FORMS + SURFACES Reviews

Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. CNC Machinist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    This would have been a great position if they could of kept the work coming in.

    Cons

    I was hired at the wrong time

    Advice to Management

    nne


  2. Big Disappointment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Products in Greensburg, PA
    Former Employee - Architectural Products in Greensburg, PA

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Potential to be a creative workplace. Design and manufacture creative products.

    Cons

    Non-creative absentee ownership. On site management just average. Very uninspiring place to work.


  3. Kept getting better the longer I was there

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Were making great improvements on the manufacturing floor, HR, Recruiting talent and in overall employee interaction and feedback. Thier products are second to none and engineering/design top notch. Great benefits and busy work environment.

    Cons

    Still need to improve supervisory team/attitudes a bit on the manufacturing floor. Too many egos and chains of command. Need to get the groups more working together and happy out of their own boxes.

    Advice to Management

    See above I guess. Keep up the improvements. Diversify the sales team a bit at times rigid in requirements.


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  5. Much improved work environment, management and HR! Becoming a great place to work!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Etna, PA
    Current Employee - Operator in Etna, PA

    I have been working at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent products and great talented individuals work here. Management is now catching up to the employees in terms of a more caring and solid work environment. New managers are much improved and they are more conscious of the floor employees and what they need to succeed. Office staff is very talented and it is exciting to see where we can go! New HR team is greatly improved and make an effort to be in front of folks and take care of issues right away. Seem to be adding add a better quality of staff as well and good improvements in benefits and 401k match.

    Cons

    Wish the interior of the building was a bit nicer and better food/eating places but hey this is not a restaurant. Still could use a bit of an update in Supervisor level!

    Advice to Management

    Improve supervisors and keep improving the caring attitude towards all employees. Great strides have been taken however so keep it up. Thanks for hiring a great HR team to go along with great safety and quality team. Thanks for imrproved 401k match now can we get a few more vacation days? I know am getting greedy.


  6. As a coworker said, 'You will never work in a more challenging environment'.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    At best, they were an average company in a few areas (pay, holidays, etc.).

    Cons

    By far, the biggest detriment to the company was the chairman. In addition to not being a very nice person, his decision-making was at times curious (that’s being kind), he was very much a micro-manager (annoying in and of itself, but especially bad when combined with the previous point), and his overbearing style was extremely counterproductive, and it obviously had a deleterious effect throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully RF has been put out to pasture.


  7. Making great strides to improve with products second to none!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Mid Level Management in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Long term tenured employers. New management attitude that is taking the time to listen and make great improvements within the organization. Employees will work hard but are treated with respect and will have advancement opportunity! Exciting products and exciting future! Employee benefits are above the norm!

    Cons

    Rely less on temps in production floor and strive for long term career oriented individuals! Put a more formal improvement process in place so all can see the strides being made.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and listen to all. Let HR work on new and exciting employee engagement and related initiatvies.


  8. A fast paced, rapidly growing business that is very fulfilling.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Privately owned business allows for quick decisions and no bureaucracy. The company is really investing in programs to continue the consistent annual growth. Those who work hard are rewarded. Size of company allows people to be exposed to many aspects of running a business.

    Cons

    Fair work/life balance, but if you are a "clock puncher", this is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the family owned business culture. It is a big differentiator.


  9. Upper Management/ Mid-Management has no clue what is going on

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - apple manufacturing in Etna, PA
    Former Employee - apple manufacturing in Etna, PA

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None, maybe if your in management, they take the credit of the good hard workers below them and take all the pats on the back. You will show up one day and find out you have to work 12hr/days for the next 2 weeks with no notice and looked down upon if you cannot meet there 1 day notice.

    Cons

    I worked in Pittsburgh HQ for over 3yrs and I worked under the most egotistical and miserable management. Hard workers that have worked there much longer than anyone else and helped owners start the company (10-20yrs) would say "remember when people used to like coming to work", the upper management would use the new employees/temps to pump out production then dump them after working 50-60hr+/weeks just to get a quick big order out. The apple management would rule the roost with fear to bully people and keep them doing whatever they wanted. The apple management would show up without knowing anything going on and nit pick on the good hard working employees for punching in a minute late or coming back from our only 10 minute break a day and wait for people walking in a minute late. Would that make you want to work hard for that guy.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at all management b/c you are risking liability everyday you let them do whatever they want. Good long term employees are fed up with management and you will be left with a lot of new employees and a employees union.


  10. Incredibly Misleading

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are a few unique individuals here that are some of the best people I've known and worked with. This company used to be run by great people and had great values.

    Cons

    Gross mis-management with no accountability for anyone below a management position. American engineers are slowly being kicked out in favor of a team in India, those remaining are expected to finish the same workload. There are no opportunities for advancement or improvement. Benefits here are just above the bottom of the barrel, however it seems management receives much better hidden benefits and certainly more paid time off than the grunts. Management here is entrenched and disinterested in existing employees. Some groups have such high turnover that you can't remember the new team members names. The management here has a long history of promising you one thing and breaking it months later. Any offers from them are no better than flat out lies.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother with advice, any interest or compassion from the top is completely fake. It seems the entire goal is to maximize profits while crushing any remaining hope in the existing employee base. Possibly a long term goal of shuttering the entire company.


  11. This is a very misogynist company and a miserable place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FORMS + SURFACES

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    None, none, none, zero, zilch

    Cons

    Decisions are very sporadic and not backed-up. You are expected to do a ridiculous amount of work with no rewards or bonuses. The company practices are outdated, wasting a large amount of money, time and resources. Also, there is loud banging from factory equipment, which occurs daily.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management!



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