Virginia Transformer Corp.

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Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Toxic Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp.

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

    Pros

    Cannot see too many pros with this company

    Cons

    Compensation is horrible, don't care about employees, everybody is replaceable

    Advice to Management

    Learn to have some compassion and top management should pick better managers

  2. This company has the worse reputation in Roanoke County

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp.

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

    Pros

    I found out shortly after working here that there are no pros. I wish there was.

    Cons

    Listen to all the negative comments before you consider working here. As people have warned, the glowing reviews are from HR and Management. This company is a mess and the mess starts with the President.

    Advice to Management

    I think the Management knows what they need to do. I don't think they will ever do it. Stop covering for the President or you will go down with him. Someone asked on here, how do you sleep at night? Well, how do you? Fix the very bad discrimination, the very bad culture and values.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Prospering company, however a toxic environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    A growing company with lots of opportunities and a very profitable business too...plenty of work and a fast paced environment. A lot of great people work at VT, and they made the job tolerable...

    Cons

    Overall, Virginia Transformer has a toxic environment. Top management (see President and owner) makes it very clear EVERYONE is replaceable, employees are simply commodities and have no greater value than the components necessary for building transformers. Overtime is essentially mandatory (like Saturday mornings), but you will not be compensated for your extra time (not really sure how this is legal, maybe it's not?)...I have never worked for a company with such an toxic "top down" culture where human capital is so under valued...shocking.

    Advice to Management

    No real advice, I believe the company's awful environment is clearly established by its CEO/Owner, and he does not have the ability to change due to cultural conditioning. To me, a touch of humanism might reduce the "revolving door" taking place at VT, and improve the "bottom line", but this requires a bit of empathy and understanding and that's not going to happen...also, I believe the "pro" comments on this site are posted by current VT management too...so, do read with caution...

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  5. Helpful (7)

    You WORK for them and they make 1000% sure that you understand they don't care what your life holds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Other then you receiving a paycheck for enduring their abuse nothing to speak of.

    Cons

    The main challenge is the expected hours that are not consistent or defined. No departmental or interdepartmental communication. NO !!!! NO RESPECT from management. The product produced is in my opinion that of a low end mass produced pizza. They are all different but, are still by all make up the same. The level of craftsmanship is that of a kindergartener with an etch a sketch.

    Advice to Management

    Increase your employee's pay to a fair wage for the job done. Lift the moral and slow down production so that product can be built correctly.

  6. Helpful (6)

    very bad culture and work experience

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    no pros. only cons.

    Cons

    work culture is very bad. management has no vision.
    employee satisfaction is nil.

    Advice to Management

    need to change their outlook towards employees.

  7. Helpful (6)

    My Opinion? Not Good.....

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    Current Employee - Management in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Management in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    I honestly don't see any pros. The cons out weigh the pros anyway!

    Cons

    Many cons. Just ask about any employee.

    Advice to Management

    The President is very hard to work for. Watch your back!

  8. Helpful (6)

    Never work here if you have any other option

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None really, the young engineers are fresh from school and hard working, still everyone greets by "sir" as if we are stuck in British empire days - you got it no positive to state.

    Cons

    The title summarizes it all. The owner rules here. HR is of no use. You have to put up face time without any reason. Family doesn't come in the picture. So why even work here? All the negative things written in the different postings are true. So if you are planning on relocating to Roanoke to take a job at VTC please don't commit that mistake. It's a dead end as someone put it to me. Micromanagement, no authority to make any decision, rude owner - asks you to meet at 7 pm - does it sound crazy? Believe it - all these are real. You will see in your offer letter that it will be mentioned that you have to put in long hours and occasionally over weekend. You will travel on your own time, stay in motels and not hotels!!!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of face time, the firm makes enough money, give a break to the employees, m a ke it a 8 - 5 job, don't misuse visa rules and tie up employees to your firm, sell the firm to decent owner

  9. Helpful (6)

    High Turnover - Toxic Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The employees are awesome. The people for the most part are wonderful, friendly, will help if they don't think they will get in trouble.

    Cons

    High High turnover rate. The turnover rate ranges from 2.5-5 % every month. When the employees call every other Friday - Black Friday you can guarantee that it is bad. When the HR department has gone thru 7 assistants since 2011 - There is a major problem. The longest of those assistants was a year. Hiring is done based on ethnic background, if you get elderly or have done something against the grain, you have written your pink slip within months.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people fairly and equitably. Quit discriminating.

  10. Helpful (6)

    engineering ,manager

    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Pocatello, ID
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Pocatello, ID

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    you should not work for that company

    Cons

    do not treat people right, it is a revolving door specially for managers

  11. Helpful (7)

    RED FLAG - Be wary of recent glowing reviews

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Virginia Transformer Corp. full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    It's a job. The training was pretty good. Most of the regular employees (non-managers) are good to work with. Job security is very good. It's very hard to get fired, engineers get moved to sales in lean times, and management will put the whole plant on a week-long furlough when it's really bad (it's a pay cut, but can be better than a random layoff).

    Cons

    Check out the reviews. From 2010 to August, 2012, there were only 6 reviews, all negative to mediocre . As one would expect for a medium-size company, there was one every few months.. Fast-forward to the week of August 15-19, 2012: 8 *glowing* reviews. I think Virginia Transformer management discovered glassdoor, and are trying to game the system.

    Micromanagement, lack of trust, collaboration actively discouraged, pay and benefits are not very good, no concept of flexible time for salaried employees. No work/life balance (must use vacation time for annual plant shutdowns. Once vacation was gone, plant-wide furloughs cut at my pay.

    Advice to Management

    Don't game the system. It's dishonest. Instead, take a look internally and treat your employees better. You've got some really smart people working there, trust that your employees can get the job done. Recognize good effort without stealing credit, and employees will be more willing to go above and beyond in the future. Don't treat your employees like cattle, and they'll work harder instead of stewing in resentment (and they'll also write honest reviews on their own)

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