Mine Safety Appliances

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Mine Safety Appliances Reviews

Updated Jun 8, 2014

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3.9 21 reviews

94% Approve of the CEO

Mine Safety Appliances CEO and Director Bill Lambert

Bill Lambert

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Customer Service

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsThe remote agent program allows you to work from home 1-2 days per week. There are always food days to celebrate something or simply just because. There are different ways that coworkers can recognize your efforts that result in gift cards.

    ConsSome days can be very busy especially when people are in training or on vacation. The department needs at least 2 more people to be staffed to the point that people do not get overwhelmed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAn investment in additional resources can help to improve the quality of work and reduce turn over in the department. The doesn't appear to be a contingency plan for when you lose employees. It is all reactive and very slow to react.

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

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    Solid, Steady Employer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsWork-life balance is excellent. Atmosphere is laid back and there is little pressure to overwork. Benefits are good and employees are treated with respect by management.

    ConsVery little turnover means very little opportunity for advancement. Nobody gets fired so there are some really poor performers in the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I enjoyed working here as a temp.

    Production (Former Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsGood pay and company culture.

    ConsSome employees difficult to work with.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Internship

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery friendly work environment. Great for experience.

    ConsWish there was some sort of track for all interns.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing, the success shows.

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

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    Professional

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsClean, safe, helpful supervisors. Pleasant atmosphere for a call center. HR is nice and offers plenty of incentives and benefits for an entry employee. They hire vets.

    ConsAlways evolving, they have a very wide range of products and services that take some time to get used to, the department or division you're interested in may be sold off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEveryone was a decent and friendly person.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to work and learn things at the beginning of your career

    Packaging Engineer Intern (Former Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsWork Environment, Office atmosphere and location, helpful coworkers, flexible hours

    ConsToo many people involved on the same projects to get things taken care of. Projects are extended most of the times

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

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    Used to be a great company until new management took over.

    Tech (Former Employee) Cranberry, PA

    ProsIt's a stable company.
    It's a convenient location for those who live nearby,

    ConsiIncreasing stressful work environment due to unrealistic work loads. Their strategy seems to be to allow attrition without replacing employees in order to reduce costs.

    Lack of respect for those without at least a BS degree. No matter what skill sets you have that equal or exceed some who have their piece of paper, there is a glass ceiling for promotion, compensation, flexibility, and perks. Their attitude is that without that degree, you're not qualified to perform "professional level" tasks. Yet if you do perform "professional level tasks",
    the tasks couldn't have been very difficult because you don't have your degree. It's knowledge discrimination that reflects self-righteous arrogance and makes for a demoralizing environment. It's impossible to feel like a valuable part of the team when the treatment they give you says otherwise.

    Their bonus program is grossly unfair and disproportionate. The higher up you are, you get a higher percentage bonus of your already higher salary. A fair program would be a flat percentage of your salary, period. The higher your salary is, the bigger bonus you get.

    They love to claim that they are "competitive" in the packages they offer to new hires. They are in fact quite average.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop assigning managers to departments about which they know little or nothing. It makes them too vulnerable to being swayed by some subordinates who have their own agenda and take advantage of the manager's naivete. It also results in both overly positive and overly negative performance reviews because schedules and budgets are all they know. They don't care about real "nuts and bolts" issues because they don't understand them. The "learning agility" thing can only go so far.

    Stop putting so much over-emphasis on formal education. When it comes to known in-house talent, knowledge is knowledge and it's irrelevant whether it was gained in a formal classroom or through learning on the job or on personal time. Start recognizing and compensating employees for their actual talents, value, and contributions and stop blindly assuming that without a minimum degree that they can't be as valuable as someone with a BS degree. It's just a lazy way to categorize people and low-ball them instead of observing what they actually do for the company.

    The management strategy has been "appearance-based" instead of "reality-based" ever since the Safety Products management took over. Yes, this is now the corporate center, but it's still a manufacturing plant. Stop continuing your pattern of hiding everything you consider embarrassing in the manufacturing environment by placing one after another restriction on those who work in that environment as though they're juvenile delinquents. Get over your self-importance! IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU and your exorbitant salaries and bonuses! You've lost and will continue to lose a lot of valuable employees because of your silly policies.

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

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    If you love change and challenge

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosdecent salary; opportunity to advance; employee development

    Conssometimes mired in "group think" (execs are homegrown, therefore little diversity of thought at the top)

    Advice to Senior Managementstrive for a flatter org structure

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosthey are very nice to employees

    Consnot enough training for co-ops

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

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    team leader

    Manager (Former Employee) Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsEmployees take pride in the products and services they create. There is a feeling of doing something important. Compensation and benefits are good.

    ConsSometimes difficult to get ideas 'up' the management chain.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a process to evaluate ideas from employees. Hearing that your idea does not have enough merit is better than thinking that no one is listening.

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

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