Guardian Industries Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Pros
  • good benefits and working environment (in 10 reviews)

  • Good 401k match once vested with low expense ratio options (in 6 reviews)

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

  • Upper management is constantly changing, along with business strategies (in 4 reviews)

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  1. good opportunity

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay and benefits are adequate the long term benefits are good and could improve very nice area to live

    Cons

    12hr shifts and overnights and challenging environments hot environment work dangers walking must be good at multitasking and seeking advice from others

    Advice to Management

    keep working


  2. Great Place to Work!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management that cares about you. Cool perks like holiday gifts, company sponsored fitness events (mud-runs, 5k's, etc.) and on-site fitness center.

    Cons

    Long hours and weird shift rotations.


  3. Attrition is the key to advancement

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    Current Employee - New York in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - New York in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent, benefits are good. If you can stick it out, there is potential to move up as there has always been a bit of a revolving door there. People on the floor are nice and honest.

    Cons

    Attrition has always been high due to swing shift. As a result, things never really change or get better unless something major happens. Watch your back with management and supervision.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at the numbers and start looking at what is actually happening on the floor


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  5. Stay Away

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Time off during the week.

    Cons

    Everything else. The only place I know that's makes you do mandatory volunteer work!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cold End Glass Handler in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Cold End Glass Handler in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Guardian has good benefits including health insurance and 401k matches. They encourage communication and production through incentives that range from monetary bonuses to free food or t-shirts. The work environment was safe and clean. People genuinely cared about doing their job and some cared about giving their best day in and day out.

    Cons

    While the company offers incentives to boost production and safety, there is still a gap in promoting career opportunities from within. That is not to say that they do not promote from within, but rather, it is left up to employees to seize the day and figure out potential opportunities/promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Take away the mystery of employment/promotion opportunities. Job openings should be posted regularly in a designated area for all to see and to aspire to keep their career at guardian rather than leaving for more apparent opportunities. Also, factories are cold methodical places where people work with machines and social aspects are minimized. It short, the factory makes people a little "nutty". Some managers realize this and frequently check in with employees to see how they are doing and extend common courtesies like saying good morning.. These kind of interactions need to happen more uniformly across all operations.


  7. Good Company but going through huge transitions

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Production in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company was debt free and continuously expanding into new markets. Alot of opportunity to learn new jobs and training available. Awesome benefits package (401k+medical)

    Cons

    Low pay. Extremely high turnover. Micromanaging by supervisors and managers who were so afraid of losing their jobs that they weren't willing to let their team grow by taking risks. Very unstable work environment with no consistency. Teams constantly having to deal with new supervisors, shift managers, and department managers every 6 months to a year because everyone either quits or gets moved around too much.

    Advice to Management

    Give your team freedom to be innovative and take ownership of their work environment. Don't micromanage so much it drives alot of good talent away and creates a negative work environment.


  8. Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time

    Pros

    Peer level supervisors are easy to get along with. Everybody acts nice to your face. Benefits package like insurance and such are cheaper than I have seen in most industries.

    Cons

    Rotating days to nights every other month allows for absolutely no family life. Upper management likes to have secret meeting where they rate the salary personnel based on their own opinions even if they have never had interactions with you. Bonuses are non existent and this was something that was part of the compensation package presented me as a new employee. As soon as I started they downsized upper level plant management and then all the senior engineers left on their own accord. Upper management like to have secret meetings and no word is ever put out to the front line supervisors. Supervisors find out information at the same time the hourly do. Managers like to talk a big game but none of them hold the qualifications to hold the position. A lot of them came from the floor and have just been around long enough but have no idea about ethics and leadership. Integrity is preached but not practiced. Pay scale is all over and they say they pay the person not the position, which means they can promote you and they don't have to give you a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the issues on the floor. Stop focusing on the extra things that take away from production, then complain about lowered production (safety games that produce no results and HealthGuard games). The employees aren't interested, and you create more work for your supervisors. Lead by example: don't preach "integrity" and then not have any yourselves...the operators notice.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Be wary of Guardian Industries

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexibility in taking time off if salaried (unknown if hourly), pay isn't too bad for salary either (hourly employees unknown)

    Cons

    Overworked, company does not want to hire more employees for specific departments, limited help, be prepared to come in at all costs, no actual training/guidance, extremely high turnover, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Keep solid relationships with you're employees, maintain an open door policy, quit with such derogatory language and comments in the offices and throughout the organization, high turnover rate and you need to review what keeps your employees satisfied and what doesn't, ensure the current employees are friendly and willing to help, etc. Most current employees have been working at the company for many years but keep to themselves.. Understandable but it becomes a problem when employees cannot talk to others within the organization for help or training. Language is terrible here at Geneva and people drop derogatory language left and right.. if you can stand that language go work here. There is NO open door policy here, every man and woman for him or herself, language needs to change, and guidance should always be available. This place was the pits to work in and glad I left if only for a short period of time. Great benefits overall but if you can't get help or are constantly being talked down to or sworn at... what's the point?


  10. Helpful (1)

    Thankful for the opportunity, but disappointed in teh company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Guardian is a good stepping stone company to gain experience and launch your career. They offer decent pay, great medical benefits, and a very average bonus program. The on-site fitness facility was a nice bonus.

    Cons

    It is very physical work, even for Supervisors. Long hours (12.5 hrs) and a rotating schedule (nights one month, days the next). The staff talks about the "culture" being far better than other companies, but it's really no different once you get on the production floor. False sense of "team" atmosphere. In-fighting between shifts, and often supervisors. I witnessed a couple promotions based on "good ole boy" system instead of by merit, and I was there less than a year. Doing a good job meant having more work put on you. A lack of integrity from Senior Management (I was point blank lied to by the HR manager, which prompted me to begin looking for another job).

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the issues on the floor. Stop focusing on the extra things that take away from production, then complain about lowered production (safety games that produce no results and HealthGuard games). The employees aren't interested, and you create more work for your supervisors. Lead by example: don't preach "integrity" and then not have any yourselves...the operators notice.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent pay, benefits, career opportunity/path, management, and culture. This is a place where you want to work if you want to work for a great company. The entire company cares about each other's well-being. Safety is the number one priority and all levels of the organization practice what they preach. Other reviews state that Guardian is a make-or-break facity - it should be! Work hard and do what's right. That is the same for any company.

    Cons

    Weekend shifts, but one knows that going in, so essentially, there are no "cons". The company expects supervisors to do the right thing - to keep their people safe, to produce results, and to provide their customers with a quality product. It's a pretty simple equation. You'll read other's cons including work/life balance, pay, and culture. Simply not true in my opinion.



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