Petra Industries Reviews

Updated April 22, 2014
Updated April 22, 2014
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  1.  

    You're Not a Fortune 100 Company, Stop Pretending

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator  in  Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Edmond, OK

    I worked at Petra Industries full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    "Family" Company
    Can be hired with little to no experience
    Decent work-life balance

    Cons

    Absolutely no room to move up
    Zero incentive to be skilled
    Terrible middle management
    Poor senior management
    Red tape

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit treating employees like children. Don't hire people you can't trust to make basic decisions. Not everyone needs permission to do things. Stop stepping on your own feet when a salesperson tries to get something done, and you could see significant growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    this company seems to have a problem with letting people go all the time... poor management

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    Former Employee - IT  in  Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - IT in Edmond, OK

    I worked at Petra Industries full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good hours.. thats about it.. some good employees

    Cons

    someone needs to do something about the management.. they seem to let people go all the time... will not pay unemployment.. Lair about the employee... Bill Stewart should be ashamed of how employees are treated and it is a wonder they have not been taken to court.. The management ir horrible... If he says he is a Christian then he need to go into as maybe the boss under cover to see how horrible it is... I hope someday someone takes them to court... they need to be for practicing undue justice to employees..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would go in and clean out all the management and start over... From what I have heard the IT manager cannot keep anyone in his department because he is so arrogrant that no one can work with him long.. then the other management treats everyone ike they are children... They need to clean up... or get busted... poor place to try to work...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Former manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Petra Industries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are no pros to working for Petra

    Cons

    Micromanagement style, every decision must be approved at the top. Senior managers are VERY unprofessional and treat employees with disdain. They treat direct reports as if they are personal assistants, assigning ridiculous tasks to them that are unrelated to their own department, simply because the senior manager wants some information and don't know how to find it. The lack of respect for employees is obvious in the way upper management talks to both employees and vendors. This group would be unemployable outside of Petra as they are so unprofessional. Also openly show disdain for those with college degrees and MBA's. No reason to do so. Owner wears his "Christianity" on his sleeve but treats people like crap.

    Anyone who is with Petra longer than two years is a grizzled veteran, which should tell a prospected employee how they treat people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to treat employees. Provide good training. Perhaps treating employees like humans rather than chattel would eliminate the need for a permanent hiring sign in from of the building.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Do not do it! Run from this place not worth it!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Edmond, OK

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

    Pros

    Easy parking, close to town, free donuts on Friday, TV in break room

    Cons

    Yikes where to start. If you like to be micro managed, no advancement, below average pay, lied to, threaten and this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs removed. The senior management been there way to long and really have no clue how to run a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The previous negative reviews are all 100% spot-on in their assessments of the company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmond, OK

    I worked at Petra Industries full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Ok work-life balance
    Easy to be hired with no experience (also a con to employees who actually have experience)

    Cons

    No room to move up - During interviews, they make a big deal about "promoting from within," when in reality, it's quite the opposite. In a department of 25+ I believe only one person at the "lowest rung" position was promoted in a span of 2-3 years. When positions open up (which is quite often, the turnover rate was very high) they'd much rather bring in people from the outside who have "sales experience," no matter what that experience in selling might actually be in. A person could have sales numbers far superior to an entire department and will still be passed over for someone from the outside with greater experience.

    Hiring Practices - Most of the job listings say they require college degrees, but this is patently untrue. Sometimes it seemed as if Petra would hire anyone who came in to interview, and then be surprised when that person didn't really cut it.

    Little to no Respect for College Degrees - This is extremely blatant, as Executives have been heard stating "his/her degree doesn't matter, they don't know anything."

    Rules and regulations don't apply to everyone - This can be something as simple as dress code, length of lunches, or internet usage policy, all the way up to more serious situations. None of the rules laid out in the handbook and other documents apply to Senior Management, and they are very aware of this.

    Senior Management - The lack of professionalism displayed by senior management is astounding. One would expect them to set an example for the rest of the company, and they do, but it's a poor example. One executive texts and e-mails constantly during meetings and other official functions, one is constantly absent, and one swam across the pond in front of the building on a bet/dare, then returned to work soaking wet.

    Senior management also adheres to ideas and plans that were extremely antiquated, as if the year was 1989 instead of 2012. There was incessant travel to meet with longtime customers who did the same amount of business before and after said visits, resulting in essentially what should be considered loss (costs incurred by trip are not offset by resulting sales).

    Executive level also seem to be more interested in getting things delegated rather than getting things done. They treat middle management and other employees like personal assistants rather than whatever their true function is.

    Salary Disparity - This is rampant throughout the company. 2 people at the position will be salaried very differently, and they threaten to fire you if they find out you were talking about salaries at all.

    Lack of Long-Term Vision - Petra doesn't seem to be worried about succeeding in the future. They have a "me-too" attitude as far as garnering new customers and adding new products.

