American Crystal Sugar

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American Crystal Sugar Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
13 Reviews
2.9
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Crookston, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Crookston, MN

    I worked at American Crystal Sugar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Management
    Pro-Learning Environment
    Fun People
    Overall Enjoyable Job

    Cons

    Plant Smells Bad
    Kind of a long commute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I would there for 35 years and would still be working there except for I can no longer night shift.

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Drayton, ND
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Drayton, ND

    I worked at American Crystal Sugar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good wages and benefits. The health, dental and life insurance are at or above industry average.

    Cons

    It is a large company who main concern is the bottom line not their employees They have some front line supervisors who are less that marginal at their job..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your front line supervisors accountable and clean house on the dead weight.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at American Crystal Sugar

    Pros

    Get on the right shift and you have the opportunity to move quickly

    Cons

    You have to start out on the bottom and you don't get benefits so ur there just for a pay check and work a lot of hours

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Gained much experience in a diverse learning environment.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American Crystal Sugar as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was managing engineering projects two months into the internship. The experience was great. The pay was very nice also.

    Cons

    There is some down time, not enough work to keep busy all the time. That could be a pro depending on who you are though.

    Recommends
  6.  

    Manufacturing Process Tech I is a fair enjoyable positions if mechanically inclined and big machines don' intimidate you

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Process Tech in Moorhead, MN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Process Tech in Moorhead, MN

    I worked at American Crystal Sugar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The personnel within the company are easy to work with and supportive when working within an assignment not yet trained for. With a rotating 12 hour shift I like the fact that there is one complete week off, this is only during the production cycle. Production is approx. 9 months, and these months included the cold winters in MN.. The other 3 months plant will shut down for upgrades and repairs, There are options with those 3 months... I enjoy the time I was there....

    Cons

    The cold winters!! Those that think they freeze easy, move south.. Not uncommon to work -40*, and depending on the assignment working thru the winter isn't hardly what you might think.. Being a processing plant, strikes and picket lines happen and are a major pain.. Besides... beyond that...would have liked to stayed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the equipment could stand to be updated, and at times little more instructions on equipment not ready to take control of..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a tough work enviroment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in East Grand Forks, MN
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in East Grand Forks, MN

    I have been working at American Crystal Sugar full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good. Some jobs are really easy.

    Cons

    It smells terrible everywhere. It's an old factory with many things breaking down. Their is a real risk of serious injury. Schedule is a rotating days/nights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinvest in your infrastructure. It has been neglected for decades.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Used to be a good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorhead, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorhead, MN

    I have been working at American Crystal Sugar full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was a strong company with a good corporate and worker relationship. Had good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    After a record profit year the company locked out its Union employees after the union refuse to sign a new contract that stripped the union of its rights, and raised the employees health care cost to the point that the average employee was getting a pay cut. The company is now not profitable, but the CEO refuses to admit he had a mistake and negotiate with the Union.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the current management had done a better job of enforcing the work place rules that were all ready in place, they won't have felt the need to break the Union. Admit you were wrong to lock out the Union and negotiate a fair contract, before it is too late for the company to recover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Called names by CEO (tumors) after working there for 33 years and now locked out after years of outstanding growth.

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    Current Employee - Warehouse in East Grand Forks, MN
    Current Employee - Warehouse in East Grand Forks, MN

    I have been working at American Crystal Sugar full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good pay and benifits as long as the contract stays in place.

    Cons

    Only people getting hurt are Farmers and Locked out Workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    END THE LOCKOUT. What you are doing to the community and workers is just not what we do in North Dakota and Minnesota.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Locked out worker due to company not negotiating.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Operator in East Grand Forks, MN
    Former Employee - Process Operator in East Grand Forks, MN

    I worked at American Crystal Sugar

    Pros

    Decent pay and health insurance. Had an opportunity to advance within the company based on senority.

    Cons

    Currently locked out because the company won't negotiate with the unions. The schedule was terrible with very little time off. Rotating shift made it difficult to sleep.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Negotiate a fair contract with the union workers so we can get back to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Educational

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorhead, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moorhead, MN

    I worked at American Crystal Sugar

    Pros

    Strong financial strength
    Strong market share
    Very open communications channels
    Executive management very relaxed

    Cons

    Upward mobility was not as expected

    Approves of CEO

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