Poet Biorefining Employee Reviews in United States

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Great people and good working culture
Maintenance Clerk (Former Employee) –  Glenville, MNOctober 15, 2015
I maintained inventory, as in ordering spare parts and equipment. Receiving and shipping of in coming and out going parts. coordinating with vendors to meet deadlines.

I was trained in time management and meeting deadlines. I learned about managing inventory and co-workers to meet deadlines with projects.

The management team was always willing to help guide you where you wanted to get to in your career, they were easy going and family oriented.

My Co-workers were easy to get along with and helpful with any help a person that would need it.

The hardest part of my job was when management would come tell me that we needed a part the same day and then I would have to run around and find someone with the part that they wanted with out and heads up on what was going on.

The most enjoyable part of my job was dealing with the vendors for parts and ordering things in.
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High wages with caring and helpful upper management
Accountant II (Current Employee) –  Caro, MIJuly 21, 2016
Poet is in the top tier for wages in the surrounding area. The GM in Caro really makes an effort for everyone to feel like part of the Poet family. Poet-Caro is filled with highly trained employees that has lead Poet -Caro to be the best ethanol refinery out of the 27 Poet plants.
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Opportunity to grow with much autonomy
EH&S Specialist II (Current Employee) –  Marion, OHJuly 13, 2015
Although the structure of the company does not allow for smooth transitions with regards to advancement, one has every opportunity take on challenges with the freedom to approach them as deemed appropriate. With the skeleton structure, management appreciates self-starters and makes soliciting continuous improvement ideas as simple as possible. Resources are readily provided for the idea submitter to promptly tackle the completion and implementation of their idea.

This is a wonderful opportunity for hourly team members as overtime is always available. POET is a perfect opportunity for young ambitious self-starters to learn and develop their skills. Their development will be limited only by their level of ambition.
Pros
Perfect opportunity for personal development and great hourly wage
Cons
Limited advancement opportunities
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Why not just sell your soul to Satan?
Plant Operator (Former Employee) –  Gowrie, IANovember 3, 2013
A typical day of work usually would entail a boss or supervisor harassing you and treating you like you weren't a human being. The culture that they constantly preached is only adhered to when it benefits management. Showing any type of personality is frowned upon and it is almost as if management specifically tries to lower employee morale. The only saving grace to working at this hellhole is your co-workers, as most of them are just like you, struggling to keep their sanity while earning a very modest living. The work itself is not hard. In fact, it's pretty easy. But, I cannot stress enough how bad the management is. Also, one time the company provided lunch for everyone and pretty much everyone got diarrhea. Fitting, because if I could describe Poet in one word, it would actually be "diarrhea."
Pros
almost nothing
Cons
everything else
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Good job for starting out
Quality Laboratory Technician (Current Employee) –  Alexandria, INOctober 21, 2012
Lab technician at Poet in Indiana. This is not a bad position the work is easy and good for someone just leaving college. Not a lot of opportunities for advancement unless you want to go to the Research Center in Souix Falls SD. It's not a bad job just repetitive as it is quality assurance work so you are testing the same samples over and over. If you like a technical challenge this is definitely for you since you must not only know you're lab work and what to look for but you must also know how the plant runs, you are tested on this. This makes the job challenging and there are always new things as this company is always trying to stay ahead of the curve by adding new processes and improving old ones.
Pros
work environment is relaxed and pretty informal at my plant, there are lots of freebies like free lunch for a good job on an inspection.
Cons
raises the same across the board; no room for advancement
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Challenging environment
Maintenance Clerk (Former Employee) –  North Manchester, INSeptember 17, 2012
This employer is a small part of a large corporation based in Sioux Falls, SD. You work in a hazardous environment but the company does provide safety training, reviews and equipment. The management team needs to set up a training schedule and review for various positions and inter departmental training. Instead they relying on the yearly corporate review for salary increases.. Most positions are 12 hour shifts, rotating between day/night shift every 12 weeks. Many people are unable to adjust to this schedule.
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Terrible management and destructive work environment.
Technical Manager (Former Employee) –  SDMarch 23, 2012
I was a Technical manager in charge of over 20 employees. I was told to stop delegating by the general manager. If you you know anything about successful management you must be able to train your people and delegate responsibilities.

This company laid off its corporate engineering staff and cut 401 benefits during 2008-2009 and is very unstable stable.

