Buyer/Support (Current Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – June 19, 2017
A typical day at work can start out slow and end up frantic. I've learned that you can be asked to complete a task that you may not have necessarily been trained to do. Management is not available often. The associates, however, are very friendly and helpful when they have time to help you. The hardest part of the job is new duties add on and pile up on your already busy plate daily. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people.
You are not micro-managed, the Cafe' is nice
Parking situation is bad, 30 minute lunches does not leave time for personal business
Quality Assurance Technician (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – May 2, 2017
With a focus on quality, Stihl, through its business plan and family culture had been able to dominate their field. The attitude of internal promotion and training has allowed the company to retain inoperative talent and personnel resources.
Machine Operator (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – April 25, 2017
I got hired to work night shift which was 12 hour shift and i learned how to operate the machines and learned alot of the names of the parts and what they were used for. The workplace was very nice and helpful and I really enjoyed working at the company
Rework Operator (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – April 13, 2017
This company demands hard working and reliable individuals to produce a high quality product. You'll be required to make 300-1300 units per day without missing a part and making sure the operator behind you did not miss a part on an assembly line that moves about every 30 seconds. You learn how to work with and tolerate a lot of different people from all over the world. Management demands quality as well as quantity. Those two go hand in hand in this company. The hardest part of this job is doing the same repetitive things over and over and over day in and day out. The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting people and working together as a team to get the job done as efficiently as possible.
Benefits and two weeks shut down per year
Required to use your vacation time during this time.
manufacturing engineering (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – November 10, 2015
Great products and people. As stated in other reviews, German management is driven by profits and work load can get extremely heavy with 3 shifts. Its a good gig for a few years to learn new processes but you will need to be fluent in German to be promoted to management in the Operation's department.
Quality Assurance Technician (Current Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – September 24, 2015
STIHL is a 24/7 operation that always has something going on. I have learned many things to deal with quality while working there. I have also learned a good amount about automation and technology advancement in general. I have been trained to use very sophisticated equipment and introduced to a number of HMIs.
The management differs depending on what department you are in. Some departments push their employees until they can not take it to keep up the maximum amount of production possible. There are other departments with management that will help you move further along with your career and bend over backwards for a good employee.
The hardest part of working in a 24/7 facility is the fact that the shifts can make it so working there is pretty much all you have time for. The hours that you are off you are either exhausted or everyone else is working, so maintaining a family life is not easy.
The most enjoyable part of working in a lab at STIHL is the freedom and responsibility that comes with it. The other thing that would be singled out as most enjoyable is the ability to learn new things regularly.
Benefits, job security
work/life balance, schedule can be difficult, very little time off allowed
Production Specialist (Former Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – October 22, 2014
On your feet all day on a assembly line. No room for advancement. Joined military from this company. max pay with out degree around $20 hr. Lots of over time. Easy to get fired. No phones allowed in plant. Management only cares about making production quota or they get fired as well. You stand there in one spot and do the same thing over and over and over and over and over again 300 up to 1000 times a day to meet production quota.
Machinist (Former Employee) – Virginia beach, Va. – April 11, 2014
This company is not one I would recommend. Although they do offer great benefits...they are at the companies convenience. eg. you MUST take your vacation during company shut down in July. Also Human resources will support the company and not the employ as they should. Extremely high turnover rate. So bottom line if your the type to bend over and take it you'll fit it well.