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GKN Reviews

Updated October 29, 2014
Updated October 29, 2014
40 Reviews
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40 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    In my opinion they displayed poor leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time developing and training employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Big Company, Small Company Problem

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Aweful Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salem, IN

    I have been working at GKN full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money, best paying job around, plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Getting a promotion is who you know, not what you know. Alot of "High School Drama." Management likes who they like, they can get away with murder in the form of LONG breaks, Cell Phones on the floor, standing around and talking. They promote people into jobs of management that have no experence, but because they are "liked" in one form or another, they get the higher paying jobs. People with 10 or more years of experence feel intitled to do whatever they want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better leadership, better HR department, hire bosses not "best friends"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worse managed company for American workers

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    They pay good not great

    Cons

    Poor benefits, no leadership from management at group office or England. they promote who they like not who does a great job and achieves goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire!! Sarah Frye, Rebecca Steele and Roger E., they only operate on hear say and only do things to look good not what makes for a well run company. Just ask Boeing!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    perform highly technical work to perfection

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GKN full-time

    Pros

    it is a company that provides good opportunities

    Cons

    meet the projects assigned to perfection

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    investigate exellent employees who are

  7.  

    Airplane Tech

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GKN full-time

    Pros

    Good Company, they care about their employees

    Cons

    To far to drive on a daily basis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    GKN St. Louis: Salaried Personnel are Treated Poorly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazelwood, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazelwood, MO

    I have been working at GKN full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    GKN typically offers a fair salary.

    Cons

    GKN St. Louis is driven purely by sales and does not embrace quality, training, or engineering functions as value added. This company does not value its employees and management often utilizes bullying tactics and threats to motivate. This company is poor at planning, scheduling, or utilizing data to improve its customer and employee relations. Employee morale is very low across all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Profit driven company with no quality focus

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Garden Grove, CA

    I have been working at GKN full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for starter who knows how to negotiate.

    Cons

    too many at garden grove, ca. bully management who are unfair to their employee, especially for those who are not in the right group. hostile environment, i was threaten twice by my manager because i corrected his statement in meetings. Incompetent manager, but HR does not do anything about it forces employee to leave. micro-managing while he can't do anything. demand to do things his way which does not inline with the ultimate goal of the company causing embarrassment to the team. Poor teamwork between production and does not corporate with quality, its all about profits and no quality. quality is a no no, but blame everything on quality personnel when things go bad. Big company but acts like a small mom and pa shop with no clear direction and schedule. No preventive, only jump at last minute and forces bad products to customers and blame quality department when you have a customer complaints. not enough quality personnel to clean up the mess and do not want to invest in quality. they think quality is a waste of resource and money. Forces quality to fix everything and do all the work but does not get support from most upper management. All talk about quality but can't actually do the walk. always complain about no quality support yet don't care about quality and does not provide resource to quality. only 2-3 quality engineers to support quality issues for the whole company, while quality manager just sit at his computer and do nothing but pretend he's working and wasting QE time by pretending to guide the QE.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    this should go to the upper management to corporate level in UK. Management should really takes time to investigate their facilities. Business is all about profit but quality will bring you profit. Preventing and reducing potential risk rather than fight fire everyday. Really look into the individual management at each facility and work to change the culture of each facility.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of opportunity for improvement....

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at GKN full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked in local, divisional and group roles... The closer to the work - the better the environment.

    Cons

    Highly politicized... The company has invested 10s of millions in lean programs but has a fundamental gap in how they lead. Sr. Leaders are insulated from the rest of the workforce and the HR teams don't really measure anything that matters.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step back and reevaluate how you attract, retain and develop leaders... Your Leadership Success Profiles don't truly measure leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Overall a good experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN

    Pros

    Director is fully engaged in our program.
    Plenty of resources

    Cons

    Lack in urgency across the board.
    Accountability lacks in most departments.
    Under-utilized in my role.

    No opinion of CEO

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