GKN Driveline North America

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GKN Driveline North America Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
22 Reviews
3.2
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very clean and efficient company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC

    I have been working at GKN Driveline North America as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly, clean environment. The Hickory location is beginning expansion.

    Cons

    Some of the assembly line equipment is old and not running at best it could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Gkn Driveline experience

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Newton, NC
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Newton, NC

    I have been working at GKN Driveline North America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits an its a great place to work for.

    Cons

    Management was bad depending in which department you are in. An some department there is no team work at. I learned to run all my department's machine and I got stuck running all 7 by myself with little pay. That's a no no. Up to you if you want to work there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    GKN Driveline has provided me great opportunities, great insight and open to employee suggestions and inputs.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern  in  Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Hickory, NC

    I have been working at GKN Driveline North America as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    We work hard so we can play hard. After only interning for 6 weeks we have had a GKN family day, participated in Relay for Life, Red Cross Blood Drive, a trip to the US Whitewater Center, and upcoming events include a community service project, and a minor league Hickory crawdads baseball game. Their company culture speaks volumes and overflows into the support of their community. They really care about their employees and listen to their opinions, you know when you say something that you are being heard and actions are taking place when needed. Although every one has individual roles they emphasize teamwork and helping each other to better the company.

    Cons

    Communication between seperate business groups seems to be lacking. Need more cross functional teams or cross functional communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Temp haven

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator  in  Newton, NC
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Newton, NC

    I worked at GKN Driveline North America full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Most of the people on the floor are easy to get along with. Sundays they serve lunch for everyone. The plants are very clean and orderly. The work/life balance is very good. If only the compensation was better.

    Cons

    The work is easy, everyone basically just has to press a button. For some, that is ok...but I found it too monotonous. There are a few temps with degrees in engineering and finance that work on the production floor and are never placed in a position to be utilized the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start utilizing the skills of people on the floor, they want to help you if you will just let them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  6.  

    Job Good

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    Current Employee - Operator  in  Newton, NC
    Current Employee - Operator in Newton, NC

    I have been working at GKN Driveline North America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay. Good Hours. Decent People

    Cons

    HR needs better comunication with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk more with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN Driveline North America

    Pros

    Worked at one of the NC facilities. People were easy to work with and pleasant.

    Cons

    Management needed to get together on the goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve management cooperation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not too agressive

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at GKN Driveline North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Its a stable position without heavy demands

    Cons

    Company doesn't care to be innovative and would rather not be aggressive in pursuing new opportunities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer  in  Roxboro, NC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Roxboro, NC

    I worked at GKN Driveline North America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good company with established business processes, I was given plenty of opportunities to develop myself and show what I can do. Very good lean practices and committed to educating the whole workforce in lean. The working atmosphere was good and everyone always pulled together to get to the job done

    Cons

    As an organization it leaves buying machines and committing money too late in the process which makes it challenging to meet project timelines.
    It also does not do a good job of attracting the best talent.
    Senior management is sometimes indecisive and leaves decisions to the very last minute

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to some of the challenges of your people. Spend money earlier, it will help you be more successful. If you don't spend money, don't be surprised if it doesn't work as planned.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    GKN BGR could be so much more if those from corporate would allow it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bowling Green, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bowling Green, OH

    I worked at GKN Driveline North America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Stable company that tries to do the best for its employees. Promotions from within are now being done as they were not before. Mgmt seems to be more consistent.

    Cons

    Manager who turned company around left and it seems to be falling apart. Should pay those that are vial to organization not what a cart shows, same for all levels in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listens to what your people are telling you and reward them for this actions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trash mixed with treasure

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Mebane, NC
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Mebane, NC

    I worked at GKN Driveline North America as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic exotic metal fabrication processes. Tight tolerance high volume manufacturing and assembly. Robotics and controls, material handling. An almost endless array of interesting and challenging technical processes and techniques. A sea of automation. No real problems with excessive meetings, bureaucracy, light on management.

    Cons

    There is no sales or order systems. The business appears to be run on excel spreadsheets via email. Horrific problems are ignored while minor problems are beaten to death. Islands of automation with no data generated or retained other than at the local level makes data driven decision making impossible. Primitive machinery from the 70's is flogged for output while new tooling investments stand idle. Light on talent and expertise. Primitive working conditions on the shop and in the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop using local heat exchangers to dump heat into the plant, and then using air conditioning to move the heat again. and again. The plant has grown organically with no thought to heat flow or material flow. Or parts flow. Just stuff in more and move things around. And it shows.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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