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How would you describe the pace of work at Associated Materials?


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The pace? Work as fast as you can, regardless of what you're doing, then work faster. The production system is designed around the "Hours Per Unit", concept. Or, HPU's for short. This dictates that a given amount of workers SHOULD be able to produce a given amount of finished product over a given amount of time. Yeah right. Of course, the ones setting the parameters are NOT local shop workers who are familiar with the immediate work environment, but off-site corporate administrators who have no clue (nor do they care), as to the unique challenges an HPU production facility faces on an hourly/daily basis. So the parameters are a completely rigged joke meant to squeeze as much work out of the lowest level employees as possible- period. The parameters ONLY take into account production line based criteria. Such as, "how long it takes someone to install a piece of hardware", or, "how long it takes a person to fill a cart full of cut parts". Criteria that has a definite start and stop point. It DOESNT take into account criteria such as wandering around outside in the dark looking for parts. Or the time it takes to walk to a different building looking for parts. Or the time spent trying to figure out why poor quality parts continually break while being processed. Or the time it takes to train a completely brand new employee with zero experience. Which of course there are many of them due to the company's revolving door, scraping the bottom of the barrel hiring practices. In essence, the "pace" of work at Associated Materials is balls out the entire shift. And then some.


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It is fast-pace environment.

Answered - Production Planner (Former Employee) - Cedar Rapids, IA

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Fast paced. Days flew by even when working 12s

Answered - Production Lead (Former Employee) - Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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Balanced and concerned with getting it right.

Answered - Product Development Engineer (Former Employee) - Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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Fast paced

Answered - Regional Operations Manager| Mid-Atlantic (Current Employee) - Lorton, VA

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Poor culture and no work life balance. Intimidation is the style of management the VP uses to try reaching goals.

Answered - Production Supervisor (Former Employee) - Kinston, NC

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