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Former Employee – worked at Briggs & Stratton
Pros – Above average pay for entry level production work. Freedom to flex your mind (you need to in order to keep the antique production equipment running).
Cons – HR cares only about their rules. The union local is a joke. The union has no power or money and your fate is dictated by Briggs HR. The ethical and fair HR manager was fired by Briggs for "being too soft" and was replaced by a woman in army boots type with no compassion or sympathy for working class families. The company is slow moving and constantly being undercut by foreign competition due to Briggs lack of willingness to embrace technology and the attitude that if it is made wrong, make it work anyway. Instead of holding vendors to tolerance on parts, they adjust their production methods to accommodate whatever garbage comes in the door. I give Briggs a maximum of 10 years to keep production in Milwaukee.
Advice to Senior Management – Get rid of the current HR regime, and change Briggs and Stratton back into the family orientated company you claim to be. HR does not care how well employees perform, they only worry about how well your index number follows the (ridiculous) rules (that's right readers, you are a number at Briggs, and they care more about your number than your name). Next contract (if by some miracle you make it to another contract), don't again hire a union buster law firm to handle contract negotiations and work with the people you claim to care about.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2011-04-17 10:29 PDT
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