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    L.L. Bean Manufacturing -- backorders are at an all-time high, yet we frequently get sent home early

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    Current Employee - Stitcher in Brunswick, ME
    Current Employee - Stitcher in Brunswick, ME

    I have been working at L.L. Bean

    Pros

    The people are friendly and easy to get along with. Benefits and pay are ok. Front line supervisors are responsive and capable.

    Cons

    Here in Brunswick, Maine, we make the Bean Boots and Maine Hunting Shoes, which are extremely popular and are currently backordered for months. However, most of the department gets sent home several hours early at least once a week. We struggle to get 40 hours a week.

    The problem is that there are not enough people in the leather cutting department. There is plenty of leather and there are plenty of people to stitch it, but not enough people to cut the pieces out.

    This imbalance has been quite apparent at least since late summer 2014, but management only just hired some new cutters in the last week of December 2014. It will be several more months before they are fully trained and up to speed.

    As a further insult, even when we are sent home early on a weekday because of a lack of work, we are still often required to come in on Saturday (without overtime pay, since we haven't reached 40 hours yet) because of the large backlog. Curiously, the people who make these decisions for the rest of us are not there at work on Saturdays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get organized and correct the imbalance between departments that has been going on for months.

    Treat employees the way you would like to be treated. That includes a regular work schedule, timely notice of the hours and days that we will be working and the opportunity to advance to a better position.

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