Montaplast Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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  1. A company that values independence

    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Quality Engineer in Frankfort, KY

    I have been working at Montaplast full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Quality department was actually close to proper staffing, and QM's did not micromanage. Good place for a self-starter, someone who feels comfortable being set loose to do your work and help the company save money. They keep a good balance between chaotic (from taking on a lot of new business) and controlled. They must be doing something right, as they've been in business for a good many years.

    Cons

    Not a liberally progressive company Little training offered Company relies heavily on technology to catch quality defects. Company does not PM tools


  2. Helpful (1)

    Very Unprofessional Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY

    I worked at Montaplast full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good technology for manufacturing but was very against continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Management is horrible. They state that we have always done things this way and will not change even if it were for the better. The job itself was very boring and not challenging. One day your manager would tell you to do something and after you complete it, question you why you did this, like he did not ask you to do it. The companies quality is very poor and the company has a history of being put on new business hold from Ford, GM and Chrysler. I would be very careful when dealing with this company. They do not value their employees and will replace you at the drop of a hat.

    Advice to Management

    I would tell the owners in Germany to get rid of Executive Management and mid level Managers. A major change of direction needs to take place. They do not see the issues as when they come to town the management will put on a show for the owners.


  3. Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Frankfort, KY

    I worked at Montaplast full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Community focused, strong customer base, employees are committed and supporting, in beautiful area of rolling hills of Kentucky, cost of living in area is good.

    Cons

    Poor Executive Leadership, Disorganized, Lacks strategic planning, Lack of investment in employee training, high turn over. Small company with major internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic metrics, invest in training, empower management to help run business.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    The people were great but the management was poor and inexperienced

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Frankfort, KY
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Frankfort, KY

    I have been working at Montaplast full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have a lot of advanced technology and processes They have a well equipped mold shop in house They have newer molding machines

    Cons

    A constant revolving door of people, especially machine operators and supervisors All the machines had vented barrels regardless of need It's very hot in the summer.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing employees and gaining consistency through experience.


  6. Overall, a good place to work, like any job, it has its drawbacks.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfort, KY

    I worked at Montaplast

    Pros

    Good product and forward thinking always created new products to secure jobs at location.

    Cons

    High turnover with new employees, vicious environment on the production floor, although that is more personality with individuals than it is the company's fault. Inner department rivalry. Longivity seemed to lead to job insecurity.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rate an employee on their last week, month, or even year, look at the big picture. Lots of valuable resources shown the door due to personalities. Encouragement goes a long way!!


  7. Helpful (1)

    Most political and least family friendly place I have ever worked.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Frankfort, KY

    I worked at Montaplast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Technology, experience for your next job.

    Cons

    Not family friendly, political, leadership is arrogant, and only out for themselves. If you have an opinion, eventually they will get rid of you....they just want soldiers who get in line and do what they are told, they always want you to "fear" your job.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the top two running the show...trust your workers., quit micro managing.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Bad factory work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Line Operator in Frankfort, KY
    Former Employee - Line Operator in Frankfort, KY

    I worked at Montaplast

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The other employes are great, very kind and helpful. When it gets very hot they give out free gatorade and water.

    Cons

    To be in management you have to be cold hearted. There HR dept. doesn't care if your kid is in the ICU, you had better come to work. They never turn on the A/C, even though they have all the units set up. Its cheaper to give out drinks.

    Advice to Management

    A little kindness to your employees would go a long way. So would a review of all your management team by normal floor level employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    A place where I learned the technical and leadership skills for my future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Montaplast

    Pros

    Montaplast stays on the forefront of technologies in producing interior, exterior and under the hood components for all of the major automotive companies. Defintely a place to learn and develope your career in injection molding.

    Cons

    The culture at montaplast is somewhat different being a German owned company. The biggest transition anyone will have working with the company will be the way the company works. Equality from management can be a big problem. Do not expect a pat on the back for a job well done.Operatros can expect immediate feedback for anything you are doing wrong. However if you are in supervision or management you can expect no feedback until it is too late.

    Advice to Management

    Change cannot and will not happen unless the change comes from the TOP down. You cannot possibly change the longterm outlook of the company unless you change the way the Upper management percives things should be done. The middle managers and production management can impliment change but it will only go back to way things were once the Upper management gets involved. To make a true impact you have to change the company culture not just the culture on the production floor. So once again change has to be supported and embraced from the top down.



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