Great benefits, plenty of work, environment needs work
Inspector (Current Employee) – Kenosha, WI – May 15, 2016
The current management and HR work diligently to treat employees as resources and not individuals, older management is very respectful and knowledgeable. Interaction between floor personnel and office personnel is kept to a minimum and there is a clear "separation of the classes" attitude and lack of respect from the current management for workers that are considered uneducated. Drinking is regulated to specific areas and you are regulated to ice water only on the floor. No food on the floor, like most places. There is no music. Fans are not allowed and shorts are not permitted. Protective goggles or glasses must be worn at all times out on the floor. Attendance is regulated by a points system, 10 points for a year. If you're a minute late to work you get a point. If you miss a scheduled day of work, even with a doctor's note, you get two points. If you should forget to punch in, you get a point. If you should forget to punch out, you get a point. If you are sick, you are forced to use your generous vacation time, even before you have actually earned the generous vacation time. The job training is limited and not very well documented, a lot of vital knowledge is "tribal knowledge" and not widely available or communicated. Communication is severely lacking. Work is often repeated because the communication between departments is slim to none. Cooperation can be hard to get until you make connections.
The benefits are great and vacation time is given as soon as you're hired in. Most of the co-workers are very friendly. They are good about celebrating holidays and theymore... have profit sharing. The profit sharing is not a lot and rarely reached, they raise the bar when the workers get close to making the profit sharing goal. In the summer they have a BBQ with games. For Halloween, they allow dressing in costumes and have contests and a parade of everyone in costume. They give a certificate for Thanksgiving, usually enough for a turkey and then also a Christmas gift card. Free donuts every Wednesday and free coffee but the coffee is from a machine and not very good. All of the benefits above that would be considered good are in place from the old management.less
TIG Welder (Former Employee) – Kenosha, WI – June 20, 2016
Management doesn't care about what you have going on outside of work. They expect you to work mandatory overtime and work full shifts every Saturday. I was going to school full time and was still expected to work 55 hours a week. Low hourly compensation. If you don't work the mandatory OT, you get disciplined under their point system. White collar side might be great, but don't work there if you're a respectable welder.
Manager (Current Employee) – Kenosha – February 12, 2015
I've been with Kenall almost a year, and it has been a great place to work: Great culture with smart and innovative team members. Plenty to be excited about with the LED industry continuing to expand. Good leadership and a bright future indeed.