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Awful place to start a career
Too specific (Current Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYFebruary 8, 2018
There is little to no recognition for good performance vs bad performance. Being a great employee and constantly receiving good reviews gets you the same annual “raise” as the employee that does nothing all day. They have been in a “transition period” for years now saying they are going to work on employee retention and development but minor changes have happened. Bad employees and good employees are lumped together and not viewed as highly as new hires. May be a good place for a new employee but if worked here before the new management team you are going to be left behind and underpaid. Good luck if you are willing to risk it because they don’t appreciate the good employees they have now.
Pros
If you do minimal work no one will fire you
Cons
No growth opportunity, underpay vs market value, all employees are replaceable attitude
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Relaxed, slow paced environment
B Operator (Current Employee) –  New York, NYDecember 7, 2017
The hardest part about the job is adjusting to the 12hr work days in a rotating schedule. As son as your body is used to nights, its right back to days.
Pros
easy to lesrn work
Cons
short breaks no advancement
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Good Experience
Corporate Engineering Internship (Former Employee) –  North Tonawanda, NYNovember 24, 2017
Valuable internship experience, was not during typical manufacturing time, project management based experience. Great people to work with and to start learning about the manufacturing industry.
Pros
Great People
Cons
Too much down time
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Had to move on
Machine Operator (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYNovember 1, 2017
A bunch of do nothing managers walking around and constantly shuffling paper trying to find a legitimate reason to be employed. That place needs to focus more on treating the workforce that makes the process possible better.
Pros
4 days away so you can recover from the 12 hour shifts and constant breathing in of carcinogens.
Cons
Management, being constantly overwhelmed, under appreciated
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Fast paced professional company
Shipping Support Compliance Advisor (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYOctober 17, 2017
A very fast paced professional company currently going through growing pains. Would have loved to have retired from this company had I not had to relocate due to my husbands job.
Pros
fast paced and professional
Cons
growing faster than productive
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Not a good place for Professionals
Process Engineer (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYOctober 6, 2017
Most of the reviews on here are clearly fabricated, so I will give a real one. Managers lack any real skill, and the plant work conditions are poor. The union is full of decent hard working people, but the leadership there has no idea how to lead with respect. The organization also lacks any real strategic vision or commitment to fix the real technical challenges, so everyone is left in fire-fighting mode over the same problems all the time. Also many false starts with their CI/Op Ex program which should be another red-flag to any professionals. They make a good product, and it could be an excellent place to work, but Plant leadership, who only ever learned how to manage there, is the root of all problems.
Pros
Not many
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Unifrax excels at providing products which meet or exceed the most rigorous standards with better pricing than competitors.
OEM Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Niagara Falls, NYSeptember 28, 2017
Great work environment, very productive interaction between sales, engineering and product development. Very high level of respect between colleagues. More like an academic environment than commerical.
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management was horrible
Plant Operator (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYSeptember 19, 2017
They just wanted to micromanage every thing you did, every second of the day. 12 hour work days, you only get 45 mins of break time, and bathroom breaks were only aloud with permission, and were monitored.
Pros
fellow employees were like family
Cons
management
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Good place to work
R & D Senior Technician (Current Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYAugust 18, 2017
Not very much room to advance unfortunately. Good flexibility and work schedule but stuck in the same position with no room to advance into something else.
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Very itchy workplace due to asbestos fill fabracation
Inspector-Packer (Former Employee) –  Lockport, NY 14094June 12, 2017
Not a very good place to work due to scratchy environment from asbestos type insulation Manufacturing which is what unifrax specializes in. There are no supervisors overnight and any and everything is open for grabs can take place and will take place also they do not hire women.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Great family-like work environment!
Automotive Marketing Intern (Current Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYMarch 27, 2017
People are very helpful and fun to work with. You can approach anyone with any question, there is an open door policy where everyone is very approachable.
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Easy work, unprofessional staff, stagnant progression, unfair treatment
Plant Operator A (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYFebruary 13, 2017
Avoid if possible.
Manufacturing management is biased and unfair, as well as unprofessional.
Coworkers are professional and the
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Repitition
Plant Operator/Production (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYDecember 16, 2016
Most of the time your doing one thing over and over again so it makes for long days and nights. Most operators have to work swing shifts unless they can find other operators to switch with them.
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Laid back
Quality Lab Technician (Former Employee) –  Summerville, SCSeptember 8, 2016
I worked for this company a little over a year. My time there was really great. When I first started I was a temp -to--hire and they treated me like an hired employee from day 1. I received bonuses and paid holidays. The management was fairly easy to work with. I only left to pursue a better schedule for my family.
Pros
Laid back, No supervisor breathing down your neck
Cons
Weather can affect production
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Very sad
Operator (Former Employee) –  Summerville, SCAugust 12, 2016
The supervisors make their own rule and no one shows anyone respect. the company has no structure at all. The pay is not worth the disrespect that is shown there to the people that work there every night, and bust their butts.
Pros
they work hard
Cons
the people managers and supervisors dont care about the employs health thats working there
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Pay is good.
Quality Assurance Technician (Current Employee) –  New Carlisle, INMarch 9, 2016
Pay is good.
The company is going through changes.
Opportunities to be on cross functional teams.
The operation 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Going through changes.
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Excitiing fun workplace
Manufacturing Production Technician (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYNovember 10, 2015
Stable work force with many helpful coworkers. Supervisors are very encouraging. Lots of room for growth in a rapidly growing company. Many opportunities at every level.
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Quality place to work and earn a living
Offline Advisor / Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYOctober 27, 2015
Typical Day Worked

-Direct production workforce
-Report production,manpower usage,process problems
-Maintain product intergrity
-Recommend Improvements
-Preform periodic employee evaluation
-Correct any unsafe work conditions
-Hardest part of the job is dealing with all the different personalities on a crew of 60 workers.
-Most enjoyable part of the job is reaching our production goals as set by production control.
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super place
Senior Technician - Quality Assurance (Former Employee) –  ton,nyOctober 8, 2015
Great place to work,and great co workers,very supportive management ,it was my dream job this place will turn it around!
Pros
great business
Cons
it ended
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Fast and high-paced position requiring the ability to adapt to changes in the workplace.
Shift Advisor - QA, Ceramic Fibers (Former Employee) –  Tonawanda, NYSeptember 21, 2015
Ever-changing work environment. Responsible for the efficient operation of 2 distinct labs as well as all the test equipment on the production floor. Also responsible for the data collection system, properly maintained, programmed and ensuring a smooth operation for the production personnel. Manufacturing test equipment that I had responsibility for was electronic measuring devices capable of accurately measuring to 0.001 mm, thickness gauges, scales and balances, tensile testers, separators and the like.
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