Star Manufacturing International

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Updated June 19, 2015
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  1. Good pay for the area

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Cookeville, TN
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Cookeville, TN

    I have been working at Star Manufacturing International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good for the work you do.

    Cons

    Hours are long at times but overtime is paid.

    Advice to Management

    Be more educated and take suggestions for improving.


  2. Under New Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    It used to be fun to work there. People were great

    Cons

    Management is high pressure and micro manage lately. Frank is no longer president and has not been president for 4 years but when he was it was great to work for them . Not so much now. all about the bottom $

    Advice to Management

    quit the revolving door of new presidents and get some one we can respect and works with us not against


  3. Good atmosphere, great product

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Star Manufacturing International

    Pros

    The pay was decent, the work was challenging, but we were so busy that the days would fly by very quickly. The office is nice and clean, and the engineers are friendly. My favorite perk was the hour lunch, although we only worked until 4:30.

    Cons

    The benefits are not very good, with a lot of out of pocket expenses. Direct management (during my time there) was an absolute joke.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the little people, that handle all of the day to day operations.


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  5. You will work hard for the money.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Star Manufacturing International

    Pros

    Our leadership at the top level works as hard or harder than the employees they lead.
    Nestor understands the issues.

    Cons

    There is not much time for teaching or information sharing from department leaders.
    Individuals are so busy working they have nothing left to lead with.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to invest in the growth of your staff. Make certain that the goals of one department are consistent with the rest. Leaving them to 'fight it out among themselves is not a good strategy.


  6. From one of the best companies I have ever worked with to the worst.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Smithville, TN

    I worked at Star Manufacturing International

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

    Pros

    Star has some of the best middle management and direct labor staff that I have ever worked with. Many employees with 15+ years of employment, very dedicated to the company and good at what they do. I found the employees very helpful and cordial.

    Cons

    Since Middleby's purchase of Star in 2008 and the ouster of Frank Riccio as president the culture and focus of Star has changed, unfortunately, for the worse. Star once valued creating lasting relationships and quality products for its clientel. Under Middleby the focus is on wringing every last cent out of the product in order to bolster the bottom line and satisfy the shareholders of this publicly traded company. The employee healthcare plan is very high deductible, no 401K match, they discontinued the company funded retirement plan when they took over and have not given raises since they've owned the company. The Elgin, IL based executive officers seem to see Star as a profit center only and not care about it's employees or their well being.

    Advice to Management

    You're slowly killing the goose that lays your golden eggs!


  7. A good company to start with.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Manual Assistant in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Technical Manual Assistant in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Star Manufacturing International

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is an international company that is growing. The testing center in the back is really nice because it means lots of free food. The company is also very concerned with the health and wellness of its employees, which is great. They also include the families of the employees as well. Great job moving internationally and doing what you can to ensure that everyone in the other countries is able to receive a manual in their own language.

    Cons

    The office is small and boring. The whole thing is one big room that is rather drab and grey. The cubicles are small and do not provide much room.

    Advice to Management

    Great international expansion! Keep it up, but make sure you are appropriately accounting for culture.



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