Old World Industries Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Stay Clear of the Transportation Dept

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Old World Industries full-time

    Pros

    OWI is a great Company with a lot of great employees. They do a lot for the employees as far as benefits, vacation time, catered in lunches, and special recognition days.

    Cons

    If you are going to work at OWI DO NOT take a job in the Transportation Dept. If you have'nt noticed already in the job postings, there are always job openings in the Transportation Dept. There have been several people in this Dept that have left over the past year. It's unfortunate, because many were very good employees. If you ever saw the show "Horrible Bosses" well one of them is in charge here. Take this advise seriously, look at a position in a different Dept.

    Advice to Management

    If you don't address the problems in the Transportation Dept you will continue to have turnover!!

  2. Things started off great and then changed for the worse once you get to see what happens behind the scenes.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Old World Industries full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The people you work with on a daily basis in the company and on your team. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Upper management and hr should really question why the transportation department is such a revolving door. The reason is clear but no one can or does anything about it. Seniority is more important than knowledge and passion for a job. Good people keep on leaving and things could change for the better if they just let it. The lack of communication for a "team" was a joke. It was a need know basis on who was closer with the boss.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at why people are leaving instead of sweeping it under the rug. It is sad that good hard working people have to leave in order to make a point. Shake things up and better a department, don't enable it to keep failing. You are only as good as your people, and if they keep leaving...... what do you have?

  3. Helpful (2)

    Good Ole Boys Club

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

    I have been working at Old World Industries full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Not many, benefits and compensation were average

    Cons

    Revolving door of employees, no one ever stayed long enough to really understand the position they held.
    Management had numerous closed door secret meetings and would often hold interviews with interviewees from staffing agencies to replace their current staff.

    No trust between employees and management, very negative work environment. Quit after several months of dealing with Old World's negative management style.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep employees longer than a year. Your management style is far below the industry standard and with the sale of the company, you should try to make employees feel safe in their positions.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    What could have been if only known, .....

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Paralegal in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Old World Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to work in global marketer/supplier setting. Numerous talented individuals in a wide variety of professions and from diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    Certain senior leadership very truculent and rude at times. Seemed to believe they were impervious to civility and contemporary management ideologies.

    Advice to Management

    "Tell your lieutenants what you want done and then get the hell out of their way. You'll be amazed at what they accomplish." - George S. Patton.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good Old Boys Network

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Support in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Old World Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This company has decent health benefits. They have an In house workout room to be used after hours, but certain employees can use it during working hours.

    Cons

    Male dominated. Only top management and sales personnel receive rewards. Support staff has no incentive to grow in the job. Have to "watch your back", can't trust supervisors/managers or other line coworkers.

    Advice to Management

    Management really doesn't care about support staff.

  7. Very pleasant and insightful experience

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    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Accounting Intern in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Old World Industries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company with a small company feel. They take good care of their workers and its a very casual environment.

    Cons

    Not a big fan of cubicles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Stable but behind the times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Old World Industries

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Old World is a stable company with a good business model. Emphasis is on product development and marketing; non-core competencies are outsourced, which enables considerable market presense while requiring minimal infrastructure.

    Cons

    Upper-management and bonused stake-holders (senior positions receive bonus/profit-sharing incentives) are incredibly secretive, almost to a fault. The company culture is resistant to change and training and development are behind the times, which has created a company that is operationally and culturally behind the times and lacking innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Empower and develop employees; the majority of workers want to do a good job, and by developing them, giving them the information required to do their jobs, and allowing them to act in the companies best interest, it becomes unnecassary to micromange and efforts can be redirected into strategy and innovation.

  9. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Human Resources in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Director Human Resources in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Old World Industries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An absolutely fantastic business model inasmuch as they are focused on marketing their products rather than the actual manufacture, warehousing or distribution.

    Cons

    A typical privately held firm where the key managers have the majority of information and seldom convey it to the masses.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in your employees and include them in all of the product information so they are better able to understand and participate.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Old Boys Club

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Old World Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most employees are nice.
    The benefits are good, unique and varied, i.e., on site exercise facilities and subsidized cafeteria.
    Ample parking.

    Cons

    Out of date office facilities; dark, dirty, cold and much too small for the current staff.
    There is a definite old boys club atmosphere.

  11. Helpful (1)

    I loved working at Old World Industries because of the fostering culture.

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

    I worked at Old World Industries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly co-workers
    Autonomy in job
    Supportive managers
    Opportunities for Growth
    Privately owned company
    Extremely supportive of military service
    Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Old World Industries is located in Northbrook, IL, which can be a long commute for employees that live in Chicago.

    Advice to Management

    I think leadership does an overall great job. I would like to hear some sort of succession plan for the future.

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