I worked at Manko Window Systems full-time for more than 5 years
Pros – They do their best to give you as many hours as they can. Their benifits are not too bad. Opprotunities for raises. Lots of opprotunity to learn different jobs. Supports limited National Guard and Reserve obligations.
Cons – Not consistant with enforcing the rules. Done at their convienience. Discourages military obligations that effect production.
Advice to Senior Management – Consistancy in enforcing the rules and listening to their employies. Support your National Guard and Reserve Soldiers that have to take off a lot for pre deployment events.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
2012-09-05 09:00 PDT
I worked at Manko Window Systems full-time for less than a year
Pros – Steady paycheck. Sometimes there are free bagels and donuts (office staff only). Clean working conditions in the office. Indoor working conditions for shop employees (never on a job site). Decent benefits. Set hours. Nights and weekends off for office people.
Cons – If you are a professional, steer clear of this company. Expect to be “sold” a career opportunity only to turn around and get thrown under the bus. Expect to get moved from an office to a desk/cubicle, to have your responsibilities ripped away from you, and for ways to be found to get rid of you before they have to start paying you more, set you up with health insurance, or follow through on the advancement opportunity they promised when you were first hired.
The entire company is highly disorganized. There’s no hierarchy of authority so no one knows who they should report to. There are no training programs and employees are very unclear of the company’s expectations of their roles and responsibilities. The culture is very “sink or swim.” When employees do something right or make a mistake, they get zero feedback. The rules are always changing and are enforced at management’s discretion. Employees are always in fear of losing their job. There’s almost no communication, loyalty, leadership, accountability, or direction. As a result, there is very high turn-over. If someone is let go, they are never given a reason why. Management is too afraid of conflict and lays people off rather than deal with issues.
There is a major disconnect between the workers and the office staff. The workers mainly keep their heads down, do the bare minimum, and take home their paychecks at the end of the week. The office staff does the same thing but they are very catty and gossipy. There’s no sense of trust or loyalty at all. Also, customer service is terrible. Customers will go to the competition whenever they can. In fact, most of Manko’s business comes from one of their other facilities. It doesn’t help that their “multi-million dollar” machines are constantly going down. This affects production and customers often don’t get their products for weeks.
In my professional opinion, the facility itself is very unsafe. Although they finally have a maintenance department who is doing a great job turning things around, there are still multiple hazards that could result in serious injuries, high fines and/or shut downs. With the exception of a vending machine where employees can get replacement PPE, the company has no safety program in place. The management is always talking about how if they got a visit from OSHA, they’d be in trouble. Their workman’s compensation insurance company keeps threatening to cut them off.
If I had to narrow down the biggest problem this company has, it would be the human resources department. They have people in these positions that should have been laid off and replaced long ago. I personally heard discriminatory remarks made about minorities, veterans/military service members, women, overweight people, people with tattoos, piercings or body modifications, and people who have worked fast food in the past. I’ve seen them target (and build a case against) employees that get hurt or pregnant. I’ve also witnessed “random” drug testing on certain minority groups.
Advice to Senior Management – Advice to management: Your workers aren’t nearly as stupid as you think they are. Conduct employee retention interviews and start heeding their advice. Create an employee & customer retention program. Start training and leading your people. Give positive and negative feedback when it is needed. Quit throwing each other under the bus to save your own skins. Revamp your business plan because it is very outdated. Frankly, it is a miracle you survived the recession.
Take a good look at your human resources department. They are very unprofessional individuals that have become skilled at chasing away talent - especially people with advanced degrees. Replace them with individuals that have the components necessary to be good representatives of your company.
For one manager in particular, stop moping around and sitting in co-workers' offices whining about how much your employees suck. Your employees don’t respect you and it is up to you that change that. Pull yourself out of the victim cycle and start operating Above the Line.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2014-02-11 09:38 PST
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I have been working at Manko Window Systems
Pros – Pays the bills...nothing more...Its a job to work it you need some money but Im having a hard time saying anything else nice....
Cons – So disorganized, It makes me sick. Management are holier than thou and won't give any feedback, good or bad...
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2011-09-01 20:23 PDT
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