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Great pay that's all
Assembler/ Selector (Former Employee), Atlanta, GAJune 11, 2015
Pros: Good pay
Cons: Employees and supervisors are not willing to train you on the machines
Company is judgmental and not willing to train new employees the way they should. They will place you on the floor with no training and you just have to figure out the way to operate machines on your own. Supervisors are not helpful at all either
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Manual Labor
Boxes, Bulk, Packer, (Former Employee), Lapel, INMay 18, 2015
Not terribly fun to work in, but paid well. It was manual labor which should say it all. Company provides opportunities for extra hours on top of the already 40 minimum work weeks.
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people are great to work with
Journeyman Machine Operator / Upkeep Maintenance (Former Employee), Lapel, INApril 2, 2015
There is never just a normal day its always different either runs good or runs bad that's just how it is in the glass industry. It is extremely hot environment, always something new to learn everyday. management mainly gives you a hard time which makes your job a lot harder shift bosses are cool, the higher bosses are hard to get along with. co-workers its all on how you get along with people.
hardest part of the job is the heat. The most enjoyable part of the job is the friends you make in there, they are what makes the job great. I love making glass
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Productive workplace
Production Shift Supervisor (Current Employee), Oakland CaliforniaMarch 4, 2015
Pros: great people
Cons: nothing at the present time
Working in the glass industry is very rewarding. To make a product from raw material and make a quality defect free product is amazing.
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Great benefits and pay but a difficult weekly rotating schedule.
PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR (Current Employee), Lapel, INFebruary 13, 2015
You work a weekly rotating schedule.
7 days in a row with 2 days off in between.
As a supervisor you typically work 11 hours a day.
Benefits and pay are excellent but the work schedule is tough.
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Dysfunctional
Maintenance Supervisor (Former Employee), Lapel, INJanuary 28, 2015
Pros: health insurance for union is a cadillac plan
Cons: dysfunctional management
Management style is flavor of the month. In 12 years watched the company go from a traditional management to engaging people by creating a "wellness culrure", to "people are like rubber bands, you have to keep them under constant tension."

Company has no concept of preventive maintenance or process control. They do run the process faster than the capabilities and blame the operators for production instability. Equipment is not maintained and the atmosphere is a constant crisis management.

There is no understanding of safety. Facility averages 12 to 16 recordable per year. The biggest challenge to safety is constantly fighting process instability and being distracted from the surrounding hazards.

