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Shaw Industries Reviews

Updated Feb 4, 2014
Shaw Industries – Santa Fe Springs – “Receiving Area Inside the Warehouse”

All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 112 reviews

82% Approve of the CEO

Shaw Industries CEO Vance D. Bell

Vance D. Bell

(76 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good pay and benefits in a bad economy(in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Not enough opportunity for advancement, and turning into a high pressure sales organization(in 3 reviews)

  • Employees are merely files in drawer, numbers to be cut and necessary evils to upper management(in 4 reviews)

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    CORRUPT COMPANY

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNothing! This company discriminates!! Nothing! Nothing! Nothing! nothing nothing nothing nothing

    ConsSen Mgn dont have to abide by the same Code of Conduct or Ethics. For the same offense if u r hourly u get fired if u r salary u never get fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice What You Preach. Treat everyone based on the same Code of Conduct and Ethics.Don't discriminate based on a person's job title, rank or years with the company. Wrong is Wrong!!

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    Operator plant d7

    Machine Operator (Former Employee) Calhoun, GA

    ProsNone Cant think of any

    ConsLive to work , welcome to a sweat shop yes here in the USA

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe are people not slaves get out there and look around , the only reason Jose and Guadalupe have a smile on theyr face is because they cant speak english and theyr used to working like mules , work on all holidays while the office employees feast and celebrate with theyr loved ones while Jose and Guadalupe work theyr fingers down to the bone with theyr happy toothless smile ,and we all here in the big USA thought sweat shops were a thing of third world countries not at plant d7 SAD BUT TRUE BTW we dont care how rich Vance D Bell is stop rubbing it on our faces

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Working at Shaw is a miserable experience

    Cableset Operator (Current Employee) LaFayette, GA

    ProsWe 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.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementBe ashamed to cash your checks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsThe pay was great and the warehouse is well organized.

    ConsAll 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 Senior ManagementTake care of the employees that do there job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Weaver (Current Employee) Chickamauga, GA

    ProsI 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.

    ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Horrible

    Plant Worker (Current Employee) Cartersville, GA

    ProsAt this point, I can't think of any.

    ConsIf you are on 2nd or 3rd shift, good luck making it to 1st.

    Plant workers reach level 3 and the vast majority will never receive another raise.

    They will schedule 7 day work weeks at the drop of a hat, even weeks immediately preceding Christmas.

    Equipment (especially computers and lift trucks) are left in disrepair for months at a time. No one is on staff at the plant to keep the computers working.

    If you ask for any kind of understanding for a particular situation, forget it. You can work here 5 years or be fresh out of orientation, it doesn't matter to them.

    Employees are merely files in drawer, numbers to be cut and necessary evils to upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees feel it when you consider them to be no more than an expense. Your reward for a year of profitability, Pride Day (actually 1 1/2 hour), is terrible - a very few get a little prize and most leave with nothing. It's insulting. If you want to show your appreciation, write checks; do not set up a ring toss.

    You have cut labor yet spend money on ridiculous programs and positions.

    Show us a little respect by scheduling more thoughtfully and do not pretend to show appreciation with Pride Day or food.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosexperience for resume building and character building

    Conssexual harassment by regionals always

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shaw Industries tries to work you to death

    Cabling Operator (Current Employee) LaFayette, GA

    ProsI can't think of anything good to say about Shaw.

    ConsThey recently increased our workload by 50% and no raise this year. You have to work hard constantly and are so sore by the end of the 12 hour shift you can barely walk.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more people so that you don't kill the few you have.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Only as a last resort

    Process Engineer (Current Employee) Dalton, GA

    ProsYou will develop valuable managerial skills that you can use anywhere. You may also inadvertently see examples of how not too manage.

    If you are a "Golden Boy" or in the Boys Club, you will move up regardless of how inept you are. Incompetence will not necessarily prevent you from being promoted.

    The company is not too bad if you are not in Manufacturing or Production.

    ConsThis company was once a great place to work. It is sad to see how it has declined in the last 10 years.

    If you are not a "Golden Boy" or on the fast track, then forget it. Not only will you not move up, you will eventually be the fall guy for the incompetence of some Golden Boy. They preach quality and effeciency relentlessly. Yet, you would be amazed at how they will turn a blind eye to the constant screw ups of some of their "special" people. I have seen customers and business lost and product lines ruined because Management insists on protecting some Golden Child, rather than put someone in the position that can do the job.

    Human Resources is a joke. Once again, they will help you if you are on the fast track and they think there will be a payoff for them down the road. If you aren't in the Boy's Club, then forget it. They are not interested in helping you or even listening to you.

    By now, a pattern should is emerging. It is not a bad place to start and acquire some skills. However, if you have not progressed after 5 years, then you either have to accept your fate or leave the company. It is not a place to work long term if you are looking for advancement.

