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Evolving Company - Still Difficult Workplace, but changing slowly...

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Current Employee - Management
Current Employee - Management

I have been working at Goodman Manufacturing

Pros

Goodman definitely believes in Safety and (at least from the perspective I've seen) they put this at the forefront. Employees are paid well and many of them stay for a LONG time...probably way longer than anyone should stay at a company. It's a competitive environment that challenges its leadership to be better, faster, more accurate, more efficient and without defects. Goodman is all about metrics, so if you've never been into charts, graphs, numbers, and everything about business being shown in that format, it's a great place to learn. Goodman has an aggressive engineering team that really works hard to be industry leaders. Goodman makes a suberb HVAC unit that cannot be beat as a value brand in the market and their teams work hard to keep it that way. Quality is a serious thing and the employees are held accountable for allowing bad quality to get down the lines. There are many positives to working at Goodman.

Cons

Goodman puts the business ahead of it's greatest asset - the line employees and front-line supervisors. They are frequently belittled, degraded, insulted and cursed at. If running a bus over 5 employees a day would increase productivity and efficiency on the assembly lines, that would be an opportunity they'd figure out a way to embrace. It's not a family friendly company. The leadership team COMMONLY works 12+ hour days and MANY weekends during the year, which ultimately leaves a huge void in the family life. Line employees typically are asked to give up their weekends when production runs poorly with less than 24 hours notice and if you don't report to work that weekend, you face disciplinary action. They make Air Conditioners, but haven't found a way to at least blow even a small amount of cool air over employees working in the plant with temperatures ranging from 110-130 degrees. They think fans are sufficient. Turnover is exceptionally high for a company, with a high number of new employees leaving within their first 5 years. The number of vacancies within the company is indicative of a deeper issue. The competitive nature of the company leads to much strife among teams - the strong emphasis on problem solving (root cause analysis) leads to finger pointing and the blame game. Ultimately, any failure at this company is linked back to an individual...that person is disciplined for the failure. The company works with very antiquated equipment...many of the same machines are still in operation from the early days at Goodman. If they can find a way to keep an old machine running, instead of investing in something new, that's considered a noble cost-savings measure. Training and continuing education is NOT valued at this company - they recently discontinued any sort of tuition reimbursement.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Until the leadership changes, none of these problems will go away. Until Dave Swift leaves his comfortable arm chair and works in these factories (for even a couple of days), he'll never appreciate his employees and change this place for the better. Goodman's corporate teams are too detached from the plant operations to make a real difference. We've got to lose the "if its not broke, don't fix it" mentality, because it's killing this company slowly. If you want to fix a problem that will fix this organization, FIX THE PEOPLE PROBLEM! Fix the way supervisors treat employees, fix the way leaders talk to employees, fix the way rules are arbitrarily adhered to and then ignored (in times of conveinence), fix the temperatures your people work in daily, fix the equipment your people have to work with, fix the money so that the leadership arent the only ones walking away with THOUSANDS of BONUS dollars for work on units that their hands never touched, fix the retention issues and develop programs that will motivate people to stay and grow. Mr. Goodman didn't intend for his PEOPLE to be on the bottom of the list of priorities.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Stressful, performance driven, micro-managed

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Goodman Manufacturing

    Pros

    Very good friends I made. One huge pro was that I was not located in Houston where the Corporate offices were.

    Cons

    Very stressful, Corporate employees are ruthless in their treatment of management in the factories. They understand how to make a profit but their behavior in going about it is just wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run from Goodman asfast as you can!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goodman Manufacturing

    Pros

    Decent medical and dental benefits.

    Cons

    Management from the top down. They treat people like a piece of you know what. Back stab their employees. Quality has become a joke. It is all about being cheap at any cost as long it does not cause a problem after a year or two of issues. They will try to hide it at all cost, and then someone at the bottom will take the blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The President needs to check up on his management underneath him in Houston. They are snakes and it will back fire on you before it is over with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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