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hot work
REFINING OPERATOR (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MN 55121June 18, 2018
Its good company,with good benefits. You have to wear a full face respirator all shift. The work is physical but the work is hot. 150 degrees on the production floor on a hot summer day. ITS HOT
Pros
Good pay, good benefits
Cons
very physical work, Very hot temperatures, dangerous
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hot and extreme work conditions
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLApril 16, 2018
whole shift wearing respirator, dirty environment, hot environment, good benefits and fair bonuses, low chance for advancement, i liked the work schedule which is 2 on 2 off 3 on 3 off. weekly pay
Pros
3 50 mins breaks, bonuses, weekly pay, transfer within
Cons
heat, cleanliness, advancement opportunities
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Ok
Laborer in Refinery (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 26, 2018
Long hours ok pay, room for advancement is decent.hot environment. Front office and plant two different ideas,dont listen to ideas. 12 hour days gets long in summer
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Productively moving things around.
Forklift Operator (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNJuly 9, 2018
Unloaded trucks. Moved materials around plant on pallets with forklift. Transferred paperwork.
Learned how to safely transport hazardous materials.
Management was business-like and professional.
Culture was productive.
The hardest part of the job was to be constantly vigilant about safety.
The most enjoyable part of the job was to move to different parts of the plant.
Pros
Worked with a lot of different people throughout the day.
Cons
Temporary.
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Poorly managed
Maintenance Mechanic (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLJuly 22, 2012
Poorly managed. Advertised by management as perhaps something they would hope it could be, but for now, sadly not. Safety is only existent when convenient. Most OSHA regulations are not adhered to even by management. Hygiene section is poorly led. The support they are there to offer consistently goes unchecked and incomplete. Initial orientation paints a totally different picture than what you find with regards to training, lean practices, safety, opportunity for advancement and quality of benefits. Compensation is well below average for comparable work in similar industries. Employees often have to work overtime to compensate for the low hourly wage. Non-management maintenance personnel have been working with only one day off a week for over a year. This doesn't even consider the poisonous environment that employees work in, wearing a respirator at all times while in the plant.
Pros
free coffee on weekends
Cons
pay, benefits, hours, advancement opportunity, safety, security...
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Great job for someone who's single
Heavy Equipment Operator/Laborer (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLJuly 7, 2017
This is a great place to work for would really great benefits need better people to run this place it is an awesome place to work for great long-term job
Pros
Great health insurance
Cons
Not fair with workers
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job
Associate (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNApril 12, 2018
I was able to do things at my own pace and was able to prioritize my time; The work culture is diverse and it was okay for the most part working with people
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Recycling Environmental Liability
Manager Human Resources (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNFebruary 17, 2014
Organization employs many long-time, productive employees due to fair wages and good benefits. The work to recycle an environmental liability (lead) is often done in extreme conditions. Continuous improvement of processes and procedures is a common goal.
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Growing Organization
Director Human Resources (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNFebruary 17, 2014
Organization employs many long-time, productive employees due to fair wages and good benefits. The work to recycle an environmental liability (lead) is often done in extreme conditions. Continuous improvement of processes and procedures is a common mantra.
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The most stressful and combative environment ever.
RMPC/WWT maintenance planner scheduler (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLOctober 8, 2017
Do not apply and or want to get a job here, the upper management is sneaky and as good ole boy as they can be. They lack the vision to be a viable company in there Tampa location, they resist change and or improvements "unless they come from their sister plant" and will find a way to dismiss your ideas if they feel you may get some notoriety.
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Productive and informative place to work
Laborer/Industrial Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 22, 2013
A typical day at work is eight hours shift, five days A week. The things I learn while working at Gopher Resource is machinery operations, such as how to drive and operate industrial equipment. From A Front-End-loader, High Reach, Scissor Lift,and Fork Lift. Management was fairly good most of the time, with some minor problems. The co-workers are cool and fun to work around at times, but you will always have them few that just get on your nerves. But you just have to throw that problem in the back of your head and just keep moving on with your job. The hardest part of the job was not the job itself but the heat we have to work in, Your get accumulated to the heat.Working with good employees, the knowledge I pick up from the company.
Pros
paid lunch break, company picnic
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3.0
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A hazardous environment with decent pay
REFINING TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLNovember 28, 2016
The management makes decisions with doing research or it would seem. A typical start of the day they give us the day to day operations from while we were off. My coworkers are the life blood of the company and the most enjoyable part of my experience working there, especially my mentors. There are so many occupational hazards that come with it, but it is expected in that type of company.
Pros
Decent wage, possibility of overtime when needed
Cons
healthcare, hazardous and flamable materials, high possiblity of heat exhaustion, limited time on water breaks
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Provided a stable work environment.
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNNovember 13, 2017
Was a stable work environment. Did not work there long enough to provide further commentary. I did like the job position. Was paid weekly. I enjoyed that.
Pros
A stable work environment.
Cons
None.
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Hazardous work enviornment
Lead Smelter (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNFebruary 15, 2017
Typical day- Cast lead & dealing with hazardous chemicals
Learned- Efficient techniques for handling dangerous chemicals
Management- Well qualified
Workplace culture- Excellent
Hardest part- Extreme temperatures
Enjoyable part- Learning about chemicals
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Very hot work temperature & wearing respirators
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You may learn something - stress is high - layoffs regular
Leader (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNMay 4, 2017
Good old boys company.

10 plant managers within 5 years in Florida location.

Ladies not valued. Layoffs for plant (FL) and office regular. Fear-filled culture, as a result.
Pros
Some great people in the plant
Cons
Lack of management competency
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Temporary is your best option!
laborer (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 4, 2014
While I work at Gopher Resources Tampa, it was one of the worst jobs I have ever worked. Leadership begins at the top, so the corruption and unfairness began at the top and lead its way through-out the entire company. The supervisors and leadman are horrible. Most, not all, care nothing about their co-laborers and treat their subordinates unfair unless you are their buddy. Gopher Resources Tampa employs supervisors who have no experience and do not know what to do. The opportunity is slim especially is you are not friends with the supervisors. Its a dog-eat-dog world at Gopher. Definitely do not let it be a permanent stop for a job.
Pros
Paid weekly
Cons
Mandatory overtime, job morale very low, not enough pay for the work required
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All business.
System Security Administrator (Former Employee) –  Eagan, MNFebruary 4, 2014
Prior to the passing of the owner Gopher was a very family oriented, fun place to work. The work was hard but everyone understood their place. After the summer of 2011 things changed. Most of the people that worked there prior to that summer was released in one way or another. New management essentially cleaned house. At that point a typical day at work was stressful and management was hard to please.
Pros
Some catered lunches
Cons
Management with a bad attitude.
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Environmentally concious company
Electro-mechanical Maintenance Technician (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLMay 10, 2014
Gopher resource is a leader in the lead recycling industry. Production is number one second only to the environment. Each employee is an environmental steward, ensuring safe day to day operation of our recycling facility.
Management is very keen on ensuring plant down-time is minimized.
Pros
Uniforms, paid breaks and showers, conscientious safety department
Cons
hot environment, a lot of PPE
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hot
Refining Laborer (Current Employee) –  Eagan, MNJuly 16, 2017
Its a job that you work in the heat. Workplace culture could be better. Hardest part of the job is working with the people there. Most enjoyable part of the job is going home at the end of the day, it pay the bills.
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Good pay but the conditions or herendous.
Refinery Operator (Former Employee) –  Tampa, FLAugust 22, 2017
Great company ran by very outgoing and driven supervisors the always look out for your best interest and give help when needed , overall loved working for them.
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