Good pay, bad management.
Machinist (Former Employee) – Hammond Indiana – January 4, 2015
Good pay compared to most shops. Some exceptional perks, like two years vacation the first year of employment along with five sick/personal days and yearly raises. The healthcare package was comprehensive, health, dental, vision, ad&d, life insurance, and 401k, but every year the healthcare premiums increased significantly, so that the raise didn't even matter because it came right back out in the healthcare premiums. The first year there I was able to afford the option 90, the best coverage. Upon leaving, I had over the years been forced down to the lower option 70 because premiums spiked literally every year. That's unheard of. But the biggest deficit of the company is the incompetence in management. No communication, great ignorance to operations, lack of concern for productivity, therefore tooling wasn't purchased, equipment wasn't fixed, and substandard valves were customarily shipped out the door to customers. Their idea seemed to be, just get it out the door. I don't care if you have to machine it with a hand grinder. We machinist can indeed make an exception due to lack of tooling and yet get the job done, but here the exception was the rule and normal way of business. No tooling, but get it done. Hope this helped.
Pay, vacation, personal days.
Incompetent management, rundown and inadequate tooling and equipment, unaffordable healthcare.