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I have been working at Apex HomesPros
The overall comfort level of the company is laid back. We all multi task, help each other, and have a genuine interest in the success of the Company. The modular homes we manufacture are impressive and unique with custom features and quality materials.Cons
The decline in the housing industry is hurting us greatly. We have one production line shut down, many good personnel are on layoff (in the plant and in the office). We are managing 40 hours a week in production with some minimal overtime, an occasional week or few days shut down here and there. Office staff are juggling the responsibilities of their coworkers duties who are on layoff. Some are very overloaded right now and are stressing. Employee morale is down because the industry is declining, fuel prices are extreme, and the possibility of more personnel cuts remain uncertain. We all feel like we don't know if we will have jobs by the end of the year. I blame it on the housing industry, not Apex Homes, Inc. We have a great Sales Team, the most skilled labor force in the industry, an excellent support staff, and many other motivated departments who all work together toward one common goal... There are just very few people building new homes right now.
We also lost our founder and President unexpectedly in November 07 and we are unsure of his family's intentions as far as personnel go. We believe they do want the company to move forward, They are naturally very busy with finalizing their Father's estate and trying to keep us afloat at the same time.
One disappointing thing is the lack of communication. Everything is a big secret these days and even Middle Management is left in the dark. "Secrets" leak out in to the plant, rumors and gossip fly and we all look like dummies because we don't know what's going on. You would think we would all be involved in keeping this company going, afterall it is our livelihood too.
Most believe we need to catch up with the times, change some policies, and restructure departments. Each department is always understaffed and overworked. We don't complain much right now because we're thankful to be working, but when things turn around, we should be ready.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Let the great people you have in middle management positions make the decisions regarding their departments. Lynn Kuhns should be in charge of the entire company with the president being the only person over him. He cares more about the success of the company and it's employees than anyone else. He knows the company and he knows the industry, and he knows his employees and what they are capable of. The employees respect and admire him for his dedication to bringing in new work and holding us all together.
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