Lynden Incorporated

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Lynden Incorporated Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Count Your Blessings! Advice from a retiree.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lynden Incorporated full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lynden's management are smart, conservative thinking pros. They work with a sense of urgency and provide a thoughtful and considerate culture. The tenure of the employees is testament to that. Over time I've seen much discontent in other companies. Employee turnover is an important indicator.

    Cons

    It is true that opportunities do not abound because of employee longevity. However, if you work hard and conscientiously while getting along with people, your brains, energy and talent will take you where you want to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider a formal, but time efficient, annual review process. These would be one on one sessions so employees can voice their opinions/concerns. Lack of top down communication seems to be a recurring theme.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Friendly employees, zero tolerance for change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in SeaTac, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in SeaTac, WA

    I have been working at Lynden Incorporated

    Pros

    They have nice health benefits, a good work/home balance & co-workers are very friendly. Many of the employees have been there 10 + years.

    Cons

    They are VERY resistant to change, & new ideas are not encouraged. The pay is average, to a little below, & there is no room for advancement. There are many employees that have been there a long time, whether they are productive or not, & the opinions of those who are new to the company are not taken seriously. They also expect their workers to get 45 hours of work done in 40--overtime is highly discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company & its workers need to improve their processes or be left behind. It would be a good time to do some spring cleaning & eliminate employees that have longevity, but not productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The grass is always greener elsewhere....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part of Finanancial Services Team in SeaTac, WA
    Current Employee - Part of Finanancial Services Team in SeaTac, WA

    I have been working at Lynden Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    Average benefits (cheap healthcare costs, love!), friendly coworkers and management, constantly looking for improvement, great flexible work hours, average pay. They care about your health, they have the raising desks available for those who want the option to stand while they work. I think the matching on the 401(k) is very good (haven't paid much attention to the investment options themselves). The company is very diversified and in good niche markets. I know my cons list is large, but I do really enjoy working for this company. I have worked for a few different companies and I have learned that nowhere is perfect. I just hope they take this as constructive criticism and make some long overdue changes.

    Cons

    Zero opportunities for growth (as have mentioned in other reviews, employees have tenure and have been in the same position for 10+ years, so you have to wait for someone to retire to move up) , management discourages training (they only offer one method of training for all FST that is very finance specific), a horrible maternity leave policy (you lose your bonus the time spent on maternity leave (which is a large % of overall pay), and you only earn one day a month in sick pay, so you'd have to be there for 3+ years to take a decent maternity leave. Furthermore, the pay is not in the best structure, low wage, high bonuses (2-3 times a year); promotes lots of stress around when bonuses will be given and how much they will be each time. Not the best vacation policy, only two weeks for first five years, and only 9 paid holidays. the company does nothing to encourage company culture (only summer picnic, and two meetings are fully funded for lunch) they do all these potlucks and charitable fundraisers to encourage employees to interact, which is a burden more than a benefit. Like everyone else said - just because you did something for the last 20+ years, doesn't mean you have to keep doing it! And start taking responsibility for your actions! if you are responsible for something, you should know about it, stop saying - oh well, so and so does that, you have the title, own it!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    smaller bonuses, more salary. get a maternity leave policy, offer a bit more vacation and/or a couple more days of holiday pay. be more supportive of job specific training. start funding more lunches, breakfasts. you have the technology in place, so start letting employees work from home. start accepting new ideas, stop giving the excuse of "we've done it that way for the last 20 years". take ownership and start acting like managers, and quit passing the responsibility to someone below you. and like everyone else has said - communicate to your employees!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company, solid people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lynden Incorporated as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Easy to work/talk with upper management. Everyone seems to enjoy what they're doing. Low turnover rate, people have been working at the company for their whole careers.

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like there is a lot of growth opportunities in the company, as seen by people's positions and how long they've been on it. Culture is conservative and employee median age is on the older side, but that is a testament to the company's job stability.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A solid organization well poised for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lynden Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    A small company feel/culture for an organization of this size, in terms of headcount and revenue. I found Lynden very proactive in employee relations and the long tenure of many employees in the company speaks to that. You could feel that the company trusted you; and to me that was huge.

    Cons

    While the company went through some intense restructuring, there was little communication. It made a lot of people nervous. One of them was me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive communication on the little things so that when bigger issues come into play there is structure and continuity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Well intentioned, profitable company, but senior management is in a rut.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Services Group in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Financial Services Group in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Lynden Incorporated full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large, multi-faceted, multi-state, international, employer. Decent benefits package in terms of medical/dental/RX. Many long term employees and stable employment outlook. Variety or work/skills training potential. Flexible about hours. Very polite workforce; everyone is extra nice.

    Cons

    Ineffective or non-existent communication among senior management, and between senior management and operating company management, and employee team at large. Pretty bad 401(k) Plan with one dimensional, limited investment options. Low base wage scale that the company attempts to compensate for with a completely arbitrary quarterly bonus program. Easy to get lost in the shuffle of the conglomerate, portions of which are fairly stagnant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior Management (CEO/COO/CFO etc.) could stand to adopt a more hands on approach by being a little less self-congratulatory, and a lot more open minded to change - not just talking the talk, but walking the walk. Also, be more visible to employees. Communicate enterprise goals, direction, projects with employee team. Get out of the "Ivory Tower "and visit Operating Companies more often to see the front lines and hear what OpCo management has to say/suggest. Don't discourage pragmatic feedback in the name of being "positive" or having a "can do" attitude.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company!

    Former Employee - Dock Hand in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Dock Hand in Anchorage, AK

    I worked at Lynden Incorporated full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Rewards hard work. Likes to hire family.

    Cons

    Wasn't a fan of the union. I understand the strategic positioning of having a union shop and that is okay. It was the union I didn't care for and they didn't care for me either.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Lynden Incorporated as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people were very friendly and helpful in teaching interns.
    The hours were manageable which lead to a good work life balance.

    Cons

    Interns were offered no paid time off.
    The work got repetitive and mundane.
    The office culture consisted of too many middle age and older employees. There were not many young workers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    logistic cordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistic Coordinator
    Current Employee - Logistic Coordinator

    I have been working at Lynden Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    good environment, the company provides all the support that you need to be successful and do a good job.

    Cons

    it doesn't compensate financially,long hrs and not much time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Long hours, low pay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - City Driver in Anchorage, AK
    Current Employee - City Driver in Anchorage, AK

    I have been working at Lynden Incorporated full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Safety points program, some of your equipment is provided. For example they provide gloves, hard hats, wench bar, and a hammer. You can "buy" boots, coats, etc, with your safety points.

    Cons

    Low pay. The overtime is forced, they called it drafted. You will work 7 days a week, 11.5 a day, to the 80 hour maximum for the first year, maybe longer. Management is antagonistic to labor, in most cases. The trucks are dirty, and you will be moved from truck to truck until they see fit to assign you one. Maintenance on the trucks is poor, breakdowns are common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the truck drivers more. It is very difficult to work at a trucking company with this kind of employee turn over. Remove terminal managers that are not in control of their own emotions, and who idea of management is to make everyone think they could be fired at any moment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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