Shaw Industries Reviews

Updated May 25, 2015
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Pros
  • good pay and benefits in a bad economy (in 10 reviews)

  • good family orient company and good work life balance (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • The opportunity for advancement is often left up to the whole "who you know, not what you know" philosophy (in 4 reviews)

  • Dalton GA is a pigeon-hole for those in IT industry (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Get your resume material and GET OUT !!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Dalton, GA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Dalton, GA

    I worked at Shaw Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you are basically useless, but are a smooth talker and a shameless schmoozer, you might have what it takes to get on the fast track. You will get good management experience that you can put on your resume when you search for your next job. The company makes money in spite of themselves. If a 1% annual salary increase, along with an annual insurance premium hike to wipe out your increase sounds appealing, this company is right for you.

    Cons

    I was a process engineer in Manufacturing at the plant level, so I can only speak of what I saw in this area. Where do I start ? In the late 1990's Shaw started passing over solid, technically sound people and started promoting "used car salesmen/game show host" types. Most of these people were good talkers who excelled at little more than finger pointing and throwing people under the bus to cover up their incompetence. After more than a decade of this, most of the manufacturing managers are technically clueless about their own departments and unwilling to listen to the people who can actually fix things. (I had a plant manager tell me that we needed to be doing our preventative maintenance during production while the machines were running. You can't make this stuff up.) It is a very difficult place to work if you just want to come to work each day and do your job. Finally, in manufacturing, once you hit the 15 year mark, you get a target on your back. Unless you know someone high up who will protect you, there is a very good chance that you will be forced out. Don't think that being the most competent person in your department will save you. This will actually have the opposite effect as your "manager" will see you as a threat and you will be forced out to make room for some "hot new managerial talent" that they can pay less and intimidate. This practice has actually cost the company million$, but they don't seem to have learned anything from it yet. The company places no value whatsoever on job knowledge, experience, and/or expertise. They do not care anything about people (salaried or hourly) at the plant level.

    Advice to Management

    Loyalty is a two way street. It is no longer 2009. Start paying your people or the best ones will leave.


  2. Helpful (1)

    After one year at D5 it was and still is a facility that operates on smoke screens.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator II in Calhoun, GA
    Current Employee - Operator II in Calhoun, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about D5 plant is the days off.

    Cons

    Because of D5 diverse environment the organization take full advantage of individuals. Meaning low pay and position are formed around foreigners with little or no education. Unless you're from another country this is not a good facility. I could continue with examples, but my final words, JUST SIMPLY HORRIBLE WORSE JOB EVER.

    Advice to Management

    Implement some standards surrounding your hiring process. At lease have a high school education or GED. Stop hiring because of cheap labor. "All good things do come to an end".


  3. Helpful (1)

    Competitors Help

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dalton, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dalton, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only good thing is some of the employees--those who come in and do their jobs, but usually they're lower-level or non-managerial employees.

    Cons

    Hypocrisy and stupidity at epidemic levels. Senior mgmt fails to validate anything! They stumble along touting how successful the company is, but never verifying what they've been told by their VP's and Directors. They look like imbeciles when they're up telling how "awesome" the company is, because internal teams and even customers know it's a joke. Unqualified "posers" are promoted, therefore any new ideas are from the competition, stolen from a lower-level employee, or outdated, rebranded-as-new ideas that were originally launched 4-5 years ago. The marketing department is the worst. Instead of a cohesive marketing strategy, it feels like 20+ separate marketing departments all wandering around aimlessly. Carpet hates hard surfaces; Hard Surfaces hates Carpet; and so on. And because of Shaw's practice of promoting unqualified employees to VP's and Directors, there's no organization. Folks roll in each day without a clue as to their role and responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    If the competition offers to buy Shaw, accept their offer. The competition will fix everything for you. They know how to gauge qualifications, validate, and accurately measure success. They'll address the issues and clean up the place, so Berkshire can be profitable with their flooring business.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Good ol boy, bad leadership

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Dalton, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Dalton, GA

    I have been working at Shaw Industries (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the people are great. The hours and travel experiences are good. Benefits and pay are o.k. Berkshire Hathaway is parent company.

    Cons

    Horrible backstabbing to get ahead. It is who you know not what you know. Management may set a directive and even if you advise that it is wrong they will use you as a scape goat if it goes bad. I have never been at a company with so many people who knew so little about a subject matter they considered themselves experts on. Managers and Directors will take your ideas and present to management as their own. This may be an unpopular statement, but they have a Women's Innovation Network only to appease the women so they think they are actually being listened to and promoted. Different company since Mr. Shaw left. The new regime forces early retirement on many that are very valuable employees. Use this company for training, but take your career some where else to be appreciated. Good bonuses if you are in the good ol boy click, if not you will watch them build houses and vacation homes as you struggle to get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    Actually talk to employees openly and to their faces. Many love the company, but Management only listens to their direct reports. You are missing the engagement of your masses. Stop being too busy to really listen. Take more risks for growth. Your competition is outpacing you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Pay, Bad management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cartersville, GA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cartersville, GA

    I worked at Shaw Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pros of working here is one week of vacation first year, two weeks the second - fourth year and then 3 weeks 5th year. Pay is unbeatable for entry level around the area.

