Charlotte Pipe & Foundry – Cameron, TX
include safe operation of equipment, maintaining accurate inventory records, driving a forklift and lifting up to 50 pounds. High School Diploma or… TheJobNetwork
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I worked at Charlotte Pipe & Foundry full-time (More than 10 years)
During economic downturns, CP&F will do everything it can to avoid layoffs. Pay is performance based, topping out at 150% of base pay. Equipment is new or replaced frequently. General work areas are clean and orderly. Breaks are generous with break and rest areas well kept. Job duties are light to moderate lifting requiring simple computer data entry skills.
There is a general push from top management down to reduce costs that too often comes at he expense of the employees hourly pay. Pay for performance averages are based on performance during production times averaged with base pay during non-production times. This is then averaged with other employees net production on a department shift. So a top production employee will be punished by a low production employee while the low production employee is rewarded with a higher average pay. Averages are easily manipulated due to multiple employees and net production being grouped. Safety is an after thought. "All accidents are avoidable." If you get hurt, it's your fault......always! If you bring attention to a safety hazard, it may take months or even years to be addressed, usually after someone gets hurt, and especially if it would require a change in process or equipment that costs money. There is always a very present "US versus THEM" mentality with management. Employees are rarely asked for input that is actually used to benefit them or the work process. The company does regular surveys but no matter how poor the morale is, the surveys are always positive. Raises are generally 2% but if you are a production employee, your raise is prorated based on production. Example: A 50 cent raise may see 10 cents at 100%. 10 cents at 110%, etc. So if you take a vacation or a holiday, you make 100% base pay and don't see your full raise. Healthcare is sub par. Whereas most companies offer 90% and 80% options, CP&F offer 90% and 75%. The increase in yearly premiums usually offsets any raise you get.
Advice to Management
Don't be afraid to talk to and listen to your employees. Many of them have excellent advise and can make meaningful improvement to work flow, the work process, morale, and ultimately customer satisfaction. Increase company contributions to healthcare plans. CP&F is one of the biggest and top paying employers in Union County but lag considerably in healthcare contribution.