Fabri-Kal Reviews

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  1. Reasonable pay, stable job outlook.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fabri-Kal (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement, bonuses, layed back atmosphere on corporate side, steady job with good pay. Easy job on manufacturing side if you know what you are doing. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    No empowerment from the leadership, lack of employee development plans, lack of mentor-ship from the management, old equipment, slow to update upgrade equipment and improve processes. Lots of paperwork in manufacturing. Do what you can with what you have attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Trust you employees with tasks, delegate instead of telling them what to do. Focus on process improvement and fixing the machines instead of coming up with another form to fill out.


  2. Product Design Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Design Intern in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Product Design Intern in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Small company -Product Design/Manufacturing -Small management group

    Cons

    -Lots of desk work -Not the best pay, but it was intern pay

    Advice to Management

    None, small management makes the company quite pleasant.


  3. Quality of this environment has changed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Location, hours, facility is nice

    Cons

    Compensation, work environment is not positive,


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  5. challenging yet very frustrating. Ridiculous amounts of unneeded paper trails, tail chasing work.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fabri-Kal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    decent work schedule. off every other weekend. Decent pay. keeps one thinking constantly. Vigilant troubleshooting. the actual job of making plastic containers is great.

    Cons

    The training is horrible and inadequate. company claims to be "Green" but the paperwork load is astronomical. no retirement. medical insurance sucks and is total pain. off day meetings for nonsense. Ridiculous amount of tail chasing required just to do your actual job of making and producing quality containers. UNNEEDED TAIL CHASING. there is absolutely zero perks. no incentive. company is very intrusive to the employees life outside the job and is quite sly about doing it.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to basics. better training. attendance incentives. job advancement incentives. (better ones) Replace the entire HR department with those who actually help the employees with issues instead of making them do their jobs all the time. Get better medical insurance. one less filled with red tape. RETIREMENT PACKAGE


  6. Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay for the work.

    Cons

    Long hours, hard work, they mostly hire temps.


  7. Non much stability at this company.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fabri-Kal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty good benifits and in a good location,

    Cons

    Huge turnover among middle management and hourly employees.


  8. Greenville Plant TOO MUCH MANDATORY overtime!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fabri-Kal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed getting to learn a new field. Training was A+ if you wanted to learn.

    Cons

    Not A FAMILY ORIENTED PLANT due to over 72 hrs a week MANDATORY work schedule ... as a single parent of 2 kids... they didn't seem to care too much if i wanted my days off. WORK OR TAKE A POINT IS THEIR ATTITUDE.

    Advice to Management

    EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION. and FAMILY TIME


  9. Family oriented corporation with great benefits and low turnover

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Finance in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Fabri-Kal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and a friendly culture. They offer great benefits including medical and the Fabri-Kal foundation which will provide tuition re-imbursement for your children. The workload is relatively low.

    Cons

    Little room for career advancement. Don't expect a promotion anytime soon.

    Advice to Management

    Seek out and develop your rising stars within the organization.


  10. Lots of Fun

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are lots of extruders out there so you can really learn a lot about manufacturing industry

    Cons

    They only need some mechanic and machinery engineers, not so much R&D jobs.


  11. Would not advise anyone to work here.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kalamazoo, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fabri-Kal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are so few positives to working at fabrikal in Kalamazoo, MI. The only one that comes to mind is they pay weekly.. very very low wages.

    Cons

    The company pays its workers as little as possible. Walking in the door you work a 12 hour work day. . For 8 dollars an hour... doing the manual labor and the main work here. There is no real opportunity for promotion. The management is so tied together family/promiscuous relations. At will company. I have personally seen people fired for very unfair reasons. . One person isn't held accountable to the same rules as the next. All in all a very unfair company.



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