    Cons

    Management pretends to care about what you need, but they do nothing to help you. They have no idea how to do any job, so don't expect to get anything out of them.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees you care, and not by cooking popcorn and handing out a couple drinks...


  7. Helpful (2)

    a small cog in a huge wheel

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Shaw Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    if you're young, ambitious and can play the corporate game- lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    The company sucks you in as a totally anonymous entity. Say good bye to your private life..

    Advice to Management

    Keep the hanky handy to wipe off your nose


  8. Helpful (2)

    Political, Good Old Boy, NO Ethics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dalton, GA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Dalton, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cheap carpet. There are many plants in the area so you can move around a lot.

    Cons

    SHAW stand for Sundays holiday and weekends. You will have no life never see your family. Don't get sick or try to push a new idea no matter how long you have worked there, you will get fired. Only people from GA area will get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth and respect their personal life


  9. Helpful (1)

    Working at Shaw is a miserable experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cableset Operator in LaFayette, GA
    Current Employee - Cableset Operator in LaFayette, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We get off 30 minutes for a meeting when somebody has a medical, which is pretty often. They think the BBS safety crap really works when nobody gets hurt for a few months and wonder why it doesn't when they increase our workload and people start getting injured. The BBS program basically consists of filling out a little slip of paper every day about some aspect of safety. It doesn't do anything to help prevent accidents.

    Cons

    They increased our workload by 100% in the last year because the obameconomy is so bad they know they can get away with it. We didn't get a raise last year. When you sign up for a job you're lucky if they even acknowledge your application and you have little chance of getting the job unless you know somebody.

    Advice to Management

    Be ashamed to cash your checks


  10. Helpful (1)

    Ok

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Shaw Industries (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was great and the warehouse is well organized.

    Cons

    All the employees complain about there job. If you are one minute late you get a point after so many points you get written up.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the employees that do there job.


  11. Helpful (2)

    They say misery loves company. They made a company, and made misery- Frustrated Incorporated. That's Shaw Industries.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Weaver in Chickamauga, GA
    Current Employee - Weaver in Chickamauga, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I have a job. I'm not homeless. I can pay my bills... sorta. It gives me lots of good material to scare my daughter into doing good in school and going to college, even if I have no idea how I will ever be able to pay for her to go.

    Cons

    Long hours. No breaks. No joke. Georgia doesn't have any laws that state employers have to give employees breaks and Shaw will tell you this. They have a break system on file and everyone in HR believes employees get breaks, but go sit down in the break room and see how long it takes for a supervisor to come SCREAMING at you to get back on the floor. We get a raise every 2-3 years that usually averages about a quarter, but our insurance goes up every year. They only pay $0.25 on the dollar (up to 6%) on their 401k. There is absolutely no bonuses, for hourly employees at least. For Christmas they have started giving us a Christmas tree shaped Little Debbie cake that says "Happy Holidays" on the wrapper. Not joking. Before that it was nothing. Since 2009, they have cut MANY positions there. People have taken on more and more responsibilities with even less help than they had before and no additional compensation for the extra duties. Then on top of that, they mandatory you to work on your days off because they don't have enough people to cover jobs. It is HOT in there. You think a Georgia summer is hot when you're out at the pool? Go into a big tin building with hundreds of machines going non-stop and it will literally take your breath away when you walk in the door. Even after 10 years I still get a rising panic I have to fight down when I walk in the door when that heat blasts you in the face and you know there is no getting out of it for the next 12 hours. It takes a lot of mental conditioning. Twelve hour shifts will eat you're life away; especially if you're working nights. There is no social life anymore. I'm writing this at 2:40 AM and this is midday for me. You spend half you're life working for a company that doesn't even care about you. Human Resources treat you like a child. They act as if everyone that comes in to see them barely has the brain capacity to keep breathing on their own. They think they know more about your job than you do when they absolutely refuse to go out on the floor. They even moved the job bid sheets into HR so they wouldn't have to go out on the floor to collect them anymore. When you go in to see them after working a 12 hour shift, they leave you sitting out there while they catch up on gossip and get their morning coffee going. They don't even acknowledge you (even tho they walk by you several times) until they are ready to talk to you about your problem and then all the smiles disappear and as cold as they can they ask "Can I help you?" <insert exasperated tone>

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue. Make eye contact with your employees. Smile. Doing something other than drill us about any little nit-pick thing you happen to be obsessing about that day. Realize we are humans and not animals, don't talk to us like we are. I put my pants on the same as you, stop acting like you are a more evolved human being. When we come to you with a problem, don't placate us to get us to go away. Do some research, ask questions. Realize most, if not all, of us have families and a life (or at least WANT to have a life) and we're only there to make a living. We're not there because we dreamed about making carpet backing as a kid, we're there because we made some serious misjudgments in life. I work so I can live, I don't live to work. I'm not lazy, but giving my whole life to you and this company is not why I was put on this planet. There should be a balance. We want to work safe for US and our families not for you. I have a good sense about what is safe and what isn't, let me do it. Don't force me to do it your way when it doesn't make any sense because you have no clue what the job is, the safety behavior just looks good to you on paper.



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