Oatey Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
11 Reviews
2.8
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very Accepting and Relaxing When Paced Well

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    The best reasons for working at Oatey are you get a lot of hours, holiday pay and benefits. They will train you in areas you are uncertain of how to do the work, and you will be a leader no matter what after a while.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges of working here is attendance is of utmost importance, and you must let them know in advance when you need time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I were to share some advice with upper management, I would say don't be so aloof with those waves.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Northside  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Northside in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Very nice co-workers on the floor,nice pay,vacation.and 401k

    Cons

    Unfairness ,favortism,never rewarded for doing a good job not even a thank u,don't want associates talking to each other,always trying to find a reason to terminate someone,especially the people who have been there along perid of time,employees are held accountable for their wrong doing, but not Senior leadership,and Senior leadership doesn't give its employees the respect they deserve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation towards the employees,stop the nick picking,shouldn't terminate people just cause you can,show respect,listen to the people who perform the job on a daily basis,the Oatey family needs to get back involved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    not worth it.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Northside Operator  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Northside Operator in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    401k, vac. pay, and employee's on the floor NOT management., hourly pay

    Cons

    will fire you when on fmla, unfairness to the worker's, lack of training, if you do 1 thing wrong they will hold it against you for the life of your employment there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the people on the floor, don't hold judgment, give credit where it dew. the Oatey's need to get back involved.

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

    Given the opportunity to make a big difference.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Oatey full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Given multiple opportunities to make things better. Still much more to improve. Chance to work closely with top management on regular basis.

    Cons

    Many systems and processes need to be revamped. Some segments of business reluctant to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take good care of your best and brightest.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice place to work but.... turnover is ongoing issue

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oatey full-time

    Pros

    Friendly co workers
    good profitable company cares about product and customers

    Cons

    very conservative business practices
    could communicate better to associates

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on moving forward the company is going up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Extremely satisfied working at Oatey...great people make the difference

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Oatey full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I thoroughly enjoy the people I work with at Oatey. There's a mutual respect and sense of camaraderie among the us. The work is rewarding because the business invests to improve every year.

    Cons

    Having enough offices can become an issue when new associates arrive. Upper management is working on the problem though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better coffee is always a good investment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good a first, bad for the rest

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Clerk  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Warehouse Clerk in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Oatey part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    In the 8 years I worked as a part time worker there, what little flexibility I had as a PT worker, looking back really wasn't worth the trouble. Things are a bit better now than before. You had 1/4 of the people walking around as managers of some sort. If you were one of the chosen ones, you could do nothing and slide by. Pays decent but I make 3x what I did there by just going to community college for a year.

    Cons

    You had people they didn't know what to do with, that they just created jobs for them. So then you had these people wandering around with nothing better to do than try to catch people talking to each other. This place was like a prison. I hated it there so bad that I finally just quit for a job that paid less. I had several 2nd jobs that I tried to switch to in order to get out of there and finally I found one that I took and quit this place. I went back 2 summers ago to catch up on money until I started my paid internship for where I work now, and it was significantly better. over 1/2 the people working there were no longer there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Telling your employees "you should feel lucky you have a job" or if you don't like it, then leave" is immature and bad for company morale. You want people to want to work for you don't you? Oh that's right, you only care about how you look and will throw anyone under the bus. Listen to your employees instead of hiring consulting groups to tell you what is wrong.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible place to be, backwards.

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    Former Employee - Worst Work Experience of My Life  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Worst Work Experience of My Life in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Oatey

    Pros

    Majority of people are friendly. Comardary among people for how unreasonable decisions made by management.

    Cons

    Working here is like being on a reality tv show. People make alliances to keep their job. Managment is too busy in meetings scheming on how they'll take advantage of employees rather than noticing
    People who produce and care about company's well being. This job wasted prime Years of my career. I hope I'll be able to recover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating people w/ respect. Remove honor God in all we do from
    Moto. There's nothing honorable about how you treat people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Safe Place for the Unmotivated to Lay Low...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Oatey

    Pros

    -Great work/life balance
    -Great associates
    -Very unstressful/unchallenging (con or pro...you decide)
    Oatey is a good place to work if you have a family and can afford to raise them on what Oatey pays you. The workplace is without urgency or concern, and the work/life balance is satisfied as a result.

    Cons

    -Ridiculous compensation, on the verge of insulting
    -Incredibly shrinking benefits year after year
    -Indefinite wage freeze
    Never expect to earn your way up or earn more income at Oatey. The company is intimately coupled with the housing market...as the market withers, so do the opportunties at Oatey. The hiring philosphy is to bring in talent from the outside only, most often at wages that far exceed internal talent for the exact same positions. This is not a company to come to if you are a motivated, energetic, and high-performing worker with management potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the political nonsense. This company may be family-owned, but it shouldn't ACT family-run. Get more mid-level managers, because there is a huge age gap between senior managment and the potential management pool. Unless, of course, the plan is to simply buy the management talent from the market at highly inflated prices...

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    No fun

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oatey

    Pros

    Paycheck, that was about it.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is only worried about themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your bubble.

    Doesn't Recommend

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