Flexco Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great team environment with new challenges everyday

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woodridge, IL

    I have been working at Flexco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    As part of the engineering group I like the team environment the best, where open dialogue between the group helps solve the problem. In addition, no day is ever the same. As a division designing custom equipment, every project is different with unique challenges. Benefits are also great. I pay around $500/mo for 90/10 coverage from BCBSIL medical, dental and vision. Three weeks of vacation with three personal days are given up front to new professional employees, with a fourth week coming after five years. There's also a 401K with match and an awesome pension, which you are fully vested in after five years.

    Cons

    The organizational chart is relatively flat, which is good for knowing the higher ups in the business but can be poor for career growth as there aren't a lot of positions to move up into. They are working on a professional growth strategy (rather than managerial) but it hasn't been released yet. As a division that works with bulk materials (coal, grain, ores, etc...) the industry is highly dependent on economic conditions and thus capital expenditures, which can make sales like a roller coaster.

    Advice to Management

    Sales needs to be more accountable for revenue and sales margins, which drive profits.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Old School Company (not all bad but not all good)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation. Great Benefits (pension!) Current CEO is a good guy to have at the top, very approachable and decent human being. Good place if you want an easy job and meet some decent people. Not a typical corporate world place where everyone is only looking out for themselves.

    Cons

    Most managers have been there a very long time and have never worked anywhere else. Have no idea there are better ways to do things since they've only ever done it the "Flexco" way. Not a challenging work environment. No accountability for most people. At my weekly meetings, my manager likes to discuss my work projects for 10 minutes and then about themselves and their family for next 50 minutes every week. Manager wants to be my "BFF" which is great but I'm really there to do my job and get my paycheck. Wish HR would do something about it but they are pretty Laissez-faire themselves. Lots of cliques. Most people have been there 20 plus years so if you are new it will take a long time to break in. Very behind in technology. Need to embrace the digital age. Aged workforce-Seems like everyone is 50 or over (I am under 50 and feel like a minority)

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young to mid career workers (20-40's). Train managers how to be managers or get rid of them (especially my manager ;-) DG office is depressing to work at, Lisle office is a ghost town. Create better work environment for office workers.


  3. Amazing company but no formal organization

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexco is very family orientated, they want their employees to succeed and they always seem to be making decisions with their employees well-being in mind. Part of this is that their are private and don't need to answer to any shareholders/

    Cons

    No clear opportunity to advance or move up, most of Flexco's workforce is about to hit retirement age and there is almost no new talent at the company.

    Advice to Management

    None.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Overall I am very satisfied working at Flexco.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is very good and the people are generally good to work with. Amount of paid vacation time is above par compared to any other company I've been at. Company is experiencing some tighter times with the reduction of coal use within the US but is continually looking at ways to diversify its product offerings and moving into new markets to grow profits and gain market share. This is a great place if you are looking to stay in one place for a long time and actually get to know the people you work with on a day to day basis. Your not just a number here like at bigger corporations.

    Cons

    Many employees tend to resist change as they've been doing things the same way for a long time. Although changes are happening it often takes time to get them done. This isn't the company for someone looking to climb the corporate ladder quickly. At times people are not held accountable for issues to the extent that they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Continue looking at ways to grow the business. Hire more young ambitious employees to help infuse the business with new ideas as the aging workforce nears retirement. I think it would be a great idea to develop a rotational development program for young professional's hired on.


  6. Best Company to Work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Professional - Exempt in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Business Professional - Exempt in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People, Culture, Pay and Benefits, Education ops, Flexible hours

    Cons

    Maybe some stale and outdated practices and some employees set in their ways due to being there so long.

    Advice to Management

    Get some new talent.


  7. 20+ years and still loving it!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexco has a great culture that has evolved over it's 106 year history. Servicing the customer is the top priority, while management genuinely appreciates, supports and respects employees. A highly respected brand name, a supportive and caring culture, and the opportunity to associate with passionate and dedicated employees make it an ideal workplace.

    Cons

    Mature industry with stable but moderate growth

    Advice to Management

    Keep it fun and don't lose the strong people-feeling within the culture


  8. Great overall company with strong leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Exempt Business Professional in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Exempt Business Professional in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great executive team and company culture. Flexco is a rare place to work where employees are truly valued and their input matters. Many policies and practices are in place to attract, retain, motivate and develop employees. Everyone in the entire U.S. gets a bonus every year based on company profits and individual performance. There are fun activities to recognize achievements and keep employees engaged and motivated. Company is profitable and has a strong history. They've been profitable every year they've been in business and have never had a true layoff. Room for growth and advancement in certain departments. The CEO is a great guy who actually walks around, smiles at people, cares about employees, and engages them in conversation. Great compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Some aspects of old-fashioned practices (such as a 30-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks for office professionals). Some resistance to change from employees who had been at Flexco their entire career. Some employees who had been there a long time had a sense of entitlement. At times it was hard to get things done when members of management were out of the country on business travel for weeks at a time. Expectation that almost everyone should take on global responsibilities without extra pay, training, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  9. A positively different place to work with great people and great benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL

    I have been working at Flexco

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefits, Vacation Time, Bonuses, Travel Opportunities, Willingness to Share Financial Info with Employees, Great people, Family Atmosphere, Years in Business.

    Cons

    Not all employees are treated equally.


  10. a very open and nice company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager

    I have been working at Flexco

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    a samll honourable company wiht rapid growing pace to worldwild market

    Cons

    lack of some basic process which screw up the business progress

    Advice to Management

    nice, open and easy going management style


  11. Helpful (1)

    A great company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Manager
    Current Employee - Quality Manager

    I have been working at Flexco

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Salary & benefits above par, a good team for the most part, and a very healthy company financially all the time.

    Cons

    Several of the managers are incompetent and are looking out for themselves rather than being a team player lower team morale.

    Advice to Management

    The maturity level of the organizations has decreased and several of the technical and M/S folks could do with replacement



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