GKN Sinter Metals Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. typical manufacturing engineering at its most upstream state

    Former Employee - Intern in Emporium, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Emporium, PA

    I worked at GKN Sinter Metals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supported town economy and delivered a quality product

    Cons

    More reasonable with employees. Management could be more well rounded in having a grasp of what is going on


  2. Avoid, Avoid, Avoid

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Value Stream Leader in Conover, NC
    Current Employee - Value Stream Leader in Conover, NC

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

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

    Pros

    You do receive a paycheck and benefits. Hourly pay is below average and management considers it generous. Health benefits are pricey for what you get ($2500) deductibile.

    Cons

    Frequent changes in upper management result in change of overall vision for the company. Employees all distrust HR department with good reason. Poor job security with fluctuating sales month to month. As a result when sales are down expect a plant shutdown and the days missed will be taken from your vacation. So effectively you have no choice in when your vacation will be. When sales are up the next month expect to work 6 and 7 days a week.


  3. J O B

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gallipolis, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gallipolis, OH

    I have been working at GKN Sinter Metals

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Shop floor is union, great wages and benefits, potential for growth and expansion, good location, great customer base(major domestic auto manufacturers and some foreign exports)

    Cons

    Too many wasted "special projects" implemented, but then are quickly forgotten, not enough engineering support on off shifts, a lot of ego battles in management, hypocrisy and favoritism in administering company rules and policies.

    Advice to Management

    Better screening in the hiring process, be sure to find people with proper qualifications and successful history.


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  5. lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Operator in New Berlin, WI
    Current Employee - Lead Operator in New Berlin, WI

    I have been working at GKN Sinter Metals full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Overtime and I love my coworkers

    Cons

    No support from management.

    Advice to Management

    Got to be there for your employees


  6. 25 yrs exp cnc setup and automation and calibration

    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orangeburg, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orangeburg, SC

    I have been working at GKN Sinter Metals full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I feel it a good company to work for

    Cons

    Keep implementation safety 5S quality


  7. Upper management needs to live the company values, not just talk about them in meetings

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Salem, IN
    Current Employee - Operator in Salem, IN

    I have been working at GKN Sinter Metals full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay is good and you do get double time pay on Sundays if you've worked the prior seven days. Benefits are good

    Cons

    There is no work life balance at all. No respect from managers any more and you can not trust the temporary human resources lady or most managers any more.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to get someone in HR we can trust that cares about us who can see how management treats us.


  8. Disorganized

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN Sinter Metals

    Pros

    None significant enough to mention

    Cons

    Work Life balance is poor


  9. Awful Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GKN Sinter Metals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money, Benefits, Best paying job in town, Plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Favoritism, Bad Management, No social life, Always watching your back.

    Advice to Management

    Getting a promotion is who you know, not what you know. Alot of "High School Drama." Management likes who they like. When they like you, you 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. Second shift is a joke starting with their shift supervisor all the way down to all their EI team leads. Best advise would be to clean house and get people that come to do a job, not to sit around and play favorites.


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    Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GKN Sinter Metals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits were good. Office culture is good as long as you agree with the plant manager on everything and can deal with an unpredictable emotional plant manager.

    Cons

    Always wants one person to be under scrutiny for termination regardless of how good you are doing the job. Everyone else is too afraid to go against him because he will just turn his gaze on you.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the Plant Manager before the Company is damaged too much.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Company has a tremendous amount of resources

    Cons

    Destroyed our local plant because we were light years ahead of their overall capabilities that we made them look bad. They were unable to meld our capabilities with what we could do into their system. As a result they dragged us down.

    Advice to Management

    You need to value the contributions a plant can make to the company as a whole. In the competitive environment that exists in manufacturing today pooled resources from all the plants can contribute to everyone's success and keeping a "break even" plant open to access these resources may be worth it when you look at the business as a whole. Not a popular opinion when each plant is evaluated on an individual basis and either closed or kept open despite "borrowing their resources" on a regular basis.



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