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Former Employee - Industrial Engineer  in  Fond du Lac, WI
Former Employee - Industrial Engineer in Fond du Lac, WI

I worked at Mercury Marine

Pros

Good atmosphere. A lot of good people to work with (and an occasional bad one of course) but by an large I enjoyed working there.

Cons

Little bit too political and who knows who on the management side. As far as how I was treated by all my managers personally, I was satisfied, but there seems to be a lot of odd things that happen in the levels above the middle management.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Honestly, need less layers of them there I think.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Mercury Marine

  1.  

    Great place to work awesome products

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    Former Employee - Multiple/Mfg Eng/Op's/Marketing  in  Fond du Lac, WI
    Former Employee - Multiple/Mfg Eng/Op's/Marketing in Fond du Lac, WI

    I worked at Mercury Marine

    Pros

    Great products and enough stones to push the envelope in the industry. Worldwide product and appeal. Long history and pride in it's history.

    Cons

    Long long hours. Union difficult to deal with but mostly misled and misunderstood. Management unwilling to make some investments on necessity but willing to make careless investment on new products that never met volume expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be direct and continue to lead through the current market low.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Be Wary of Mercury Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Stillwater, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stillwater, OK

    I worked at Mercury Marine

    Pros

    Interesting products, good people.
    They have (had?) a company-wide process improvement program in place. If you could demonstrate that an idea could provide real savings for the company, then you had a genuine chance at procuring resources for the idea and, with success, a genuine chance at promotion.

    Cons

    Stillwater plant has now been closed.
    Benefits and compensation are not very competitive.
    High turnover rate in senior management.
    Information was typically articulated most clearly through the rumor mill.

    Sorry to descend to the level of the anecdote, but without them I'm afraid my criticisms might simply ring hollow:

    I worked at Mercury during the period leading up to the 2008 recession, when gas prices had doubled in under six months to nearly $5/g in Stillwater, and when the imminent collapse of the real estate market was obvious. The market for luxury goods, like those produced by Mercury at Stillwater, was already nearly nonexistent. The only plan articulated by management was an expectation that things would eventually get better. They literally had no plan for dealing with lean times in a market that they understood to be highly cyclical.

    One morning we were called to a meeting in which it was explained that the company was looking at ways to cut costs, with no mention of specifics. On returning to our desks, we found an email stating that the company had canceled its contract with its coffee supplier. While I respect that some money was saved, the experience was absurd, and typical of management's habit of presenting an optimistic rather than straightforward version of reality. More importantly, management took no personal pay cuts that I'm aware of, and made no effort to communicate how more substantial cost saving measures were to be effected.

    Until one morning when I arrived to find that my entire group had been called into our manager's office. Frightened for our livelihoods, we anxiously listened as the senior mid-manager explained that layoffs/forced retirements were planned for another group. It was sort of the reverse of having the rug pulled out from under you, but with the same emotional effect.

    To borrow a coworker's phrase, senior mid-management seemed to develop a "hard on" for this tactic after I left. Given the way the Stillwater plant was closed (Mercury _publicly announced_ that they would close their Fon du Lac plant, then rescinded and closed the Stillwater plant) I now believe that they were just following the example of senior and corporate management.

    The saddest part of this review is that, in all honesty, I can only label Mercury as a typical company at worst.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a long-term, company-wide plan (including feasible solutions for risk management) that will survive management turnover. Include some goals. Follow it, and share it with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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