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The worst place I have ever worked

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Former Employee - Management  in  Atlanta, GA
Former Employee - Management in Atlanta, GA

I worked at McMaster-Carr

Pros

You will appreciate whatever you have once you leave here. Benefits aren't bad. Most of the people who work there are good and just as miserable as you.

Cons

No communication, conflicting direction, no respect and it is only getting worse. all the reviews on here are staff complaining about management - well guess what, it sucks just as much in management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

if you are smart, get out. run as far away as you can. you will be very happy when you do.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    If it were a kennel, it would be shut down by now; not fit for a dog.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at McMaster-Carr

    Pros

    The benefits are really solid. They offer full tuition reimbursement with no commitment clause or industry related discipline requirement. The health benefits are particularly stellar in this environment, but not unheard of.

    Cons

    This company is micro-managed to the 26th power. The minutia can be overwhelming. The culture is very cult-like. Inquiries and constructive criticism are not tolerated; it is very totalitarian.

    The management staff is comprised primarily of inexperienced youth. They arrive as management trainees typically out of undergrad and at the ripe age of 22 will manage staff 2-3 times their age and vastly more experienced.
    Staff is comprised of deflated demoralized cogs who entered the company with hopes of contributing and having their contributions recognized through advancements. They are rewarded with lateral moves and the lucky few are awarded the opportunity to facilitate or coordinate tasks which is really distillation and delegation of management duties without the empowerment or the compensation.
    Staff members who are well liked due to obedience, but are not competent in their roles are shuffled around departments instead of being terminated. Conversely, intelligent and competent staff members who do not tow the line are quickly terminated. The attrition rate rivals the fast food industry.
    There is no opportunity for advancement if you do not enter as a management trainee. Most staff members who were promoted have been demoted. Management does not fair much better. After they have been used to terminate the employees who dare question the status quo or demand respect, they too are ejected.
    There is little to no integrity among staff or management. A colleague or superior who once had your back, will turncoat quickly if they think it might lead to a promotion or favor which is odd considering there is no loyalty.

    There is no rhyme or reason to anything that occurs and goals are a moving target that are not communicated as new direction. Instead, the changed goals are communicated as feedback or an annual evaluation.
    There is not consistent feedback or development. Rather, one conversation becomes the thesis of your annual evaluation whether the conversation was positive or negative.

    The management should learn the difference between a comment by owners and senior management and a directive. Rarely are directives issued. When a comment is made, entire processes are changed without comprehension or an objective.

    I have never seen a place with such low morale. Morale may not even exist. You can find happier employees at the DMV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, many of you are too inexperienced and lack the integrity to fathom an act of decency. One day, you will have children who are in the workforce and may work at a place like McMaster-Carr. Ask yourself if you would want them treated the way you treat others or the way that some of you are treated by upper management?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company, but must have a thick skin

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    Former Employee - Receiving  in  Robbinsville, NJ
    Former Employee - Receiving in Robbinsville, NJ

    I worked at McMaster-Carr

    Pros

    benefits, bonuses, sports tickets, quality of regular employees

    Cons

    rapidly changing management, cant miss time at all, constant changes, inexperienced supervisors most fresh out of college and never had a real job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look at your core workers, the ones who actually run MCM for ideas...not some kids fresh out of college and very green.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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