American GFM

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  1.  

    A well established company a solid buisness niche and excellent manufacturing personel makes an engineers life easy.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chesapeake, VA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chesapeake, VA

    I have been working at American GFM full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot or as little as you like. It truely is a 9-5 (well 7-3:30) and the engineering manager will actually not micro-manage you. This is the first time I have experienced that. If you like good old boys and nice people this place has em all.

    Cons

    Management can be a bit robotic at times. A lot of interdepartmental blame game and scrutiny. Double standards are very much a reality here and someone from purchasing/manufacturing/sales etc... will not hesitate to throw an engineer under the bus. A period of poor hiring allowed some awfully sloppy engineers to rightly f-up previous machine documentation to the point where there is essentially a period called the dark ages where you can't expect to find any relevant information on any machines from that time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engineering management - try to be a bit more human sometimes. It is OK to make changes even if something is not broken. This means be a bit more innovative and try to convince different divisions that there is a whole other world besides what Steyr has done and past machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    They can't have experienced engineers, because the company is very cheep.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at American GFM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working experience for college graduate.

    Cons

    Lack of benefits and bad office culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should listen, look around and follow good example.
    You got to see the attitude of company's CFO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work -- strange management style in an outdated business

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at American GFM

    Pros

    1. The office environment is pretty clean and in order
    2. The managers may frequently complain your performance and remind you that you are not qualifying for the job, but they may never let you go.

    Cons

    1. The salary is well below the average in the area.
    2. Be cautious of their contract-to-permanent strategy. Your hard working during the 8-12 month contract may return an permanet offer with very low salary. you have to accept it unless you want to be unemplyed.
    3. Respecting each other is not the culture here. You are expected the insults frequently from the managers, secretaries, and other colleagues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    90% engineer's work here is designing and drafting. They are paid as a drafter/designer too. Real engineers will not stay long. I suggest the exes hire some drafters and pay the engineers as an engineer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Not a good place to work - very old fashioned and outdated business and employer-employee model.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chesapeake, VA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chesapeake, VA

    I worked at American GFM

    Pros

    It is a private company, the health insurance is cheap and it is locally situated in Deep Creek, Chesapeake. The type of work is interesting and absorbing.

    Cons

    It is run by a very clearly defined clique. The business model is antiquated and stale, the working atmosphere is not at all enjoyable and there is no sense of fun or enjoyment at all in the engineering departments. You do not hear laughter in the offices. AGFM Management have a very insular, possessive and generally Victorian attitude towards the employees. There are no modern perks such as flexitime, paid overtime, job sharing, personal days or adequate time off. You must wait 3 months for health insurance, which is insulting to a professional person.
    Finally, the pay is pretty low, which is somewhat off-set by the cheap health insurance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Study the way in which more progressive and modern companies treat their employees and make efforts to retain them. You will find that you have a more productive and happy workforce. Also, why not apply the same standards to the American firm as are applied to the Austrian parent company? For example, give more paid time off.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    A privately owned company where there is still fairness and where you are compensated for a healthy working attitude.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at American GFM

    Pros

    The owner lets the top management run the show without interfering. Many employees are at the company for more then 25 years and are still happy. Of course there is paid overtime, in many cases plenty of it. This company has survived many downs in the industry, because the owner does not draw all money out of the company, he re-invests in it. American GFM builds high-tech machinery and has satisfied customers like Boeing, Bell Helicopter, Ford, Chrysler, GM.
    If there is to be a decision made, its done quickly, no need to go through 5 levels for signatures.

    Cons

    Yes, the pay might not be the best compared to big companies like Newport News Shipbuilding, but once you are a member of the team, you become a member of the American GFM family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work, regardless of what other people on this site are saying. A company like this makes puts happiness and security back into a job.

    Recommends
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