Lots of dengenerates, little opportunity, but easy to get on and decent money
FITTER/WELDER II (Former Employee) – Longview, TX – October 10, 2016
Once asked everyone at my lunch table who had graduated high school and who had never been to jail. Only two people had graduated high school and I was the only one who hadn't been to jail. Most of working there is listening to the constant complaints and putting up with the incredible laziness of everyone who works there in the abundant down time. Every job is very easy, except for coil ends which is hard enough for the rest combined, and Hydro which is extremely dangerous. Yet people who are part of the easy jobs still make it their personal goal each day to resist carrying out the few responsibilities they have as much as possible. Management is more interested in their personal interests and those of their friends than they are with getting work done and they have little appreciation for hard work and less reward. If you're a hard worker you will find that you aren't any better off than the slackers. The whole place is corrupt, both of the night superintendents at Plant 110 while I was there were removed for different sorts of fraud. Its just not good place. However, if you really need a job, it is easy to get on and they will pay to train you, then within a couple months, you can be making 16+ an hour, which isn't too bad for East Texas. They also have benefits. So if you're desperate like I was, it's not that bad; it's just not a long term thing.
Also, guaranteed 40 hours a week and often you can voluntarily stay longer if you play it right and when it's busy there's mandatory overtime, you can end up working up to 7 12s.
Free snow cones on wednesdays in the summer, free ice cream on fridays
almost everyone there is a sorry dengenerate