Valmont Industries

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Valmont Industries Reviews

Updated January 1, 2015
Updated January 1, 2015
38 Reviews
2.4
38 Reviews
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Valmont Industries Chairman and CEO Mogens C. Bay
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  1.  

    Good Company but tough company culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    Good pay, flexibility and challenging work.

    Cons

    The culture is somewhat unfriendly. New employees feel like they have to earn their keep (and be here for 10 years) before their ideas and perspectives hold any value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need to be held accountable for how they treat each other. I believe there is great vision for where the company is going, but need to focus on employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Starts off as a good job, but then they work you to death and really don't care about safety or employee's.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder I in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Welder I in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good pay. benefits are good. Thats it.

    Cons

    Work way to much. Uppermanagement and office persons have no clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Walls are crumbling on what was an empire

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration in Valley, NE
    Current Employee - Administration in Valley, NE

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

    Pros

    Large but losing market share and employee/customer confidence in the U.S.

    Cons

    Management out of touch with market, customers and employees. Total lack of leadership in the management ranks. High rate of micro management from the top. Panic management setting in. Product quality downward trending, massive missed shipments, customer contact employees left hanging with no support. Good employees are severely over worked to meet cost down goals. Internal personnel don't answer e-mails or phone calls. Seems like a company on the verge of an major fall and senior management does not know what to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the core values that made company a success. Trust your employees and value your customers instead of some useless internal metric.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ok place

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

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Short commute, good benefits, & a busy, but sometimes overwhelming work environment. Pay is competitive for the area. Most of the coworkers are descent.

    Cons

    Poor communication and teamwork between departments and from management. Ineffective leadership. Office politics runs wild. It's all about who you know, not necessarily what your skills & accomplishments are. Micromanaging to the Nth degree. No room for advancement unless willing to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management 101...get to know your employees and what it takes for them to do their jobs, before passing judgement on performance. Evaluate employees for their strengths & put them in positions that will help them succeed. Several good employees are being set up to fail and/or are under utilized. Consider a mentoring program. Management needs to reign in those employees that have 'gotten out of hand' over the years due to weak leadership.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not worth the effort

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Drafter in Valley, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Drafter in Valley, NE

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay poor. Stressed, low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending out memos about the record earnings the company is making without passing any of that off to your employees. Stop demoting people who don't deserve it just because you need to move around resources so your bottom line looks better. Start providing real training to your employees. Make the company what you tell people it is when you hire them... a good place to work, where the management cares.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Structures Division

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

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

    Pros

    Large employer with decent benifits. Not a lot to speak of last 5 years

    Cons

    Old GM syndrome. Poor senior management, does not value employee's or its customers, product quality downward trending, lots of chiefs to few indians, endless meetings and those meetings take priority over customer needs, industry follower not leader in U.S..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, your methods are not working. Learn to appreciate experienced employee's and your customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Absolutely no opportunity to advance

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado, KS

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

    Pros

    Reasonable wages for small town

    Cons

    Management is totally out of touch. Total divide between those in management and those who do all of the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen

  9.  

    Its not the best place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Material Controller in Jasper, TN
    Current Employee - Material Controller in Jasper, TN

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    You learn alot from other employees, its a very safe work environment, you get pretty good help,and the other employees are pretty decent.

    Cons

    You dont get acknowledged for anything you do, you dont get fair pay, and theres too much favoritism in the plant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to be more fair about things, help when help is needed , dont pile on saturdays just because you dont have anything to do, and it wouldnt hurt to show a little acknowledgement every now and then.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Valmont Industries has strong sales and operations in USA. VWCE is lacking in sales and manufacturing capital support.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production in Barrie, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production in Barrie, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture, somewhat good management with good people skills. Good salary package and average industry benefit. Good profit sharing bonus program , minimum 1%, maximum 5% which are paid twice a year for Canadian division.

    Cons

    Due to several merger and acquisition of companies, Valmont falls short on business strategy and alignment. The KPIs are stricly on sales and net operating profit (10%). The other not so important KPI's are on-time delivery, conversion cost, productivity and safety. The Canadian division usually gets the shortest straw in profit margin due to lack of sales and high overhead. As a result of this shortcoming, the upper management for Cdn divisions usually terminate and lay off indirect labor with higher salary, irrespective of the impact to the overall business and workflow. Huge lack of trust between floor employees and management, especially within Canadian division. The sins from the past doesn't help the cause either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on business strategy and hiring. For VWCE, don't keep hiring people if you don't see them as a true long term investment for the company. Don't hire educated and highly knowledgeable individuals and let them go when the business is stagnant in sales and operating profit. VWCE eliminated few important positions such as QA Manager, Sales Manager, Safety Coordinator/Manager, manufacturing engineer, engineering designers due to lack of understanding and short term expectations for these positions. The phrase coined by the management, "if you ain't burning, you ain't earning". That means every positions other than welders, inside sales, customer service, order entry, office receptionist (who orders food for sales meeting and make coffee every morning) are insignificant and no so important, only short term strategies.
    Keep the overhead low. Keep the capacity in control. Help other division to enhance sales rather than giving them enough rope to hang on. Don't keep buying out companies and close them after 5-6 years due lack of 10% operating profit and sales. Invest in new machinery, equipment and training for Canadian Lighting and Communications Structures manufacturing plant especially in Barrie, Delta and Ferndale WA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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