YESCO

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YESCO Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    An interesting company, but it's been sad to watch the steady decline due to corporate mismanagement.

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    Former Employee - Production in Saint George, UT
    Former Employee - Production in Saint George, UT

    I worked at YESCO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prior to the plant closure in April 2014, the work was generally quite unique and exciting. Sign projects were rarely alike and this kept things interesting. The St George workforce was like a family. Never have I seen a group of people work so well together with so few problems. Many of the projects we worked on were for extravagant Las Vegas casinos and it was extremely rewarding to see our efforts featured prominently on the Vegas skyline.

    Compensation varied from poor to through the roof. If you were lucky enough and had the right pedigree (primarily being transplanted to St George from the Las Vegas shop you could make $30 to $40 hr in production, though $15+ was more the norm for us locals). All the usual benefits were available after a year, a bit overpriced but nothing out of the ordinary. I believe the culture and work environment varied greatly from plant to plant. St George was for the most part, a pleasure to work at, and for the last 2 years we had an excellent production manager who really fine tuned our operation and we began to close jobs out significantly under cost. Saving the company far in excess of a million per year in production costs really made us all feel like rock stars.

    Cons

    The St. George plant was closed down and +90% of the workforce dismissed in April 2014 when the bank forced YESCO to cut more than six million dollars from their bottom line (contrary to the official story which suggested that they were simply shifting operations to a new location).

    As mentioned above, pay was hit or miss. The St George branch was an experiment in setting up a low wage facility to see if it was viable. Those people who were transplanted to the St George plant from Las Vegas were commonly paid in the $30 to $40 range. Those who were hired locally for similar positions started at $12 and worked up from there.

    The St George crew (the locals anyway) worked for a pittance, but we worked extremely hard and for the last 2 years of production we came in millions of dollars under budget. Our significant efforts were ultimately rewarded with a plant closure. The (highly political) decision was made to keep the Phoenix plant (which is widely known within YESCO to have never been profitable in it's existence). People throughout the entire company people were shocked by that decision.

    Middle management has seemed to be much more occupied with patting each other on the back and gloating over how awesome they are than focusing on the tasks at hand (I'm looking at you Las Vegas) while I suspect corporate management have been so out of touch with the realities of where their operations are heading that they may not yet have seen what is becoming obvious to most of their employees and have absolutely no idea what looms on the horizon for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand and start paying attention. When the bank recently issued a wake up call that the plane was overloaded and that you needed to jettison weight, your knee jerk reaction was to throw your most productive engine overboard. Based on decisions like that, it's a widely held opinion among your employees that the YESCO we all knew and loved is simply not going to make it.

    Your poor decisions over the past 10 years have seen you close nearly as many manufacturing plants. You've now got 3 plants left and (according to your own admissions) the Salt Lake City plant is so upside down in it's extravagant new mega facility that it would need to operate 24/7/360 to even approach profitability. Phoenix has not been profitable in 10 years and Las Vegas has what...6 or 7 management staff for every production employee and an extremely costly, unionized workforce? How many millions did Las Vegas lose last year?

    I'm afraid the answer (which you wont want to hear) is to get completely out of the sign manufacturing business and focus on Service and Install which "might" keep you afloat long enough to reorganize and try it all again. You've spent so long rolling in your piles of money that somewhere along the way you forgot how to be accountable for your decisions and how to manage your money responsibly and that lapse in judgement is going to cost you dearly. I genuinely wish you the best in your inevitable bankruptcy and hopeful reorganization. I really do hope you can find some way to survive the next 2 or 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just another pay check source.

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    Current Employee - Graphics Foreman in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Graphics Foreman in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    They allow you to use facilities for person projects so long as it was discussed before happening. Some really nice people in and out all the time.

    Cons

    They have a very skewed perception of what makes an employee valuable and tend to make poor decisions when it comes to hiring and firing. Getting a promotion can be long or impossible to achieve, what is commonly referred to as an "act of congress."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to reduce top end waste, and stop giving people management jobs when they can hardly manage them selves. Tenure is placed far too highly on the list of items that makes a person valuable. Recognize more closely where the value in the operation is and focus more on the customers needs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Old fashioned mormon, patriarchal culture

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    Current Employee - Administrator in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Administrator in Las Vegas, NV

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

    Pros

    Established company. No worries about it going out of business! There can be money to be made in Sales, if given the opportunity.

    Cons

    Do NOT expect to be paid well or widely respected if you are a woman...no matter what kind of job you perform.
    This is a very tight knit largely held together by family ties and good ol' boys.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify your workforce in order to stay competitive with the changing world. Currently upper management all looks the same: Aging white men (very few exceptions). I agree with other posts: It's almost not worth paying for the health insurance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    beware

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YESCO

    Pros

    Given lots of freedom and respect

    Cons

    given very little direction on what is important

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    health care was very costly

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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