Milliken Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
67 Reviews
3.3
67 Reviews
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Milliken President and CEO Joe Salley
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44 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Culture of innovation, excellent people, fantastic work environment (in 4 reviews)

  • Financially strong, privatly held, Great employees, great facilities (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Milliken, the senior management team has had to make tough decisions and downsized many long term managers (in 5 reviews)

  • Work life balance needed to be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great place to work with varying schedules to meet your needs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Avalon, Stephens, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avalon, Stephens, GA

    I worked at Milliken full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    They offer decent pay, attention to safety , mini shift and rotating shifts available, good benefits and an excellent retirement program to participate in.

    Cons

    I have no cons to list as I was quite pleased with my time while there

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Brutal Company

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at Milliken full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    You can make a living while you look for a real company with a future.

    Cons

    The company has one stakeholder - the Milliken family. Everyone else is an expense to be squeezed as hard as possible paid as little as possible, and replaced with a cheaper employee at the first opportunity. When I worked there they had 25,000 employees. Company lore told over and over was how company President Roger Milliken closed the Darlington South Carolina textile mill in violation of US labor laws in retaliation for the employees seeking union representation, - which tells you all you need to know about the ethical environment of Milliken & Co. The company fought the case through the courts for more than 20 years but lost and paid settlements to the employees, but the effect was to intimidate the remaining employees from seeking better wages. Another oft-told story was about "black Friday" when the company eliminated 5000 employees without warning. I see they are down to 5000 employees, so there must have been many more dark days since I left. The telltale fact about the company is employee turnover. Milliken recruits college grads and 99% of them are seeking another employer within 24 months. Don't waste your life here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A good place start and grow career and family.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Spartanburg, SC

    I have been working at Milliken full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Stable and nice work environment.

    Cons

    Tight internal management/control can affect productivity and creativity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milliken full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. Nice people and a good environment to work in

    Cons

    I didn't have any cons for this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work guys.. the company is great!!

  6.  

    Morale and culture is going down hill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milliken full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Used to have job security, not any more.

    Cons

    Arrogant leadership which is totally disconnected from people on the floor. No opportunities unless you are the top managers' puppets. When the business is good, no profit sharing. When the business is declining, the layoff is coming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to people who have different voices. Go to the floor to talk to people. Promote within. Treat your employees fairly and with respect. Share profits with employees. Hold top managers responsible and accountable of failed projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great campus, acceptable facilities, some safety concerns

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Milliken

    Pros

    The pay seems competitive, the environment is friendly, and the campus is fantastic. There are a lot of opportunities for growth and the company does have a program to help further the education of it's associates. The on site nurse practitioner is also a huge perk, she can handle most minor things that would normally require a doctor visit, including prescriptions, free of charge.

    Cons

    The company places financial targets as the benchmark for success for all associates, regardless of their role. A lab associate in an R&D role has no direct ability to influence sales numbers. Financial targets don't effectively measure success across the board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Dependable company

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    Former Employee - Electrician  in  Lagrange, GA
    Former Employee - Electrician in Lagrange, GA

    I worked at Milliken full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    very stable, decent benefits, friendly employees, state of the art equipment.

    Cons

    rotating shifts, 12 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate with employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Milliken is a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at Milliken full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Milliken cares about people and believes that practicing safety and good leadership are two of most important parts of making a company advance.

    Cons

    People are not given the opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some people (like myself) can be a great asset to your company if only given the opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Job with good pay

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Milliken full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Pay is Good and the benefits are good.

    Cons

    The work environment is very dusty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice is needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A time of turbulence

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    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Business Development in Spartanburg, SC

    I have been working at Milliken full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Most Milliken associates are great to work with which is why I gave a three star rating.

    Cons

    The Company has shifted from a promote from within policy to bringing in new talent. I can understand the need for some fresh ideas, but many associates feel there are no longer opportunities for advancement. Many layoffs and "retirements." Faith in upper management is also lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop skills in-house that you feel are lacking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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