Production, safety, and work culture were all better before Al Stroken scrapped the Wellness Culture concept and desired hr to be a "profit center". Corporate resources were better before they laid off 1/3 of the Tech Center days before Christmas a couple years ago.
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learned multi tasking
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Tracy, CAOctober 28, 2014
Pros: free lunches when we reached maximum quota, time elasped very quickly
Cons: had to wear hairnets on bald head, bad parking, healthcare was poor, climate was extremely hot
fun place to work,employees were friendly,i learned how to multi task more efficiently,time went by to quickly
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Selector (Former Employee), Atlanta, GAAugust 19, 2014
Pros: money
Cons: swing swift
A typical day at work is hot with a lot to do. i learned how to run the packers and carton machines my coworkers are nice and most will help you if needed the hardest part of my job is the swing shift
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Life as a Computer Operator and more
Computer Operator (Former Employee), Toledo, OHAugust 10, 2014
Pros: great learning experience, awesome co-workers and work environment
Cons: impossible to move through the corporate ladder, far too much politics involved.
I began as a weekend warrior doing back ups off of an O/S 390 mainframe. I began to rapidly move from 3rd's on the weekend, to 3rd's on the weekdays, to 2nd shift and then on 1st shift. I had trained and supervised 4 of the department resources, updated/revised the department documents, cut checks that were mailed regularly, sent out briefing reports and eventually helped decommission over 100+ boxes and installed server more during the Data Migration and the initial setup of SAP that replaced the old M/F. The only problem was that I was a contractor, I was only supposed to work there six years, which in the end lasted over six! But, I could not seem to wiggle into the company which has been my biggest disappointment as an adult.
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Worse job ever/union is a joke
Selector (Current Employee), Toano, VAApril 9, 2014
Pros: pay/insurance
Cons: management & union is a joke
Honestly don't know how this plant is still open. Dump glass every day on every shift, reject ware constantly, management has no control over staff, favoritism throughout the plant; promoting unqualified workers instead of hiring outside qualified and educated workers. Safety is a joke. If random drug tests were done, no one would have a job. If you have small children or want to keep your family intact, stay far away from this place! Rotate shifts every 5 days and no downtime.
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Nightmarish
Batch and Furnace Manager (Current Employee), Waco, TXMarch 18, 2014
Pros: decent pay
Cons: long and irregular hours with no real support.
Totally out of control operation that offered little to no support to correct issues. Maintenance was always needed yet usually unavailable leaving the department struggling. Management offered lip service but no support. Union was difficult as well.
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Good Company, However location Closed Down
Scheduling Coordinator (Former Employee), Constantine, MIMarch 3, 2014
Pros: good benefits
Cons: facility closed
Facility Closed down several years after left organization. However, during my time there, it was a good company to work.
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good pay, but thats it
Maintenance Mechanic (Current Employee), Tracy, CAFebruary 24, 2014
Pros: good pay, paid lunch
Cons: weekly rotating, no pension
OI is a good place to make good money if you are single and plan on staying that way, or if your kids are grown. But if you have young children or are beginning a marriage, it is the worst. They rotate your schedule weekly, and 90% of the time you work on the weekends. So forget about your social life. their "weekend" is really a gap of only 48 hours, literally, oh and by the way on a new schedule, like from swing to graveyards. this is detrimental to your health and biological clock, not to mention the lack of sleep puts you in a bad mood all the time. Like most other places, supervisors favor kiss ashes, they give the brown nosers the jobs they want, and give the dirtier jobs to people they don't like. There is absolutely no training, and most senior employees don't want to show you anything.
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Great culture, employees are like family and very professional.
Surface Treatment Engineer (Former Employee), Toledo, OHOctober 30, 2013
Pros: great cafeteria, great sports activities, enhancing humane contact.
Cons: lots of work. not a bad thing, but it it makes you want to take some work home or stay after hours trying to get things done.
A typical day at OI was busy with lots of project to do and customers to take care of. I learned to understand other people's priorities and to listen and validate other's views. The management were leaders and mentors more than simple boss. I developed much respect for them as real people and professionals. My co-workers were helpful and very resourceful. They knew their job really well. The hardest part of my job it was to keep up with that excellence as an entry level engineer. I learned a lot but I wanted to be more productive and contribute more to the company in my area. The most enjoyable part of my job was to deal with the co-workers and the sense of family and belonging inside the company.
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It's gone
Bench Hand (Former Employee), Godfrey, ILAugust 27, 2013
The Plant is closed
There is no plant
Someone moved my cheese
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Productive and efficient work environment
Shipping / Storing Supervisor (Former Employee), Zanesville, OHAugust 11, 2013
Pros: great people to work with
Early arrival. Directed employees to assure quality on time shipments. Located freight, scheduled, planned for the shipments both outbound and inbound. Continuous phone activity, customer and driver interaction. I have learn to ensure safety regulations, and quality comes 1st.
Many different managers through out the years. Learned a lot from them.
Many co-workers. Learned to deal with others personalities.
The most enjoyable part of my position, was meeting goals.
Retirement
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Intense heat during summer months
Forming Operator Apprentice (Former Employee), Lapel, INAugust 7, 2013
Pros: great benefits
Cons: extreme heat
Owens might be the perfect swing shift job for the right person just not me.
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pay is competative w/ 401k match
Mechanic (Current Employee), Fairfield, CAJune 6, 2013
Hardest part is the rotating shifts. Typical hours work is 7 with a paid lunch time. The hardest part is to repair down machines as fast as possible.
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Hard Work Pays off
Production Operator (Former Employee), Auburn, NYJanuary 11, 2013
Pros: benefits, pay, time off
Cons: mediocre overhead both union/salary, unprofessional/amateurish individuals hired on
Work constantly changes depending on a number of factors (which, as a matter of fact, is good!) Sorting, packaging/repackaging, QC and cleanup.

Learned the many processes and checks needed in a manufacturing environment. A lot required to produce a successful and profitable product.

Management was mediocre. Union/salary not always in the best interest of the worker. Conflict of interests/turns a blind eye. Sustaining true professional individuals on payroll below standards.

Truthfully, job security a daily issue. Too many if's, when's, who's, outsourcing.

Certainly, lot's of time off, the pay was terrific and the benefits are outstanding!
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Focused on shareholder cash versus people
Manager, Global Technical Training Development (Current Employee), Perrysburg, OHNovember 9, 2012
A great company that is not managing people and culture to its full potential.

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