Gowan Company Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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  1. Great Company-Quick and Nimble

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations
    Current Employee - Operations

    I have been working at Gowan Company

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

    Pros

    Great People. Love the small company feel. Great culture.

    Cons

    None at this company so far.


  2. Gowan Milling Lab Tech: good pay, unprofessional environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Yuma, AZ
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Yuma, AZ

    I worked at Gowan Company

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

    Pros

    Overtime (forced). Pay rate. Benefits. Flexible schedule IF you say you have kids or your friends with or related to Boss

    Cons

    Lab: Blatant Nepotism, Cronyism existed. Preferential treatment given to family, friends of Boss. Unorganized department. No structured training or health/safety monitoring. Continuous HIGH turn overs created understaffing, insane amounts of forced OT, techs had to train new employees while dealing with unreasonable production demands and pressures, not taking lunch and breaks (16+ hour shifts), jeopardized personal health and safety because of rushing to get backlogged duties, toxic relationship among employees. Could not communicate concerns for fear of retaliation and indifference from Boss.

    Advice to Management

    HR: Get CONFIDENTIAL feedback from each Lab Tech with written promise of no retaliation. Act upon concerns.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company experiencing growing pains.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at Gowan Company full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Mid-sized, family owned company means less bureaucracy. Projects can move in a timely manner. Company is growing and in a strong industry.

    Cons

    Family owned company means less advancement opportunity. Friends of the family given preferential treatment. Cronyism abounds. Bonus structure does not motivate individuals to accomplish tasks. No accountability on an individual level.

    Advice to Management

    As you grow to be a large global company, hire skilled, experienced employees and pay them well.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    good

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuma, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuma, AZ

    I have been working at Gowan Company

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    family owned, progressive, wants the best for employees

    Cons

    favoritism, Yuma is an unpopular city


  6. The excitement turned into disappointment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuma, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yuma, AZ

    I worked at Gowan Company

    Pros

    International environment, casual atmosphere, benefits

    Cons

    Should implement competitive salaries
    Too much turn over
    Scarcely promote talented people
    Lack of growth opportunities


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good Company for the Right Person(ality)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Yuma, AZ
    Current Employee - Marketing in Yuma, AZ

    I have been working at Gowan Company

    Pros

    Excellent family-oriented company. Great for parents. Flexible with hours / work schedule. Encourages socialization among employees with company luncheons and happy hours. A great company to work for if you have the right personality and attitude, but it's definitely not for everyone. Amazing bonus opportunity (but not always guaranteed) and good benefits program.

    Cons

    Highly competitive and the same people get recognized over and over again. Takes a long time (years) before you are fully accepted into the "tribe" of Gowan, but once you're in you're golden. Salaries are not always the greatest, typically much lower than industry average. Raises are very, very small and far between. Negotiate well before agreeing to accepting an offer. Very cliquey social groups.

    Advice to Management

    Greater appreciation for ALL employees, not just your 'darlings' or 'stars' of the company. Every position is vital for survival, treat them like they are (at least try.) Better salaries. Otherwise, good job.


  8. positive place to work

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

    I have been working at Gowan Company

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    work starts from 7-3:30 M-F with chances of overtime

    Cons

    work is all outside in the shop

    Advice to Management

    none



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