Carpenter Co. Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
12 Reviews

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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good people, company is OK

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Riverside, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Riverside, CA

    I worked at Carpenter Co. full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Safety is enforced at all levels.

    Cons

    Not many options if you want to make a carrer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide work uniforms.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Cheap, cheap, cheap!

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    Former Employee - Office  in  Taylorsville, NC
    Former Employee - Office in Taylorsville, NC

    I worked at Carpenter Co. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    INSURANCE!! THAT IS ALL!!

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises other than a cost of living increase which is not even guaranteed. This year it was one a half percent! No perks like picnics, tshirts, bonuses, etc. Horrible communication. My boss would not even speak to me some days. Building had not been updated since the 1960s. Bathrooms were DISGUSTING!! Had to wash my hands in cold water and dry them with cold water. They have a gemba office concept. Everyone sits out in the open. No walls. Not even cubicles. Had to listen to cursing from one male daily.

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    Come into this century. Pay your people decent wages and spend some money on your facilities. I did not want anyone to even know where I worked.

    Disapproves of CEO
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    Very old culture

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    Former Employee - Sales/Production  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Sales/Production in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Carpenter Co. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Beats being unemployed until getting a real job.

    Cons

    Very poor company to work for.
    Stan should be embarrassed to show his face in Richmond.
    Low wages, no bonuses, low vacation, no raises, and poor benefits....and NO advancement opportunities!

    It's a modern-day plantation, and will never attract class A employees!

    Owner is far to egocentric to appreciate the employees. More concerned with his art collection.....

    His day is coming to explain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate the people that contribute to your wealth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Innovative but does not value associates

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    Current Employee - Plant Management
    Current Employee - Plant Management

    I have been working at Carpenter Co. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Willing to invest capital in new projects or entering new markets
    Has a great R&D program
    Room for fast advancement to a certain level, then stagnant
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Does not value their people very highly
    Severely micromanaged from top down
    Low salaries and no raise/bonus opportunities
    Long hours and most weekends when busy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place a higher value on middle management, take their opinions and input seriously, offer better starting salaries and raise/bonus opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    screener in the Bridgeville location

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    Former Employee - Screener  in  Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Screener in Bridgeville, PA

    I worked at Carpenter Co. as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    it was a temp to perm hire I stayed there 3 weeks and so far was the longest temp to stay there in the screener

    Cons

    the company cant seem to be able to keep any one there they bring temps in and they pretty much leave days later management forces every one to work 7 ten hour days with no days off. temps that are still there were told after 90 days they would be hired in and are still a temp no one wants to work like a dog and live there for a small pay. in order to get a decent pay u have to work all the over time that they are pushing every one to work and are pushing their employees out the door. with my 3 weeks in the company I heard nothing but negative comments since the new management took over

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some people hired in there and pay a decent wage and cut back on your bonuses so you can keep people and not loose your good people. as I heard several full time employees are looking for other jobs and will be leaving shortly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Difficult to develop.

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    Former Employee - Production  in  Temple, TX
    Former Employee - Production in Temple, TX

    I worked at Carpenter Co. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good coworkers. The job is what it is. Great insurance.

    Cons

    Sometimes u r sent home early. There is some favoritism and politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that all employees are treated same by immediate leads, supervisors, managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undervalued Employees

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Carpenter Co. full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is job security if you want to do the same job for 30 years and don't strive to learn anything new.

    Cons

    The company is known to offer salaries well below industry averages. There is little to no upward mobility once hired in. There are no merit increases or bonus structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining talented employees through offering financial incentives would do a lot to help the company thrive into the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stable company, fair compensation, great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Carpenter Co. full-time

    Pros

    Carpenter is a major player in a moderately outsource-proof industry, which provides a strong senseof security in an economy where much manufacturing can be (and often is) sent oveseas. Management actively promotes quality based on traditional "old school" values. Contributors face little fear of job loss. Most, if not all, employees are great to work with in this relatively flat organization.

    Cons

    Compensation is below market average, but you get security in the exchange. Marketing and sales could be more aggressive in expanding customer base and products, but the poor economy offers fewer rewards to those who refuse to lower quality (see GM and other examples from decades past). Vacation policy is not as lax as most other firms. Career development opportunities exist but not as easy to realize given low voluntary turnover. Be aggressive and transparent with long-term goals to advance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen considerations of ever-increasing international pressures in strategy planning, e.g. international competition, sensitivities to current global events, domestic competitors willing to make more concessions, etc. Remain flexible and allow room to take more risks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extremely demanding job with no work/life balance.

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager  in  Clearfield, UT
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Clearfield, UT

    I worked at Carpenter Co.

    Pros

    Carpenter Co. is a very enthusiastic company with can do attitude, willing to go the extra mile for all of their customers.

    Cons

    A lot of gossip, retaliation, undermining, and negative attitude. No influence from outside Carpenter locations. Employees don't know how many hours they will work each day in Utah since their schedule depends solely upon retail sales. Therefore the location is typically understaffed and employees work long days and weekends for most of the year. Summer time is a great time but employees only average about 6 hours a day. Budget your money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with customers on establishing more realistic timelines for order fulfillment. Listen to what branch locations are communicating to division locations because there are underlying issues in the branches that aren't being addressed.

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    As objective as possible in my assessment to ensure your best long-term fit and educated career decision.

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    Former Employee - Professional  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Professional in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Carpenter Co.

    Pros

    The majority of the folks at the company were very approachable and caring....good folks looking to make an honest wage. The company could have so much more going for it if it'd only listen to it's employees when they have legitimate business concerns/business process improvements. There are many opportunities for improvement to positively impact morale, production and profitability....and retention.

    Cons

    Micromanaging runs rampant within the organization. There exists a definite "old school" mentality/culture perpetuated from the top down and in no way shape or form, is this a progessive organization. Business process improvements are not a focal point especially if investment (whether large or small) is a key factor. Members of senior/executive management would be wise not to offer their dissenting opinions (or be the utmost cautious in their tact) to those in charge or face possible ousting. Development opportunities are extremely limited and for such a financially successful organization, 'the wealth' is most definitely not shared. Performance is not objectively or meaningfully measured, as such, employee apathy runs rampant; general increases across the board (not individual/team-based performance) also reinforce such an atmosphere. Top performer or bottom performer, one can expect the same increase. The company has also recently had some downsizing due to the market (no brainer here) and long-term employment opportunities should be a concern for one considering a career with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and consider that those of differing business philosophies may just be the ones able to catapult the company into the 21st century where it belongs....the business model and culture must evolve in order to stay a viable competitor in the global market and retain top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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