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Sounds like a good company until you get a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes
Director (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNAugust 2, 2018
Roadtec, like the other Astec companies, does an excellent job of marketing themselves as an excellent employer. They pay a fair wage and have good benefits; they were even designated as the "Company of the Year" in 2017 by the Tennessee Association of Manufacturers (TAM). It doesn't take long, however, for someone making a thorough assessment to see through the thin veil of exaggerations and inflated claims. The newer members of the leadership team who came from outside the organization bring a renewed vigor, but are partially stifled by those who have a long tenure with the company.

As a Roadtec employee, you can expect a few things. First, you will work a lot of hours. If you're an hourly production employee, a standard work week is 54 hours Monday-Saturday. Those who want to work Sundays will end up with 60+ hours. Much of this is due to inefficiencies and the tendency to throw labor at problems; in other words, they work more hours to make up for other shortcomings in how the business is run. Secondly, all employees are part of a profit sharing plan. This is touted as one of the main benefits of working for Roadtec (i.e. Astec Industries). They try to use the profit sharing as a great motivator, but at the end of the year you can expect the payout to be the equivalent of about one to one and a half week's worth of pay, even in a record-breaking year. A nice perk, yes, but doesn't live up the hype which is propagated throughout the year. Lastly, and perhaps the most disappointing, is the false emphasis on safety. They have a slogan, "safety starts with me", which has
  more... a nice ring to it but what it really means is that the onus for safety falls disproportionately on the employee. They harp on everyone to "work safe", but they don't provide the tools, equipment, and specific procedures necessary to perform the job safety. They will write you up for not wearing hearing protection, but they turn a blind eye to people working on top of machines without any fall protection, entering confined spaces without a permit, or operating machinery which they haven't provided guarding for. They often use scare tactics to discourage reporting of injuries and some people just go to their personal doctor to avoid the headache.

Overall, my experience at Roadtec was disappointing because there is so much opportunity for this to be a great company. There are talented people scattered throughout the organization, but they lack a platform and a voice to influence meaningful change. The senior leaders have largely been promoted from within, which has left a void when it comes to rounded experience and innovative thinking. Change could be on the horizon, but they'll need to hope they don't get overrun by the competition in the meantime.
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great co workers
Fitter Welder (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNMay 18, 2018
great work place management is poor. you can learn a lot of great trades. moving up is a great goal. management feels like you are always replaceable.
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It used to be a good place to work
Machine/setup operator (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNJanuary 8, 2018
A lot of mandatory overtime, your bosses will never have your back because they are afraid if they do the right thing they will be punished. The president and vice president are awful people to work for. They are willing to overlook the safety and happiness if their employees to keep their pets and relatives happy
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None
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Short breaks no family time favortism
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Great place to work with alot of opportunities to grow.
Fitter/Welder (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNMarch 3, 2016
Roadtec was an amazing place to work. The management was friendly and didn't come off as overbearing. If there was one thing I would have wanted different at the job, it would have been a larger selection of tools to work with.
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Fun but little job advancement
design engineer (Current Employee) –  chattanooga, tnAugust 10, 2015
Roadster is an enjoyable place to work. The work is challenging and the management is employee friendly. The one complaint is career advancement is lacking.
Pros
workout at lunch
Cons
no career path
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Good Place to work. Good pay. Very Stressful.
Technical Writer And Illustrator (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNApril 30, 2015
I have worked at Roadtec for the past 15 years. It is an overall good place to work with good people. Excellent benefits. They build heavy duty road construction equipment and are constantly innovating and improving the products. I learned a great deal about engineering, manufacturing, sales, and customer service. The hardest part of the job was just the sheer magnitude of product development, Innovation and change. Keeping up with it all was very stressful.
Pros
Pay, Vacation, Health Insurance, PDO earned time off
Cons
Short lunch break, No chance for promotion
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Roadtec is a fast growing CO. Also a great place to work.
REGIONAL SALES MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNMarch 16, 2014
Traveling to see old and new customers in 4 states. I sold equipment direct to the customers. In the past sales jobs I had worked with dealers. I was responsible for training and helping dealer salesmen in 6 state area. I also helped the dealer service on warrant and service problems. I learned what direct sale means.

I liked the direct contact with the end user.
Pros
Learned how i can better grow my sales area.
Cons
Lots of travel.
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good place to learn new skills
painter, (Current Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNMarch 7, 2014
If you find a problem keep it to yourself or you will become the problem . the coworkers are ok but the vice pres. and plant manager suck
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12 hr rotating shifts
Welder-Robotic Programmer (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNOctober 20, 2013
12 hr rotating shifts for specialized title. No A/C, so summer is so hot employees were having heat strokes.
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