Pierce Manufacturing Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Frustrating.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pierce Manufacturing

    Pros

    The only good thing about this company is the wage.

    Cons

    Management, the hours, management and management. It takes a long time to get vacation. Benefits keep disappearing.

    Advice to Management

    You need way less of it. Too much management.

  2. Mechanical Design Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Appleton, WI

    I worked at Pierce Manufacturing

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

    Pros

    Salary was good in a clean office environment

    Cons

    Management style was not good

    Advice to Management

    Do not mandated overtime hours

  3. purchasing manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Norcross, GA
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Norcross, GA

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

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

    Pros

    small family environment and close customer relationships and ability to produce high quality products and also an ability to learn from some of the highest skilled woodworkers in the industry

    Cons

    inability to reach customers outside the state

    Advice to Management

    grow online presence in order to increase customer base and national recognition

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Pierce was a great company but now only a name.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pierce Manufacturing full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Not many pros anymore unless you are friends with Jones or Johnson.

    Cons

    Years ago there was the proper management that not only built this company with innovative designs and quality but also utilized common sense. You could also grow inside the company. The past few years they laid off the senior folks that had the knowledge and relationships. They now have a ton of inexperienced employees (blue and white color) and upper management only cares for the bottom line. The feeling of accomplishment and proud to work for Pierce is no longer there and all current employees do not know if they have a job the next day or not. Sad and stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    WJ damaged many companies before going to Pierce and Oshkosh. He will do the same and has proven it. JJ is only a puppet and if he took his white starched shirt off, he would fall over. Its time to LISTEN to the dealers and customers again. They need to revive the stressful low moral by bringing back some of the gray beards. However I feel they already have a plan of action and selling Pierce would benefit Oshkosh but it also might benefit the Pierce employees as a new company would management much better.

  6. Worst job ever

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Paint Shop in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Paint Shop in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Pierce Manufacturing (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the area

    Cons

    Unnecessary over time all the time. Not flexible at all. Don't care about employees at all.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue listen to employees you know the ones making money for you!

  7. Pierce’s 100 year old company is slowly being destroyed by corporate hacks

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Appleton, WI

    I have been working at Pierce Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Generally good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    High Level Management is terrible and getting worse. Despite the positive image being spun by various company officers, the truth is that the majority of office and factory employees are treated quite poorly. There is a never ending state of overtime and tremendous pressure to overcome lack of personnel. While it is abundantly clear there is not enough people to do the work required, the company keeps cutting valuable and dedicated people while bringing in a continuous stream of VPs and directors from Oshkosh Corp. Although a rare few VPs are talented and offer great leadership most of the good leaders quickly leave. The majority of the Oshkosh transplants have very poor regard for Pierce employees and are disrespectful of Pierce business practices. They are convinced Pierce is screwed up and needs major changes to be just like Oshkosh. Many changes implemented are ill-conceived, poorly thought out, under staffed and poorly executed causing a huge waste of capital, resources and damage to the business. There is also exceptionally poor communication between upper management and working staff and a culture of secrecy. Employees are keep in dark about almost everything and are reluctant to speak up contribute ideas or raise questions because of intimidation and fear of retribution. You just need to do what your told and keep your mouth shut or you won’t be around long. There is no recognition for a job well done. Promotions of working staff are frequently withheld for financial reasons while corporate and upper management are getting significant rewards.

    Advice to Management

    The president is a great guy but staff below his level are highly political with several arrogant corporate hacks from Oshkosh running amuck. The president needs to demand accountability from people reporting to him and limit projects to what the company can financially afford to support. There should also be a rock solid 5 year business plan based on real data not people’s opinions that is adhered to. Communication with and respect for employees down the chain needs to improve. Eliminate unnecessary VPs and directors and increase working staff to appropriate levels. Pierce also needs to re-evaluate, streamline or eliminate many time wasting non value added practices implemented by Oshkosh that are burning up peoples time without any benefit to the company.

  8. Life at PIerce

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Helper in Bradenton, FL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Helper in Bradenton, FL

    I worked at Pierce Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    pay rate to hourly employees

    Cons

    Being treated like a machine

  9. Pierce Mfg.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pierce Manufacturing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Providing a product that saves lives and working closely with customers on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities are few and far between depending on the department.

  10. Very educational and fun place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inspection in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Inspection in Appleton, WI

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    When you see a fire truck and see the name Pierce on the side, you know that you help to make that truck. You were part of something special. Everyone is very helpful if you have any questions they will help you. You are able to learn new jobs and able to work you way up the corporate ladder.

    Cons

    There are non that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Working at Pierce was a great experience and I would love to return. I really enjoyed working with Pierce and if I was given the chance I would return to work my way up to the designing team. I have a Bachelors degree for design, I have the knowledge and experience to really create a new look for fire trucks.

  11. You're Just a Number

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Senior in Appleton, WI

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

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

    Pros

    The longer term employees that have been with the company since before the OTC purchase are loyal, talented and hard working.

    Cons

    Great company in the past but since the management changed after John R. retired, the company only cares about the bottom line. Employees and customers are only factors to the bottom line without no loyalty to either.

    Advice to Management

    The company is run by good-old-boys, friends of certain company officers. Changes are needed to get rid of the FOW's.

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