Janicki Industries
3.2 of 5 9 reviews
www.janicki.com Sedro Woolley, WA 500 to 999 Employees

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Updated Jun 3, 2014

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Peter Janicki

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great place to start

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to begin in aerospace. A place to grow in experience and a launching pad for any career.

    ConsNot much. This really is a great place to work.

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

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    The company is constantly changing. That being good or bad depends on you.

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsExcelent work atmospheer of learning and growing
    Family owned and a strong family environment
    Constant company change encourages personal growth and opens new opportuninties
    Risk taking is Janicki's buisness and the ocassional failure is accepted, as long as you learn from it

    ConsWhile job requirements and responsibilities change frequently, salary/benifits do not
    The comapny is trying to grow and that means growing pains!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementRealize that the company is an agile, one-off part shop at its core that relies on the skill and integrity of our workers. Any changes made need to build off of that

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

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    Doesn't live up to the hype. Not what they claim to be.

    (Current Employee)

    Pros-Every day tends to be different.
    -You can learn a variety of different skills, albeit, skills that would be difficult to transfer to other companies well.
    -President and CEO seem like genuinely decent people.
    -There is a decent amount of trust in the employees, which gives freedom to use what resources you need in order to complete the task.
    -JI pushes the envelope in composite tooling manufacturing, creating some of the processes and having patents on many procedures thereby.
    -Companies get contracts based on the condition that they use our services. We are in demand, and that is a good thing for the companies long term future.

    Cons-Raises? There does not seem to be a structure in place the provide regular raises.
    -The glass ceilings are hard here. Those with engineering schooling can do well at JI, but those without find it difficult to leave the production floor.
    -Tying those two together, the compensation is not family wages unless you have an engineering degree and are in a production management or manufacturing engineering role.
    ***The executive's words don't reflect company actions. There is much talk about JI supporting families and striving to be a family orientated company. Caution. It is not rare to spend months on 10 hour days, sometimes even 12 hours. In addition, don't expect to have any sort of predictability with your schedule, or the ability to plan your life beyond work. Working Saturdays on top of a 50+ hour week is common, and they often occur for most of the summer, often with only a day or two notice. Your family may be important, but don't let them interfere with work, as much is sacrificed for the sake of production and ship dates. Most of this is driven by the hiring of toxic upper managers, and poor production planning and resource control.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe genuine with the employees. Either a company is family oriented and supports life outside of the workplace, or a company is purely results driven and will disregard all else. People need predictability outside of work for their spouse, kids, and themselves. If a weekend from time to time is necessary, make limits of 1 a month, or every 5-6 weeks. If production is truly booming, hiring a weekend production crew may be warranted. It seems we peak in the summer, working weekend after weekend at the expense of our families during the time of year when people need time off the most. Don't let performance metrics stand above your values.

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

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    Janicki seems like a great place to work but time spent there proves other wise. You have been warned!

    Production Worker (Former Employee)
    Sedro Woolley, WA

    Pros-They offer employment in Skagit County
    -Opportunity to learn new skills
    -If you have a degree you can get a decent job from the start

    Cons-Low pay
    -Schedule changes all the time
    -Work with many chemicals, dusts, and vapors
    -Poor choice of managers
    -Lay offs occur once or sometimes twice a year
    -No care for employees personal lives
    -No room for advancement without degree

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to take some time to get to know their employees. Without the workers on the production floor you would not have a management job. Workers need to be treated like people not numbers. Increase the pay for workers. Do not hire people based on hopes of a new contract then have to lay them all off when it doesn't work out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    not all its cracked up to be

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee)
    Hamilton, WA

    ProsYou get to see some cool stuff. Free hotdogs once or twice a year. cutting edge composites tooling and fabrication done by this company

    Consmanagement brags about how great a place Janicki is to work. In reality they treat their employees like crap and employee morale is very low. Only those very close to the top have it good. No room for innovation or creativity for newer engineers. Management is completely out of touch with everyone out on the factory floor.Benefits are par for the course and pay is well below the industry average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire toxic managers and people who are adverse to change. This compnay was founded on innovation and doing things differently now they are the same boring corporate prison found everywhere else. This company will be unbale to compete and eventually peter out if it does not continue to innovate and challenge the status quo which is mediocrity.

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

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    Good overall experience in aerospace manufacturing and marine

    Assembly Technician (Current Employee)
    Sedro-Woolley, WA

    Proscool aerospace manufacturing projects every day

    Conslittle room for company advancement without degree

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with great potential

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Sedro-Woolley, WA

    ProsGreat, dedicated people getting the job done through hard work and ingenuity. Family owned, the janicki leadership can be scatterbrained, but they have high moral character.

    ConsSo many ideas and directions to go, we are still at the adolexcent stage, things are loose and fast here. If you can't stand a managed level of chaos, this place can get to you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop losing great employees by not paying them enough. Focus your efforts and business goals, communicate them to your employees, and let everyone in on the plan. Give your employees more vacation!

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

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    Nurishing employment

    (Current Employee)
    Sedro Woolley, WA

    ProsThe best career starting point in the area. If you are interested in a company where you can begin a career, this is a great company.

    ConsThey need to find themselves, which they are still searching. At the rate they are going, they will find it soon.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease find out how to get where you would like to get without destroying the hopes of people who want to continue to grow with the company.

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    Good place to work, but not without issues.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Sedro Woolley, WA

    ProsCreative, entrepreneurial, cutting edge, fast pace

    ConsShifting priorities, not-invented-here syndrome, change resistance, weak pay structure

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring wages into line with industry, reign in strong personalities who drown out good ideas

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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