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Echo Inc - Management very uptight

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL

I worked at Echo Incorporated

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The only Pro to working at Echo, Inc would be there employee health insurance, The employee cost vs the benefits received are very good. Free rental of there power equipment is also a nice feature. Believe me, none of this is worth the disfunction in the workplace.

Cons

The downsides of working for Echo:

Everyone, and I mean everyone, under the management level are very unhappy employees. This is a Japanese owned company and they impose their management style upon the US managers that work there. Workers are not treated fairly, all cubicles are open air situated directly outside the managers offices...you feel constantly on display and it is intentional. Asking for time off or vacation is frowned upon. Even taking a sick day is rare....most managers come in sick and expect you to do the same. Work is scrutinized upon belief. Most is due to the fact that the managers there are extreme micro managers, basically in fear of Japans corporate officers and managers.
The human resource department is controlled by the President and Managers of the company and does nothing to instill common workplace fairness. Rules for time off differ if you are management vs non management. Certain department managers have been known to belittle their employees to the point of tears, with no ramifications from HR. Have I said enough??? RUN from a job here.

Advice to Management

I couldn't offer any advice to the management there. They are so closed minded and such micro managers they would not listen.

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    Don't work here unless you need a job.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Echo Incorporated full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Health insurance cost is reasonable.

    Cons

    Not a professional company. No career opportunities. They don't promote from within. They typically hire the cheapest people they can find whether qualified or not. Many unqualified employees. Poor raises, far below industry standards and below cost of living increases. Salaries not competitive. Weak leadership from V.P.'s.

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management in most departments.

  2. Structure, good communication, proper planning, standards, work ethics and profesionalism? Not Echo!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Echo Incorporated full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has some, but not many. Good benefits is one of them. Insurance is not expensive and it's good. Another is the few people they have left that are good to work with, but all those people are either already looking for a new job or have no choice, but to work there because of the situation they are in. Another perk is that you can borrow some Echo equipment. Any yard work that you have to do can be done with Echo equipment. Japanese people are very nice as well, especially below the managerial level.

    Cons

    They have many. Company is outdated when it comes to methods and technology. They are trying to get better, but constant push back by HQ does not allow them to get to proper decade of manufacturing. Also they are trying to get a better system in place, but the outdated business system they are using is too complicated for new hires to grasp right away. It is not user friendly at all and doesn't track stock properly because of the rules in place and people don't trust it. There is poor and unstable structure of the company mostly due to high turnover and the company grew too fast and they are creating and testing new positions sometimes. Communication is lacking on many levels, but nothing really bad compared to other companies. They have similar communication problems compared to other similar companies. The planning is random, chaotic, and all of the sudden in most cases. The management is impatient most of the time and want results quickly no matter what anybody is working on. Usually trying something without testing and deal with aftermath later. Due to minimum 2 meetings a day it is hard to accomplish something when everybody is at a meeting. Which lastly brings to professionalism and ethics. Not only there is much wasted time during all those meetings, but there is plenty inappropriate personal remarks that come from managers especially. This place reminded me of high school days where you had your nerds, your jocks, your bullies, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people in a professional manner and be fair. Engage the employees a little bit more. Make people feel important, so the productivity will increase and complaining will decrease. Improve on communication and make sure that each employee know exactly what their role is in the company. Don't blame wrong people and make the right people accountable. Don't repeat yourself over and over again. You are wasting people's time and then complain that nothing is getting done. Promote on teamwork and being proud of what each person is doing. That will help with morale. Pay people better. With the amount of work that needs to be done and BS that people have to deal is too much for that low salary. Lastly take your people out for some fun once a year. I'm sure there is enough in the budget to go on some sporting event. Don't be cheap with your employees and your tools.

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