Phoenix International

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Chuck Kaufman
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    Innovative company with an outstanding culture located on the North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND) college campus!

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fargo, ND
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fargo, ND

    I worked at Phoenix International full-time (less than an year)


    I liked working at this company because I had an excellent boss who, despite me being a contract employee, pushed me to grow professionally and made sure I knew how to become a full-time employee if I wanted to do so at the end of my contract period. Although it was only a 6 month contract (not contract-to-hire) Phoenix International invested thousands of dollars to provide me with all of the necessary technical training required to perform my job duties.


    As project leader for a major system implementation spanning across all functional departments in multiple locations around the world, I was able to gauge the company culture from a broad perspective. As I became familiar with the various functional departments in each location, it quickly became apparent that each location, although performing the same tasks/producing the same products, had their own unique culture, different policies & procedures, and our "sister" location was 12 hours behind us. Also, their functional departments were very silo'd, even when comparing the same functional areas in different geographic locations.

    All of these differences made it very difficult to implement a single system to be shared across the entire company because that required all locations and functional departments to start becoming unified, sharing universal policies, procedures, and even organizational culture. The 12 hours time difference with our "sister" location was also a big challenge. Being our "sister" location, we were required to collaborate and work closely with many of their employees. In order to do this effectively, I had to delegate my project leadership for that location to a local project leader in that company as I could not effectively lead the project without being available during their work hours on a daily basis. Delegating project leadership to two leaders is always a challenge especially in this case because we had the 12 hours time difference as well as a language barrier which greatly impacted project communication between the two of us. Ultimately, to overcome the communication issues, I often sat in on web conference meetings at 2, 3, or 4 AM and still arrived to work by 8 AM to work a 10 - 12 hour day. It was physically and mentally exhausting and I often times wondered how all of the differences were permitted to happen within the organization but, overall, the project was successfully completed on time and with in budget.

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    Upper management does an excellent job of maintaining their availability to all employees, no matter what their job title or "position" is in the company. This is important because my advice falls in the category of universal communication and company culture. I think management should also make themselves more available to functional managers at the other locations to, hopefully, build solid relationships that will encourage similar, agreed upon, policies/procedures across the map. This open communication and availability would also help to eliminate silo'd functional departments and establish universal methods of operation, IT systems, forms, etc.

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Headquarters Wood Dale, IL
Size 150 to 499 Employees
Founded Unknown
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable per year
Competitors Sanmina-SCI, Jabil, Flextronics

Phoenix International Corporation offers no ashes from which to rise, just ruggedized electronic components. A subsidiary of Deere & Company, the contract manufacturer makes printed circuit boards and other electronic components for use in rugged mobile equipment applications, such as automotive, trucking, construction, agriculture, mining, military, and material handling. Industrial/commercial applications include wind power, irrigation, golf carts, generators, compressors, and appliances. Phoenix International operates five manufacturing and design facilities in the US... More

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