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Tight Ship
Buyer/Support (Current Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAJune 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.
Pros
You are not micro-managed, the Cafe' is nice
Cons
Parking situation is bad, 30 minute lunches does not leave time for personal business
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STIHL is an industry leader in handheld outdoor power equipment
Product Management Support Specialist (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAMay 17, 2017
STIHL Inc. - located in Virginia Beach, VA. is an industry leader in handheld outdoor power equipment. STIHL products are only sold thru servicing dealers which is a competitive advantage.
Pros
Comprehensive benefit package
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Amazing family owned company
Quality Assurance Technician (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAMay 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.
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productive and educational
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAApril 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
Pros
great pay and benefits
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Excellent company to work for
Rework Operator (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAApril 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.
Pros
Benefits and two weeks shut down per year
Cons
Required to use your vacation time during this time.
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Hard work and attention to detail
Assembly Line Worker (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAFebruary 10, 2017
It's all about repetition and team work. A typical day in this job will be making about 800 to 1000 units nonstop. Time goes fast and the pay as a permanent employee is really good.
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good company to work for
Utility Operator (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAJanuary 19, 2017
Good company to work for with lots of room for advancement however will be the last place you work as well. good benefits. caring employees. good HR department.
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Too much politics
QA Analyst (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VADecember 8, 2016
It is a German culture company, if you can speak German or a German, you have much more opportunities, otherwise, little
Pros
Great living place
Cons
Stressful work environment, too many politicians
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Great Company
Packer/ Assembler (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAJune 30, 2016
I enjoyed by time there. I've referred many of my friends to that company. All benefits and bonuses for full time workers and many opportunities to grow within the company.
Pros
Everything you need from a job is there.
Cons
Mistakes of others could cost you your job
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Very fast paced and fun
Assembler (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAJune 27, 2016
I loved working with my hands and i loved testing myself with the fast paced environment, but the work conditions and hours werent the greatest
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Manufacturing Engineer - 5 years
manufacturing engineering (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VANovember 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.
Pros
products, many different industrial processes
Cons
workload, politics with German management
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Secure work place with great benefits
Quality Assurance Technician (Current Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VASeptember 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.
Pros
Benefits, job security
Cons
work/life balance, schedule can be difficult, very little time off allowed
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nice place to work
Assembler (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAFebruary 24, 2015
A family oriented job and nice environment to work at. Plenty of chances to move up with good attendance and work performance.
Pros
bonuses
Cons
higher-ups need to listen more to the shift crew not just the leads
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Good job hard labor
Production Specialist (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAOctober 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.
Pros
Overtime
Cons
Very repetative
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Great Company
Technical Training (Current Employee) –  Virginia BeachMay 3, 2014
Great place to work. My typical day was interacting with employees.
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If your a Robot you'll love it
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.
Pros
benefits
Cons
typical German run company
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Great Industry Leader
Setup Technician (Current Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VADecember 27, 2013
The company is the best company I worked for in my career so far.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Glass ceiling effect
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Technical Company with a direct focus on customer satisfaction and quality products.
Technical Training Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VADecember 9, 2012
I worked with a great group at the company who all strive for the same purpose to be number one in the industry.
Pros
discounts
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