Powder Coater (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – January 3, 2019
Management treats shop floor employees like we are lucky to be here, and we are beneath them and need to be more thankful. Shop floor employees haven't had a raise in 5 years and we're told it because we make too much as it is and should be thankful. I would like to work for someone who doesn't treat employees like they're expendable and worthless.
Assembler (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – October 15, 2018
Good people and good managers. 10 hour days, 4 days a week. Get used to overtime depending on the time of year could work 50 - 60 hours a week. I have the best supervisor I've ever had so thats a bonus.
Assembler/Production (Former Employee) – Iowa – October 12, 2018
The people are great. Management was great. The hours worked were long each day in order to fulfill production requirements. The only lacking part was housing available, as Kinze is located in the middle of Iowa, middle of nowhere. All in all, it was a great job.
Welder (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – September 27, 2018
A typical day would be to build planters or grain wagons. This includes loading and unloading fixtures and jigs and welding the units together. We also keep and inventory of the parts needed for the day or week.
Clean and well lit in my area with good air flow.
Not many opportunities for growth with the company
Test Engineer Co-op (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – April 4, 2018
The entire senior leadership team turned over 1.5 times in the 18 months I was involved with the business. Top level management made poor decisions in many ways that resulted in laying off a significant amount of workers that were hired only recently before as well as some very poor product launches. Profit over product/customers/employees.
Mig Welder (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – March 8, 2018
I didn't find my positions to be challenging enough to keep me interested. The best part of working there was the people, in my opinion. They have some really great people working there. The four day work schedule was really nice also.
REGIONAL MANAGER (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – September 3, 2017
A typical day at work, I will always try to build my skills of leadership by increasing the value of using my intuition and trusting my gut when making decisions. Continually building team orientation, creating an adult to adult relationship which fosters team cohesiveness. I enjoy working with different personalities, sharing similar interests,and goals, while developing respect and trust. Getting to know one well enough to understand their nonverbal communication and expressing myself well and listen well. I continue to concentrate on building self maturity, based on recognizing that more can be accomplished by empowering others than by ruling them. Having a coaching mindset that shares knowledge, wisdom, and supports with encouragement and enthusiasm. I find much enjoyment when I have clearly and effectively formulate directions and articulate them effectively, directing others to accomplish the tasks at hand.
I always enjoyed the challenges each day presented.
Great first job with a chance to work with experienced peers
Electrical Engineer (Current Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – July 26, 2017
My time at Kinze Manufacturing has been great. I had the chance to work on a small team including very experienced industry veterans. Chance to work at my desk and in the field and to be involved in many aspects of the engineering process.
Welder (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – May 2, 2017
Associates are great to work with. It is extreemly hot in summer. very prone to layoffs due to volitale farm marked. senior management only cares about how fat their checkbook is. The good old boys network is strongly in place here. It's not how well you do your job but who you know in order to get any advancement. Favoritism is firms in place here
Assembly Worker (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – January 12, 2017
2nd shift management didn't care if the lines were short staffed or short on parts, they wanted to produce more products then 1st shift that had twice as many people on it. Co-workers were easy to work with and were willing to help. Management kept bragging about how much of a bonus they get if we always meet first shifts quotas.
CNC Operator (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – April 23, 2016
Kinze has very good training opportunities, knowledgeable co-workers, and generous ownership. The pay is second to none. I did not get bored at work because the jobs were challenging and had a lot of variety.
two paid breaks, chaplains available for both shifts
healthcare costs, industry volitility, lack of diversity in product line
Shipping Clerk (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – February 9, 2016
Start the day with a departmental meeting. Go over job functions for the day. Work closely with co-workers for job completion. It was very fast paced at times. But in the end, It was very satisfying knowing that you and your co-workers worked well together and finished all task with a great feeling of accomplishment.
Repair Parts Specialist (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – December 28, 2015
A good tight work group with few workers that had to be assisted. A agriculture based back ground with up to date procedures to make top of the line ag equipment. Most times family oriented but leaning away from it as they grow and expand.
Exerienced work culture
Hang on to under achievers and expect other workers to carry the extra work load
Senior Technical Writer/Instructor (Former Employee) – Williamsburg, IA – August 10, 2015
I really wanted to love this company. They have beautiful facilities and decent pay for their location. However, being located in a relatively remote location, if you aren't a local it is difficult to assimilate in their culture. Living close to the plant is difficult and there is high risk if you don't adapt to their methods quickly, you can be unemployed in an area with little to no employment opportunities. Management leads with an iron fist and there is no room for difference of opinions. Vast amounts of cash have been spent to build a very impressive office, manufacturing, training, and visitor center which is becoming more of monument to the owner than to sustainable business in the future. When the founder and owner is no longer in control of the business, it could be entirely possible the Vice-President (and daughter) will be unable to maintain profitablity and Kinze will either fold, or more likely be purchased by CNH, Agco, or another competitor. Bottom line is this is a high-risk company to relocate for. There is short-term potential, but do your homework first!