East Penn

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East Penn Reviews

Updated August 3, 2014
Updated August 3, 2014
11 Reviews
3.5
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Solid training, good values.

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    Former Employee - Injection Molding Setup Technician in Lyons, PA
    Former Employee - Injection Molding Setup Technician in Lyons, PA

    I worked at East Penn full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They provide multiple excellent health insurance plan options for a reasonable cost. The 401k retirement plan is ok but they barely contribute. They do however contribute to a profit sharing plan.

    They have very good training and safety programs in place.

    Cons

    Depending on what department or position the hours are alot. 48-56hrs mandatory weekly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respond to employees concerns. When company policy gets changes/updated notify all employees. Do not let them fall subject to discipline and then tell them. Take into account that EVERY employee is a PERSON not just a replacable number.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent place to work if you only have a HS diploma. Disappointing place to work if you're college educated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at East Penn full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent--definitely better than any other manufacturing in the area. You also get a yearly bonus, which varies in amount, but is usually whatever your hourly rate is x 120 hours. It can be more or less though depending on how the company did that year financially.

    Benefits are decent. Most people that work there think they're phenomenal, but that's mostly because healthcare sucks in this country, so decent benefits end up looking like amazing benefits.

    Usually steady work--The company tries its best to not have layoffs, which are pretty rare. Although there were two recent layoffs (2008 and 2012). You'll get 40 hours a week, but if your department is slow, they might move you somewhere else temporarily.

    Cons

    Pay, while better than most places, is still lower than it should be for many departments and specific jobs. For example, operators make good money, I'm not arguing that, but their bonuses are limited by a glass ceiling. Even if they produce a ton of product, management will just lower the piece rate. They also use a 'group bonus' tactic, which delineates bonus by department, not by the individual. So, even if you bust your --- and make a lot if money, it doesn't matter unless everyone else is doing the same.

    Pay is seriously lacking for leaders and foreman. While they do get paid a FEW dollars more per hour than operators or QAs, their pay doesn't even come close to what it should be for the amount of bull---- they have to endure on a daily basis.

    Pay is also SERIOUSLY LACKING for fringe jobs, by which I mean jobs like office work, IT work, accounting and payroll. Basically anything not directly associated with production. I can't stress enough how little these people make compared to everyone in production.

    Overtime can be a blessing, but is more often than not a curse. When it's voluntary, it's fantastic, although there is often this ridiculous pressure that if you don't sign up, it'll be mandatory. It depends on the department, but in my few years at Deka, I've been mandatory three times. The first was only a month long, the second was for eight months, and the third is for eight months and counting. If it's mandatory it's almost always six days a week, eight hours a day. It's extremely rare to see seven days mandatory.

    Politicking -- This place is really bad for it. In most cases, it's not what you know, it's who you blow. If you don't believe me or think I'm just a disgruntled employee, just take a look for yourself. Most, although not all, of the plant managers, senior supervisors, and general higher ups didn't get where they are through intelligence and a good work ethic, they got there because they already knew someone, were willing to sell their soul, or were just so horrible at their last job that the Personnel department decided promoting them would be the best solution to remove from said job.

    Turnover -- Deka has pretty much monopolized the battery market regarding quality. They also know that they're one of the only places in a 10-county radius that pays decently. This had lead to a huge "you're just a number" mentality. It's not too hard to keep your job so long as you follow their rules and keep showing up, and while that's not too hard, you may end up breaking a rule and not even realizing it. This can mostly be avoided by keeping your mouth shut, as it takes a long time to figure out who's cool and can be trusted. There are a lot of immature ---kissers there just waiting to see or hear you do the wrong thing so they can get brownie points by squealing on you. The worst part is that most managers entertain these petty "violations" and you actually do get in trouble, and if you're new enough to the company, you really could get fired. Put in a few years of quiet, steady attendance and you'll be a lot better off for it.

    There's so much more to type, but this has already become long winded. Essentially, this really isn't a horrible place to work, but don't be fooled. The only reason they're on the Best Places to Work in PA list is because they're a DECENT place to work in a time when there are so few places to work to begin with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't perform the job that you're the supervisor of, and perform that job well, do us all a favor and quit.

    Other than that, have some respect for your "underlings." If it wasn't for them busting their --- and sacrificing time with their family to always be at work, you wouldn't be anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great products, not so great to work for in the Pacific NW

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at East Penn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Consistent 40 hours per week with few surprises. Steady paycheck. Their products are ones you can recommend to your family and friends without feeling guilty.

    Cons

    Very few chances for advancement. Pay raises are minimal at best and time off is hard to come by. Good luck if you are sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more time off and give your employees sick pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for!.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lyons, PA
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lyons, PA

    I have been working at East Penn full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, decent amount of overtime, and full package of benefits.

    Cons

    Temperatures inside warehouse during summer months can be uncomfortable at times.

  6.  

    Overall Good Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Auditor
    Current Employee - Quality Auditor

    I have been working at East Penn full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Above average pay. Excellent health care (Choice of Three). Spring time Bonus. Vacation time. Dorney Park Picnic (they rent the whole park for one day for Employees). Very good on site medical. Very good advancement possibilities, They look within, the employees, to fill a position before going outside , ex.- medical, QA, IT Tech, management.

    Cons

    Working conditions. High Lead (respirators should be worn), +++you are monitored for lead in the blood and instructed if high for respirator wear+++ Some don't like the required showers after the shift-your in a large shower room (I say "get over it!")

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    observe your Leads and Forman's on all three shifts, some should not be in that position. You have workers on the floor who could fill the job with true concern and dedication for Dekas future.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    east penn (phoenix,az)was very great place to work

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    Former Employee - Warehouseman in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Warehouseman in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at East Penn full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    east penn was a great place to work

    Cons

    there was no downside working at east penn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no advice to management of east penn

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start my Machining career

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Lyon Station, PA
    Former Employee - Machinist in Lyon Station, PA

    I worked at East Penn full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable job, some learning opportunities. Great benefits. Some decent coworkers. Company picnic.

    Cons

    Zero flexibility. Will fire anyone if they break the rules. The rule book is gigantic and growing. Not a good job for skilled labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Pretty Laid back; conservatively managed company

    Current Employee - Engineer in Lyon Station, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lyon Station, PA

    I have been working at East Penn full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Quality Control of batteries; continuation of old formulae

    Cons

    Lack of nimbleness; waste; no innovation; no career development; lack of transperancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More ambitious approach, and innovative culture would be good in long run.

  10.  

    Didn't live up to the hype they created during the interiew.

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    Former Employee - Mechanic in Fleetwood, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Fleetwood, PA

    I worked at East Penn full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent Pay and a stable industry.

    Cons

    No room for career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value the talent you could attract.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Wasn't the best experience but had a blast.

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    Former Employee - Scraping
    Former Employee - Scraping

    I worked at East Penn full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and a large emphasis on quality control.

    Cons

    The place was a mess at times..wirh management getting fired and workers fooling around. drama drama drama. Work / Life balance = None.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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