Final Assembler/Shipper, Holland, MI - January 9, 2017
My job as a final assembler includes various tasks, which helps to keep the job more enjoyable and not so repetitive. As a shipper, the task is a bit more dull with all the cleaning, but I do enjoy building skids and crates. However, we have a shortage of employees for the work needing to be done, which has resulted in being pressed for time on our schedule. I (and others) have put in many long days/weeks recently and we are still struggling to keep our schedule. It seems as though we have lost more employees than we have gained in the last year or two. Many co-workers blame that problem on management. While I get along well with my supervisor (as well as my co-workers), I have heard numerous co-workers complain about the supervisor and management in general for how they handle the schedule and the hiring process for new employees. During my time here, I have noticed an improved work ethic as I have tried to do my best to keep up with the schedule as best as I can and help out where needed to help others keep up with the schedule. The most frustrating part thing I have experienced is putting in long work days and/or weeks to keep up/catch up and watch as some of my co-workers put in very little overtime when behind on the schedule and seeing management seemingly take no action against it. The positives are the extra overtime pay I get from the extra work I put in to make up for it and management seeing that extra effort I put in and giving me larger raises and bonuses. It would be nice to see some sort of reprimanding for employees not putting in the effort to get the work done, although I do realize lack of manpower is playing a part in that and would like to see an improvement in the hiring of new employees.