Michael C. Fina

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Michael C. Fina Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
24 Reviews
2.4
24 Reviews
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina

    Pros

    Helpful co-workers and management is trying to be in touch with their employees

    Cons

    low pay which results to high-turn over of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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  2.  

    Okay Employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Michael C. Fina

    Pros

    The perks were the best part!

    Cons

    Summers you are expected to work long hours just to get off early on Friday.

  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    No...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina

    Pros

    Coworkers make the work day go well

    Cons

    Pay is cheap and very litte advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Perks!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time

    Pros

    Tons of Pros to working here - Great PTO plan, beautiful roof top lounge with stunning Manhattan views, parking lottery, employee recognition program, work life balance friendly, Fruit Fridays monthly, awesome holiday party yearly. There is also a great spirit amongst many of the employees.

    Cons

    Smaller company so internal promotions dont happen as often as I would like but they do happen and the company continues to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Is HR Posting Fake Reviews?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time

    Pros

    - MCF's mid-size allows employees to have frequent contact with the Finas
    - Charity walks are encouraged
    - The average New Yorker is aware of the retail side
    - Some of those that have been here for many, many years receive a genuine farewell retirement party
    - Most non-executive employees are great as colleagues

    Cons

    - Location is awful; MCF is in an industrial area right off of the 7 train (which means restaurant choices for breakfast/lunch are extremely limited).
    - Wages are a joke and you can forget about raises/promotions.
    - The company's size should be an advantage, but nepotism and arrogance stifles innovation and growth.
    - Although MCF somewhat has a heart, it definitely has no brains. Turn-over keeps getting worse.
    - We are told that things will improve, but when recommendations are offered, no one listens.
    - Important information is not shared equally, many have been left in the dark on critical accounts on many occasions.
    - Benefits are not attractive

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    - HR may be doing a little PR in desperation. Some of the posts on here look very suspicious because some "reviews" do not at all reflect what's truly happening.

    For example:
    Up to 1/11/14, the average was 2 stars. However, the last five posts (excluding this one) had an average of 4 stars. Additionally, up to 1/11/14 the average number of days between posts was 135, that’s 4 and a half months. But, the last five posts (excluding this one) had the average numbers of days between posts at 34, that’s slightly more than a month.

    Again, there is no absolute proof, but the sudden flood of positive "reviews" (seriously, one almost every month since March 2014) strikes as suspicious. Just look at the numbers:
    07/02/14 – 5 stars (suspicious) | 06/04/14 – 3 stars
    05/04/14 – 4 stars (suspicious) | 04/23/14 – 4 stars (suspicious)
    03/05/14 – 4 stars (suspicious) | 01/11/14 – 1 star
    12/29/13 – 1 star | 06/09/13 – 1 star
    03/31/13 – 1 star | 12/16/12 – 1 star
    08/09/12 – 4 stars | 12/16/10 – 4 stars
    11/19/10 – 3 stars | 11/18/09 – 1 star
    11/06/09 – 1 star |09/26/09 – 2 stars
    01/07/09 – 5 stars | 08/21/08 – 2 stars
    06/16/08 – 1 star | 06/15/08 – 3 stars

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask yourself if A. Fina is really the best person to run the company. Yes, it's nice to tell customers (ahem, excuse me, partners) that MCF is WBENC certified, but at what cost? Also, employees do indeed have ideas worth listening to, GAAP should not be the exclusive filter for decision making.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    An OK place to work.....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are rewarded for their work efforts.and years of service. The company offers a good work-lfe balance. Training programs provided are very good.

    Cons

    The location. Too much turnover. The work environment is contantly changing in regards to responsibilities. There are departments that need better technology, not sure if management is willing to spend the money to get it. Not all departments work together as a team. Not sure how much longer I want to work here I feel uneasy about things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more structured work environment. Things keep changing and people in various positions continue to leave. Stability is needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Changes are a'comin!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Been working here for some time and have seen a positive change in the company. Are there areas where more improvement is needed...sure,but change in any organization doesn't happen over night...patience my friends. But rest assure management has their eye on the prize and are moving in the right direction. Some positives, roof top lounge, family friendly environment and fun events example bake sales, warehouse sales. I'm sticking around!

    Cons

    Can not possibly change this con but it is what it is...location is not ideal BUT the #7 train is close by along with the LIRR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your progress going ...it shows!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Michael C. Fina Response

    Jul 2, 2014HR Director

    Thanks for acknowleding all our hard work to making positive changes. We are trying our best to continue to improve and sincerely appreciate the recognition,

  9.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina

    Pros

    Management team is stronger and Leadership is becoming more visionary. Great place to gain experience and move up in your career if you are focused and driven! Great work/life balance, flexible schedules available, employee-centered, family-friendly culture, great benefits and perks.

    Cons

    Location can be challenging at times with regards to parking but MCF does offer employees a parking lottery program. Otherwise, 7 train is close by and LIRR a few blocks away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    The company is becoming a better place to work every day.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, managers are fair and understanding of employee needs, good communication from HR

    Cons

    Location in LIC can be challenging at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the improvements coming, we feel the impact

    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Who is John Galt?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY

    I have been working at Michael C. Fina full-time

    Pros

    - Management is friendly.

    - Materials are assembled in-house (please continue to keep jobs in America).

    - High diversity.

    - Company participates in charity walks.

    Cons

    - Management is grossly incompetent and does not understand the dynamics of the 21st century workplace.

    - High turnover at all levels; MCF has a brain drain problem.

    - No continuity plan for most processes; too few people know critical tasks.

    - Salaries/wages are not competitive and raises/promotions are largely inexistent.

    - Many people are unqualified to hold their current positions; in contrast, many people with growth potential have few opportunities to shine.

    Possible OSHA violations:
        a.) Vents have historically caused problems.
        b.) I have personally seen bugs throughout the building, particularly in the bathrooms
                 and eating areas. Rodent droppings have been discovered by others.
        c.) See other reviews below.

    Possible New York State Labor Law violations:
        a.) People often work extra hours, however the appropriate overtime wage may not
                 always be paid.
        b.) A lot of immigrants are hired, it is not certain if they fully understand minimum
                 wage laws; leaving a wide opening for abuse.
        c.) See other reviews below.

    It's admirable that the company has been around for about 80 years, but even companies that have lasted twice as long have failed. This company is a victim of its own hubris and will fall on its own sword.

    To those looking for a job:
    At this time, I do not recommend working for this company, even if you are desperate.

    To those currently employed:
    Leave as soon as possible. Sure, things could improve, but if MCF's self-destructive habits continue, you will no doubt become a casualty. It is simply not worth the risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are serious about running a successful company, you'll make the appropriate changes.

    For example, decide which is more important:

        a.) Keeping the executive suite filled with Fina family members and friends.

            << or >>

        b.) Ensuring the long-term viability of the business.

    These two are not mutually exclusive. However, if it came down to it, tough decisions may be necessary.

    Also, either bring more substance to town halls or stop wasting everyone's time. Follow the KISS (keep it short and simple) method and communication will be effective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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