ESSROC – Winchester, VA
• Candidate must furnish own hand tools adequate for the position, the company will supply specialty tools and tools larger than ¾ • Diagnose… Glassdoor
ESSROC – Pittsburgh, PA
• Work calls for extreme heavy exertion over sustained periods of time and all persons must lift heavy loads; climb to work stations, drive equipment… Glassdoor
ESSROC – Dorado, PR
• Perform "trouble-shooting" to AC inverters and DC. • Perform "trouble-shooting" to PLC control systems and DCS (Allan Bradley, Siemens… Glassdoor
ESSROC – Logansport, IN
• Lead, coordinate, and assist development and implementation of safety and health policy, programs, plans, and procedures with operations management… Glassdoor
ESSROC – Logansport, IN
• Ability to stay in tune with needs of the plant, managing equipment problems, and following up through completion. Must be able to balance changing… Glassdoor
ESSROC – Front Royal, VA
• Ensure that all quarry operations are carried out in compliance with the operating permits, providing periodic reporting as required. • Manage… Glassdoor
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I have been working at Essroc full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
Well, it's work and the pay is decent. They do offer health insurance, but every year the coverage gets less and the premiums and co-pays increase. They also offer 401K with a limited matching percentage.Cons
Been working in my capacity for over 20 years through several different ownerships. The present ownership is by far the worse. The insistence to change that which does not need changing and in fact worsens conditions is by far the most detrimental action taken over the last several years. For example, a more recent change has been to make supervisors now a combination supervisor/job holder (control room operator/lab tech) which makes them stationary and removed from what is going on around the plant and unable to interact with the workers. When implementing this recent change, it had already been done at a couple of other plants and did NOT work.
Yet, the plant manager where I am employed knew better and stated he could make it work. He promoted people with single digit years employment (and most often with NO experience in control room/labs) into these roles. These supervisors are so busy trying to do multiple jobs that they are not qualified for that they have no idea of what is going on in the rest of the plant or what the workers are in actuality doing! But hey, it isn't the plant manager's responsibility as he made these and other changes then left to take another job in the company. He stayed in the office area and had no clue about what was happening in the plant. Him, and his predecessors, have made multiple changes over the years that do nothing/cause harm to operations and definitely lower worker morale then the next plant manager tries to make more changes (but will not just admit something doesn't work and go back to something that did work) to correct workings.
Supposedly we have several committees that help decide things around the plant. One committee is to have some say in the handbook. In actuality, the plant manager at the time and the HR person has pre-wrote every handbook and presented it as a done deal. Of course, every change or addition to the handbook benefited management and penalized the worker. HR is a joke and the person that has been in place knows nothing about the workers. This company has become big on college degrees and will promote based on one and NOT on any actual knowledge or experience. They want workers with degrees or military experience yet treat them as subhuman unless in a management position.
The threat of losing a job in the present economy, not to mention having so many years invested, creates mandatory overtime no matter what is going on personally. The family suffers. The present setup make it very easy to just not do anything except if something directly impacts the supervisors job and he needs it to be done by the worker. One worker made the comment 'look busy, but do nothing.' He's close to retirement and just trying to hold on through the latest changes. Many other workers have left or are looking to leave from recent changes to management. One particular promoted manager is so lost in his job and blaming the workers he is in charge of instead of admitting that a degree does not a manager make.
So, if you need a job and can get hired while looking for a better job, then go for it. This current ownership has made it just like all the other companies who treat their workers like dung. High turnover and no loyalty. It used to be a place where a worker would be extremely loyal and work 30 or more years before retiring. Oh well, guess that isn't important to Essroc and it's parent company anymore. They don't care about their product and they certainly don't care about their workers.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Look beyond a paper degree to those that have actual experience. It is beyond idiocy to promote a worker to a supervisory role that has no experience beyond being a general laborer. These guys are making at least mid 70s in salary yet going to the old timers to do their job. If your company was even half-way decent, those old timers would have taken up the supervisor roles when offered to them, yet they didn't want anything to do with them because of present management, ridiculous hours and having to give up the chance of retiring with their pensions (the last ones hired that actually are to receive pensions) at age 57 instead of having to work until full retirement age of 67. These old timers feel bad for these supervisors, but it is not their jobs to train them/make decisions on what actually needs to be done while they make mid 70,000 salaries and the old timers strive to reach 60,000. Beyond basic labor jobs, the jobs are skilled yet the company treats them terribly and is causing high turnover. A previous manager was like a little Napoleon who threw tantrums like a child, didn't know in actuality what he was talking about when ordering something done and caused some actual harm for the product. He was the most hated plant manager in the last 30 years! One of the most respected plant managers who actually knew his stuff left to go to another company because of how Essroc was ruining things. Here's a hint on plant managers...If they won't go out into the plant except with the big Italian honchos show up, then they don't know what they are doing. You can not run a cement plant from within a office and figures on paper. Workers are not seeing the PM unless a mandatory meeting is called and have no respect for one who does not care enough to leave his office!Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO