Tpi Composites

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Tpi Composites Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    pretty awesome

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Newton, IA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Newton, IA

    I have been working at Tpi Composites

    Pros

    a job where you have the chance to make decent money with beneifits and work with a variety of diffierent people.

    Cons

    overall havent seen many downsides at all except for some of the down time but not very much of that either

    Recommends
  2.  

    Wow this place needs help

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

    I worked at Tpi Composites full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and benefits for the location

    Cons

    Poor upper management communication. Favoritism still is everywhere. No consistent disciplinary steps. If your liked you are safe if not they'll believe any story. Leaders ask for vacation and are frequently denied. Managers treating supervisors like kids. Feedback is always because I'm the boss. Supervisors are made to work several hours of overtime with no regard to family life. Good leaders and associates are let go for non legitimate reasons while other leaders have many disciplinary actions again them but still employed. Overall not ran well at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It would go no where.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Still fighting growing pains and instability after 5 and a half years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, IA

    I have been working at Tpi Composites full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are comparable to others in the area and industry, schedule (4-3-3-4) on 12 hour shifts gives ample off time (only scheduled 6 months out of the year).

    Fair, clear attendance policy along with good vacation accrual program allows a good work/life balance for Shift work employees.

    Hourly wages are extremely competitive given that most production positions are considered general or semi-skilled labor. Benefits after 60 days.

    Cons

    Extremely high turnover (700+ in 2013!), constant churn in upper management (3 General Managers, 4 Operations Managers and numerous Department/Production Managers in 5 years), instability in middle management, poor communication from upper management to the workforce.

    Constant changes to hourly employee pay scale, structure and conditions for wage progression leaves employees frustrated. Inequality in salaried employee pay structure with large disparity between internal promotions and external hires for equal positions creates tension and animosity between peers. Professional development opportunities are very limited along with advancement.

    Inconsistent enforcement of company policies breeds a heavy sense of favoritism. Standardization of job performance expectations is almost non-existent across all four shifts. Performance evaluations have no impact on pay, longevity or advancement potential.

    Benefits could use some work. Very low 401k match rate of only 25%. Medical insurance carrier is not accepted by many local physicians and clinics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees like they matter to the company. Learn to communicate clearly, consistently and concisely. You have trouble attracting, let alone retaining, good talent due to the constant change, poor communication, and low value you place on the employees.

    There are great people with the company that are actively looking for other employment, including the bulk majority of your Supervisors. There has been so much focus on doing the right thing and improving pay and policies for the benefit of your hourly employees that your salaried supervisors are ignored, treated inconsistently, and left to fend for themselves when trying to effectively manage the organization because they have no information to answer the employee's questions and concerns with. There exists a huge difference in how your Production Managers operate and manage their departments, and a total lack of any modicum of professional respect for one of them due to the condescending manner in which he treats his supervisors.

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worst of my working career

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

    I worked at Tpi Composites

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits and nothing else

    Cons

    Attitudes, inability to get anything accomplished

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up, grow up, man up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Horribly ran Facility. Would not recommend.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Layup Close Shear Web in Newton, IA
    Current Employee - Layup Close Shear Web in Newton, IA

    I have been working at Tpi Composites full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Building an amazing turbine blade.

    Cons

    Very hostile work environment. Full of drug users whom get past drug tests. Certain people are racist and express it freely without consequence. Favoritism Among team leads and their teams. Shift to shift harassment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick to the policies for everyone and not just certain people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Disappointing outcome for a company that once held such promise.

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

    I worked at Tpi Composites full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers were dedicated to helping company grow.

    Cons

    Senior management was dedicated to lining their own pockets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to workers who helped build the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Horrible and Lost

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lay Up in Newton, IA
    Former Employee - Lay Up in Newton, IA

    I worked at Tpi Composites part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pros was the pay and good hours.

    Cons

    There was no training of what to expect. Our group was thrown out on the floor without any prior knowledge. The two day classroom time did not explain of how to do anything. The employees acted like the "new" hires did not exist, did not invite the new people in on what they was doing. When the new person would attempt to do something the others would say no can't do that or what are you doing etc etc. The supervisors did not do their job right by initiating the new person into the job or even attempting to help them. It was like a complete maze in that place not sure of what to do when to do it. The supervisors and others screwed off all the time, sitting and or standing around talking to one another. There was guys sexually harrasing female employees while on the work floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training, do better background checks on your supervisors and or employees half of them look like ex convicts fresh from the prison farm

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    So much experience to gain

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tpi Composites

    Pros

    Friendly work environment in the office

    Cons

    workload is way too much

  10.  

    The job itself is easy and I like it but TPI should really start doing background and employer checks when hiring people

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operation Associate
    Current Employee - Operation Associate

    I have been working at Tpi Composites

    Pros

    It's amazing being part of the building of one of these huge blades and seeing how they come together. The very small important details that go into one of these are awesome.

    Cons

    There are too many "chiefs" and not enough "Indians" on the teams. Too many people who are "know it alls" and not team players. There are too many people who do not care about their quality of work and also too many who slack off with no repercussion on their part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work history checks when hiring! I believe this would make a world of difference and have positive effects on your turnover. Try to weed out those who do not care about their job at all or who will not make an effort to work while on TPI time.

  11.  

    I am proud to be working in the wind industry , my experience has been a positive one.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tpi Composites

    Pros

    The people there are for the most part pleasant to work with. I like working in a job that is not an assembly line. TPI is one of the industries that is a part of the GREEN movement. I think that is really neat.

    Cons

    I really can't think of too many. The main one is having to wear protective clothing which at times can be hot & uncomfortable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the wind movement going by producing a quality product and encouraging production to improve on building blades in less time.

    Recommends

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