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Horrible place to work
Extruder Operator (Former Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLJuly 23, 2016
One of the worst jobs I have ever had. The prisoners run the asylum. They have low level people deciding who advances and who gets fired. You don't ever see management. The job is super hot due to the extrusion equipment. People are rude and ignorant. This is a sweat shop in every meaning of the word. Turnover is really bad. I don't have much positive things to say about the Jacksonville plant. Especially the people in extrusion.
Pros
None
Cons
Rotating schedule, work/life balance, management
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union enviroment, management is fragmented. Bagcraft
Management (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILAugust 8, 2016
The corporation is Novolex, The Company is Bag craft.
Union dominated, if you are new to management in a union environment.
Prepare for a culture shock.
A typical day in management is 12 hrs.
Employees at bag craft average 20 to 30 years of service.
Many employees are related, thus is you have to discipline someone.
Then out of the blue some else gets angry at you it’s because they are related.
A complete conflict of interest.
Management are fragmented, you work a schedule they created but the truth is you work every other weekend.
The environment in the summer is hot and the winter is cold.
Small facility, maybe 100,000 sq. ft.
Bottom line is I was miserable at this company.
They go through managers and supervisors every other year.
I was told that 7 supervisors in the last couple of years were hired and quit.
The employees have a saying well see how long you will last.
Pros
pay
Cons
12 hrs days, micromanaged, fragmented Management, Demeaning boss
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Don't work here
Holweg operator (Former Employee) –  Norcross, GAJanuary 19, 2017
Management doesn't care about their employees, rascist work environment, the place was just a revolving door of employees. No one stayed people just walked off , pay isn't enough some packers made more than machine operators, management would fire anyone that questioned any action they took. Supervisors and scheduling were just crazy. No time for your personal life .
Pros
Co-workers were nice
Cons
Management, long hours
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Good pay but worked way too hard
Bag line operator (Current Employee) –  North Vernon, INJune 29, 2016
Worked there for at least six months and during that time wasn't impressed at all. Management has a poor handling on issues and often turns a blind eye to things happening on the machine floor. Training is thoroughly inadequate. No break rotation. Been told several times that you can't go to break unless both yours and your partners machines are running. This rarely happens because of the way they scab parts onto 50+ year old machines. 12 hour shifts coupled with 115+ degree heat inside the factory in the summertime and little to sometimes no breaks during your shift makes for extremely difficult workdays.
Pros
good pay, decent benefits
Cons
No formal break rotation, Poor training program, High Turnover
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Very Fast Growing company - lots of changes
Continuous Improvement Manager (Former Employee) –  Coldwater, OHMay 3, 2016
Worked with Novolex for 1 year, 8 months as Continuous Improvement Manager. While there was a good amount of work/life balance, and fairly good compensation, the management structure is constantly changing due to multiple acquisitions. This led to redundancy in positions, which resulted in downgrading or eliminating positions.
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Safe and Productive place to work.
Quality Manager (Current Employee) –  Alsip, ILAugust 3, 2016
Safe and healthy work environment. Management team puts Safety #1. Friendly employees, good training programs and opportunity for overtime. The pay and benefits are good.
The most enjoyable part of the job are the my co-workers.
Pros
Team work, good incentives to work safely and great company for longevity.
Cons
None
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Its a job
Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Orlando, FLOctober 31, 2016
Good benefits too long to build up vacation time. Very rarely can anyone move up within the company. Wants results but don't support efforts to make things happen.
Pros
Gift card for the holidays
Cons
No set breaks for leads or material handlers
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Growing packaging business with outstanding Executive Leadership expanding in new and exciting environments.
General Manager (Former Employee) –  Dallas TXApril 19, 2016
Novolex has been quickly growing through acquisitions. My expectations is that it will continue to grow. I was given the opportunity to work in a truly entrepreneurial environment where I was tasked with running and growing my own business. The executive leadership is outstanding and rewards good performance with additional responsibility.

Unfortunately, with acquisitions, come consolidation and my position was eliminated. The company treated me very fairly. I could have stayed with the company but not with the same level of responsibility or location.
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Horrible communication in management.
Production (Former Employee) –  Ft. Madison, IAAugust 7, 2016
First and foremost the communication as a whole is/was non existing. Only a select few would know of the daily changes within the plant. Huge divide within management team. People would rather be friends and do the "buddy" thing at work than work towards goals and accomplishments as a team within the framework of corporate structure.