    Competence, technical expertise, and a good work record with numerous accomplishments will not prevent you from being the fall guy. They will cut you loose in a minute to protect one of their Golden Boys.

    Advice to Senior Management"He comes from a good family" and "I know his daddy" are not really good criteria for determining who gets a promotion.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst place I've ever worked, hands down.

    Technician (Current Employee) Chickamauga, GA

    ProsPay is decent, but not for amount of life you give up. Nursing staff on-site for people that work dayshift or night shift workers that don't mind trying to stay awake in the waiting room after working 12 hours.

    ConsLet me start by saying, if you don't have a degree, don't even think about moving up. You will always stay hourly. They will hire some squeaky eared kid fresh out of school that has never even seen the inside of a mill before they will dream of promoting someone who has done many of the jobs and knows the business.

    They micro-manage you to death! It's always how much more you can be doing and not what you do well. They have been downsizing recently and putting loads more on the remaining employees. It's to the point now where taking a break or even going to the bathroom is not a possibility without incurring the wrath of your supervisor. Anyone who thinks I'm kidding is in for a shock. YOU WILL NOT GET A BREAK!

    Supervisors themselves are extremely LAZY! How they got in the position they are in is beyond me. They all gather in each other's office and hang out. Play on their phones or the computers. When they get bored, they make their rounds and jump down people's throats about what they are or are not doing. Most I have dealt with or observed are VERY argumentative. The managers (department heads) are pretty much the same way so I would say trash talking the hourly employees is par for the course. All management there has no problems yelling at you in front of your co-workers. If you sit there and take it, they will keep prodding you to respond. No sense in that at all. Very unprofessional.

    HR is no help at all either. They have replaced almost everyone there in the last few months. Other personnel being promoted to micro-manage other workers in different plants. HR personnel will listen to you intently and show concern, but then report back to your boss that you were bad-mouthing him/her and then you will know no peace. Nothing has been done, as far as I have seen, about the abuse the supervisors dish out.

    You will work the entire time you are there. If you have a minute to relax, that is a minute they will be telling you - you need to have a broom in your hand. Some positions/employees have it way better. They spend most of their time in the break room dozing or in the office with the supervisors. It is very much a buddy system there.

    They mandatory people to work their off days EVERY week. It is next to impossible to plan anything for your days off, because it will get ruined every time. They are stretching and pushing everyone to their absolute limit.

    As far as benefits, they offer the standard helping of "benefits" most companies offer. Paid vacation is an interesting one. You get vacation in the form of hours. Supposedly you can take these in one hour increments, but don't count on it. You get about 196 hours at around 3 years I believe, I really don't know. I have never actually seen an employee hand book or benefits package. You have to take 12 hours for every day you want off since it's 12 hour shifts. You can be mandatory to work even on a vacation day, so you will have to call in and take a point, even though you are on vacation... go figure. The vacation days themselves are not paid. Twice a year they give you a "vacation check" that you are to "put aside and use for vacation, it's not a bonus." You get one in June and one in December. A lot of people call it a Christmas bonus, but Shaw specifically tells us not to refer to it as a bonus, so therefore, you get nothing for Christmas, but a lot of times management will refer to the vacation check as a holiday bonus check... they try to make people feel as tho they are getting both.

    They have 401k... who doesn't. They offer a quarter on the dollar up to 3%. You are fully vested after 3 years. Shaw does not let you borrow from your 401k. The provider, Prudential, allows for it, but Shaw does not except under the most extreme circumstances.

    Insurance is not the greatest. We have Cigna, (I believe is our insurance provider du jour) and they offer some plan where they give you $500-$700 to use any way you see fit (single) and around $1500 (family), after that you pay 100% up to your deductible, about $2500-$3500 depending on your coverage, after that they cover the standard 80%. Those amounts will be completely burned up in a few visit and some meds, so don't plan to go to the doctor unless you're dying.

     Hourly pay starts at around $10+ and goes up into the high teens. Raises seem pretty slim for hourly employees as well. They seem to be rolling around every 3 years or so. Around $0.30 - $0.60 each time.

     Bottom line is, don't come here unless you can't make ends meet ANY other way. If you want to know what it's like to be unappreciated, work like a dog, have NO home life, no raises, no encouragement, no opportunity for advancement, feel overwhelmed and stressed out even while you're off... then this is definitely the place for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand your hourly people are not machines. They are human beings and they make mistakes (especially when worker fatigue is rampant). Understand that the place YOU work is not the same place THEY work. We see that mill as hell on earth and you all seem to see it as "A great place to work and take pride in." Understand we have lives! We want to be with our families, not working our days off. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Understand that when an employee comes to you and explains a problem s/he is having on the job, doing the job, or with a supervisor, they are not just whining and trying to get out of work!!! Deal with our issues. Show us you care! Stop cutting labor and increasing work on employees that long ago reached their physical limitations!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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