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A nice laidback place to work, as long as you don't mind the below average pay.

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Current Employee - IT Programmer in Concordville, PA
Current Employee - IT Programmer in Concordville, PA

I have been working at LaFrance

Approves of CEO
Approves of CEO

Pros

Its a very laid back work environment. They generally accept projects to be completed whenever they are completed, with no real deadlines breathing down your neck. The company has a diverse group of employees, with the majority of entry level positions filled by recent college graduates. Somewhat flexible hours, it is not unusual for the CEO to call a half day when there is a special event going on on that day i.e. (major sports team playing during work hours).

Cons

Some of the managers hired are either very anal with their employees or are incompetent at their job.The pay is below average in all positions across the board.

Advice to Management

Take a hard look at the under performing employees and managers, and replace them with someone that actually takes pride in their work.

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  1. Good place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Love the fact that they give you half days off before a holiday, this is unheard of and really makes for high morale! If the local sports teams were winning you may get off early to catch a game.

    Cons

    Most disappointing is CEO humiliating workers in company meetings. You have to have thick skin at this company and roll with it rather than take it personal. If you speak out of turn or do not answer the CEOs answer correctly he will make you sit under the table for instance, or leave the meeting. IMO this was not professional. I also didn't care for how much complaining coworkers did, I wish there was more of a team feel to the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Managers need drop the "do as I say not as I do" live by your example and your workers may get in a better team oriented mood!

  2. Career Start-up Location w/ High Turnover, Mind Numbing Work and Beaten Staff

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Concordville, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Concordville, PA

    I worked at LaFrance full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Easy Job for Recent Grads/Interns
    - Resume Builder
    - Very Casual Dress Code (Jeans, Sweatshirts, Shorts, T-Shirts, Sweatpants and etc.)
    - Quarterly Company Lunches w/ prizes
    - Flex is allowed, but approval is needed and rarely given
    - International Work Experience
    - Half Days before Holidays
    - Very Friendly Staff
    - Clean Office Building

    Cons

    The Job
    - Mind-Numbing Work- You will spend most of your time creating Part Visions that are made in a standard format.
    - Scared of Change- This company is archaic in their Culture and Leadership . The CEO even frowns upon Middle Management praising employees.
    - Very Limited Growth Opportunity - The staff has either been there forever or is on its way out the door. It is depressing to see talented individuals leave for more promising work.
    - Low-End Pay - Raises and bonuses are below Market Standards.

    The Staff
    - High Turnover - About one or more people a month leave LaFrance's HQ of less than 200 people.
    - Staff - Comprised of mostly recent college grads and long-time employees preparing for retirement. Staff has either been broken from layoffs or is extremely green.
    - Middle Management - Consists mostly of relatives and friends of the owner and CEO. In many instances these individuals have been gifted their positions and have those working under them who are more suitable for the task.
    - CEO - Unfriendly, hot-headed, and strategically stifling. At one point taught training classes for Project Managers and frequently ridiculed employees for not providing the responses he was looking for.

    Advice to Management

    Create a more stimulating workplace for your employees and fight to keep the ones that show promise. Acknowledge the fact that your turnover rate is excessively high and do something about it.

    Promote the few talented individuals that you still have left before you lose them. There are entirely too many people that have earned their wings and do not have the pay or responsibility to reflect it.

    Raise up your employees instead of beating them down.

    Set realistic goals and grow your core business further. LaFrance has a niche and is still making money from it, but it cannot break into other markets. This is a disturbing hurdle and needs to be overcome.

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