Human Resources (Former Employee) – Elmore, OH – July 5, 2017
Production workers are treated fairly and receive a good wage (second highest in the county). However, the culture from above stinks. I worked in management so I got to see it for myself. They do not care about their employees and that's why I left. Very loyal people work there, many have over 30 years of experience which is great. Unfortunately I believe this will change as the top managers there are extremely arrogant and have stopped appreciating their employees.
Customer Support Specialist (Current Employee) – Buffalo, NY – October 20, 2017
Working here wouldn't be bad if it wasn't for miserable people and terrible management. Management is moody and isn't afraid to show it! Rubs everyone the wrong way. The office is super caddy, including management. Micro-managing at its finest.
Working as a Quality Laboratory Technician as a Woman
Quality Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – March 7, 2017
I was happy to get this job when I was in my early 20s because it provided job security and a slightly larger paycheck than what I was getting working a pretty awful temp job. However, while I will say that I was comfortable and confident in my job performance, there was no way to advance in the company from my entry level role. I also think this had something to do with the fact that I was a woman. The management is an old boys club and none of them have science bachelors degrees even though all us techs do. I had expressed interest several times to receive more training and advanced to my manager but was told by him that he could "work around" my request. I received comments on a regular basis from male coworkers pertaining to me "sleeping" with other male coworkers I was friendly with and even got called "ditzy" a few times. To preface I have a bachelors of chemistry degree at graduated with a high GPA. Luckily I already had plans to relocate and had been saving money to do so for a few years so I did my time got what experience I could and got out.
Maintenance (Former Employee) – Elmore, OH – February 12, 2017
When you start, there is a six month "orientation period," in which your performance is evaluated. At the end of that six months, they determine weather to retain or not. Be aware that anything you do wrong in that six month time frame will show up on your performance review at the end of that six month period.
The pay is great. Especially for this area. However, their pay structure leave much to be desired, as it would take nearly 8 years to reach the top tier pay.
The PPE requirements are fairly stringent, more in some areas than others. Expect to wear a respirator most of the time. You're required to take a shower at the end of the workday and are allotted time at the end of the day to do so. You must also wear company supplied clothing, right down to your underwear. Your workday starts when you get to your work area, not when you arrive at the locker room to change into your uniform.
Most of the people that work there are pleasant enough and easy to get along with. However, many of them have worked there for literally decades and are VERY resistant to ANY change. They're not the only ones, however.
By far, my biggest complaint is the management. They do not ask or care about input from operators and maintenance personnel. They will often look for the easiest and quickest solution, rather than an actual fix for the problem. When an issue does develop, there is little research done to determine the cause. They would rather correct a machine than retrain an operator. This usually translates into down time, more PPE, conflict among coworkers, and/or PLENTY of workmore... on the maintenance side of things. If there is down time in your area, you'll be laid off, rather than offered an alternate area to work in. This includes periods of time when they have produced more product than is rolling out the door. They simply shut down that area and lay off the workers. In this instance, it doesn't usually apply to maintenance.
The benefits are ok, but could use room for improvement. And if you're a tobacco user in any capacity, prepare to pay more. There are "discounts" available, but you must meet certain health guidelines to utilize them.
Overall, there are worse job prospects out there. But if you're a yes-man who can show up on time, adhere to the NUMEROUS PPE and safety standards, and do your job without much innovation, then go for it.less
Good pay, decent benefits
VERY poor management methods, old equipment, lack of solid leadership
productive workplace everyone communicated well& was a friendly enviroment
RECEIVING INSPECTOR (Former Employee) – Buelton California – August 24, 2016
sittin 6 to 8 hours a day inspecting parts through a microscope.ive learned to communicate well with others learned how to read inspection critera & certificares of conformance .Hardest part was sitting for hours at a time management & coworkers were great
International Shipping Coordinator (Former Employee) – Buffalo, NY – July 8, 2016
The International Shipping Coordinators position was probably the worse position in the company. The supervisor of the department didn't even know how to do the job and provided very little support and guidance. Upper management should be in politics because they make a lot of promises but don't deliver much. Materion cares more about moving material than people. Doesn't matter that half the staff in the shipping department is overworked and frustrated as long as the material moves. You will not go home on time as an International Shipper. The International Shipper position is the work of two people and upper management could care less.
Poor leadership and Supervision within the department
First of all it was supposed to be a 90 day temp to hire finally had to look for another job and when I put in my two Weeks notice they said ok will hire you the Benefits are horrible and expensive it is a click driven work place and when they gave you any type of bonus they would deduct it from my pay really!!! Everyone is out for themselves management is horrible.