Scot Forge Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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  1. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scot Forge

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, Great environment and Great benefits! You will learn a lot and get great real life work experience at Scot Forge! Would recommend to anyone.

    Cons

    Don't have any! Its a lot of work but prepares you for real world.


  2. Growing Pains

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Employee owned. Bonuses based on company performance. Company events are very family friendly and occur often. There are also monthly luncheons updating employees about the companies performance.

    Cons

    Low hourly pay. You have to work 55-65 hours per week to support a family. There is always a threat of hours being cut. The shop floor conditions are fairly cold in the winter and extremely hot in the summer. Senior management is detached from the floor workers and Middle management lacks leadership skills. There is definitely a good old boy system in place where your promoted based on connections, not performance.

    Advice to Management

    Increase wages so that hourly employees are not always stressed about hours. Promote based on work performance. Senior management should spend more time involved with floor employees and hold middle management more responsible for their actions.


  3. Used to be hands down #1

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Scot Forge full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Stock in the company, free lunch once a month, most of the fellow employees owners truly believe we are family and are very passionate about the company.

    Cons

    The company was great to work for up to 5 years ago. Before they paid low hourly wages and horrible hours, as is the case today. The difference is your hard work back then directly related to big bonuses and benefit increases. Today, you work harder and your bonuses are less than half of before. Along with the current economy, some of the problems stem from non qualified personell in middle management that doesn't really have control of their respective area. These individuals are "placed" in these positions to pass down goals to the floor from upper management. Some of these goals may require additional equipment or personell, but that is not an option. That is why some hourly employees work over 70 hours a week. There is poor planning in scheduling, communication at all levels of the business, and a total disregard of the "employee owners" (unlike previous years). There is very few opportunities for floor workers to move up in their careers. It's about who likes you on how you get treated, not hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Review all the extra corporate positions that are having tons of meetings, crunching numbers on how one floor guy can perform the workload of 4 people, and see what real value is being added by said position instead of just reaping the rewards of the few with corporate bonuses, discretionary bonuses, phantom stocks, etc. I truly believe this company can be turned around and become even better than it was before.


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  5. If your not related to someone your going to go anywhere in the company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Saw Shop in Spring Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Saw Shop in Spring Grove, IL

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

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

    Pros

    PROFIT SHARING CHECKS to make up for the low hourly wage. MONTHLY luncheons.

    Cons

    family is preached as number one until it comes to time that family has to come first. the hourly wage is terrible. unless your related to someone. you wont go to far with the company to fast. you will work a lot of hours and before you know it your kids will be grown. do not work here you will retire a millionaire yes. but if you just get a normal job which probably pays double of forge save 20 percent a week and you'll retire with same amount

    Advice to Management

    learn how to promote the right people to upper management positions.


  6. Best company to work for in the world.

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

    I worked at Scot Forge full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Ownership, Culture, Bonuses, Stock. Discretionary Bonuses, Phantom Stock.

    Cons

    Huge gaps of management perspectives from top management to middle management. Different values between the two, Not on the same page. Bringing in middle managers from large public company's who don't understand the fundamental pride and culture of long time employee owners who made that company what it is today.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the values of what built Scot Forge. Look at every "manager" and ask yourself are they doing just as much as their team? Are they a leader? Are they pioneering new ways to make a difference? If not, why employee them at a higher value than their direct reports.


  7. Over all a poor company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Scot Forge full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Free lunch once a month. esop program

    Cons

    Longer hours in poor working conditions at a low hourly rate. Employees are always in fear of there jobs. That is truth for about 85% of the employees I worked with.

    Advice to Management

    Removed the management fat. To many running around the tops guys. These same guys truthly get very little done and just make employees job ten times as hard.


  8. Great Employee Owned Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spring Grove, IL

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

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

    Pros

    This is an excellent company that employees can spend the length of their career and retire from. The company offers extensive training, career advancement, excellent benefits such as profit sharing & company stock, and has great company events. The atmosphere feels like a family and everyone comes to work motivated to do their best and continue the sucess of the company.

    Cons

    This is a forging company so it can be hot in the summer. Employees do work a lot of hours on a regular basis. This is not a 40 work week. Be prepared to work long hours and weekends.


  9. I learned a great deal and had a very satisfying internship.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Metallurgist Intern in Spring Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Metallurgist Intern in Spring Grove, IL

    I worked at Scot Forge

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees worked extremely hard to create a quality product for each and every customer.

    Cons

    Barely any interaction with the head of the department.


  10. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Spring Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Spring Grove, IL

    I have been working at Scot Forge

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn, great people

    Cons

    Low pay for the industry

    Advice to Management

    Great Job!



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