    Very High Turnover Rate - The product of poor hiring, poor training, and overall poor judgement.

    Lack of Transparency and Poor Communication - This applies to employer/employee, vendor/customer, and customer/vendor relationships. Everyone at Petra tried to keep everything very secretive all the time. Consequently, as one can guess, communication is very poor. Often people do not the reasoning behind the tasks they take part in, which is not beneficial to business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whatever advice I may provide here will likely not be heeded, considering problems from three years ago mentioned in the previous reviews hasn't been regarded either.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A Company That Acts Too Big For Its Britches

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    Former Employee - Back-End Office Staff  in  Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Back-End Office Staff in Edmond, OK

    I worked at Petra Industries

    Pros

    There is always something going on. A party, event, employee function, department lunch... they seem to *at least try* to break up the grind for their employees. Pay in my department was above local average. HR department also seems to be very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    No opportunity for advancement. Management jobs seem to be reserved for outside applicants that are friends of other managers. Managers are also never around: senior management allows middle management to telecommute, take time off for kids, go get massages. This leads to constant missed deadlines and extremely poor communication. Managers do not give subordinates any decision-making power, either, which makes their constant absences even more counterproductive.

    There is also extreme disparity in salaries for the same positions. If you have two associates hired at the exact same time for the same position, with the same qualifications, one may be making $12 an hour while the other receives a huge sign-on bonus and is paid $35k/yr.

    The company also holds different departments to different, often contradictory, standards. Petra is also extremely bureaucratic and you have to go through miles of red tape to get even the smallest task accomplished. The funny thing is, it's really not that big of a company where such things are required. The company could save millions per year and boost productivity by simply removing many of the pointless obstacles that day-to-day employees are forced to endure for even the most mundane tasks.

    The company also seems to have no long-term vision. When they have a good catalog season, they will expand their building and hire a bunch of new people. When the next season isn't so great, they fire a bunch of people and make extreme cutbacks. Petra, as a company, seems to live paycheck to paycheck and there is no stability from one month to the next.

    The staff at Petra is a revolving door. Don't make friends or get too close to anyone. The friends that were hired at the same time as me all quit or were fired within 6 months of coming aboard.

    As another reviewer said, the benefits are also sub-par.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Petra is not a Fortune 500 company with ten thousand employees. Petra is a relatively small corporation that has unnecessarily adopted a mega-conglomerate way of doing business. Cutting some of the red tape, holding managers to higher standards, and giving more power to subordinates would make Petra a vastly more productive corporation.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8.  

    Good for entry level to gain experience but that is it.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Edmond, OK
    Current Employee - Manager in Edmond, OK

    I have been working at Petra Industries

    Pros

    Pros: Work there for more than 7 years you have a good shot to be a director. However can you make it there that long?

    No overtime required expect couple times a year

    Easy location min traffic

    Cons

    For being a small company the senior management does not know what is going. Since I worked there I believe the EVP has never walked around and asked the employees how things are going. Layoffs are quite and sneak you out the backdoor. Pay is very little compared to industry trends. There is no real quality benefits. 401k has stopped, no pay raises, medical coverage is so high cheaper to pay private. Very sad that a company so small can be so out of touch with employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are a small company and have the ability to offer good benefits that you dont. For once leave your nice large office and make a trip around the building. Say Hi, hello , take an employee to lunch cost $10 goes a long way. Ask employee for their thoughts on what is going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    99% of the Company is great to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Petra Industries full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Not a difficult job; most people are nice to work with; fun industry

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement; pay not in line with local standards and inconsistent internally; part of executive management unprofessional and I feel a burden on the company's growth and potential; little to no respect for or value of degreed professionals; while 99% of the company is great to work with, that 1% has shown a pattern of running off valuable, educated, promising employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect those with experience and education; give your employees ownership in the company plan and goals; respect, respect, respect; improve professionalism and people management skills

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with potential but poor management/human relations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Petra Industries

    Pros

    The hours are good, 9 to 5, for inside sales, and no overtime expected. The location is nice and convenient.

    Cons

    Little job security, poor communication skills among those in management positions. Employees are given lofty goals without the means to attain them, and then when they aren't reached, they are fired. Turnover is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in more training and employee development, especially in the supervisor/management role. There are many constructive ways to motivate a sales force besides threats and intimidation. Treat employees with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales manager

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager

    I worked at Petra Industries

    Pros

    Petra has decent family work life balance when I worked there. 8-5 typical job with very few times OT was required or recommended.

    Cons

    Poor sr management, cut backs are common, upgrading internal shipping system caused many troubles and budget blowing causing pay freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please balance work budget as excuse for pay freeze on upgrading internal system is very poor judgement to work force.

    Doesn't Recommend

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