Upper management/HR didn't/wouldn't follow through with basic hourly employee discipline. Multiple documented infractions of double breaks (for example) all the way to hourly employees cussing out and berating leads/supervisors on the floor. Suspected drug/alcohol use....all without warnings or real investigation. As it always does, those situations created issues with other employees because they witnessed these types of events and several were documented witnesses.

There were hidden agendas within the clique that would actually leak out to the floor causing divide between leads, supervisors and management/HR. All caused internally by individuals that thrive on division within the team.

Overall, it's the most hypocritical, segregated management team I have ever been around. All driven by a select few individuals. It's pretty bad when they tell management employees they are being fired as soon as they train their replacement. Only because they want someone from their church that will follow the agenda only a few have.

Speaking to corporate about ANYTHING will get you reprimanded, no matter what you speak to them about.

Be prepared for 12s 5 or 6 days a week when production levels pick up or people quit do to the issues on the floor.
Pros
Decent pay, work/life was at its best during my time
Cons
No communication, religion based hiring/preferred, cliques in management, huge division within the team, notorious for 60+ hour weeks, discipline
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Fast pace environment meeting targeted goals.
Machine Operator (Current Employee) –  Richmond, VAAugust 16, 2016
I work a 12 hour rotating swing shift in a warehouse which the temperature varies from season to season. As long as the equipment is working properly everything flows smoothly.
What I've learned is teamwork is very important and without my co-workers doing their part makes for a very difficult day.
The hardest part of my job is when the machine malfunction causing major delay in production which in that case takes hours to catch up.
The most enjoyable part of my job is knowing that I've done the very best, leaving my work area in good condition for the next shift.
Pros
Free lunch occasionaly, they supply gatorade and sometimes employee Bonuses
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good place to work at
Machine Operator Box Erector (Current Employee) –  Richmond, VAAugust 9, 2016
hot in the summer times
but benefits are great
people are great to work with
nights and days rotating shifts 5 weeks nights 5 weeks days
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bad idea
Operator (Former Employee) –  n/aJuly 27, 2016
The management hide in the ac and complain about the production being slow or being "unproductive" ignorant co workers who are full of them selves and think they are better than everyone , very painful work, forced to point of exhaust
Pros
none
Cons
no lunch break or life
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work has not ever been slow
Trainer (Current Employee) –  Jacksonville, FLAugust 12, 2016
the pay is well and the people are great to work with. room for advancement. the hardest part about this job is the heat. we all get along like a family.
Pros
the pay
Cons
the heat
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Nice people outdated business model
Shipping & Receiving Manager/Inventory Manger (Current Employee) –  Alsip, ILFebruary 21, 2016
Nice people to work for but they are severely behind the times in terms of modern practices in manufacturing. no money put into business
Pros
nice people, nice benefits
Cons
unrealistic work life ballance expectations, mandatory overtime, forced overtime
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Don't work here
Operator (Former Employee) –  Jerome, IDNovember 16, 2016
Don't work here you can find something better. You won't get any breaks unless everything is running apparently production is more appropriate than your health.
Pros
Pay
Cons
No breaks for 12 hours
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fun and a great place to learn and grow
machien operator (Former Employee) –  Arizona.January 3, 2017
One of the best place to work.to learn new skills and grow...meet greet people.great office personals.and awesome assistance....a very hard working pleace
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unfriendly and frustrating
Bag-machine operator (Former Employee) –  Brownsville, TXNovember 18, 2016
We operated machinery without very much help from our mechanics, who were our support team. The machines were old, badly maintained, and dangerous.
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Work is fine.
Converting Operator (Current Employee) –  Jerome, IDJuly 26, 2016
The work here is fine, it is a decent paying job, the only real omcplaint is the mandatory overtime can extend to 60 to 70 hours of work a week, with little notice in advance.
Cons
Mandatory overtime with little notification
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busy workplace
Baler (Former Employee) –  Elizabeth, NJAugust 22, 2016
the hardest part of working for novolex was being forced to do overtime. A typical day at work consisted of standing up through the whole shift, working with no central air, drinking water constantly, helping co workers.
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Hilex Poly
Extrusion Department Manager (Former Employee) –  Overland, MOJuly 25, 2016
It is a company going through tremendous change which doesn't allow for consistency in the process. Which also creates fluctuation in the work place with high amount of turnover among all employees. thank you
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