Guardian Industries

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Guardian Industries Reviews in Carleton, MI

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
94 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Guardian has good benefits including health insurance and 401k matches (in 9 reviews)

  • Good 401k match once vested with low expense ratio options (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance - ALL WORK (in 7 reviews)

  • very political - if you are not part of the "good ol' boys club", don't expect to move up (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Guardian will take as much as you give, then take a bit more.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI

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

    Pros

    This is very much a 'man with an opinion' company. You can excel at Guardian by voicing your opinion (as long as it doesn't greatly differ from the company opinion) and making sure you are recognized for those opinions.

    Cons

    There are very few female managers company wide, it is difficult to move around in the organization, the review process is fairly secretive and does not involve the employee. Compensation does not increase much after you are hired, get what you want up front.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the employees, allow salaried employees to participate in career planning, share the review process so the employees know what to improve upon to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very mediocre... company, management, products

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Carleton, MI

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent systems
    Intense focus on results
    Less bureaucracy than at other similarly sized companies

    Cons

    Mediocre management with extremely high degree of unearned arrogance
    Strong company values that sound great but are completely ignored in reality
    Extremely slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire talented management that is qualified to lead, and exemplifies "the Guardian way"
    Reduce the cowboy-like independence of the plants
    Develop and reward talented people

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

    New Management is Horrible

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI

    I worked at Guardian Industries

    Pros

    Guardian is trying to move from "leap frog" development to real innovation. Some great people to work with there.

    Cons

    Lots of work, overloaded employees. New management doesn't know crap. Disconnect between those in management and people who actually do work. Pay could be better. Guardian will always lag behind competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up and you're going to burn every single employee out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It's a job, rotating shift makes it hard, opportunity is there if you know how to play the politics.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Production in Carleton, MI

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not sure of what goes on 'behind the scenes' as far as management goes, but I still have a job when other companies are/were laying people off.

    Cons

    Very political...really doesn't matter how hard you work, people's opinions of you are dependent on other people's opinion of you (accurate or not).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a structured process for training for new positions within the company, a standard, that is applied to everyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Hated every minute of it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Carleton, MI

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package and 401K. Lots of fodd and swag.

    Cons

    Leadership is a joke, and the vision is terrible. Spend LESS money on shirts and more on your your employees and future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring More people to do the same job is not fruitful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    At the start, was great, but with new leadership is not employee-friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resource Generalist in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Human Resource Generalist in Carleton, MI

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Culture is ok as long as they stick to the past Guardian principles set forth by the late Bill Davidson

    Cons

    No work-life balance - ALL WORK
    24 hours around the clock

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about the employees who work for you. The employees are the ONES MAKING THE MONEY - not you. Be more employee driven, open up lines of communication between employees and management- if not, you are looking at anuther union campaign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    gave 5+ years of service

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    Former Employee - Production in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Production in Carleton, MI

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, amazing 401k match, available overtime, floating holidays, emphasis on safety,

    Cons

    Lack of promotional opportunities after reaching top of pay scale, rotating swing work shifts, turnover rate amongst production leadership, occasional cover up of safety mishaps to prolong "safety streak"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring college boys still wet behind the ears to run the production lines and promote from within the company, experience goes a long way in the industrial industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be a yes man dont question guardian or lose your job

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    Former Employee - Packer in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Packer in Carleton, MI

    I worked at Guardian Industries

    Pros

    it was a job good training

    Cons

    Where to start. Lets see they work you like a dog for little pay. They expect you to do as your told with out any question. Its like a union with out the benifits. They will give you more responablities without any more pay. They expect you to be thankfull they allow you to work there. No recepect for line workers. You have no say in anything. My suggestion is if you work there just be a yes man and you will have a job for a long time with no respected given to you. They have Guardian like a cult they try to brain wash you into thinking how they do. You get a couple of bounes that are nice but after your 90 days they give you 2 personal days that you can use. But if you do it counts against you on your bounes if you miss one day you lose 25% if you miss 2 days 50%. So if you use that both of your personal days you lose 50% of your bounes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wow where to start with this one too. First I guess would be start listing to your employees and dont just fire them if they have a different out look on life. This is a company that has such a huge turn over rate its unbelievable that they are still in business. I just dont understand how they can always think it is the employees when turn over keeps happing over and over. Take a look at how you have the company set up and understand that maybe you have to make some changes and then you might be able to keep some employees and your turn over rate will come down. You need to just understand that people are intitled to there own thoughts and not everyone is going to agree with how things are being run and maybe if you learn to listen you will have happier employees and that will inturn make them better employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place will drag you down if you let it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Carleton, MI

    I worked at Guardian Industries

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good

    Cons

    Hours and travel are extreme. If you are not 'in' then you're out. People walk around like zombies waiting to get fired. Projects bog down for years with no end in sight. Turnover is very high at Science and Tech Center. Unprofessional people in high level management positions. You get the feeling that people are only there to get a paycheck and nobody really cares about their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes, all the good people are leaving. Ask yourself why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Never prepare a budget again !

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Carleton, MI

    I have been working at Guardian Industries

    Pros

    Company is financially healthy. Some plants offer a lot of freedom of action for their managers. It is still a "no budge needed" system, investments can be made if adequately justified.

    Cons

    At will employment, has been used to let go employees without any specific reason.
    Vast Inconsistencies in management styles between manufacturing plants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to come back to the values that made Guardian, as expressed by Mr Davidson.

    Approves of CEO

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