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Not a career company.
Fairing Lead (Current Employee), Port Angeles, WAFebruary 5, 2014
Pros: company picnics, bbqs, and holiday pay.
Cons: micro managed, poor communication between upper management and schedules
My job entails sanding, mudding, the use of a lot of chemicals to prep surfaces, applying paint, masking, and constantly fixing others mistakes. I did learn the paint and fairing process and how to coordinate with other departments. The management there seems to lean towards favoritism, but can be fair at times, seems kind of like a good ole boys club. – more... My co workers for the most part are great. The hardest part of the job would be pulling 16 hour shifts to meet a deadline for production to stay on schedule when if things would be coordinated better there would be no need for the rush. The most enjoyable part is completing tasks faster then the time given without sacrificing quality or craftsmanship. Also helping others with problems completing their work. – less
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fun and productive place to work
boatbuilder (Former Employee), Port Angeles, WAJanuary 5, 2014
Pros: free coffee
Cons: short brakes
productive and fun workplace, trained many young people how to do their jobs.
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Poor management
Mechanical Systems installer (Former Employee), Port Angeles, WADecember 28, 2013
Pros: interesting work
Cons: most poorly managed company ever
poor communication between leads and workers. Poor communication between trades. Surprised things lasted as long as they did. Surprised they managed to complete a boat basically they build it twice. Put it in then tear it out thats the way things work. Do it how you want, but not like that was another way they think. Would have been a nice place to – more... work except for that. Very much into the blame game. Ask questions but get greif for asking questions. – less
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This was just a job
Laminator (Former Employee), Westport, WAMarch 6, 2013
Pros: it was a pay check
Cons: just a number!
Treated people like a number. Had too many supervisors. Not a lot of fun to work there.
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Building OPS
Building Operations Technician (Former Employee), Port Angeles, WAJanuary 24, 2013
Best Leads and Supervisor are part of this crew. Working here was not only safe but productive as well.
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Always busy!
FINISH FIBERGLASSER (Former Employee), Westport, WANovember 24, 2012
Defiantly always had something to do. Hard work, but it paid off when you saw a finishes yacht!
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Great compant I got layed off due to the economy
heavy lift / load and launch (Former Employee), Westport, WANovember 3, 2012
We were the hardest working crew at the yard, tons of overtime it was a very challenging job, working with cranes we put our lives in jeapordy every day, we lifted any where from 2000 lbs up to half a million lbs of yaut four feet in the air to put wheels under it, the yauts are 140 ft long , 70 ft tall and 30 feet wide. We put our lives in eachothers – more... hands every day, i enjoyed my job – less
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Strong " Clicks "
Hard line Hydraulic installer, Metal fabricator, (Former Employee), Westport Shipyard, HoquiamAugust 21, 2012
Pros: i loved my job, my supervisor was helpful and supportive
Cons: management, hr dept disfunctional.
Work was easy, problems were only with management. Constant harassment from a weak lead for 2 years. When he brought a weapon to work for intimidation and it was brought to the HR dept, the HR dept sided with the lead. Before this lead returned, I was advancing well,employee of the month, submitting design changes, and was complemented on streamlining – more... the hydraulic systems by other supervisors saying my work was a work of art. On my last fire pkg ship I Installed almost 900' of hard line stainless into their ships in only a week. The "collusion" I faced when bringing a lead into HR was dissapointing. Even bringing a picture of the weapon to show proof, got me fired within 2 hours. I worked there for four years and really loved my job. I thought it was the right thing to do, but Collusion wins. Also the fact they will not allow me to recover my tools for a week ads insult to injury. – less
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hard working and reliable
plumber (Current Employee), port AngelesMay 27, 2012
I'm at 29 year old female that us hard working and dedicated. Very reliable and flexible.
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Was great while it lasted.
Welder Fabricator (Former Employee), Westport, WAMarch 29, 2012
Pros: good opportunity for entry level worker
Cons: no job security for experienced workers.
I worked for this company for 15 years. Advancement opportunity was mediocre. There is no job security there, though, because they laid off their highest-paid employees first during downsizing. There are many job types available,though, and someone looking for entry level work in the yacht building industry would find this employer to be a good choice.
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Great People, Great Place, Bad Timing
Hoquiam, WA (Former Employee), FairingNovember 4, 2011
Pros: tool purchase, family events
I was part of their huge layoff - 2 weeks after they told us no one was in danger of losing jobs. I just had a son 2 months prior.
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Like a family
Buyer (Former Employee), Westport, WAFebruary 1, 2013
The atmosphere in Westport is a family. You really care about what you do there. Want to make sure everything goes great for the team.