Cope Plastics, Inc. Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Cope plastics is a good place to learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Op3 in Alton, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Op3 in Alton, IL

    I have been working at Cope Plastics, Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work at cope are like family. They are friendly and there is a good group of very hard working individuals who are always good to see on a daily basis. Cope plastics is always busy and are highly unlikely to have lay offs. Also vacation and personal days are very nice along with health care and dental plans, 401k and gym discounts.

    Cons

    The shop in the past year has been speeding up jobs and shorting workers quote times so much so that it feels like we can't ever win. No extra pay for more and more work with additional jobs such as sorting plastics, clocking in and out of everything you do. Extreme micro managing with time clocks. There is no recognition when you run better than quote daily. They don't even know. Very Short but payed 20 minute lunch you can't comfortably eat that fast.

    Advice to Management

    Please talk to the people on the floor more and get some advice how to change for the better and stop reverting to the same old way of doing things. Make life better for your workers and the workers will pay you back for the positive changes that you make.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Nice people and fun job (extremely small commission for a sales job)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Cope Plastics, Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The sales staff and sales upper management are good people to work for The company is the best in the industry in quality of parts base pay is decent for the industry I loved the job and the industry, and I would have stayed if I could have made a decent commission for sales. Great job to get started in outside sales, but don't expect to make much money

    Cons

    The company is an expense driven company and not sales minded. (They see sales as an expense and not a benefit) Commissions are basically non existent with an average of $200 gross per month. (not job my commissions but I also spoke with numerous other sales reps in the same boat) THE ENTIRE COMMISSION STRUCTURE IS DESIGNED TO CONFUSE YOU AND NOT PAY YOU. THE CFO MAKES ALL OF THE FINAL DECISIONS AS HE HELPED THE EXISTING FAMILY BUY THE OLD FAMILY OUT YEARS AGO. IF YOU HAVE A LARGE JOB THAT YOU QUOTE UNDER 10% GM, YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO GET COMMISSION ON IT BEFORE OF THE LOW MARGIN

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to dramatically change it's culture back to a sales culture. There are also to many chiefs as all of the family members get a paycheck but only 1 truly contributes, I would also recommend the family to focus more on the branches and less on corporate, as without the branches you would not be there.


  3. Database Administrator / Developer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Database Administrator in Alton, IL

    I worked at Cope Plastics, Inc.

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

    Pros

    Many nice people work there. There are some nice lunches periodically. They honor veterans, women with breast cancer, and others. They are thought very nicely by the people in the Alton and Godfrey communities.

    Cons

    They don't want to spend any money... For example, their SQL Server database runs on an active/passive cluster, and contains all production, all test, all development, and absolutely everything else. I showed management that Microsoft publishes that production should be placed on a different server than test, different server than development... Management didn't want to spend the money -- but they still wonder why the database runs so poorly, and why things couldn't be fixed. They run Dynamics AX 2009, but don't pay Microsoft for any support. Because of that, they don't get to receive any answers from Microsoft for any questions that need to be asked, and they don't get any updates to fix problems -- yet Management wonders why things don't work better -- and they place that on the folks who work in the IT department.

    Advice to Management

    PAY... Microsoft offers good updates and support to their applications periodically. You'll get that if you pay. Purchase good servers -- not cheap ones. While there, my suggestion was to have an active/active cluster to place Dynamics AX on one side, and all the other production on the other side. Then I suggested having two more SQL Servers -- one for development, and one for testing and training. Doing what was suggested would have significantly improved performance. At the same time, the System Administrator was also suggesting improving the servers for Dynamics AX and other applications. Improve all your servers and PCs. You will make everyone in the company more productive if they can get more done, and don't wonder why their PC, Dynamics AX, and SQL Server are so slow and don't work well. That will also allow your IT folks to make other improvements for workers and the business.


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  5. sales

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

    I have been working at Cope Plastics, Inc. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of your coworkers are great. Very good benefits, salary is average for the industry. An excellent place to hone your sales skills in the industrial sales field

    Cons

    Too much red tape to try and get orders. Too many levels of management need to approve what you hired your sales people to do. Let sales do what they were hired for. Train your new people instead of just throwing them out to the wolves. Turnover is excessive right now. Cope is losing way too many people because the opportunity for growth is not there. Base salary is fine, but the opportunity to grow through commissions is difficult

    Advice to Management

    We have too many people in senior management that are making changes to put their stamp on the company. The family needs to get back to running the company and quit letting their subordinates ruin what they built. Go back to caring about your employees versus only the dollar


  6. Family owned business since 1946.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Cope Plastics, Inc. 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

    Local ownership with strong ties to the community. Giving people a chance to make a career by choosing people who would otherwise not be in their positions elsewhere.

    Cons

    Unwillingness to change. Loyal to a fault. Makes business decisions based on emotions and perception and not sound facts or business philosophies.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Cope Plastics is an industry leader and a great place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Godfrey, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Account Manager in Godfrey, IL

    I worked at Cope Plastics, Inc.

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company truly stands behind it Core Values (see Cope Plastics website) and is a very progressive and innovative company. During the 8 years I was employed by Cope Plastics I recieved 2 promotions; the company opened 2 new branch locations; the incentive plan for salespeople was enhanced to include more commission for higher margin sales; a bonus plan was added in 2006 and there was over 66% of profit dollars reinvested in the company.

    Cons

    There are some communication issues between manufacturing and sales which can lead to delays in shipping orders to the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Work on improving the lines of communication between manufacturing and sales in order to improve overall customer satisfaction.



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