True Manufacturing

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True Manufacturing Reviews

Updated July 24, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
25 Reviews

2.3
25 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for, needs to reevaluate work-life balance of employees

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    True is a very stable, successful company in the market. There have been many positive changes in policies alone just in the past year.

    Cons

    The company needs to take a step back and listen to what its current employees are searching for. More flexibility and time off for their families are important. It's sad when someone has a sick child at home and rather than just stay home with them, they panic because they are so limited on their days they can take off. If you are trying to raise a family while working for True, you can forget about ever having "perfect" (or even good) attendance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your current employees are asking for and searching for. Reach out to them and ask what they need or you will lose great employees.

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer ... More

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs Improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very stable company. Terrific products that all employees can be proud of. Many talented and good people working there.

    Cons

    Impossible to get anything done without running ideas past several layers of management. Even the minor details have to be cleared higher ups. It's easier to just make the decision yourself and tell them about it later.

    Many people in the management positions are not even trained at being a leader - they simply knew the job really well and were "yes" people, so the upper management can steer them. They finally decided to implement leadership training a couple years ago to improve on this, but it seems to go out the window once everyone goes back to their reulgar routines.

    Old thinking from the original owner still exists. Until the old school leadership retires or is replaced, there will be a struggle between the old thinking and the way it should be done now. It's great to celebrate your history, as they do, but it's also important to let go and change with the times.

    Why is an industry leader with a ridiculously high market share always crying poor at raise time? They give cost-of-living increases and tell everyone if they got them that it was a good review. Try cutting some salaries and ridiculous bonuses for the higher ups and instead spreading the wealth (when someone can buy a new car with their bonus and you have an employee who works hard and sacrifices their own time for the company, yet they can barely repair the car they have with their bonus, you have an imbalance).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your department managers. Let THEM manager their people. Why give them the title of manager if you are only going to nitpick every decision they try to make about their own people? Give the managers control over their own people and the people will respect and want to work for that manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer of Choice. As such, we've taken great strides in recent months to enhance and improve many policies. We also ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company with great products and amazing people!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    True is very stable with a positive outlook in sales and expansion. The company is continuously growing and adding new products to meet demanding needs of the customer

    Cons

    Slow to change upper management. The company needs to fast forward to 2014 and understand that extinct policies need to change. Just because they were there in 1945 doesn't mean they need to stay in 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read past and current employee reviews! This is a great company that loses amazing employees over outdated polices and benefits. Let's move one of the few great companies in O'Fallon into the 2000s!

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the most stable companies I've ever worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO

    Pros

    The management team is always accessible. Safe, secure employment is a what they are all about. They offer many advancement opportunities on the shop floor. Their ability to meet customer demands while maintaining excellent quality is highly impressive.

    Cons

    The lack of flexibility and low pay are their biggest drawbacks. Time off and benefits aren't what they could be and they are slow to make changes. They hold on to old processes to long and are hesitant to try new things that could bring big improvements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer ... More

  6.  

    Ok for summer job

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

    Pros

    Good pay for temps, heard they raised the wge

    Cons

    Management or AKA supervisors think you are their slaves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees bad

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer ... More

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid Company. Amazing products.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    Pros

    Other than a great resume builder there are none. Well known in the St. Louis area for being one of the worst companies to work for.

    Cons

    Worst company culture on the planet. Rewarded for snitching on every little thing someone does. HR reps are hired to find something wrong with factory employees so they can reduce their numbers when slow. They have been know to follow people home. They hire private investigators for work comp cases so know that you are being watched. Top level HR managers joke about how many factory people have been fired. They lie about everything even to your face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your entire HR leadership department you are not running a prison. You are light years behind every company on the planet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 29, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to evolve our friendly ... More

  8.  

    Too much red tape

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

    Pros

    The brand and the quality of the product. If you are good at politics rather than substance this is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Doing the most basic of things requires multiple levels of approval. Tons of red tape along with unnecessary and harmful dependencies strewn about the company which means doing anything to improve is virtually impossible. Too few people can approve anything limiting the ability to accomplish much. The HR office is a joke and everyone seems to know it except them. Aside from a handful of newer employees who seem to be trying to help, most of the leadership team is outdated and has little knowledge of how companies are managed in this century. The inflexibility and rigid structure are hard to get past. Don't even think about having a work-life balance. The worst part is, I doubt the owner knows any of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are quitting every day for the same reasons, start listening to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer of Choice. As such, we've taken great strides in recent months to enhance our employee flexibility ... More

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is a growing company experiencing growing pains!

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

    Pros

    This is a highly successful manufacturing company! This company has grown significantly over the last 20 years and there have been some bumps in the road. Great people and opportunities abound at True. Not as bad as it reads on here. They are trying to change things and maybe could be faster at it. Still a good company.

    Cons

    Can be lots more flexible and treat employees with some respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more and pay attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer ... More

  10.  

    Not enjoyable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Summer Night Shift  in  O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Summer Night Shift in O'Fallon, MO

    Pros

    Good summer job or way to start your working life

    Cons

    -No music or anything in the factory to help with boredom
    -Little effort shown when dealing with employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You have high turnover because you treat it like an American sweat shop. A little but can go a long way, play the radio in the factories

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. We are taking tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer of Choice. Music in the factory has been a request in the past and, while it can create a safety ... More

  11.  

    Absolutely NO work-life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Employee  in  O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Office Employee in O'Fallon, MO

    Pros

    The location is convenient for the majority of the employees. Amazing cafeteria and clean environment.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance! For a family owned company this is embarrassing! True is not the place to work if you would like to enjoy your time with your family. LIMITED paid time off and no flexibility. Benefits are continually being cut. Upper management is overpaid, which is why they do not try making any changes. They lead the owner to believe that employees are satisfied with the rigid culture. Special exceptions are also made in policies for upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance needs to be addressed. The long-term employees are retiring and the turnover of new employees is excessive. More time off and more respect for families will increase morale drastically.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    True Manufacturing Response

    Jul 28, 2014True Manufacturing

    Thank you for your feedback. True’s leadership team is working hard to engage our employees and ensure only the best work environment. We take tremendous pride in our efforts to become an Employer ... More

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