Guardian Industries

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Guardian Industries Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
85 Reviews
2.6
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Guardian Industries President and CEO Ron Vaupel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits are good and competitive (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits, charitable to the local community (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance - ALL WORK (in 6 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, you can move up the ladder if you are talented and competitive even if you started very small. Chances to travel the world and visit many locations. Flexible hours for some positions. Mostly friendly coworkers.
    Safety exceeds standards. Generally stable working environment.

    Cons

    No overtime paid for salary employees. No financial help if you want to finish a degree. Salaries lags, almost no raises for multiple years. lately some layoffs for long time good working employees raised some question marks!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    weird

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

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    great co workers, decent benefits

    Cons

    the culture and environment is getting weird and everything seems to be very unstable

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardian Industries

    Pros

    Great people, great company, great future.

    Cons

    Nothing really that stands out.

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  5.  

    Fast-paced w/plenty of learning opportunity.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and move laterally into an area of interest, even if no direct prior experience.
    In most situations will allow one to take a calculated risk, but must learn and improve from if undesirable outcome.
    Good 401k match once vested with low expense ratio options. Option for Roth 401k or traditional.
    Casual dress code.
    Many wellness support initiatives and health care costs are based on each location's data, rather than corporate wide statistics.

    Cons

    Constant changes to production schedule due to customer requests or machine/process issues cause stress for a 24/7/365 operation.
    Review process used for compensation is unclear and does not involve the employee.
    Unknown change on the horizon with Koch minority ownership influences coming to the plant level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To get the best effort and most useful work, include the employee in goal setting and have a conversation on expectations and game plan of what success will look like.

    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Lack of Direction

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, 401(k) match = 7%, starting (first hired) salary can be pretty good, can get lots of assignments in different areas for good cross training

    Cons

    Upper management for years, even current new management, doesn't seem to have a set vision and/or direction. Lack of communication from the top down. No one is held accountable at the top and or mid level (directors, managers). Its a keystone cops drill daily. Doesn't seem to be appreciation for people at any level. Turn over is extremely high at every plant. NO room for advancement, regardless of position. Absolutely no raises (or if you get one, its less than 2%) for years. Bonus almost non-existent, especially over the last 2 years. This year company on track to make more profit than last year, and still no one gets a raise or bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example. Lead from the front. Give clear and concise direction and focus for your people to follow. Listen to each group and demand accountability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Generally good.

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package. If you do a good job, no problems. Most mid level managers are easy going and good to work for.

    Cons

    Upper management is constantly changing, along with business strategies. They say they like out of the box thinkers, but the new executives do not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    New Management is Horrible

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    I have worked at guardian for 6 months as an offline/loader. It is easily the worst job I have ever had.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Loader/Offline  in  Floreffe, PA
    Current Employee - Loader/Offline in Floreffe, PA

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Health coverage

    Days off

    Some room for advancement

    Cons

    The people working there. Everyone hates their job here and makes it miserable for everyone else.

    The management is terrible. Don't ever miss work even if your hurt or in the hospital, you'll get written up.

    Your only a number, they makes sure you feel that way.

    Zero care for there employees. I've worked countless 12 hour shifts without a break and when you tell a supervisor about they just look at you and could careless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fix the working conditions and people attitudes and maybe you can keep people from quitting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company but going through huge transitions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production  in  Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Production in Geneva, NY

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Nice place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Guardian Industries

    Pros

    The people are fantastic! People are their greatest strength!

    Cons

    Seems like there is more and more bureaucracy every day! High stress!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get things settled down.

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