Hawthorne Machinery Reviews

Updated April 21, 2015
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  1. Layed back very busy

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    Former Employee - Driver in Lakeside, CA
    Former Employee - Driver in Lakeside, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hawthorne Machinery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like to work alot this is for you. If your looking to have a home life forget about it.

    Cons

    Low pay, good ole boy club, very surprising to me the rate of 20 dollars an hour to drive lowbed and haul around million dollar equipment.

    Advice to Management

    None that will be listened too


  2. Warranty Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    work schedule, flexible when you have children or family priorities

    Cons

    Salary, difficult to advance in the company, political, benefits


  3. Working hard to improve its results.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hawthorne underwent some difficult times during 2008 and 2009 as a result of the economic downturn but has made a significant effort to improve employee morale. Compensation and benefits are fair. Hawthorne is the number one market share dealer in California and Hawaii. Mechanics are very talented.

    Cons

    Communication between departments is slow but improving. Economic downturns can be more significant than other industries but the worst seems to be over.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the leadership during 2008 and 2009 and keep working on communication. More time in the field always helpful.


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  5. Hawthorne Machinery

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees Used to be like a family Used to be fun

    Cons

    Unstable management Poor management of people Poor financial decisions Dictatorial leadership Wrong people making decisions Too many people laid off Poor execution Management in "ivory towers" Management doesn't care about employees

    Advice to Management

    Quit letting one over ambitious, egotistical VP make all decisions that affects entire company CEO needs to interact with employees other than executive leadership CEO needs to make employees feel appreciated, not just as mere "worker bees" Listen to employees, they have good ideas (and aren't as dumb as you think) and are speaking to the customers


  6. Much too concerned for the bottomline

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    An okay place to start a career so long if you don't stay too long.

    Cons

    The salaries have always been on the low side for the San Diego Metro area. Benefits have been very meger or non-existent. 401K company matching only recently were brought back after about six or seven years. Very small rate of matching.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people with better benefits.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Not too pleasant job.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are really great.

    Cons

    Th hours are a little too demanding.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to employee feedback.



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