As an operator here it's slightly more stressful than most other positions mainly because management is down your throat a lot. 2nd and 3rd shift are probably the best just because the supervisors are great [Strasburg, OH]. The pay isn't awful especially if you get overtime. I recommend that anyone who applies here goes straight through the company as opposed to the temp service most go through, that pay is awful for what you do.
Pay and healthcare benefits
2 15 minute breaks and no smoking on the property [0 tolerance]
Fork Lift (Current Employee) – Mequon, WI – September 14, 2017
I started as a machine operator on 3rd shift. After my 60 day review, it was stated that machine operator wasn't the right job for me. So I was moved to forklift. I like the job itself but the shift is not for me.
At our plant upper management holds a personal bias. There are some workers who quit and are rehired multiple times while others are passed over. The supervisors who run the shifts are good; it's just the corporate clowns who sit in there office that have no interaction with the people. There are not enough filled positions to keep up with there LEAN processes but again corporate doesn't care because there are capable people to do the jobs; they just don't let them. Pay could be better but a trained monkey could do some of the work involved so I can't complain too much in that area.
Usually no weekend work, good shift supervisors
Short breaks, non-smoking environment, upper management bias
Employee (Current Employee) – Port Washington, WI – July 19, 2017
Although this company at times goes out of its way for its employees and the comradery on the floor is amazing, the company as a whole has a long way to go in showing it appreciates its employees and retaining the worthwhile ones. In the long run, it comes down to benefits, compensation, and a feeling of respect. If you get enough of one or two, it makes up for shortcomings in the others, however, if all three of these are lacking it is easy for another opportunity to come along.
Always work to be done, some fantastic people, like family
General Laborer (Current Employee) – Port Washington, WI – May 3, 2017
I would continue working there if i had a way out there i would rather be closer to home. The bosses are friendly and treat everybody equally. If it was not so far i would continue working there. It is a very clean place to work at.
30 minute lunch breaks
A lot of microwaves so u dont have to wait to warm your food up
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Port Washington, WI – April 28, 2017
Horrible company. Upper Management's terrible. Quality management were jerks. Project Managers were a**holes. .Do not work there. What company does not allow their hourly employees to leave the premises for lunch? We were treated like children. They look down to their employees, very rude & back stabbish. Do not work as team. Clean facility & location only plus. Never work there if it can be avoided. Nightmare of a place and people.
Location. Port Washington is very nice town
Every thing else!!!!!! Especially upper management!!!!
Many interesting products, very fast-paced and most people very cooperative.
Validation Manager (Current Employee) – Port Washington, WI – April 27, 2017
A good place to learn many aspects of the third party packaging industry. Type of products produced is changing to more regulated products which some managers are having a hard time understanding. Daily production schedules change very quickly so you need to be able to adjust very quickly to any situation. CEO is very involved even with day-to-day operations.
Learn many different aspects of packaging and some batching.
Product types are changing to more regulated products, which management has a hard time understanding.
Working here as a machine operator and then again as a packer, there is a lot of diversity in setting depending on what line you are assigned. Some are easier than others, but the busier you are, the faster the day goes.
Machine Operator - Level I (Current Employee) – Port Washington, WI – November 19, 2016
My experience at KleenTest is such that if I were in a different department, it might have been better. The job itself is ok, however, some of the people make it difficult to work with sometimes. Quite often it does not feel like a team effort.
The insurance cost for a single person is reasonable.
Quality Control Inspector (Former Employee) – Port Washington, WI – June 17, 2016
A typical day at Kleen Test products was arriving at work attending the meeting for second shift which we always addressed safety and introduced any new employees joining the team. Then after the meeting I would go to the line I was working that day and make sure the date code was correct for the day then make sure the right page was up for the packers on the line to know how the boxes needed to go in the box. After that give the machine operators the ok to start running the product and record the start time. Then after that every hour I conduct a check on a box from the skid to check the product to customer specifications for the dryer sheet or color catcher being made if anything was out of spec I would inform the machine operators and they would have to fix it and I would do a re check to make sure it was meeting the specs set forth by the customer. When I had extra time in between checks I would help on the line with packing or box making or the skidder with putting the boxes on the skid provide water and/or bathroom breaks when necessary.
diverse co-workers, minumum supervision, open to suggestions
Material Handler/Forklift Operator (Former Employee) – Port Washington, WI – June 13, 2016
Drive forklifts but they expect you to work the production line when they are slow I am not a production worker. They have two temp companies that work there they think they can talk to you like you are a disposable worker. No one there gives respect but they think you have to respect them
Can't go outside on your lunch break no smoking on the premises