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It's a great place to work.

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Former Employee - Administrative in Valley, NE
Former Employee - Administrative in Valley, NE

I worked at Valmont Industries

Pros

The company culture is great and management is generally quite ethical. There's a real employees are family feeling. Excellent subsidized cafeteria at the Valley site.

Cons

The Valley site is pretty isolated, although not far from Omaha. There is a bit of a glass ceiling for women in management.

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Preserve the culture that founder, Robert B. Daugherty, established and Valmont will remain a great place to work into the future.

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  1. very good company, but could do better if they would listen to the people on production floor

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    Current Employee - Welder in Valley, NE
    Current Employee - Welder in Valley, NE

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    opertunity to progress in welding certs. and pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    when improvements are to be made the engineers take charge instead of the people that work with the equipment, supervision dosnt listn

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    leadership needs to listen to men on the job floor and take into consideration what they recomend because they deal with the equipment daily,favoratism has alot of pull in the shops. its who you know not what you know

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  2. Valmont Industries has strong sales and operations in USA. VWCE is lacking in sales and manufacturing capital support.

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    Former Employee - Production in Barrie, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Production in Barrie, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Strong culture, somewhat good management with good people skills. Good salary package and average industry benefit. Good profit sharing bonus program , minimum 1%, maximum 5% which are paid twice a year for Canadian division.

    Cons

    Due to several merger and acquisition of companies, Valmont falls short on business strategy and alignment. The KPIs are stricly on sales and net operating profit (10%). The other not so important KPI's are on-time delivery, conversion cost, productivity and safety. The Canadian division usually gets the shortest straw in profit margin due to lack of sales and high overhead. As a result of this shortcoming, the upper management for Cdn divisions usually terminate and lay off indirect labor with higher salary, irrespective of the impact to the overall business and workflow. Huge lack of trust between floor employees and management, especially within Canadian division. The sins from the past doesn't help the cause either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on business strategy and hiring. For VWCE, don't keep hiring people if you don't see them as a true long term investment for the company. Don't hire educated and highly knowledgeable individuals and let them go when the business is stagnant in sales and operating profit. VWCE eliminated few important positions such as QA Manager, Sales Manager, Safety Coordinator/Manager, manufacturing engineer, engineering designers due to lack of understanding and short term expectations for these positions. The phrase coined by the management, "if you ain't burning, you ain't earning". That means every positions other than welders, inside sales, customer service, order entry, office receptionist (who orders food for sales meeting and make coffee every morning) are insignificant and no so important, only short term strategies.
    Keep the overhead low. Keep the capacity in control. Help other division to enhance sales rather than giving them enough rope to hang on. Don't keep buying out companies and close them after 5-6 years due lack of 10% operating profit and sales. Invest in new machinery, equipment and training for Canadian Lighting and Communications Structures manufacturing plant especially in Barrie, Delta and Ferndale WA.

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