Avoid this company.
Pros
no pros
Cons
depressing and un-supportive work environment
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What Poet is attempting to do is great but getting there is a different story
Commodity Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Marion, OHJuly 26, 2013
Poet started off great. New facility, new teammates the whole concept was great. As time went buy, it was apparent that Poet did not care about family/ work life balance. Poet is the first to judge and condemn when you make a mistake. Poet plant management micro manages way to much and does not allow the teammates and company management run the facility. I do not recommend Poet for anyone. The culture statements that Poet says that stand by means very very little. Key personnel in the wrong spots , no accountability, no guidance, quick to judge and discipline and termination, micro manages way to much. Stress level working at Poet is very very high for teammates. Afraid to really speak out of fear of retaliation from management. They talk the talk and boost everything up to be absolutely the greatest but in reality it is by no means. They need to really listen to the teammates. Read the poet openings on there website and ask yourself why key positions are constantly posted. Poet does not treat plant personnel fairly or equal.
Pros
pay is pretty good
Cons
micro managed, work / life balance, no accountability, to quick to judge and terminate
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Interesting and great customers to work with
Scale Master (Current Employee) –  Mitchell, SDMay 31, 2012
A typcial day for me is to greet sometimes up to 200 customers a day. My position takes great ability to muti-task and attention to detail. Management and coworkers are fun to work with. The hardest part of my job would be the long hours during harvest which can be up to 14 hours per day without a break. However, my job is always exciting during harvest with great customers.
Pros
great coworkers and challenging
Cons
no breaks at times
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if you like working for Walmart this place is for you
greeter (Former Employee) –  walmart biorefiningMarch 10, 2015
They claim to be an industry leader. but pay is at the lowest in the industry. everyone is replaceable attitude. corporate has no clue about how the plants and people working in them. the corporate office tries to play big league while the plant people work in a sweat shop. pay also reflects this attitude! all the plants are aging and constantly breaking down. and they dont fix anything the right way. just half way to get it running but who knows how long it will run for! lots of duct tape and bailing wire!
Pros
its a job
Cons
a job at walmart!
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Conditions @ Ashton plant
Staff (Mgr level) (Former Employee) –  Ashton, IowaJune 27, 2014
You'll notice there are currently 8 openings @ Ashton inc. most of the key ones. Why? They kept a jerk* there as Gen. Mgr far too long. In his first yr, fully half the workforce either quit or was termed. Too bad as some were excellent people. Others wanted to leave but could not find comparable jobs in the area so were 'stuck'. Those who did leave are far happier. Hopefully the Gen Mgr who will come onboard will not be the lying, conniving guy they kept there far too long. Sioux Falls hopefully learned from their mistake (*if they had done their homework they would have known he was pushed out at his last job in Sioux City as a misfit)
Pros
state of the art plant & housing/cost of living in the area is good
Cons
kept a very poor g.m. far too long before firing him.
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quick to learn, very hands on, lots of experience
Maintenance Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Bingham Lake, MNApril 4, 2014
write work orders, attend meetings, schedule work load for maintenance techs and boiler operators, get along well with management team, lead by example, be clear and decisive, the after hours calls, improving the plant and processes
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good expirence
Operator in control room (Current Employee) –  Leipsic, OHFebruary 26, 2015
take samples every two hours to check if product is in spec. keep plant running through computer system and manual labor
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Overall a very safe place to work.
Environmental Health and Safety Specialist (Current Employee) –  North Manchester, INDecember 5, 2012
A typical day consisted of internal plant safety audits. Review lock out tag out, confined space, hot work permit procedures are being followed. Conducting Industrial Hygiene monitoring. Managing Title IV Air Permits. The most enjoyable part of the job was the face to face training and safety committe.
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Nice place to work, if you like 12hr days.
Plant Technician (Former Employee) –  North Manchester, INNovember 11, 2013
Great learning opportunity. Decent pay for this area. You never have the same day twice. 12hr days do get old after awhile. Swing shift every 12 weeks can be rough.
Pros
decent pay, plenty of days off.
Cons
swing shift, 12hr days, alot to learn. alot expected out of you. too tired to enjoy days off.
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Worlds largest ethanol producer
Operations Manager (Current Employee) –  Ashton, IAApril 10, 2014
Poet is a good company with a leading edge in technology in the ethanol industry.
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