor. Many newly hired management employees were fired shortly after being hired (most of them "permanent" positions) because they couldn't solve the systemic issues, but weren't set up to succeed.
Shortly after I was hired for Fox they were IPO'd. They didn't offer any kind of stock options or any benefit to their employees, including seasoned management. This is a company that does very little for their employees. They take advantage of their location close to the beach, where it is tough to find reasonable work, and offer meager employee salaries.
It was a very productive job and a fun place I had ever work at.
Cell Lead (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – December 19, 2014
At Fox Racing I started my work day at 2:30pm went to a meeting with the supervisors and the boss to discuss problems and how production was going. Then went to packaging department and start setting everything up so when all the works came in everything was ready to star working. At 3pm all the people came in and I assign to each individual what they had to do or where they had to go. Then I check the orders that had to be pack that night. Choose one and gave it to my kizen which was the person responsible to check every fork and decided if it was okay to be pack and be ship. After that I etch a serial number to the fok and gave it to the next person so she/he could bag it and put it on a box. Print lables for each box and for each fork.
i learn how to run a group of people and tell them what they had to do.
Assembly Worker (Former Employee) – Watsonville, CA – April 19, 2014
It was a great job were to start working i really loved working in fox racing shox i was always punctual and never missed days of work. AT Fox racing Shox they make shox for bikes its such an enjoyable job .
Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) – Watsonville – December 11, 2013
Top management threatens their employees in an effort to get them to work harder and faster. All employees get to stand at their workstations for 10 to 12 hours per day. I would be interesting to see if top manager could stands at the employees workstation for 10 to 12 hours everyday. Start time is 6:00 and their is a lot of overtime depending upon the season. Otherwise, the employees have to take their vacations or take the day off without pay. Management does have a clue how to run this business. There is a tremendous amount of idle time from part to part.