Family owned, but not managed well
Prefer Not to Say (Former Employee) – Belleville, IL – July 9, 2019
I've been gone from Empire for a few years. And now that I can look back on my time there, I see it more clearly. I was an office worker and did not know most of the plant employees. There was definitely and "us vs. them" feel about that whole situation. My boss at the time was nice enough, but failed to really take care of any serious issues with other employees (this includes, but is not limited to: looking at pornography in the office and hording of trash to the point that we were catching more than 5 mice a week - a problem we did not have for almost 10 years before the employee started). The building interior is warn down and was in desperate need of a makeover. The wallpaper was peeling from the walls and the carpet was pulling at the seams (and stapled down with a staple gun).
I was friendly with many people I worked along-side and do miss them. What I don't miss is the daily "huddles" that accomplished absolutely nothing, the monthly reviews, impossible to meet "personal goals" and the overabundance of work. Everything was a priority and a rush.
Employees were constantly being told by upper management that we were all replaceable. We did not "feel the love" from them at all.
My salary was extremely lacking for the position that I held. I didn't realize it at the time, but when I started looking for a new job I found out.
In the end, decent benefits and mostly friendly people were not worth the stress.