Doncasters
2.4 of 5 8 reviews
www.doncasters.com Burton-upon-Trent, United Kingdom 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Doncasters Chairman & CEO Tariq Jesrai

Tariq Jesrai


43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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not a bad company, just bad location

Sales (Former Employee)
Anniston, AL

I worked at Doncasters full-time for more than a year

Prosability to advance, great people to work with

Conslived in alabama, not alot of flexability

Advice to Senior Managementinvest more money in equipment

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Lousy management, dangerous co-workers, hazardous manufacturing area

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Chula Vista, CA

I worked at Doncasters full-time for less than a year

Prossome pretty women work there

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good people, horrible GM/President

Management (Former Employee)
Chula Vista, CA

I worked at Doncasters full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood 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.

ConsTerrible, 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 Senior ManagementFire GM/President, reduce upper-management people, treat employees fairly

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent management and experienced team with capacity to grow!

Manager (Current Employee)
Brooklyn Park, MN

I have been working at Doncasters full-time for less than a year

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

ConsCareer growth and limited customer base.

Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify products and customer base.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Disappointing for Hourly workers.

CNC MACHINIST (Current Employee)
Greenville, SC

I have been working at Doncasters

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

ConsNo "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 Senior ManagementHeard 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!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Satisfied, but not ideal.

Can't Say. . (Current Employee)

I have been working at Doncasters

ProsDoncasters, 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.

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

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

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Shrewsbury, England (UK)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not the best company to start career as a graduate.

Graduate (Current Employee)

I have been working at Doncasters

ProsIf you join the company at senior management, remunerations can be great.

ConsMajority of management staff have come through the shop floor level and feel that gradutes are a threat thus undermining their prescence. The company does not pay competitive wages, the difference in the wage structure is shocking. Some of the sites work on conventional methods of manufacturing, training budget is zero, Shocking company to work for, I feel that I have wasted my 2 years.

Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle management have to start accepting graduates in the business rather than seeing them as a threat.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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