Shipping and Logistics Supervisor (Former Employee), Fort Wayne, IN – October 4, 2013
Cons: long hours
A typical work day was 12-13 hours I learned valuable information regarding the medical industry and the demands My coworkers were a great team, hard working and always on call The most difficult aspect of this contract position was learning FDA regulations The most reward aspect of this position was the Manufacturing Team.
a team oriented work place interested in constant improvement and high quality product
CNC Machinist/Operator (Current Employee), Fort Wayne, IN – September 17, 2013
Pros: problem solving, team work on production floor, being a part of something that makes a difference
Cons: communication, being able to move up in the company, better pay
we have a meeting at the beginning of the shift covering the previous days numbers and to assign what job each individual will work on. Depending on the day i am either setting up a machine or running a machine or both. If there is no setups then i run at least two machines through the day. Performing my AQL, CIC, and SPC checks. I have learned more – more... about running lathe machines, polish, and clean room during the three years i have been at my current job. There is currently communication issues with management and those out on the floor. My co-workers and myself work very well together as a team, always willing to help others when ever needed. The hardest part of my job is trying to close the gap between those on the floor and those in the office. There are a lot of great ideas on the floor from people with many many years of experience, but a lack of interest in the office to listen to those ideas. The most enjoyable part of my job is the problem solving aspect of the job where i get to work on programs at my machine. As well as just working on the machines with such good people. i enjoy knowing that the parts and instruments that i make are having a positive impact in someones life. – less
Lowly operator (Former Employee), Plymouth – August 27, 2013
Pros: ha, nothing!
This place was a joke!! I worked here for almost 6 years and didn't have a chance to advance anywhere. I am not a brown noser therefore couldn't get a different position. Hr is lazy and only wants to party with each other all the time. The benefits are worthless.
If you want to get anywhere with this company you better be ready to turn off your brain – more... and prepare your lips for some major butt kissing!
Machinist/Polisher (Former Employee), Fort Wayne – August 24, 2013
Cons: supervisor/team leader playing head games on employees
I started working for this company in their startup stages when they were known as Precimed as a polisher/machinist and being forced into leaving shortly after Greatbatch purchased the company.
The salary was high and a lot of overtime was always great but it was difficult to concentrate on my work with the T.C supervisor as he was into setting people – more... up for a downfall. Its my understanding the T.C supervisor is currently employed there and still playing on the skilled workers personal life's and work ethics. My personal experience is if your planning to work there, please think twice as it will deeply effect your personal life being employed at Greatbatch of Fort Wayne Indiana – less
Supervisor (Current Employee), Fort Wayne In – July 27, 2013
Cons: long drive to new building
I am supervisor of this great company. A typical day is solving many problems first hand and getting to know the workers better and better throughout interpersonal engagement. Greatbatch management always supports my ideas before they become policy. The hardest part of this job is keeping the riff-raff on the work floor under control but it is a pleasant – more... enjoyable place for me to work! – less
Former 2nd/3rd shift polisher for Greatbatch (Former Employee), Columbia City former location – July 10, 2013
Cons: weak group leaders, poor supervisors and blind management
A typical day working at this company was like entering a paid by the hour loony bin. No professional leadership what so ever. Locally This company has a sour name, so now their giving their chances into the web in hopes of luring someone into their game.
All the high skilled workers who were there when I was, left the company and joined other orthopedic – more... companies in Warsaw. Greatbatch has now even went through a temp service trying to find workers.
A lot of back stabbing by the TC supervisor and his "In People" If your an experienced machinist or polisher,you'll be manipulated for information on job processes and even exploited about your personal life.
All the experienced workers gave TC processes how to build up a finishing department for the company when they were in their start-up stage known then as Precimed inc, and the supervisor used all our information for his own personal gain without honorable mention to us, then he blackballed us, many high technology people were harassed into quitting or just plain fired.
