CST Industries Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Decent and kinda consistent

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CST Industries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most people try to get along.

    Cons

    People who work here that were here when A.O.SMITH ran the place.

    Advice to Management

    More communication


  2. Since the buyout, complete chaos.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Rincon, GA
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Rincon, GA

    I have been working at CST Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    A few intelligent considerate employees. These few are helpful and empathetic of fellow workers. Also very helpful and willing to explain and work with you.

    Cons

    Management trying to make us something we are not. Has no clue as to what goes on out on the floor. You are spoken at, what you are told goes, regardless. Supervisorial staff is not trained, educated, experienced, or qualified. No communication. Backstabbing and rubbing elbows is the status quo. If you have an opinion, forget about it. Salaries are based on whether you play the game, not skills or knowledge. Hourly employees are not considered at all, not informed of following weekly work schedule until Fridays.

    Advice to Management

    You gave your employees a questionnaire, read the comments. Your lean manufacturing style will not work with current management and supervisors.


  3. Been here for years and enjoy it in its entirety.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CST Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people I work with are like family

    Cons

    Pay is not of the industrial standard in the trades.

    Advice to Management

    Respect is earned and attitude reflects leadership. That is all


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  5. Helpful (1)

    So far so good.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machinist in DeKalb, IL
    Current Employee - Machinist in DeKalb, IL

    I have been working at CST Industries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people i work with are what make this job worth while. Haven't worked any where else where everyone trys to get along

    Cons

    The communication between shifts and between management and employee's is not that good.


  6. Helpful (1)

    If you work there-Get Out Now & if you are thinking of working there-Head for the Hills!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CST Industries full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There are some incredible, hard working people. Unfortunately none of them are in a managerial role. You can make friends and share in the misery, but is that any way to live your life? The biggest pro is now that the CEO/President Declan has been fired, the company might actually have a chance.

    Cons

    2 Words - Upper Management. The dope that wrote the one positive review is one of the major problems with the company. Everyone there knows who wrote it and there is not one person inside the company or who works with CST (Dealers) that actually respects his opinion.

    Advice to Management

    Leave CST and allow someone who knows how to run a company take over. Sterling Group, please take note, now that you have released Declan, please get rid of the rest of his cohorts. Especially the CIO! There is not one good implementation he has done. Plus he is an egocentric maniac!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Tail wags the dog

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    fast paced, high energy, high intensity

    Cons

    decisions made without all of the facts, intimidation does not lead to open discussions

    Advice to Management

    try listening more


  8. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Treasury Manager in Falls Church, VA
    Former Employee - Treasury Manager in Falls Church, VA

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Very friendly place to work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    NOne


  9. It depends on you

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lenexa, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lenexa, KS

    I have been working at CST Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you're lazy or dysfuntional like the people below. Please, go somewhere else. If you're a type A and want to kick some tail with others like you, then this is your place. Don't take my word for it, ask why the average CST employees has been here over 15 years. 30 to 35 year veterans are common and appreciated. It's an environment where safety, quality and employee well-being come first. New ideas are welcome. As with any new management team (going on three years now), the house had to be cleaned otherwise progress cannot be made. CST's safety record is impeccable. Some plants have over 4 years and no lost time accidents. Employees at each plant get $100 for each year every they have no recordables. One plant gave away $400 per person this year in cash! Just for being safe. As for career opportunities, they are frequent. I have seen multiple promotions in my 4 years. It seems there is at least one every month where someone is advancing. As for management layers, there are basically two between the lowest level and the president, who is passionate, always friendly and actually cares about the employees; willing to talk to anyone at anytime. Arrogance has no place here.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the few rule breakers have required a tight reign. But as the bad seeds have been removed, so the work environment has improved. This will only continue to get better. Also be forewarned, CST is a lean company, so everyone must pull their weight. Yes, occassionaly you will need to work a weekend or evening. Sometimes the work just needs to get done. Imagine that, a company with people that still work hard. Regardless your managers will be right there with you in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let the people below get you down. Every one of them was given a chance to improve and chose not to. Stay focused on the objective, which is to make a great company even better and an even better place to work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    CST If you HATE working with a clear plan of action, this is your place.

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    In life, you learn from both sides of the general ledger. At CST, ESP, Tectank, Harvestore, CTT, Aquastore (whatever name they pick today), you will learn how NOT to run a company and how NOT to treat your employees. Your next employment will be a piece of cake. Your first couple of days/months will be great at CST until the newness wears off and, like a kid with a new toy, upper management will grow tired of you and will be looking for the next new toy to play with. If you’re hired on as a VP or above, and you’ll know this because your picture will be on the CST webpage with the other good old boys, congrats you won the lottery! Working for CST is a “wild west” show with management shooting at shining things. If you like this style of management, you’ll love working for CST. You won’t be bored; each day management has a new brain fart that you must get done RIGHT NOW! If you HATE working with a clear plan of action, this is your place.

    Cons

    High turnover rate.. Hint: Most of the individuals that left did not leave on their own. The problem for the company is this, they had the market to themselves and any management team will work when you have the market to yourself. First, the management team upset some very intelligent employees. The former employees broke off and started their own company making the same product. Second, the management team upset their largest dealer who then started making their own products. Now they are fighting for market share with an outdated management style. CST runs on the old “My way or the highway” management style currently. Guess what, it’s not working. Some employees took the easy out which worked out well for them but not for CST. Also, important point, when CST was in the “glory days”, they made record profits. No bonuses were ever paid. So, if you are considering working for CST, don’t fall for the bonus line, they don’t pay it. They canceled spending $100 for a Christmas potluck lunch for the employees but still booked a private room at a top end club for the top level management and handed out prizes. They bought high end shirts, computer bags, coffee, among other stuff. The stuff all had custom company logos and only top level managers were able to get these. The intention was to make themselves stand out from the lowlife worker-bees. You will not have any sick days. If you get sick you’ll be asked to take a vacation day. If you work late or all weekend on a high priority issue, the next business day you’ll have to be at your desk by 8:00 am or management will make you take a half day vacation, even if your 5 minutes late. If you have a doctor appointment, must have a note from your doctor. CST is very old school and unprofessional. The health insurance is self-administered and a joke. I know of co-workers buying basic health items on ebay because the health insurance wouldn’t cover it. The head of IT had no idea what he was doing and randomly came up with bad ideas just because he could. He used to call them “planned disasters”. The ideas were wild ideas as if they wanted to destroy the company. One last warning, if you’re hired on as a “temp to hire”, plan on being fired on the 90th day. That way, they can keep the head count down.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to the employee and listen to them. Treat them as people, not like office carbon basic units. Stop managing by spreadsheet


  11. Helpful (3)

    Very negative work environment. Avoid if possible

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of great people scattered amongst a lot of departments.

    Cons

    Management in this company has an unbelievable pattern of destroying talent. Before I left, my entire department was basically liquified in order to fulfill the ego-centric viewpoint held by our CIO. This win at all cost strategy is terrible for the company. It is shocking to me that no one seems to recognize that the systematic abuse of employees will steer people away.

    Advice to Management

    You have invested significant amount of resources into projects and followed that by making an environment so toxic that the talent you need to implement those strategies left. Some employees are more than just their job, they make a work environment enjoyable. This is easily one of the most miserable job experiences in my long history.



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