Shaw Industries Reviews

Updated October 10, 2014
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  1. Great Pay, Bad management

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    a small cog in a huge wheel

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep the hanky handy to wipe off your nose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Political, Good Old Boy, NO Ethics

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth and respect their personal life

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Working at Shaw is a miserable experience

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be ashamed to cash your checks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Ok

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees that do there job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Horrible

    Current Employee - Plant Worker in Cartersville, GA
    Current Employee - Plant Worker in Cartersville, GA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    If 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. Buying Group Territory Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw Industries full-time

    Pros

    experience for resume building and character building

    Cons

    sexual harassment by regionals always

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Shaw Industries tries to work you to death

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    Current Employee - Cabling Operator in LaFayette, GA
    Current Employee - Cabling Operator in LaFayette, GA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    They 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people so that you don't kill the few you have.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Only as a last resort

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Dalton, GA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Dalton, GA

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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