Great people but horrible working environment for manufacturing associates
Encapsulation Operator Tech II (Former Employee) – Green Bay, WI – November 10, 2013
I worked in manufacturing for just over 3 years. During this time, I watched the company grow and expand, which was great. I also was around to see the company go from being concerned about the quality of its products and the safety of its associates, to an atmosphere of numbers, numbers, numbers. At this company, associates live in fear of losing their jobs on a daily basis. Programs (the "Proficiency Program," and the Lean Manufacturing Initiative, for example) are quickly thrown together and poorly implemented. Programs are incomplete and components of these programs often contradict one another. Manufacturing associates must stand on concrete floors for a minimum of 8 hours a day, 5 (often 6) days a week. the company does provide footwear and insoles if needed, but these offer little in the way of relief from soreness and fatigue. The way I understand it, experiences of those employed in different departments (aside from manufacturing and packaging) love the company and their jobs. I loved my job at one point in time too, but the lack of care, concern and trust finally took its toll. I also had not had a raise for 2 years under the proficiency program and it was looking like at least another year before any increase was going to happen. I do miss my coworkers, but I do not miss management or the way management deals with associates and challenging situations. The company does offer a really good benefits package, but this does little to make up for everything else.