Summit Polymers Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. machine operator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Summit Polymers part-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great company to grow with

    Cons

    Hit in Summer and cold in winter

    Advice to Management

    Pay Temp's better


  2. Financial Coordinator

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

    I worked at Summit Polymers full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flex scheduling is available, they also care about their employees, good benefits

    Cons

    Some promotions require going to the corporate office


  3. Great place to grow. Lots of promotion from within. Things work.

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    Current Employee - Multiple Customer Quality Awards Past Few Years in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Multiple Customer Quality Awards Past Few Years in Portage, MI

    I have been working at Summit Polymers full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Plants and Engineering work together so program launches are not crazy like some places.

    Cons

    Automotive is demanding at times

    Advice to Management

    Some positive steps, still room for improvement


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  5. Good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Portage, MI

    I have been working at Summit Polymers full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Steady work, although hours are not guaranteed in the assembly dept. Compensation for entry-level positions is on the low-end, but benefits are pretty decent. Most of the managers and supervisors are very personable. Plenty of opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Seasonal layoffs due to customers shutting down for major holidays, though the company does generally compensate you for much of the time. Some supervisors enjoy playing favorites and/or instigating conflicts between subordinates. Some nepotism where candidates are clearly not qualified for their position, yet are hired and remain working even after multiple instances of incompetence. Higher paying hourly positions are overwhelmingly male-dominated.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach when it comes to supervisors having a "shop floor focus." Do a better job of recognizing and listening to your workers that are there day after day. They many ideas for process improvement that are often casually dismissed.


  6. Mistake

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Elizabethtown, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Elizabethtown, KY

    I worked at Summit Polymers full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pay. And it's not great

    Cons

    Everything and management here knows it all at least that is what they think

    Advice to Management

    None they would not take it anyway


  7. Lots of promise...and inconsistency in Elizabethtown, KY

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Polymers full-time

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

    Pros

    No debt, steady hours, lots of customer potential

    Cons

    Inconsistent management style, managers change area´s of responsibility on an almost weekly basis, production goals supercede quality and safety objectives

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent, share the workload more evenly amongst managers and supervisors so that direction to the employees on the floor is more consistent and can be taken more seriously. There shouldn´t be a fire drill everytime a certain regional manager comes to visit, goals should be the same day in and day out, SAFETY, QUALITY AND THEN production.


  8. The employees at summit are the a bunch of excons, that will back stab you right out the door!

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Portage, MI
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Portage, MI

    I worked at Summit Polymers full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I cannot think of any pros ! summit polymers is the most tacky, low life place to work anywere.

    Cons

    The maintenance department is the biggest group of cut throats I have ever met, they see it as their duty to get a person fired any way they can and then advertise to everyone in the plant how they managed to accomplish this,if you are considering a job summit do not waste you'r time it will be a negative career move or just plan death to you'r career and attitude. STAY AWAY FROM SUMMIT POLYMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    What managment, anybody can pit employees against one another !


  9. Limited growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Polymers full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Summit does offer decent benefits (medical, dental, 401k). Employee deductibles are fairly low compared to other companies.

    Cons

    Growth potential is higher for men. System utilization is very poor. Data is unreliable. System is antiquated. Company does not want to invest in systems that will allow them to grow in a successful manner.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in systems and other assets to provide improved tools for your employees to succeed.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good entry level experience but little reward/recognition for hard work

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Portage, MI
    Current Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Portage, MI

    I have been working at Summit Polymers full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent and very affordable benefits; ok starting pay for entry level experience; clean manufacturing environment

    Cons

    Very little reward or recognition for hard work; pay increases minimal; very reactive, not proactive; poor organization

    Advice to Management

    Try to do things to keep good employees, like pay them what they are worth. Turnover for HR Coordinator is very high because with a little experience in the job, one can go to many other companies for much greater pay.


  11. Glad that I was offered an office job with another company....i feel bad for the factory lifers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Summit Polymers full-time

    Pros

    You get a paycheck every week.

    Cons

    They need AC for their floor employees....

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees as people and not numbers.



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