GKN Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
37 Reviews
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  1.  

    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

  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunity for improvement....

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    Former Employee - Human Resources
    Former Employee - Human Resources

    I worked at GKN full-time for 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
  6.  

    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 for more than a 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
  7.  

    Worst HR and Management Ever!!

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    Current Employee - Area Operations Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Area Operations Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The high pay makes it seem what it is not.

    Cons

    I have never seen the executives from Dallas and UK make the same message two days in arrow. The local managers have been replaced twice in 9 months.. if you have not been replaced your on the inside track.. so your poor performace is ok.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get the right people.. Fire everyone in HR and start over.. get rid of the wrong power that IS HOLDING BACK true growth. The inmates are running the show not the managers all driven by HR unwilling to support managers. The Union will kill this place because of how she treats them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overall a good experience.

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    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
  9.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN

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

    Pros

    Fair pay, benefits package, and good all around work-life balance. in general, supportive, cooperative, and friendly coworkers. Interesting and challenging work with plenty room to learn and gain a mastery of the business.

    Cons

    The nature of aerospace forces a competitive nature in the company and relatively few available contracts often creates ups and downs in business that do not lend itself well to stability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More transparency.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    No Title

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Cromwell, CT
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Cromwell, CT

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

    Pros

    Well Compensated for the position

    Cons

    Too far from my home

  11.  

    The perks of my particular job duties allowed me to look past the disorganized, somewhat dysfunctional environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN

    Pros

    Great people in and out of work environment
    Pay and Benefits above average
    Production and Manufacturing environment truly a sight to see

    Cons

    Disorganized
    Turnover in hourly and management positions
    Upper level corporate management communication with divisions seems dysfunctional
    The game at GKN is called 'catch-up' meaning at the end of the month management runs around frantically trying to close sales numbers while hourly union workers lag around complaining about the 'guys upstairs'.
    General attitude about management and efficiency is terrible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire Industrial Engineers to Get Organized and eliminate waste from a work flow standpoint in business operations and production operations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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