SAFT Reviews

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  1. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very flexible work schedule. Relaxed atmosphere

    Cons

    Too conservative with change. Not a place to learn new methods

    Advice to Management

    Do not be outspoken to make changes


  2. Good Working Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SAFT full-time

    Pros

    Excellent communications up and down and very good aviation products. International company located in South Georgia with manufacturing in-house.

    Cons

    Sometimes, communications with the parent company in France can be difficult, but this is not uncommon in international companies with operations spread around the world.

    Advice to Management

    It would be somewhat presumptuous to offer advice from my level to upper management. It's always easy to criticize from the outside without having the responsibility of being on the inside.


  3. Good technology, good people, good benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very focused on core technology Not too political Benefits on par with other global companies Family events are fun Company seems committed to long term success

    Cons

    Quality of workspace inconsistent from location to location Central (corporate) support functions are not very helpful - they seem to be understaffed Sometimes there are unproductive disagreements between locations

    Advice to Management

    Invest in corporate resources to really share best practices from location to location Be sure sites are properly staffed with the right level of resources to insure work-life balance for everyone not just some


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Could be a wonderful place to work

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    Former Employee - Formation Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Formation Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    SOME people actually care, alot, but most are job scared

    Cons

    upper management only cares about appearances, they can claim they have never laid off an employee, because they hire and lay off temp labor like they are just pawns. there are alot of employees that do not deserve to be there, but were lucky enough to get hired when the doors were wide open, alot of people that were actually very good for the company were not retained because upper management is driving the company into the ground

    Advice to Management

    open your eyes and get rid off the people that need to be gotten rid of. some of your best, most dedicated employees were just let go because you froze the hiring process. treat temps like the people they are, some of us stayed temps for a year and a half. thats a year and a half with little to no benefits, no raises, living in constant fear every friday of getting laid off.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great company that lacks great leadership.

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    Current Employee - Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, a lot of cool people. Probably the best battery company in America when it comes to Li-Ion.

    Cons

    Leadership lacks focus. Low moral among most levels of employees. H.R. can be overreaching asset times and to disengaged at others.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in employee moral. Implement better policy that promotes teamwork on all levels. Hold leaders accountable for poor leadership.


  7. Can be tedious, can be slow, but it is what you make of it

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    Current Employee - Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAFT full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    While I'm actually just a temp working through a staffing company, any time there's an opening available with the company, I can apply for it which is nice. Also, most of the people you work with (temp and full-time) are really cool.

    Cons

    Communication between shifts isn't the greatest, which is a problem when 1st shift gets told everything and 2nd shift has to figure things out on its own.

    Advice to Management

    Communication between shifts has GOT to get better; one shift gets told to do one thing one way, then it doesn't get passed on to the next shift. Makes it very difficult to stay consistent.


  8. Interesting challenges

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    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Towson, MD
    Former Employee - Product Engineer in Towson, MD

    I worked at SAFT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Tech work for engineers

    Cons

    Poor planning for cost and schedule

    Advice to Management

    Work as a team


  9. Decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Valdese, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Valdese, NC
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SAFT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot from this company and the people working here are great. Most of the management are good at the technical/business decision making.

    Cons

    Some people are over loaded with work. Management not appreciating their employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Growing and a good experience overall.

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    Current Employee - Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Operator in Jacksonville, FL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Established and seems to hire good people.

    Cons

    Hours. Monotonous depending on your position.


  11. Good Place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cockeysville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cockeysville, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Average employees are great to work with, highly professional Technically compentent Exciting area of expertise (Lithium Ion battery systems for defence and space)

    Cons

    Poor IT support, out of date and antiquated Poor communications between senior staff and rest of employees No real strategic vision at this time

    Advice to Management

    Skip mid-level management view of organization and talk to the operators. Determine strategy before developing metrics arbitarily. Communicate better with staff



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