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East Manufacturing Corporation Randolph, OH

East Manufacturing Corporation is a growing local manufacturer of aluminum trailers located in Randolph, Ohio. We are currently seeking Trailer… CareerMarketplace


30+ days ago

2nd Shift Yard Jockey

East Penn Manufacturing Oelwein, IA

2nd Shift Yard Jockey East Penn Mfg. Co., Inc., (Deka Battery) a worldwide industry leader in the battery and accessory business is seeking a Yard… Monster


30+ days ago

Warehouse MH/Driver

East Penn Manufacturing Syracuse, NY

will include loading and unloading trucks, physical lifting, and operating forklift and tow motor, as well as driving small truck to deliver product… Monster


30+ days ago

High Voltage Electricians

East Penn Lyon Station, PA

• Maintain, repair, troubleshoot and install industrial manufacturing equipment and systems. • Maintain, repair, troubleshoot and install medium… Glassdoor


16 hrs ago

Automation Control Engineer – new

East Penn Lyon Station, PA

• Use/implementation of machine level device communications. (DH+, DH485, Remote I/O, Device Net, Control Net, Ethernet preferred) • Supervisory… Glassdoor


22 days ago

Service Coordinator

East Penn Manufacturing Ashland, VA

for this position include: Answer customer calls regarding service and parts Dispatch service technicians on service calls Coordinate preventive… Monster


30+ days ago

Warehouse Material Handler

East Penn Manufacturing Smithfield, RI

Full time position- Warehouse MH East Penn Manufacturing (Deka Battery), the worlds largest independent manufacturer of lead-acid batteries is… Monster


30+ days ago

Science Internship

East Penn Lyon Station, PA

Develop process to make products Scaling up the manufacture of products from the laboratory bench to the productions plants Help in the designing of… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Quality Control Technician

East Penn Lyon Station, PA

SHIFT TIMES: 1ST 2ND 3RD JOB PROCEDURES: • Inspecting and testing storage batteries and accessories in the manufacturing process or before… Glassdoor


22 days ago

Full-Time Route Driver

East Penn Manufacturing Ontario, CA

for this position will include heavy lifting, loading and unloading trucks, operating tow motors and other warehouse work as requested. Delivery… Monster


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    Excellent place to work if you only have a HS diploma. Disappointing place to work if you're college educated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent--definitely better than any other manufacturing in the area. You also get a yearly bonus, which varies in amount, but is usually whatever your hourly rate is x 120 hours. It can be more or less though depending on how the company did that year financially.

    Benefits are decent. Most people that work there think they're phenomenal, but that's mostly because healthcare sucks in this country, so decent benefits end up looking like amazing benefits.

    Usually steady work--The company tries its best to not have layoffs, which are pretty rare. Although there were two recent layoffs (2008 and 2012). You'll get 40 hours a week, but if your department is slow, they might move you somewhere else temporarily.

    Cons

    Pay, while better than most places, is still lower than it should be for many departments and specific jobs. For example, operators make good money, I'm not arguing that, but their bonuses are limited by a glass ceiling. Even if they produce a ton of product, management will just lower the piece rate. They also use a 'group bonus' tactic, which delineates bonus by department, not by the individual. So, even if you bust your --- and make a lot if money, it doesn't matter unless everyone else is doing the same.

    Pay is seriously lacking for leaders and foreman. While they do get paid a FEW dollars more per hour than operators or QAs, their pay doesn't even come close to what it should be for the amount of bull---- they have to endure on a daily basis.

    Pay is also SERIOUSLY LACKING for fringe jobs, by which I mean jobs like office work, IT work, accounting and payroll. Basically anything not directly associated with production. I can't stress enough how little these people make compared to everyone in production.

    Overtime can be a blessing, but is more often than not a curse. When it's voluntary, it's fantastic, although there is often this ridiculous pressure that if you don't sign up, it'll be mandatory. It depends on the department, but in my few years at Deka, I've been mandatory three times. The first was only a month long, the second was for eight months, and the third is for eight months and counting. If it's mandatory it's almost always six days a week, eight hours a day. It's extremely rare to see seven days mandatory.

    Politicking -- This place is really bad for it. In most cases, it's not what you know, it's who you blow. If you don't believe me or think I'm just a disgruntled employee, just take a look for yourself. Most, although not all, of the plant managers, senior supervisors, and general higher ups didn't get where they are through intelligence and a good work ethic, they got there because they already knew someone, were willing to sell their soul, or were just so horrible at their last job that the Personnel department decided promoting them would be the best solution to remove from said job.

    Turnover -- Deka has pretty much monopolized the battery market regarding quality. They also know that they're one of the only places in a 10-county radius that pays decently. This had lead to a huge "you're just a number" mentality. It's not too hard to keep your job so long as you follow their rules and keep showing up, and while that's not too hard, you may end up breaking a rule and not even realizing it. This can mostly be avoided by keeping your mouth shut, as it takes a long time to figure out who's cool and can be trusted. There are a lot of immature ---kissers there just waiting to see or hear you do the wrong thing so they can get brownie points by squealing on you. The worst part is that most managers entertain these petty "violations" and you actually do get in trouble, and if you're new enough to the company, you really could get fired. Put in a few years of quiet, steady attendance and you'll be a lot better off for it.

    There's so much more to type, but this has already become long winded. Essentially, this really isn't a horrible place to work, but don't be fooled. The only reason they're on the Best Places to Work in PA list is because they're a DECENT place to work in a time when there are so few places to work to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't perform the job that you're the supervisor of, and perform that job well, do us all a favor and quit.

    Other than that, have some respect for your "underlings." If it wasn't for them busting their --- and sacrificing time with their family to always be at work, you wouldn't be anything.

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