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ODL Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
4 Reviews
3.0
4 Reviews

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Jeff Mulder
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  1.  

    comfortable as a cashmere sweater, but don't get used to it, someone else owns it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at ODL

    Pros

    family-like culture and scary smart CEO, lots of attention paid to employees with regular events, gifts and perks, lots of long-term employees with loyalty, very talented new product development team assembled from West Michigan's best (Donnelly, JCI, Herman Miller)

    Cons

    now partially owned by JeldWen, so job security is not what it used to be (although you can find this problem anywhere) - small town values and people (can be good and bad) - HR VP that is a bit controlling and manipulative - deadlines sometimes unrealistic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversify even further -> outside of building industry

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Too tight.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at ODL full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Continue to make good money for family.

    Cons

    Tightly held. Conservative. Too much politics at the top. Either in the click or not. Say desire for innovation, but continue to go down conservative path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people contribute more. Spend less time holding tighly onto the reins and let the people make some wonderful contributions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Don't turn your back on anyone!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - No Longer Employed There. in Zeeland, MI
    Former Employee - No Longer Employed There. in Zeeland, MI

    I worked at ODL

    Pros

    Benefits package, and nice people to work with at your level. Good facilities, and a nice area of Michigan to work in.

    Cons

    Out of touch management people, controlling HR VP, salary structure favors management. Nepotism in management. Unqualified middle managers. Dealing with customer issues, and having to force feed the ODL way to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication with "normal" people. In every meeting I was in the theme was that senior management never wanted to hear the bad news. There are a lot of people that really knew what was going on, but were afraid to speak up for fear of being fired, or put on a "list". Trying to push through programs to our customers that they did not need or want. The company got so big that they lost the human touch with regard to customer service. It was ODL's way or the highway with regard to customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ODL

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, team work, fun.

    Cons

    Slow career growth long term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue what you are doing and keep growing.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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