GKN Reviews

Updated April 11, 2015
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  1. love working their some good people will help you at any time

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Assembly in Tuskegee, AL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator/Assembly in Tuskegee, AL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    pay is very good and you get a bonus

    Cons

    no time for nothing else

    Advice to Management

    Steve tally is the best

  2. Learning

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CNC Set Up Operator in Woodridge, IL
    Former Employee - CNC Set Up Operator in Woodridge, IL

    I worked at GKN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of hands on experience.

    Cons

    Instead of teaching on the job solutions the management punishes you for not having aptitude in you work area

    Advice to Management

    Show new staff you want things done a certain way instead of working as if they know already.

  3. Gained good experience, but wouldn't want to stay too long. Exciting company for the long term.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer

    I worked at GKN full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - Small company feel
    - Wide product range
    - Growth company
    - Good training programs

    Cons

    - Fragmented structure
    - Lack of resource and support
    - Can be high stress
    - Employees not valued

    Advice to Management

    Better communication, more coherent approach needed

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  5. Machinist what they use to call all around machinist

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Machinist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at GKN full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good , health benefits are outstanding.
    Job best for a machinist looking for easy operated position with the pay of a "normal machinist"

    Cons

    The company has no drive or pride in work. From the top dog down to the lowest guy on the list, morale is terrible. Unorganized and a waist of good talent if you are a talented machinist and enjoy " typical machinist work" this is not the place for you. I was told I would be using bridgeports, lathes, grinders ect. Hired late 2014 and still have yet to use a tool from my toolbox. Was told they would supply me with all tools needed. They don't.

    Advice to Management

    Hire machinist to manage machinist not some guy with a business degree and maybe someone might know what they are doing. Upper management seem to think of machinist as just a warm body. Just a heads up to Gkn management. Machining is a skilled trade, so hiring skilled workers might be wise.

  6. Shady practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GKN

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, clean environment, generous gifting

    Cons

    Compliance...lack thereof, HR really lacking

    Advice to Management

    Clean up

  7. Good Place to Work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Hazelwood, MO
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Hazelwood, MO

    I have been working at GKN

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work with a lot of opportunities to learn and grow. Some of the best people in the industry work here on the shop floor.

    Cons

    Management does not seem to have their game together or they do not seem to care. They do not care about the workers at all.

  8. Production Planning Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN

    Pros

    Work with great people. You aren't just pushing papers and fetching coffee. Learn a lot in the daily meetings. Good pay. Fits around school schedules.

    Cons

    Sometimes the work can be a little boring but the boring work has really improved my Excel skills so it definitely balances out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits, but corporate didn't care about lesser employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Very safety conscience, good pay, benefits and paid time off for employees. If you are upper management or sales, this is a good place to be. Plenty of volunteer opportunities within the company and team building events that focused on general healthy living.

    Cons

    Corporate was always looking for ways to do more with less and the sales team was driving decisions. While the health benefits were good, they were extremely stringent. If you are a smoker, this is not the company for you.

  10. It was challenging, plenty of overtime, and I got a chance to learn a lot of machining techniques.

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Woodridge, IL
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Woodridge, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have to say theLearning experiences I had while working there.

    Cons

    In my opinion they displayed poor leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time developing and training employees.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Big Company, Small Company Problem

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Engineer in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at GKN full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I think their willingness to back aggressive development of yet to be developed products is good. The salary is good as well.

    Cons

    They were very unorganized, and had a management system constructed by seniority, not by competence.

    Advice to Management

    I would say that a top down approach is important to ensure ventures into technology. You can't hire a bunch of entry level engineers to get manpower up, but leave them unguided with poor strategies and management skills.

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