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Acme Brick Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acme Brick

    Pros

    Nice people to work for

    Cons

    Cheap people to work for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better health care

  2.  

    If you are looking for a place to work, keep looking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acme Brick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable employer, but hours are long and the pay is short. Most of the benefits have been eliminated such as the pension plan... gone. Annual raises come about every 18-24 months and are only 1%.

    Cons

    Fixed raises of 1% for the last 6 years, no chance for promotion, no future, systematic elimination of benefits, large insurance premium increases each year more than offset the 1% raise decreasing the overall take home pay each year. Every one that can has retired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to some of the suggestions from the dozen of employee surveys you have taken and implement some changes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A place rooted in tradition trying to prepare for the future

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Acme Brick full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful corporate HQ building, strong history and tradition, well known company with strong brand of excellence, and many kind and friendly coworkers across different departments (feels very much like a family).

    Cons

    Only some appreciation for new or innovative thinking; fairly flat organization so there is some freedom in decision making but could be more; some "good ol'boy network" issues that's based too much on relationships vs. performance/results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about how you are bringing in new talent and allowing them to make their mark on the company and grow it for the future; can't just "do what we've always done" for much longer. Don't retain leaders that don't truly live the values of the organization; they hurt productivity and results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good smart people.

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    Former Employee - Copywriter in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Copywriter in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Acme Brick as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with Jeremy Hargrave was great.

    Cons

    Not a one. Everyone was brilliant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to keep the folks you have. They're the best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Ol' Boy "men-tality"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acme Brick (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pension plan still active for current employees, however, no longer a benefit for new employees. 401K with (minimal) company matching. Company team building incentives.

    Cons

    No room for advancement if you are not a "good ol' boy", meaning if you are a woman, a minority, or if you are not related to or a friend of a manager you will be stuck in the same job for years. They think a brand new degree matters more than 15+ years experience in the industry without a degree. If you're lucky enough to make it to management you get a free car/truck, free gas, and absolutely no need to track your vacation or sick time, which, when the company is giving only 1% raisies (across the board, regardless of how much or how little you work) because they are in an "economic slump", doesn't help morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to reduce costs start with the managers who are driving company vehicles, and putting in gas with company credit cards just to drive to and from home. If they drive to a job, let them use their personal vehicle and exepnse it out. I guarantee it will save the company hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Acme Brick is a GREAT place to work.

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    Former Employee - Senior IT in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Senior IT in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Acme Brick full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere; Christian values; People helping people. The "old school" pension plan somewhat makes-up for the lack of other benefits.

    Cons

    "Pay grades" are few, raises are small (tied to housing and construction) and insurance benefits are mediocre

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I worked for the Director of IT and would be terribly saddened if he changed anything about the way he manages his people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Acme brick is a good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Representative

    I have been working at Acme Brick

    Pros

    Stable job in slow economy, Great management, with great benefits. Also have an execellent support staff. Management gets the slow economy and does everthing possible for all sales reps to be successful.

    Cons

    Not many however economy is somewhat slow. Would like to see a better marketing department. Some of the samples are slightly below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing, the economy will pick up eventually.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Acme Brick

    Pros

    Rewarding environment to work in. Learning all the time here,.

    Cons

    Can be a bit repetitive but all jobs are a bit like that...

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Acme is an okay place to work, but it is not a place for you to advance your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acme Brick

    Pros

    They pay you on time.

    Cons

    People that work here have low level education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO wants to change the employee's thinking, but that has to be done from bottom up, not up to down level. There are many managemt and senior management do not appreciate what the CEO is trying to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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