After that they lost many skilled workers their contracts was farmed out to local companies(and still currently outsourcing due to low job knowledge) because they hadn't a clue how to manufacture the devices, so 4 months after Greatbatch acquired this company was when my harassment time came, so I left the company and took 18% of their outsourcing with me and manufactured them abroad and turned them into a 300% profit within a month.
This company will give you a bad recommendation when someone is checking on your references. "I Have Proof Of That"
If your an experienced polisher, you'll be manipulated for information of job processes so the TC can have his personal gains for himself and his in people. Very Strange Company Greatbatch!
A word from one polisher to another "Avoid working for Greatbatch" – less
Production member (Current Employee), ALden – June 9, 2013
Pros: 401k, dental clean you get a cool id badge
Cons: health care is a high deductable, required to temp
A typical day at work is a pretty relaxed family type atmosphere that support differences of employees. I learned from working here that working with so many different people can be difficult and the difference in education value can also make a big difference. Management is unorganized and plays favorites to get to the top most of the time you have – more... to be a favorite. Coworkers can be very nice, but sometimes two faced this place is a big rumor mill and everybody will talk about you behind your back so if you got thick skin you should be OK. Hardest part of the job and the most enjoyable is the same the people there are so many good people and then there are the people that just bring you down but over all it depends on who you are. – less
not a chance (Current Employee), Clarence – April 27, 2013
Pros: vacation time, pay is ok.
Hostile environment encouraged by management. They do not believe in mutual successes, or value individual differences. They encourage employee-to-employee hostility, I now believe, to single out individuals that may be underpaid to keep them down a notch. Strange company.
H. R. Plays favorites doesnt deal with any issues. Plymouth has a lot of management change over. There is zero leadership in Plymouth constantly turning a blind eye to many things. Company profits are down do to poor performance from upper management not dealing with issues.
Materials Coordinator (Former Employee), Minneapolis, MN – October 21, 2012
Pros: always found things to keep busy
Typical day at work included getting work orders ready for new purchases and getting them to the correct production lines, making new work orders, audits, and small projects when had time. Management was very respectful and knowledgable about their employees. Most enjoyable part of the job was working around very fun and upbeat coworkers.
Team Leader (Current Employee), Fort Wayne, IN – October 8, 2012
Pros: new building
Cons: long drive
Great place to work, was always treated fair. Management went through alot of changes as the company grew. If anything was needed to do my job I never had a problem requesting it. The wort part was the new facility was built farther away making my drive to work every day 1hr one way.
Lead Set Up (Former Employee), Minneapolis, MN – September 13, 2012
Laid out and set up work area quickly for the tool crib. Worked directly from blueprints, patterns, sketches and specifications. Measured and marked dimensions and reference points accurately. Operated heavy duty mills, planers, shapers and grinders. Measured finished products to verify machine compliance with precise specifications. Operated forklifts, – more... hoists and other material handling equipment. Trained, directed and instructed apprentices and helpers. Adhered to all safety protocols and safe work practices to reduce likelihood of injury. Fabricated tools, jigs and fixtures to meet manufacturing and engineering needs. Developed an effective preventative maintenance schedule for all shop equipment. Tracked shop cutting tool usage and sharpened and replaced cutting tools. Studied blueprints, work instruction, sketches, drawings and manuals to determine dimensions and tolerances. Interpreted drawings and planed work in proper operational sequence on multi-cut jobs. Gauged and maintained tolerances on grinding diameters, depths, squareness and parallelism. Operated hand tools, drill presses, riveting machines and tap burners. Removed burrs on all machined parts. – less
Materials Coordinator (Former Employee), Plymouth, MN – July 23, 2012
Pros: always a challenge
Cons: management not responsive enough, reactive not proactive.
Very Relaxed but busy work place. Long hours but rewarding, Constant change and ajustments needed to complete task. Leadership unstable always changing and lack of direction by leadership, Leadership dose not lead by example.