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The most stressful and combative environment ever.
RMPC/WWT maintenance planner scheduler (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLOctober 8, 2017
Do not apply and or want to get a job here, the upper management is sneaky and as good ole boy as they can be. They lack the vision to be a viable company in there Tampa location, they resist change and or improvements "unless they come from their sister plant" and will find a way to dismiss your ideas if they feel you may get some notoriety.
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Good pay but the conditions or herendous.
Refinery Operator (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 22, 2017
Great company ran by very outgoing and driven supervisors the always look out for your best interest and give help when needed , overall loved working for them.
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Refining Laborer (Current Employee) –  Eagan, MNJuly 16, 2017
Its a job that you work in the heat. Workplace culture could be better. Hardest part of the job is working with the people there. Most enjoyable part of the job is going home at the end of the day, it pay the bills.
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Great company!
Human Resources Intern (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLApril 14, 2017
I worked in human resources here and everyone was extremely pleasant. The company is environmentally conscious and maintains health and safety precautions.
Pros
hours, coworkers, environment
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Hazardous work enviornment
Lead Smelter (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNFebruary 15, 2017
Typical day- Cast lead & dealing with hazardous chemicals
Learned- Efficient techniques for handling dangerous chemicals
Management- Well qualified
Workplace culture- Excellent
Hardest part- Extreme temperatures
Enjoyable part- Learning about chemicals
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Very hot work temperature & wearing respirators
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Growing company
Buyer/Planner (Former Employee) –  St. Paul, MNJuly 13, 2016
Unique industry!! Serving customers and building relationships with vendors/partners was the best part of my job! Like any company, there are multiple opportunities for growth.
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hard work but great compensation
Furnace Laborer (Current Employee) –  Brandon, FLAugust 3, 2015
constantly moving in and extreme temp, long hours as well as hard labor. not meant for most but is rewarding for those that can do this job.
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good co-workers and management is a joke
operator (Former Employee) –  Eagan mnMay 15, 2015
i worked here for 10 years and the co-workers were great and management has it out for everybody. good pay,lousy work. supervisors are jerks there.
Pros
good pay, long breaks, only 8 hr workday
Cons
Very hot, supervisors target you and MOST are absolute jerks
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Productive, Heavy and responsible environment
General Laborer/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNOctober 26, 2014
You would go in and switch into the uniform necessary to be in clean areas such as break room and upper locker room, before starting shift you would change into your plant uniform this uniform is only for working at the lead plant so that the lead doesn't contaminate the rest of the clean building, once inside the furnace area you would wear a mask and drive forklift and handle sledge hammers depending on the area that you were assigned to.
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Temporary is your best option!
laborer (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 4, 2014
While I work at Gopher Resources Tampa, it was one of the worst jobs I have ever worked. Leadership begins at the top, so the corruption and unfairness began at the top and lead its way through-out the entire company. The supervisors and leadman are horrible. Most, not all, care nothing about their co-laborers and treat their subordinates unfair unless you are their buddy. Gopher Resources Tampa employs supervisors who have no experience and do not know what to do. The opportunity is slim especially is you are not friends with the supervisors. Its a dog-eat-dog world at Gopher. Definitely do not let it be a permanent stop for a job.
Pros
Paid weekly
Cons
Mandatory overtime, job morale very low, not enough pay for the work required
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Good company but small
Lead Electro-mechanical Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLJuly 29, 2014
Just you normal electrical install company. All in all a good company
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i have never worked at a company that treated its employes so well i loved it there.
working the refinory (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNMay 13, 2014
fun place to work,always stuff to learn, good and physical,and the cowerkers were fun as well.
Pros
great pay, great people, great everything.
Cons
hours were tough at first then not bad.
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Environmentally concious company
Electro-mechanical Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLMay 10, 2014
Gopher resource is a leader in the lead recycling industry. Production is number one second only to the environment. Each employee is an environmental steward, ensuring safe day to day operation of our recycling facility.
Management is very keen on ensuring plant down-time is minimized.
Pros
Uniforms, paid breaks and showers, conscientious safety department
Cons
hot environment, a lot of PPE
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Recycling Environmental Liability
Manager Human Resources (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNFebruary 17, 2014
Organization employs many long-time, productive employees due to fair wages and good benefits. The work to recycle an environmental liability (lead) is often done in extreme conditions. Continuous improvement of processes and procedures is a common goal.
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Unprofessional Environment
Engineer (Former Employee) –  TampaDecember 1, 2013
Quite unprofessional environment where merit is not valued and quantity and volume takes priority over quality and efficiency.
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Productive and informative place to work
Laborer/Industrial Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 22, 2013
A typical day at work is eight hours shift, five days A week. The things I learn while working at Gopher Resource is machinery operations, such as how to drive and operate industrial equipment. From A Front-End-loader, High Reach, Scissor Lift,and Fork Lift. Management was fairly good most of the time, with some minor problems. The co-workers are cool and fun to work around at times, but you will always have them few that just get on your nerves. But you just have to throw that problem in the back of your head and just keep moving on with your job. The hardest part of the job was not the job itself but the heat we have to work in, Your get accumulated to the heat.Working with good employees, the knowledge I pick up from the company.
Pros
paid lunch break, company picnic
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Work till you drop
Plant Maintenance and Engineering Manager (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 18, 2013
If you aren't willing to work from 5 am to 1 am, this isn't the place for you.
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Not the greatest place, but it pays the bills
Furnace Operator (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLJuly 5, 2013
Hazardous environment, pay scale is corrupt, and management has no clue on how to operate and treat their employees with respect and dignity. PRODUCTION OVER SAFETY!!
Pros
two 30 minute breaks
Cons
unsafe, hazerdous to health
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Poorly managed
Maintenance Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLJuly 22, 2012
Poorly managed. Advertised by management as perhaps something they would hope it could be, but for now, sadly not. Safety is only existent when convenient. Most OSHA regulations are not adhered to even by management. Hygiene section is poorly led. The support they are there to offer consistently goes unchecked and incomplete. Initial orientation paints a totally different picture than what you find with regards to training, lean practices, safety, opportunity for advancement and quality of benefits. Compensation is well below average for comparable work in similar industries. Employees often have to work overtime to compensate for the low hourly wage. Non-management maintenance personnel have been working with only one day off a week for over a year. This doesn't even consider the poisonous environment that employees work in, wearing a respirator at all times while in the plant.
Pros
free coffee on weekends
Cons
pay, benefits, hours, advancement opportunity, safety, security...
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dangerous dealing with lead
laborer (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNMay 30, 2012
i would work with lead on a daily basis, hours were overnight, supervisors and co-workers were great
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