Ames True Temper Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great products, terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Iconic American company, fantastic products and product lines, USA manufacturing, excellent benefits, great perks, new owners investing in buildings, equipment, and personnel.

    Cons

    All decision making is slanted towards Sales and Marketing. Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality are reactionary after-thoughts. Too many technical decisions made by non-technical personnel-- from the floor, up through the front offices, and through the executive ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Level-out, gain some balance to your organization. Set your manufacturing up for success to do what you need-- support on-demand orders, embrace and flourish in constantly shifting direction. Consider level-loading and Kan-ban. Place as much (or for a short time period, more) emphasis on getting your technical "kitchen" clean before growth, cost reduction, new products, and so-called "innovation". Take care of your work force. Listen through the complaints, they will tell you what they lack. Clean house in management. Find out who works and plays well with others, get rid of the posers.


  2. Disconnected Management

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    Former Employee - Plastics in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Plastics in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people on the production floor. Salary was nice. Excellent vacation and flex time. Lots of skilled people that could be even better if the company would commit to scheduled training.

    Cons

    Severe budget constraints for machine PM's and repair. All of the upper level management lives in NJ, FL, and DC. They are all pretty clueless to the day-to-day struggles the rest of the manufacturing team faces. Lots of "We can't keep making these same mistakes". Culturally stuck in a rut of sucking. The people who could make a difference are oblivious. Complete lack of communication between departments. One hand doesn't know what the other is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Move here. Be more engaged. Actually learn about the root of the problems instead of just demanding they be fixed without money.


  3. trim n curl

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ames True Temper (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, a lot of learning opportunity and advancements...

    Cons

    Sexist, preference of employment that are in the wrong not enough camera in the building for the the small amount of female that work there


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  5. This place is a meat grinder

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    Former Employee - Operator in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Operator in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    To work here all you have to do is pass a drug test

    Cons

    If you can't keep up with the machines you are screwed. They will try to trick you into quitting.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap.


  6. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  7. Responsibility

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    Former Employee - High Reach Operator in Carlisle, PA
    Former Employee - High Reach Operator in Carlisle, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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


  8. getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  9. 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Not Bad

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leesport, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leesport, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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



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