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I worked at Layne Christensen full-time for more than a yearPros
The pros, if they're to be counted as such, were the ability to learn something new. The machinist had to go out for knee surgery, and I offered to fill in for him. He taught me enough to muddle through his absence, which turned out to be a unique and gratifying experience.
The health benefits were decent when I worked for Layne.Cons
I was hired at a low hourly rate, but was guaranteed a substantial pay increase based on my qualifications. The new structuring program never materialized, and so I was stuck where I started despite being more qualified than half of the workforce simply by having graduated high school and possessing a driver's license.
The majority of the hourly pump-side individuals were lazy beyond measure. They would hide in the shop latrine or another building to avoid work. This left the two of us that didn't hideout to shoulder the load. I suppose the worst part was the first-line supervision was aware of the issue and did nothing to correct it.
A fair number of men at the Houston yard have some form of permanent injury or another from having worked for Layne. Unfortunately, I am amidst their ranks. I had a severe shoulder injury which resulted after a supervisor swung a sledge hammer after being advised not to. I had to fight to even get the injury reported, and then for nearly a year to get the surgery required to repair all of the damage done. I was then terminated, and am now facing a second surgery.Advice to ManagementAdvice
While the top likes to tell the bottom that it cannot exist without it, any first year business student understands this to be fallacious and bereft of logic. The bottom is where a company's foundation lies, and where it's labor is capitalized. I would start by focusing my attention there, at the bottom, so you don't spawn anymore individuals like me that had to pay far more than they earned to work for your company. I am probably going to have a second surgery because one of your pump supervisors couldn't be bothered to listen, or apply common sense to solve a problem. You paid your insurance premuim, terminated me, and that story ends for you. I, on the other hand, get to continue to pay for having accepted a job offer, possibly for many years to come.
Your people are your most valuable asset, period. Make sure you've got the right ones in the right places.Doesn't RecommendNeutral OutlookNo opinion of CEO