Worst Schedule Ever, Serious Lapses in Safety..
Pros: four day work schedule, cross training opportunities, internal transfer opportunities, benefits
Cons: four day work schedule, mandatory weekends and holidays, communication
First off, lets start with the few positives: Aside from the overpriced insurance, the benefits are good. I enjoy having Sick Time again, something I never really had until now. They also offer Personal Time, 'floating holiday', and vacation. Unless too many people request off a certain day, management will usually 'approve' your request, no questions asked.
Now, the schedule: Starting in July '14, I was told the twelve hour shift schedule would be: Wed-Fri, rotating days Sun, Mon, Tues. Come to find out, that was the OFF season schedule, and, 'conveniently', the week I started the 'busy season' of Sat, Thurs, Fri. Rotating Mon, Tues, Weds. Confused? I still am after almost eight months. They call mandatory OT at almost the last minute, 'based on business needs'. So, if you have plans, sick kid, whatever - you have to use time or get an 'incident'. During 'busy season', expect to work five, sometimes, six days in a row (I worked seven once) the week of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Despite the company policy regarding days worked in a row, we were told 'HR had been informed', personally, I took that as a threat. Those sixty hour weeks destroyed my holiday season. I don't see how some of these people have families working this horrible and confusing schedule. I really felt for the temps. I had to time to use on that seventh day, they did not.
If that is not bad enough, during the recent TN Icepocalypse, the parking lot went un-salted/plowed for days before they finally salted a small path to the steps entering the building. That really helps me getting from my vehicle to the – more... door. Furthermore, they called mandatory OT when they KNEW about the icy conditions that morning. If you ask me, that was a serious lack of judgment, and huge failure by the safety team and management when it came to the most basic precautions regarding inclement weather. Despite their claims and safety speeches to the contrary, management seems they care more about books than safety of their employees.
Lastly, the work force is so 'diversified', communication is almost non-existent, a fact admitted by upper management at my first safety meeting. Most speak enough English to 'get by', but its still very difficult to understand a word most of them are saying. And since most of these people have been working there for five, some ten years or more, their usually the people bringing you work.
I want to believe in Ingram as a possible career opportunity, but LSI is the armpit of this company. I can only hope for an internal transfer to sometime better before July, or perhaps out of the company completely, whatever comes first. – less