Continental Mills

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Continental Mills Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Private Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental Mills

    Pros

    The management seems to care for their employees and will try to support their development. The company offers flexibility in the scheduling.

    Cons

    There is limited opportunities for advancement. Company wants to grow, but may not have the funds to achieve major acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a healthy workplace to retain good employees

  2.  

    Good company with a culture dating way back.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tukwila, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tukwila, WA

    I have been working at Continental Mills full-time

    Pros

    Pleasant people. Opportunites to give input and have considerable review. People focused.

    Cons

    "Culture" tends to slow progression. There's a large population of tenured people that have different views with a new workforce that is being hired, leading to tension between the "classic" way of thinking and new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to newer ideas and technology. Be flexible to a younger workforce (telecommuting, adaptation to technology like IM and productivity software).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great wok life balance, a great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Decision makign takes a long time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people doing the work. They have good ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Strong Company...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Continental Mills full-time

    Pros

    Work/life balance...best I've experienced
    Company is on solid ground
    Good pay/benefits

    Cons

    No advancement opportunities.
    Slow moving on decision making by management
    There are "inner circles" in the company...if you are not part of them, you will know nothing. Being a manager does not automatically include you in the inner circles.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to challenge yourself and others if you want to get anything accomplished.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Mills

    Pros

    Work life balance, great access to all facets of business, growing,constantly changing.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities for advancement, upper management that has a hard time making decisions, takes forever to get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the employees you've hired to develop and drive the business of today and spend your time planning for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Stagnant culture with weak leadership and lack of advancement opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Continental Mills full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits package above market. Free coffee.

    Cons

    Passive aggressive culture with low threshold for those who deviate from the paternalistic, decision-by-committee ethos. Weak, complacent senior leadership team that lacks vision. Top heavy organization with no true leader.

    Unfortunately, many of the people who work here don't like working here (or each other). Many are stuck - the compensation is too attractive to take a chance on the unknown in this economy. Those who appear to be happy here are in senior management or are well-liked by senior management, and have some level of authority (VPs and Directors, mostly). Bad behavior is tolerated at all levels. The company does not hold employees accountable for their behavior or performance so long as they tow the company "culture" line.

    Very few opportunities for advancement exist among those in mid-management (managers, associates, specialists). As a result, different departments operate as mini-fiefdoms in order to compensate for lack of power or recognition. It is stressful and toxic - you are always looking over your shoulder in this mini-shark tank.

    Many employees' career experience has only been at CMI; thus, no diversity of thought nor any degree of comfort with change. This is particularly true with manufacturing and the supply chain divisions.

    On the positive side, the company offers free annual on-site health screenings, quarterly fitness reimbursement and company-sponsored events. Benefits and salary are above market. However, I'd trade in the free health screenings and company outings for more recognition and a more professional culture any day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate the company's vision, culture and values, along with how they are expressed in the workplace. Are you really walking the walk? Create more accountability at all levels of the organization (yourselves included). Reward good work, not the squeakiest wheels. Provide opportunities for growth and advancement. Take the opportunity to engage outside expertise in leadership, mentoring, coaching to help your team and your subordinates grow. Show humility and be willing to learn from those people at the lowest levels of the organization, or at least learn their names. Or, at the very least, make eye contact with them when you pass by them in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Compensation- Insane Stress

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Continental Mills full-time

    Pros

    Great compensation and generous owner. Good business growth. Love the owners and senior management.

    Cons

    Horrible atmosphere. You can feel the stress when you enter the building. Many mid-managers along for the ride and not producing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start reducing middle management. .Most of them are Fortune 500 flunk outs. There is a reason they got packages from former employers. The big acquisition never happened so you don't need them. Rank and file is extremely unhappy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    The worst place I have ever worked, stay away!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pendleton, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pendleton, OR

    I have been working at Continental Mills

    Pros

    The pay is fair for the area. Not great but ok. Lots and lots of overtime no matter if you want it or not. Did I mention the abundance of overtime? Good people for the most part at the hourly level. We had a good production superintendent but he left back in July or August of 2011.

    Cons

    Safety is a joke to say the least. You get written up and your quarterly bonus taken away if you report something that needs to be address. We do these stupid SBA (Safety Behavior Audits) to make the plant manager feel good. The plant manager even nominated the plant for a safety award from Oregon and we got it. All the employees think it’s a joke because you will be terminated if you get hurt.

    The management at the plant level is horrible. They run off all the good help. We had a production superintendent that was trying to get things turned around for the better. They didn’t give him any support and worked him until he left. He was putting in 14-16 hour days trying to help out. The employees really had a lot of respect for him because he worked with us and didn’t build up walls or levels of importance because we were just hourly workers. Once he left everything seemed to just fall apart and other managers left and after about 4 months we were left with nobody that knew anything. We have a lead in production that is the last person keeping things together.

    You can’t trust anyone. The HR supervisor gets sucked into all the gossip and tells people personal things that shouldn’t be passed on. When you catch her in a lie she starts to cough and says she is having an allergic reaction to your deodorant, cologne, perfume, body wash, hair spray, whatever she can say to get you out of her office. She’s done this to me a few times.

    Did I mention that we have a lot of overtime? The plant manager doesn’t work it but sure expects all of us to give up our families and lives outside of work and spend it all at CM.

    A word to the wise, once the economy picks up and starts looking better, people will be lining up to leave this place. We need a workers union to protect us from these monsters. Stay away if you have any kind of life outside of work. Well, unless you are the plant manager. Then you can work 20-30 hours a week and pretend like you are the most important person in the place. Get real!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and realize that the local management team is not getting the job done. Support the good people and keep them. Run the jerks that you have in there now out of town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tukwila, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tukwila, WA

    I worked at Continental Mills

    Pros

    Employees are valued and respected, and everyone is given an opportunity to contribute as much as they are willing and capable.

    Cons

    The organization has many employees and members of leadership on all levels that have had no professional experience outside of Continental Mills. Continental Mills employees are very protective of the CMI culture, and at times progress is inhibited as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership on all levels has a commitment to the development of its employees. Continue to make sure that employees feel valued and respected, as they always have.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wizard of Oz

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

    I worked at Continental Mills

    Pros

    Benefits, Compensation, Flexibility, Fairly Safe Work Environment

    Cons

    Wizard of Oz culture (don't look behind the curtain). Very stressful environment from a relationships perspective. Lots of back stabbing and talking behind peoples backs. Very little professionalism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The emperor is naked...accept what you see before you as it is. There is the superficial message about culture and family and loyalty but beneath the surface there isn't any or very little of each of the these. Employees at all or most levels are saying one thing and doing another. They have little or no respect for there peers or managers or in some cases direct reports.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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