Guardian Industries

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Guardian Industries Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

2.8 76 reviews

100% Approve of the CEO

Guardian Industries President and CEO Ron Vaupel

Ron Vaupel

(1 ratings)

32% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Fast-paced w/plenty of learning opportunity.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunity 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.

    ConsConstant 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 Senior ManagementTo 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.

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    Generally good.

    Program Manager (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company but going through huge transitions

    Production (Former Employee) Geneva, NY

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

    ConsLow 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 Senior ManagementGive 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe people are fantastic! People are their greatest strength!

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet things settled down.

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    Supervisor to Production Manager and everything in between.

    Management (Former Employee) Kingsburg, CA

    ProsFun job. Fun process. Lots of advancement opportunities. Excellent employee training, corrective action, and review processes. Far exceeds industry standards in all areas of safety. Freedom to lead the way you want to.

    Cons24/7, high pressure environment, very little room for errors sometimes. The culture from the top down dictates that for success priorities must be set as follows: 1) Job. 2) Family. 3) Whatever's left.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Over all good company

    Project Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) Corsicana, TX

    ProsGood work environment. Too far from the downtown.

    ConsToo many obsolete equipment. Non paid overtime for Salaried.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Horrible management at Kingsburg plant

    Salary Exempt (Former Employee) Kingsburg, CA

    ProsPeople on the floor are great to work with. Good 401k match and benefits. Work is pretty easy some think that the 24/7 operation is stressful but it's really not bad.

    ConsThe management is completely incompetent. The politics are unbearable and turnover is the worst I have ever seen. All departments had at least 4 and as many as 8 managers in 5 years and at least two people quitting every month the phone list was reprinted every week. Almost every department had completely turned over in just a few years. Most managers and supervisors are temporary fill ins because of turn over, bad reputation, poor recruiting and mismanagement. The managers that were there are the biggest group of sycophants you could ever come across. Any managers hired worth anything are gone in less than a year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire some managers with a brain.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    if you want to stay a pee on

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Corsicana, TX

    Proshourly pay is fair benefits reliable job

    Consmanagement sux they do not care about the lives of there hourly employees. hard to get promoted from the floor. just cut hourly people jobs down in each department but seems to keep adding more managers and added more work load to hourly for same pay. always knee jerk reaction just gitter done no planning

    Advice to Senior Managementpractice what you preach about safety. slow down do it right the first time instead hurry up and have an accident.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Geneva, NY

    ProsPeer 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.

    ConsRotating 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 Senior ManagementClean 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Guardian Industries Review

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe company is willing to provide opportunities for individuals with initiative.

    ConsThe company could provide more support and development for personnel growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA little investment in your people goes a long way.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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