Hard work, good pay, good safety practices, culture's decent for industry.
Welder & Production Outfitter (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – February 7, 2017
Relative to OTHER industries, the culture is far less sunny/sociable than that you'll get in an average office job, but for a dedicated heavy industry production line I expect that the level of griping & cussing was about par for the course. Safety culture is good, you can tell your boss's rear end will be on the line if someone sprains an ankle (especially if it doesn't get properly reported). My impression is that things used to be alot more "stop asking questions and do what I say", and that there's been a culture shift in a better direction.
Gunderson prefers to take care of its people and wants to retain the good ones for decades, there are plenty of guys who've been there 20+ years. Trouble is that they've had problems finding contracts recently, so they haven't had enough work to be as generous as they'd like.
When layoffs or reorg are in the cards, management will keep those cards close to their chest, but considering the sheer amount of financial harm (or worse) a disgruntled employee could do at this kind of job? I'm not sure they have any other option.
They don't have a union, and are leery of one forming- but I think the main way they avoid it is by being decent enough to employees that there isn't a need for them to start one.
Shadiest thing I saw is that bosses are CLEARLY under pressure to never let employees use them as references when looking for jobs elsewhere, even if said employee's being fired.
Full time employment, decent pay, good tools & PPE which they purchase and hand out to you, good training.
Upper management deliberately makes it harder for you to then find welding jobs elsewhere.