Overall not a very good place to build a career. The quality of the products were extremely low. Extreme lack of proven processes and inability to maintain employees. Very little training was provided to operators.
Good team environment but challenging corporate leadership
President (Former Employee) – Ravenna, OH – March 6, 2018
Developed strong team-work culture but consistently had to deal with intrusive demands of corporate leadership. I believe they meant well but they did not know the business as well our local team and some of the actions were not aligned with the true needs of the company.
Company is moving in the right direction. Excellent turn around in quality and huge improvement in customer complaints. Quality and production supervisors work great with each other and training has improved with the new training program.
At general aluminum my job was to remove paint from aluminum molds and reapply the paint within specific guidelines. The mold preparation supervisor is very easy to work with and get along with. He can teach you any part of the job because he does every part alongside you at some point during the week. The mold preparation crew got to utilize their breaks and didn't have to rush because of how well the entire crews time management skills worked together.
Laborer (Former Employee) – Erie, PA – September 27, 2017
They were willing to train me on a forklift and other machines they had available.I enjoyed the free education and training experience they had. Orientation was a week long which gave new employees time to get used to everything.
General Laborer and X-ray Technician (Former Employee) – Conneaut, OH – September 26, 2017
General Aluminum is a great place to work if you like to work 10 hour days and 7 days a week with no time off. It would be perfect for a single person who has no kids to raise. It is harder for married couples who work in the same place because of juggling the time schedules of clocking in an out plus if they work a different shift.
They will train you and give you time to learn the job. Then you will obtain skills on the job plus have the possibility of training other people depending on what job you get.
On the average, General Aluminum is a good place to work if your body can handle it and you want a good work out.
They had good dinners for their employees around the holidays.
Production Laborer (Former Employee) – Wapakoneta, OH – May 22, 2017
They were very worker-friendly in 2013, but since then have done a complete turn-around. Point system is unrealistic and workers have little incentive to to do their best. Workers are told one thing today and it is changed tomorrow.
Die Maintenance (Former Employee) – Wapakoneta, OH – May 3, 2017
At General Aluminum they strive to advance those most like them, lazy. Hard workers get to do all the work, while the slackers get to stand by and watch. The Management is amazing, if amazing means they will lie to your face about anything and everything to fulfill their agenda. Be it overtime or job placement, they will screw you coming and going. They are quick to answer any questions with a confident, "I don't know." They promise to check in to any queries, yet never come through. They will show you a path of progression to greater wages and career fulfillment, but it's all smoke and mirrors. There is no path, but to back-stab and brown-nose. They do offer copious amounts of overtime whenever you don't want it and will provide layoffs to those who need money the most. Overall General Aluminum is a great place to learn what you don't want in an Employer.
Machinist (Former Employee) – Wapakoneta, OH – January 25, 2017
I operated machine and did grinding as needed. After inspecting, I placed product for packaging. My supervisor and co-workers were great to work with. There is an open door policy which was beneficial to employees.