Machine shop poorly managed. Lots of potential with the right person in charge. operators not held accountable for mistakes. Same problems everyday. Couldn't even keep basic coolant in stock! Lazy Management. Always trying to pass the task to someone else. Terrible raises. Main branch is in MD so Houston branch get treated like mushrooms! Same company but different policies for each branch! They tell you one thing but do the opposite. Easy work but difficult people make the job hard and stressful.
Dixon is a good place to work as a first job. They start you out at a nice hourly pay and are pretty much guarenteed a raise of some sort each year. The only downside is that the warehouse is not air conditioned
Easy job with descent good pay for a first time worker
Inventory Management (Former Employee) – Peachtree City, GA – July 3, 2017
Basically, every day I would pick up printed orders from other businesses then go around the warehouse retrieving the correct items in order to fulfill the companies needs. The work was simple and easy, could get boring after a while, but for a student trying to get some money in the summer, it was overall good and contained pleasurable employees to work with.
great work place, team work is great also, we work well with each other
Assembler/Production (Current Employee) – Dallas, NC – May 11, 2017
Great place to work...I put values together and u have a pph they go by on ur paper work..cleaning is a key and safety..as we call it 5s, teamwork could be better, management is ok...hr is just ok...could work on that also.
Intern (Former Employee) – Chestertown, MD – May 8, 2017
Interning at Dixon Valve was a great experience. The environment was very productive, while maintaining a relaxed feel. It was motivating working alongside current employees and engineers. I would definitely intern there and recommend it to someone else.
Not an employee (Former Employee) – Chestertown, MD – October 27, 2016
I have spent years applying at dixon, I am young I have a forklift license and I have a 6 year background in warehouse work. Went in to see dixon machines and it's very easy warehouse work and I know id excel at it immensely, but yet they post jobs every week and won't hire anyone qualified. I was told by multiple people that work for the company if you don't know people that work there friend or family you will not get hired. I find it very wrong how they pick their staff knowing there is qualified people out there that are better for the job. I'm disappointed in dixon valve for good luck if you apply, you won't get hired unless your the select few family members and friends.
Warehouse Worker (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – May 8, 2016
Long, physically exhausting days. Mediocre pay (at best). Constant employee turn over, largely because the company pushes you to the point where you don't care if you have to find a new job. $12 an hour isn't hard to match if you are miserable.
machine operator (Former Employee) – Yardley, PA – January 8, 2016
I have experience on Screw Machines and they had so many Davenports Screw Machines but they never gave me chance to work on them. Paywise and Ecellent Health Benefits.Given a chance I would not mind working there again.
manager (Former Employee) – Maryland – October 22, 2015
The company has been around for many years. Most of the leaders have been with the company for over 20 years. There is a great opportunity for young people to come in and work hard and get promotions. Benefits are top of the line and the work environment is friendly and professional.
A once great company to work for, now something else..
Branch Manager (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – June 11, 2015
Over the 100 year history of Dixon Valve, a lot of hard work and tough decisions must have been made to ensure the company was healthy and growing. The premise was fairly simple: Dixon isn't selling the cheapest parts on the market, but they would deliver them to you faster than anyone else while offering better service.
Over time markets change, products change and unfortunately the people who make decisions and also make a job worth going to on a day-to-day basis change positions and focuses. The people who were formerly involved in personnel decisions and truly seemed to care for the well-being of their employees are now forced to focus on overseas markets. New branches being opened across oceans, cheap, mass-produced parts being imported and sold to meet the constant call for lower production and sale prices.
This of course creates a vacuum of opportunity for mid-level management to move up into the vacated positions. While Dixon has managed to remain family owned for it's 100 year history, it's extremely unclear what the current family generation is trying to accomplish. Gone are the days of taking care of the employees who keep the business running. In comes the "Regional Manager" who quite clearly has very limited interpersonal skills. Reminding you every time he comes to town how much he hates coming to your city; Repeatedly cornering you in your own office to remind you how "smart" he is and how he never forgets anything because he takes notes. Then as soon as he forgets to file his paperwork the responsibility and punishment falls back on you. He wantsmore... to run each branch like a WalMart distribution center, which is really difficult when most branches only have 5-7 people and virtually no technology. He does love to tell the story about how he once had a part-time position at a WalMart distribution center and he was totally overqualified for the position. Anyways, I digress..
An average day at Dixon means you are going to lift a lot of heavy product, but it's really quite okay. Some days you'll have a lot of inbound product to check in and put on the shelves. That creates a bit of a backup for getting orders pulled and packed, but that bubble is normally neutralized pretty quickly. The most frustrating point of the day occurs from 3:30 pm to 5:15 pm when all of the customers seem to remember simultaneously that they need to put an order in and they *have* to get their order shipped out today. All they have to say is "today sure" and with very few exceptions the order has to go the same day. No cut-off time for orders that must go means that having a 10+ line order print at 4:58 that has to be pulled, checked and packed is completely feasible. Everyone in the branch works the same schedule though, so you will be there until the orders are done. Expect to catch grief if you can't stay late everyday.
From my experience my co-workers were all awesome people; really helped the day to go by quickly. The downside is that at least 50% of the employees mess up on pulling orders so regularly that you have basically no hope of ever getting the portion of your monthly bonus dedicated to minimizing shipping errors. And no matter how often or badly they mess up, there is never any punishment or risk of termination. Ironically, these are the types of employees the regional manager would joke around with and give raises to so they wouldn't be tempted to go elsewhere for work.
I would describe the starting pay as subpar at best. There are a lot of other job listings that start at a higher point than Dixon and possibly end up with less back pain. In my experience, should you start making good money you'll quickly become expendable.
In summary, 7 years ago when I was down on my luck Dixon gave me a chance to get back on my feet. In hindsight I wish I would have stayed down a little longer and found somewhere else to spend those 7 years.less
Semi-affordable healthcare (as long as you're tobacco free), 401k plan
Daily checked tooling versus up coming production needs for ten lathes. Loaded programs for machines. Wrote programs. Ordered supplies as needed. Determined order of operations on new jobs. Assisted in ordering material when neccesary. Did production to fill in. Good crew. Hardest part of job was juggling many responsibilities. Enjoyed making one offs and special configurations of there products.