Freedom to make decissions with minimal supervision,enjoyed working here
Field Service Technician (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN – July 6, 2017
Probably one of the best companies I've ever worked for thus far, definitely not a boring place to work, there were challenges but plenty of help if needed, jobs were always on the forefront of new technology, so you were always learning new service techniques and able to use troubleshooting skills, great co-operative environment and compensation for hard work was rewarded well, the only drawback is when the economy turns down so does the ability to stay employed. I worked twice for this company and would return again if offered a job. That is saying a lot about a company in this day and age.
Turn down in business when economy slows! Possibly layed off.
Welder/Fabricator (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN – July 5, 2017
Very good people to work with that were understanding and willing to learn to do things a different or better way. The management was pretty terrible because the salesmen got way too much pay for not making any sales and costing people their jobs. Management also sent over their bread and butter products to china so that wasn't smart either. The company isn't going to be around within the next 5 years without major changes. Other than the not so genius leaders of the company, the laborers on the floor were all top shelf people who knew exactly what was going on all the time. they really kept the company going for 40 plus years and still do. but with itw newly in charge of management all that is going to go away.
Metal Fabricator (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN – March 13, 2017
A typical day at work was unpleasant. I learned nothing. Management is biased! Workplace culture is oppressive. The hardest part of the job was showing up! The most enjoyable part of the job was going home
Welder (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN – September 16, 2013
i liked this shop a lot i liked the people a lot i got hired as a welder but didn't do a lot of welding there. i loved the hours. but they had a lot of people that worked over time and they ran out of work
Was a solid company with a very long history. A majority of their resources were moved into the development and support of solar cell manufacturing equipment. When the bottom fell out of that market, the layoffs started. They retained the talent for the solar line and cut the rest of the company. Now they can't build their traditional product lines and there is no market for solar at this time.
Expect layoffs every few months. If you don't get cut, you will get the work of those who were laid off dumped on you until you cannot keep up, then you will be let go yourself.
ITW bought them a couple years back, and put in place policies that crippled their ability to be profitable (i.e., outsourcing even when it cost more and took longer).
Otherwise, good people and some really good products. Hopefully things will change there.
Location, pay, hours
Regular layoffs, no bonuses, no chance for advancement.
it was a little dingy at times, although all the employees worked together well
Designer (mechanical) Project Manager (Former Employee) – Lakeville, MN---Worked from Oxnard, CA – July 30, 2013
My primary duty was as a design engineer and project manager. Besides providing good designs to a shop that was located in MN, I also had to manage smaller projects that were being constructed there. The hardest part about this position was trying to control the construction of items that were not made on site, they were being built 2,000 miles away.
Not being able to control the work that I was creating.