FIC America Corporation

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FIC America Corporation Reviews

Updated June 10, 2014
Updated June 10, 2014
7 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fast paced manufacturing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FIC America Corporation

    Pros

    solid customer base, future growth

    Cons

    automotive manufacturing comes with deadlines and targets that must be met, regardless of circumstance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your eye on the ball.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Incompetent Leadership and Unwillingness to Change Dooms This Mid-Sized Automotive Parts Manufacturer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FIC America Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are many good people working in this organization. Also, if you can make the "right" friends and work the politics, you can move up the ladder rapidly, regardless of your qualifications.

    Cons

    The senior management are the least qualified to run the organization. A bunch of self-taught amateurs who are barely qualified to run a convenient store. They claim lean manufacturing principals, but will not allow them to be instituted. They have created a culture of deceptive practices and zero-accountability. Their focus is on the quantity of parts manufactured and not the quality. They consider the Quality Control Department a "necessary evil". They refuse to evolve with the times, or their competitors. Quality, Safety, Culture, Environment, Morale are only considered during audits. The departments only exist to keep the wolves from the doors. This is a main reason why their employees have a dismal morale and why they have a revolving door in as far as employee retention is concerned. Middle management is only used as scape-goats. None are empowered and are rarely allowed to have input in corporate decision. This is the model of Ivory Tower, silo management.
    They suffer multi-million dollar annual losses year after year, which has caused them to reduce the staff (the people who do the the work). But have not managed to increase productivity. In 2012, FIC had 650 employees, but by May of 2013 the number was 300. The company is in crisis mode, meanwhile the senior management continue with their "let them eat cake" attitude. All workers are treated as a number, easily expendable. Their is no respect, recognition or reward for their workers. They run 2 twelve hour shifts with mandatory overtime and work every weekend. If you want time off, you are threatened with replacement. The majority of their workforce (greater than 70%) are temps. Their training is nearly non-existent. Thus the turn-over. They are known in the local manufacturing industry as the trainers for their new hires. Typically, people stay only long enough to gain the skill and time on a machine to go out into the area and get a real job, paying real wages. The wages at the worker level are less than at WalMart. Meanwhile, the wages for department managers and above are in the upper 3 percentile, with senior management in the upper 2 percentile.
    The is no long-term viability for this manufacturing location. They are in the last throws of a slow and agonizing death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unfortunately, the problem with management is that they don't take advice. If it doesn't come from within their small circle of friends, it can't be good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    great experience to work with very dedicated Japanese principles and ethics

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    Former Employee - Stamping Manager  in  Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Stamping Manager in Bloomington, IL

    I worked at FIC America Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    company had great team ready to help any department being trouble

    Cons

    at times communication inter departments, could be little better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep good communication coming from upper management down to team members to really share and follow company goals, great company to work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    very stressful, no input, company going backwards

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carol Stream, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carol Stream, IL

    I worked at FIC America Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good first line manager as this is the only person that actually took the time to train and explain.

    Cons

    upper management can only throw more hours at the problem, no other suggestions are considered

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    really implement LEAN, follow GMP, go to 3 shifts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Worst experience ever.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FIC America Corporation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If you like money and overtime.

    Cons

    1. Middle managment is rude 2. Training process is awful 3. No work life balance 4. Moving up is not even possible 5. Upper Managment is oblivious. 6. Constant 12 hour shifts = managment and employees being snappy and in addition to mandatory Saturdays plus guit tripping employees to come in Sundays. 7. Tasks are reptitive and mind numbing. 8. Pay is horrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to whats going on your production floors. Get a third shift and more man power.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was quite professional but a little more autonomy would have been better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Lead  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at FIC America Corporation

    Pros

    Big organization - chances of lateral transfers in different areas.

    Cons

    The size of the organizations sometimes does not let you see the impact of your work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Little more transparency to middle level employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    So so Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Executive  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Executive in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at FIC America Corporation

    Pros

    Brand name
    Location
    Pay
    Good workload

    Cons

    Office politics
    Incompetent management
     Stuborn hiring managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Favoritism should be eliminated
    Managers should be trained on behavioral ground

    No opinion of CEO

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