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Helpful (4)

The market has changed, Learn to compete or die

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Management
Former Employee - Management
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I worked at Metal Sales Manufacturing full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Full line of components, testing & related products. Decent pricing, enough producing plants to geographically cover almost the entire US.

Cons

The metal building components market is extremely competitive. Over the past few years there has been a proliferation of regional rollformers that have the same steel, paint system, testing & warranties as metal sales plus they can deliver in 2 days versus 2 weeks. Metal sales has not found a way to combat these threats, they are relying on established relationships to carry them through lean times and many of those customers have purchased their own rollformers. Not all plants produce the panels that are needed in their territory. Those panels are produced at a centralized manufacturing plant hundreds of miles away. Inter-company transfer, shipping cost and long lead times generally make those panels too expensive to be competitive in the aforementioned extremely competitive marketplace. Constant churn of senior vp's, general managers and sales people. Several years ago the managing group started hiring managers with no industry experience which has accelerated their decline. Life expectancy of a senior vp appears to be 3-4 years. GM's and sales is less than that. Senior management tends to micromanage which has run off several long time GM's and sales people. The day I am writing this review there are 3 GM positions, 1 VP and 1 director position in the employment classifieds.

Advice to Management

Get some GM's that have experience in the industry and let them run their plants without the constant micromanagement and threat of termination. Be realistic with goals and performance numbers. Sales numbers from 5 years ago are worthless for establishing current budgets. When your largest customer buys his own rollformer that business is gone. Show all of the supporting personnel in the office and plants that you truly value their service.

Other Employee Reviews for Metal Sales Manufacturing

  1. Helpful (3)

    Metal Sales

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Very laid back place to work.

    Cons

    No room for growth Upper management like to talk around issues instead of fixing issues. Pay is low Employee raises are very low

    Advice to Management

    Get someone to run the branch that wants to improve all aspects not just someone who is a seller!


  2. Helpful (1)

    Getting better

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Metal Sales Manufacturing full-time

    Pros

    The company is trying hard to improve itself. Some good recent hires in management are working to change a negative culture. Building a true team environment doesn't happen overnight, though. A number of good, long term employees in the trenches who really care.

    Cons

    Ownership is too involved in day-to-day activities. Need to be more realistic regarding growth targets. Show more "carrot" and less "stick".

    Advice to Management

    This is a large company that needs to be run by professionals. Let your good hires apply their experience from other industrial companies. It will expedite the improvement and successes.


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