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    Poor management and lack of safety

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Austin Powder


    Hard working people in a tough industry, you will get up early, get dirty, and be around hazardous materials. Benefits are adequate and profit sharing.


    Lack of safety in an dangerous work environment, upper management have no idea of the lack of maintenance of vehicles, and gives no direction to employees.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Austin Powder in April 2011.


    Prepare to be disappointed...

    Contacted by a recruiter regarding a similar position to one I recently held with a competitor. Spent hours on the phone with Director Of Research & VP of Executive Recruiting detailing background profile & work history. I fit the job description perfectly. I was the only qualified candidate for a position that was a priority. They had a quality agency - no complaints.

    Oddly enough, it took 3 weeks to coordinate a 1:1 interview with the hiring manager. Met at his office for nearly 6 hours, which included broad discussions over lunch & a tour of the facility. Felt good, but then told another 3 week delay to meet the VP of Sales. Scheduled that the following month. Had to drive 6 hours round trip to meet him, but he offered to reimburse me for mileage. Shared lunch during an informal, 4 hour interview, after which he asked for references and some of my customer contacts. Still felt good. Maybe a trip to corporate office in Cleveland?

    The following week the recruiter was given a 1 line email to "continue search", with no explanation given. He could get no feedback on why I was no longer considered a candidate. I called each manager, who made excuses regarding the timing of my call & promised to contact me. No effort to follow up was made, and I was not reimbursed for my travel either.

    The recruiter was equally frustrated, and seemed to be getting mixed messages from human resources. I had heard rumors that management employed tactics with industry personnel simply to gain information, but it seemed unbelievably unprofessional and incredibly deceitful in a day when time and resources are in such short supply. Basically, I gave them inside information on my previous company, as well as a list of customers, and in return I gave them 2 days worth of my time in phone calls, travel, & interviews.

    In closing, the company was presented very well by the recruiter and management. I was looking forward to returning to this industry. Unfortunately, none of it seems to be true.

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    • Would I be willing to share a list of my customers & contacts with my professional references?   1 Answer

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Headquarters Cleveland, OH
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1833
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Austin Powder founded in 1833 to manufacture black powder used to blast rocks, mine coal, create canals, and generally move mountains. Today Austin Powder's commercial explosives are used primarily for construction, mining, quarrying, and seismic exploration. Products include detonating cord, detonator-sensitive emulsions, cast boosters, and high-explosive emulsions. It also makes electric and non-electric detonators. Austin International, through joint ventures and partnerships, provides explosives for projects outside the US, mostly in other parts of the Americas.

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