Mercury Marine

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22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay Away

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Fond du Lac, WI
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Fond du Lac, WI

    I have been working at Mercury Marine full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are no pro's unless you happen to be one of the "chosen"

    Cons

    There are way too many to list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit protecting the under performers! Stop thinking you know it all ! Listen to your management team !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    learn how to treat people

    Current Employee - Auditor  in  Fond du Lac, WI
    Current Employee - Auditor in Fond du Lac, WI

    I have been working at Mercury Marine full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Insurance from day one, big company with lots of room for movement, or so I was told

    Cons

    well, I was terminated after 5 weeks for "failure to fit into culture and department and not meeting expectations". I was interviewed by 6 different people and my manager made the "executive decision" to terminate me; I guess I not only fooled her but they other people I interviewed with separately. The place is a revolving door out in the plants. Also, the city of Fond du Lac is a dump, glad I didn't move there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lead to believe I would receive adequate training. After two months training was nonexistent while many tasks changed.

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    Former Employee - Demand Planner  in  Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Demand Planner in Fond du Lac, WI

    I worked at Mercury Marine

    Pros

    Discounts on many of the corporation's products.

    Cons

    Struggling industry, work overload from many departments.
    Company is lost in Excel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Be Wary of Mercury Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stillwater, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stillwater, OK

    I worked at Mercury Marine

    Pros

    Interesting products, good people.
    They have (had?) a company-wide process improvement program in place. If you could demonstrate that an idea could provide real savings for the company, then you had a genuine chance at procuring resources for the idea and, with success, a genuine chance at promotion.

    Cons

    Stillwater plant has now been closed.
    Benefits and compensation are not very competitive.
    High turnover rate in senior management.
    Information was typically articulated most clearly through the rumor mill.

    Sorry to descend to the level of the anecdote, but without them I'm afraid my criticisms might simply ring hollow:

    I worked at Mercury during the period leading up to the 2008 recession, when gas prices had doubled in under six months to nearly $5/g in Stillwater, and when the imminent collapse of the real estate market was obvious. The market for luxury goods, like those produced by Mercury at Stillwater, was already nearly nonexistent. The only plan articulated by management was an expectation that things would eventually get better. They literally had no plan for dealing with lean times in a market that they understood to be highly cyclical.

    One morning we were called to a meeting in which it was explained that the company was looking at ways to cut costs, with no mention of specifics. On returning to our desks, we found an email stating that the company had canceled its contract with its coffee supplier. While I respect that some money was saved, the experience was absurd, and typical of management's habit of presenting an optimistic rather than straightforward version of reality. More importantly, management took no personal pay cuts that I'm aware of, and made no effort to communicate how more substantial cost saving measures were to be effected.

    Until one morning when I arrived to find that my entire group had been called into our manager's office. Frightened for our livelihoods, we anxiously listened as the senior mid-manager explained that layoffs/forced retirements were planned for another group. It was sort of the reverse of having the rug pulled out from under you, but with the same emotional effect.

    To borrow a coworker's phrase, senior mid-management seemed to develop a "hard on" for this tactic after I left. Given the way the Stillwater plant was closed (Mercury _publicly announced_ that they would close their Fon du Lac plant, then rescinded and closed the Stillwater plant) I now believe that they were just following the example of senior and corporate management.

    The saddest part of this review is that, in all honesty, I can only label Mercury as a typical company at worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a long-term, company-wide plan (including feasible solutions for risk management) that will survive management turnover. Include some goals. Follow it, and share it with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Was nice at first,but now not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mercury Marine

    Pros

    At one time good wage and benefits,but in recent years things have become to rigid and fewer opportunities exist for inventive people.

    Cons

    Any dissent is dealt with harshly,directors and managers all seem to be only concerned with improving their position,to often common sense and good judgement are overlooked in favor of lame ideas and practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is an immediate need to repair damage done during recent reshuffling of plant floor personnel and direction.Locally the available labor pool has dried up of any truly promising individuals.Not easy to retain people on paltry wage and no future benefits,company no longer innovator it wants world to believe it is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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