EFCO-Iowa Reviews

Updated July 23, 2014
Updated July 23, 2014
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  1.  

    Good people...Terrible management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at EFCO-Iowa full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Bigger company that spans the globe, however it feels much smaller. You get to know the people very well, small company feel. They are an engineering company that makes a very stellar product. Place will get better when owner is forced out.

    Cons

    Management is terrible, and most of them got their job just by being related to, or sucking up to the owner. Owner is a micro managing fool that dictates all, and nobody there has the guts to correct him out of fear of their jobs. The whole place is ran like a manufacturing facility, until recently they still had buzzers telling the office workers when it was break time and or lunch time.

    No raises during economy downturn (not true for owners pet employees). Lots of layoffs.

    Managers only interested in having meetings, nothing comes out of them...and no work gets done. Just more meetings, and after that meeting, a follow up meeting.

    If all the top level managers (99% men) were let go and forced to find other jobs, they would all struggle. And most likely settle for much lower positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job getting a salary you most likely would not earn anywhere else in the world! Stay put....however when the owner is finally gone, you will most likely want your resume updated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company if you're a man

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at EFCO-Iowa

    Pros

    Benefits, breaks, paid time off

    Cons

    Pay, personal growth for women

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect to be compensated for all your hard work. Mgmt and corporate expect everyone to have many responsibilities and do the work of more than one position. Women are kept in traditional secretarial roles instead of upper management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Below average employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at EFCO-Iowa

    Pros

    The company offers a very practical product that meets customer expectations.

    Cons

    The company has a long way to go when it comes to fairness and respect of its employees, especially with employees below the executive level. There is a corporate culture that lacks cohesiveness and direction. Nepotism and preferential treatment is rampant regardless of qualification and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement. Focus on the big picture and the vision as a company whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Some things never change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I worked at EFCO-Iowa

    Pros

    Location is good for commuting. Newer office building is nice.

    Cons

    I agree with previous poster and it sounds like nothing has changed since I was there years ago. I would warn anyone thinking about going there for a job to realize that if you aren't a friend or pet of the owners you will stay in a dead-end job with very a poor chance for decent raises. Family-owned, and it shows in a negative response to anything the owner doesn't want to do. He has a "little boy" temper and isn't averse to letting it out on anyone that upsets him. His son, the apparent heir to the monarchy, is even worse.

    Expect to be treated like a slab of meat. I've seen excellent employees marched out the door on Friday afternoon because the manager they worked for didn't like them. It was the worst environment I have ever experienced in a workplace. The office still has buzzers hanging in the halls to tell you when work and breaks start and stop. You will get a lecture if you aren't consistent in being at your desk as required - unless you are a smoker. It's OK for them to wander outside whenever they want to have a puff. If you, as a non-smoker, join them you will catch Hell for it.

    Avoid this company like the plague. The smartest move I ever made in my career was to get out of EFCO.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the number of times attempts were made to steer the CEO into a kinder, gentler workplace when I was there, and the reaction to those attempts, I have none. You aren't going to listen anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    EFCO Needs Work

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    Current Employee - General Employee  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - General Employee in Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at EFCO-Iowa

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment. Friendly co-workers. Good location for employees to commute. Facilities are OK.

    Cons

    Incompetent upper management. Benefits are mediocre. Average salaries. Low respect for employees. People are appointed to management positions based on length of time with the company and not actual qualifications. Managers don't "manage" employees, but force the company to change policies for everyone. Decisions are made solely on the fact that that is what the CEO wishes to do, regardless of how much business sense it actually makes. Logic is not an everyday common occurrence with managers. No stable business rules exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all employees as well as respect their opinions.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Small company with big plans supported by small ideas.

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Current Employee - Plant Manager

    I have been working at EFCO-Iowa

    Pros

    Attracts top talent in construction field. Colleague's are talented and work towards a single goal. Too much in-fighting between departments and corporate takes a top down approach to policies and procedures without input from educated middle management base.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership or long-term perspective from senior management. No career path development. Typically see a mass exodus of talented employees who realize that opportunities for professional growth are limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize top talent in organization and provide them with a clear career path to succeed. Replace senior management with individuals who have experience in their position and have a vision on how to improve and expand operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be prepared

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Manager

    I worked at EFCO-Iowa

    Pros

    Corporate paints a strong picture of the company that wants to support efforts and help you win over customers.

    Training was minimal spent to much time reviewing sales theroy and not near enough time covering their product and how it out performs the other guys equipment

    Cons

    Get in the field and management is more concerened about you fill out the computer program than they are on helping you gain market share. How much did you sale today vs what did you do today to help the company grow and have a robust future

    If you want to be thrown to the wolves this is you place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is out of touch with what the mid level managers are comanding the messafe from coporate conflicts what is demanded of workers

    Doesn't Recommend

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