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  1. Salary

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Paris, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Paris, IL

    Pros

    401k vested 100% when Hired. Good for entry level engineers to learn engineering practices Up to a 10% percent Bonus

    Cons

    Poor Health Insurance No room for Promotions No raises

    Advice to Management

    Promote with in need to better utilize assets right in front of you.


  2. Big disappointment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Starting Salary was fantastic. Benefits were good.

    Cons

    The facility is a dump. Disenchanted hourly work force. Extremely high turnover. Poor quality, high cost, poor delivery. I would hate to be a customer.

    Advice to Management

    Time to shake things up. A complete change at the top is necessary.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Not what I was hoping it would be

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contracts in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Doncasters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    In hind-sight there were no pros. I was hoping this position would help take my career to the next level

    Cons

    Most employees were very unhappy & many left during my first 3-4 months there including the manager who hired me.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so hostile and abusive


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Lousy management, dangerous co-workers, hazardous manufacturing area

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Doncasters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    some pretty women work there

    Cons

    choose your favorite reason for not wanting to work at a company, and Doncasters will fit


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good people, horrible GM/President

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    Former Employee - Management in Chula Vista, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Chula Vista, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good engineers, maintenance, employees; a lot of employees work hard to make a good product and make the company successful, an honest group of people loyal to the company.

    Cons

    Terrible, oppressive GM/President - a bully; too many upper-management people that end up confusing operations instead of streamlining them; good old boy network with friends of GM/President; union was brought in recently due to terrible employee relations

    Advice to Management

    Fire GM/President, reduce upper-management people, treat employees fairly


  7. Helpful (1)

    not a bad company, just bad location

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    Former Employee - Sales in Anniston, AL
    Former Employee - Sales in Anniston, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ability to advance, great people to work with

    Cons

    lived in alabama, not alot of flexability

    Advice to Management

    invest more money in equipment


  8. Helpful (1)

    Excellent management and experienced team with capacity to grow!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Brooklyn Park, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Doncasters full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Experienced leadership and great culture. Opportunities for growth in forging, machining and assembly of drivetrain products (Axles, Transfer Cases).

    Cons

    Career growth and limited customer base.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify products and customer base.


  9. Very Disappointing for Hourly workers.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Basic Health Care, Below hourly wages, Dental Insurance, Yearly "Hot Dog" Picnic.

    Cons

    No "Cost-of-Living" Raise in 5 years. While Management "Reaps" in Their Bonuses" the Word "Status Que" really means a lot. 2011 was Physically a "Work Harder" & not "Smarter" year. Non Educated Management has produced Hourly workers to seek employment else where. Low hourly wages (Region & Nationally ) are below the 50% margin.

    Advice to Management

    Heard of Erie Bolt losing 65% of their work force to General Electric?? Greenville,S.C. now has a new GE (Aviation) Facility along with their Turbine Facility. Shortage of CNC-Machinist to Newly Plants(ZF Transmission ) , Boush Rex Roth, And other facilities will make "Specialty Bar Products" wish they would have Vested in Their few workers ,Instead of giving Bonuses to Higher ups . I see an "ERIE BOLT" moment by the end of Summer!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Satisfied, but not ideal.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Can't Say. .
    Current Employee - Can't Say. .
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Doncasters, Inc. is based in the UK with subsidiary companies in Europe and the US. On the US side, we have great benefits- health, dental, vision and great 401K matching/vesting. Within my subsidiary, management is flexible with mixing work and family obligations and overtime is rarely required. Other pluses at least within my subsidiary, is that my colleagues on all levels are easy to get along with, my current boss allows for a lot of autonomy if you are a competent, valued, and trusted employee. Since the corporation is based overseas, there are plenty of business travel opportunities throughout Europe and sometimes other locales.

    Cons

    In the current economic climate, Doncasters is suffering along with many other corporations since it mostly manufactures products for other industries such as industrial and automotive. Many of it's subsidiary companies are laying off employees and incorporating work furloughs to compensate for the lack of production work. Within my subsidiary, salaries are usually on the lower end of the range, unless management is trying to attract better talent. I can't speak for Doncasters as a whole, but within my subsidiary, the lack of growth and promotion within my own subsidiary is another factor on the downside. There are several other negative factors, but if I went into further detail, it would be easy to figure out which company I work for within the corporation. Overall, I can't complain too much, as no job is perfect, but the things that were promised to me upon hiring never panned out and as an employee I am loyal and hardworking, but feel that this company just treats its workforce like they are just "another number" or worker bee.

    Advice to Management

    I have endless feedback and advice, but I won't go there.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Extremly busy, but not as good a use of time as could have been.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Shrewsbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Shrewsbury, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, great reputation, skilled workforce. Lots of good people.

    Cons

    Very slow to react, senior management totally out of touch with the real world. Very old fashioned structures and management live behind shuttered offices and appear aloof.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what people at the sharp end suggest. Don't be afraid to change things. Try to move with the times.



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