Aurora Casket
2.1 of 5 8 reviews
www.auroracasket.com Aurora, IN 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Feb 18, 2014

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William D. Backman III

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It has been a comfortable fit for me.

Manager (Current Employee)
Aurora, IN

I have been working at Aurora Casket full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLocation to home, family environment for years. Communication is getting better.

ConsNew ownership, pay, no room for growth.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A company not geared for growth, geared for fear

Sales Associate (Current Employee)
Aurora, IN

I have been working at Aurora Casket full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood inside sales and customer staff. Service centers have great dedicated employees that are not appreciated for their sacrifices and dedication.

ConsMiddle and upper sales management.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind better and progressive ways to grow, not chasing BCC and MI and worrying about the past losses. Treat your people better.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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No longer a family company, disappointing,

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Aurora Casket full-time

ProsThe employees that are left over from when the company was run by the Backman family are great. Still a sense of pride, good family people.

ConsNow that the company has been purchased by the Kolberg company out of New York everything is about the bottom line. The management is totally confused, nobody is on the same page. One manager has their group doing one thing and that Manager's boss is totally unaware. People get hired to positions they don't belong in, people are fired for really sketchy reasons... If Indiana wasn't an at will employment state I'm sure most of their firings would be totally unjustified.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeave. Find a new gig. The industry is garbage. Aurora is just now trying to change their approach to how they handle their competition and their place in the market. It's too little too late. At this point all your stupid plans and initiatives are just rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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horrible- worst for women and for anyone else

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Aurora, IN

I worked at Aurora Casket full-time for more than 10 years

Prosgood product- still made in USA for now

Consthe management - the product line -
company will be sold soon
they play favorites and pay favorites
no work life balance
8 hours in the field - 24 hour work at home 24/7 no respect for personal time

Advice to Senior Managementthanks for the severance

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Better than unemployment.

Consulting (Former Employee)
Aurora, IN

I worked at Aurora Casket full-time for more than 8 years

ProsIf you need a job, are under-employed, or fresh out of college, Aurora Casket is the place for you.
Good launching pad to your real career.
Great, company doctor.
Free medical (after you pay for it)

ConsDeclining Market
Nepatism and years of "old boy" management has left Aurora Casket unprepared to do business in the 21st century.
You will work very hard for the money you earn.
You will not be promoted.
Upper management does not have the talent needed to turn around years of declining sales.
Owned by a private equity firm, who will sell Aurora eventually.
Will only pay employees half the average salary of comps.
Detaining and condescending management.
(Had 3 job offers at double the salary after 1 month of looking)

Advice to Senior ManagementPrepare your exit strategy.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not ready to grow

Marketing (Former Employee)
Aurora, IN

I worked at Aurora Casket full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFree Healthcare Clinic
Good Pay
Innovation Leader

ConsSilo decison making
Declining Industry
Owned by Private Equity

Advice to Senior ManagementLack of Leadership leads to stagnant movement, growth needs to be planned

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Aurora, IN

I worked at Aurora Casket full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDecent pay for the work.

ConsThe benifits are terrible. Aurora Casket has to be the worst ran company I have ever worked for. The common employee is treated like worthless trash. There is no internal promotion. The retirement system is a joke. Employee safety is not important. They are starting to outsource to Mexico now.

Advice to Senior ManagementActually sit down and listen to the concerns and comments of your workers. Keep your jobs in the U.S.A.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Family Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Aurora Casket

ProsThis is a good private company that treats its employees and customers well. Strong customer base and in solid financial shape.

ConsSmaller size means less upward career potential. No mid level slots available to grow talent and future managers.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet quicker at taking advantage of opportunties. Smaller size can be a source strength since we can be more nimble than competitors. Industry is changing fast around us and company needs to get faster too.

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