11+ hrs a day, six days a week, with no compensation for additional hrs.
Pros: not micromananged
Cons: 11hr+ days, 6 days a week, no work / life balance
When you walk in to the front office of Agawm facility, you notice Forbs top 100 companies to work for - in 2004 and 2005. In the year and a half I worked at Simmons, I wondered if Forbs was to ever take a look again, how far down the list this company would have fallen.
Compensation - if your are hourly, you will make money here, as you never know when your day will end and you always work six days a week. As a member of management, I was severely short changed, They say you have the ability to earn bonuses, but no one had seen one in over 5 years,
Culture - I remember the Production manager telling the employees they were going from being paid overtime after 8hrs to being paid overtime after 40 - and holiday / vacation hours didn't count towards the 40 - then he had the nerve to say: ''if you think about it, your not really losing anything'' REALLY? So if I have Monday off for labor day and I have to work Saturday, (which you will) its no longer overtime - but I'm not losing anything? REALLY?
Job Security - show up every day, on time and do what your asked and you will have a job, Most people lost there jobs because of attendance. (but when your expected to work 6 days a week, no matter what, what do you expect?)
Management - Good people for the most part, just caught up in the Simmons mind set.
Work / Life balance - ZERO STARS - if you work 1st, you go in at 5 and leave around 3:30 - and you can leave 2nd shift in whatever condition you want because they can't leave until all the work is done. 90% of the time you walk in behind the eight ball. I never worked less the 11 hrs – more... a day, several times I was still their at 5 when 1st shift was coming in. When I complained, all I got was: "welcome to Simmons.." What the heck does that mean? You will work every Saturday, period. They do try and give work to other facilities, but it never works out.,
This is a 3 shift facility, they just have no idea how to do it. (they did try, but when you start a new shift you need more then 4 experienced people stuck with 12 new people to make it work -(set up to fail)
Plus, when they can dump the work on 2nd and make people stay, what's your motivation?
Last but not least, the facility is too small for the volume they produce. Raw material is everywhere, not because the place is unorganized, but because they have no place to put the material. Its everywhere! Their is a reason why this job is consistently posted - I left on my own for the above reasons. – less