Maintenance Manager (Former Employee) – Kennett, MO – November 26, 2018
A typical day at work consisted of 10+ hours, usually some weekend time also. The management is largely promoted from within the plant so there is good and bad. The hardest part of this job was being a change initiator, because the in house promotions kept the vision at a very local level. Great people who want to excel! The most enjoyable part of the job was seeing the plant run smoothly with production goals exceeded. Win-win!
Painter (Former Employee) – Longview, TX – July 17, 2018
Good ol hous club. Lot of racism and drug use. Even one of the foreman who works the rack sells drugs. Lots of clicks. The foreman are lazy. The two new ones are the only good ones. Lots of drama. A foreman assaulted an employee and they both work still work there. Lots of employees sleep in the toilets. So many lazy people. They pay awful starting out. Unless your a relative of the higher ups. Then you get whatever you want. Good luck making 9.15hr and welding and doing the same work as someone making 23hr.
Bad management. Plant mgr is terrible, head foreman only likes his own kind. They do not train there.
Welder Level III (Former Employee) – Marmaduke, AR – July 5, 2018
IN the short 6 month period i worked there i was trained for many positions on my line. The most enjoyable part of this job was that I was doing something different every day as i filled in for anyone that called in.
exciting to be a part of fabricating rail cars and i love welding
welder (Former Employee) – Paragould, AR – June 30, 2018
Once released from welding school... I was just thrown to the wolves. No help at all. I even witnessed a few of the workers standing back laughing including my lead person. I think that it would help for the Lead person to be trained on how to lead. I felt as though I was tormented as a woman up until the day I decided no more.
Stressful and very hot place to work. Does not have a lot of possibilities to move up.
Welder/Fabricator; Operator (Current Employee) – Paragould, AR – June 25, 2018
Favoritism is a serious problem. They are willing to work with you on very serious family emergencies but when it comes to personal health, the individual does not matter. I have been out here throwing my guts up every five minutes but was threatened with the loss of my job or a write up if I went home to get the rest I needed. In a hot and stressful place like this, it is not recommended to work in such conditions with a sickness any more serious than a seasonal cough.
Plenty of paid days off for Holidays
Poor management. Favoritism. Low possibility to move up.
Unique job for people interested in manufacturing/welding
Lead man (Former Employee) – Paragould, AR – June 12, 2018
Work is hard, often hot (especially in the summer), and can be dirty. If you do your job, do it right the first time everything is great, and there are opportunities for bonuses. Good performance is recognized, and can lead to advancement. Those willing to work more get opportunities to learn other areas/jobs.
Furnace Operator (Former Employee) – Marmaduke, AR – March 7, 2018
I ran the furnace at ARI. I would load the tanker cars, with a 50 ton crane, on a flat bed train system and move from station to station to put them in the furnace. I would then program the furnace to cook the tanker cars. After they finished cooking I would move them to the unloading station and use a 50 ton crane to unload them and put them on the next line. The people were fun. The place was hot in the summer and cold in the winter. The hardest part of this job was the extreme temperatures. The most enjoyable part of the job was the pay.