- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I have been working at Oldcastle Precast full-time (more than 8 years)Pros
Management has a lot of ability to impact the bottom line. Groups work in relative silo's with a lot of independence within each area. Lots of change/growth happening creating opportunities for growth.Cons
Pay is low, intentional targeting 25% percentile. Talent is a revolving door. Flipside of pro above is that if you have a bad management group in your silo, you are screwed. Company is trying to figure out how to market itself as they grow. Sales therefore suffer.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Figure out how to market the entire company and put some more horsepower behind sales. Develop a better support and development structure for management and future management teams.RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Oldcastle Precast in May 2014.Interview Details
Submitted my resume for a manufacturing supervisor position. A few weeks later I received an e-mail from the HR supervisor at the plant, inviting me to a "Career Fair." The note revealed little, so I replied back and forth several times with questions. (The HR person appeared to be towards the initial entry part of the career spectrum, or was new to the company, or both).
The career fair was at a public auditorium. It was not crowded with applicants, but there were a few- seeking jobs ranging from unskilled labor to journeymen skilled trades and management.
The initial interview was with a nice young man who had a very good grasp of his career/profession, his goals and the company's goals. If you have not been in manufacturing and don't speak the language, don't waste your time. They know what they want.
Q: Tell me about yourself. (I gave the two minute answer) This was followed by, a job description, corporate synopsis some philosophy and character traits, then the question, "Why do you feel qualified for this job?"
I had a second interview, along with two other candidates, concurrently. It was a two hour plant tour where we asked and answered questions. Great process! Very positive. At the conclusion, the Interviewer (hiring authority and boss for the position) encouraged us to think about what we discussed and send him a note about our interest. I spent two days deciding whether to pursue this further, and the HR person pre-empted me: She wrote me a note telling me they wanted to hire me. I declined.
I learned during this process that this position is not merely a supervisor position... it is a Plant Manager, Production Engineer, Quality Engineer, Comptroller, Morale Officer, AND Production Supervisor position! (It turns out there is literally no intermediate staff between the workforce and the District Manager, besides this poor supervisor). Though the opportunity was superb for someone willing to commit his/her heart and soul to the company and work 16 hour days six or seven days a week, AND take work home....I was not looking for that type of work any longer.
Looks like a good company, with good people and good direction.... but you'll need to be totally committed to it every hour of the day. I wasn't, and regretfully declined the opportunity.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- Nothing difficult if you know your stuff. Answer Question
Too all encompassing. Salary expectations for the advertised job peaked at $80k. The unadvertised aspects of the job: This job includes several other jobs which should also be paid the same salary. I could do any one of them at that price, but not all of them at that price.Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
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