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.
Manager Human Resources (Former Employee) – Eagan, MN – February 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.
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.
laborer (Former Employee) – Tampa, FL – August 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.
Mandatory overtime, job morale very low, not enough pay for the work required
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.
Uniforms, paid breaks and showers, conscientious safety department
General Laborer/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) – Eagan, MN – October 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.