A typical day at Ryt-way Industries is disheartening at best. At this place of work every employee talks about how much they dislike or even "hate" what they are doing. You clock in with your badge 5 minutes before your shift and then get to work immediately cleaning up and reorganizing after the shift before you because the management cannot keep tabs on what their employees do (even if you complain that the shift before you is not leaving a clean and organized station before they leave). After about 3 hours you get a 15 minute break which is actually 10 minutes because of the walk to the break room is included in the 15 minutes. Then after you eat, smoke, or relax for a few minutes you run back in to work. 3 more hours go by and you get a 20 minute break which is actually 15 for the same minute before. This break is considered lunch break which is at 12 am. Three more hours go by, and another 15 (10) minute break issued and then 3 more hours you clock out and go home. I have learned that working 12 hour shifts is not good for anyone when you work on the same line for months at a time. The management is very poor at communication and will treat their employees like children when they do communicate. They will even get angry with employees over topics they did not tell their employees. The coworkers are generally very nice, but while nice, they are all on edge because of the anxiety and depression they feel because of working at this business. The hardest part of this job is talking yourself into work for the day because of how miserable you may feel at work and the amplificationmore... of it all by being surrounded by people who hate it even more than you do. Also, when you are working a station by yourself that requires more than one person to man the job but when requesting help, they deny it to you and by the end of the shift you are worn out and still have to go in to the same spot the next day to wear out again and eventually this takes a HUGE tole on your body. Also, working 12 hour overnight shifts destroy family lives and regular relationships. The best part of this job is the benefits you can receive from the company. They spare no expense when giving you great options for benefits. Also, the pay is enough to keep you there if you are working any position above a line worker.less
short breaks, too long of shifts, damaging to health and family life
Quality tec (Former Employee) – Lakeville – December 14, 2012
This place is a place to collect a pay check. They dont train people. Then are suppriesed when new people strugle and are making mistakes. If you do make a mistake no one tells you that you did something wrong. Production supervisors will do what they want. Will not listen to quality supervisors. Line leads will swear at qulaity tecs and supervisors and this is OK? They say safety is first but dont require temps to wear safety shoes....All in all I would not recommend this place unless you need a pay check. One nice thing was the 12 hour shifts which means more days off.
pay check, 12 hour shifts (lots of days off)
short breaks (2 15 min and 1 20 min break in a 12 hour shift) management is a joke
Great Growing Company with Advancement Oppertunities
Hourly (Current Employee) – Lakeville – April 4, 2013
Good company direction with a high focus of sustaining a strong quality product/service while taking care of the employees. They offer great company incentives for both performance and safety. Great opportunities for advancement based on performance! If you are self-motivated, ask questions, and do not fit into the status quo you will progress. I get a very good wage for the labor I provide and have a great team to work with. The company has made many recent changes to address communication and leadership gaps, with a lot of forward progress in the right direction.
It's a challenging place to work, due to the nature of the business it's continuously changing.
Process Engineer (Current Employee) – Des Plaines, IL – February 23, 2013
Since it was acquired by Rytway Industries, it became a better place to work. Although, management at Des Plaines is no really supposrtive and there are very long hours during busy season. They barely pay weekend hours even though we are required to work.
good opportunity to learn about manufacturing and get experience
very horizontal structure, not so many opportunities for career growth
I love what I do but the management is a joke and watch out they will tell you anything to get you in the door. When i started at Ryt-Way I was promised things and after I started working there I was doing the job but with out the pay and title. I pick up my whole life and move for this job and in the end all i got was empty promises.
Production Line Lead (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN – November 26, 2013
busy environment learned very important mechanical and leadership skills management applied a lot of pressure co workers provided a close knit atmosphere hardest part were language barriers most enjoyable part of job was the shared responsibility of the job