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Ames True Temper Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
Updated February 5, 2015
18 Reviews
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18 Reviews
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  1.  

    Responsibility

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    Former Employee - High Reach Operator in Carlisle, PA
    Former Employee - High Reach Operator in Carlisle, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The constant changing of jobs , and the freedom to do other tastes besides picking made this an awesome job, the auto wrapper worked 90% of the time, unlike other places where its always manual wrapping! , I loved this job!

    Cons

    An on site death, that was not cleaned up properly @ the trash compactor filled the dock with the stink of rotting human blood and bile for months , the story told by management conflicted , there was suppose to be a pro team to show up and do the cleaning, ended up all of management did the work disposed of the waste (body fluid, parts , ect) in red biohazard bags and then tossed them into the compactor . The conflict was whether the bags that got tossed were Red, Or white, not that they got tossed!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never Lie to your employees, and ask for a drug test that day if you offer a promotion, or change of job...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA

    I have been working at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Griffin finally found a CEO & President who actually has knowledge about the manufacturing industry! Slowly changing the pace towards building a better company. Griffin has been investing, investing, investing and it's going to pay off. Can now wear jeans in office (as long as attire is reasonable). Great benefits, great people, like a family. They have invested in upgrading facilities, IT systems, upgrading electrical power supply, and have great employee morale boosting events

    Cons

    Office culture could be better. Not enough communication between departments. More supervisors need to listen, even if it comes from another department. Brushing off concerns is the best way to lose great workers! Not enough accountability in many areas, especially in the plant. They need MORE SUPERVISORS, more TRAINING, and better pay to combat the high turnover of plant workers. If you smoke, better quit before you apply. You can't smoke on the property, and if an hourly employee, you can't leave for breaks (they are too short anyway!) Not a good match for companies who want to keep people working in monotonous fast paced work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BE PROACTIVE to combat QUALITY. Find some incentive to offer the employees involved in the actual manufacturing process, hold people accountable, and make sure they are all properly trained and have sufficient supervision! Then they might actually start to care about what they are making and stay with the company more than a week!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people and fun industry to be in, many management changes last few years, not sure how things are now

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper

    Pros

    stable company, good people to work with

    Cons

    many executive and CEO changes in the last four years, be sure to understand the direction of the company and culture if you are applying

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible the worst job anybody can get.

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Carlisle, PA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Carlisle, PA

    I have been working at Ames True Temper

    Pros

    Co-workers. The overtime was pretty cool you get paid time and a half. Also pto.

    Cons

    Management is extremely racist and will never allow a minority to move up. Also the probation period you are truly their slave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look past people's skin color and give them a chance your never know what a person is capable of.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not Bad

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leesport, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leesport, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Good people to work with. Plenty of work with opportunity for overtime. Never was forced to work overtime.

    Cons

    Went out of business. The field for bankruptcy and closed their doors. One day we came to work and had a big meeting to tell us we were all losing out jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go out of business. It's easier to make money when you are in business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company but strategy lacking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA

    I have been working at Ames True Temper (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice in my department (other departments are cutthroat and mean, see; Finance). Good benefits. Fair pay. You can now wear jeans every which is awesome. They are putting money into the building and equipment which should have been done 20 years ago. Promotions can be had as people above you leave.

    Cons

    I have seen 4 CEO changes, 3 CFO changes, and countless upper management changes. As new leadership arrives, it gets everyone excited but that changes. This latest regime change seems different. They are spending money like its no one's business. These are good changes but in the 3 months we have yet to see anything come of it. The next 12-18 months will show if these changes were well worth it or if this company is doomed.

    Other points: People are overworked. This is because a few years ago they had major layoffs. They are now filling those positions so this may change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. innovate more. Make earning bonus easier and less dependent on company performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Quality Company with Potential

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand names with a significant amount of manufacturing and all distribution in the U.S. Experienced operational people in just about all functions that are dedicated and effective.
    Doing well in a difficult industry.

    Cons

    Executive management turnover and limited approach to strategy development and innovation hinder the company from reaching its full potential. More acquisitions and consolidations in the industry by Ames could help it further if it brings in talented management. Lack of investment in engineering of all types and IT systems upgrades could be a factor for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with the cons mentioned above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to get you career started

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ames True Temper

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair wages, made in USA (at least 80%)

    Cons

    Overworked, understaffed, many hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management has a higher turn over rate than the plant workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Employees are scared every day of losing their jobs/being laid off resulting in extreme low office morale.

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Camp Hill is a great location.

    Cons

    No job security, therefore employees have nothing to fight for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    AWESOME WORK EXPERIENCE -

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This was a progressive company that believes in paying employees what they are worth, having open communication, promoting from within - Everything positive

    Cons

    Family owned with family as your co-workers can sometimes be a little difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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