WIKA Instrument Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
17 Reviews

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  1.  

    WIKA co-op review very good

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    Former Employee - Engineering Coop
    Former Employee - Engineering Coop

    I worked at WIKA Instrument as an intern

    Pros

    I had a good coop experience there.

    Cons

    I dont think there are anything bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I am not sure why I stayed there more than 6 months

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at WIKA Instrument full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of caring, dedicated, hardworking employees there. The push to create standard work is notable. Quality department documentation and knowledge is great. Good quality products.

    Cons

    Promotion is based on who you know. Politics is the name of the game and if you don't like kissing butt, you will only make lateral moves. They pay is poor and the workload is high. The pay for most positions are 25% less than comparable positions at other companies. The focus on improvement is for the process not building the people. The culture has a "good old southern boys" feeling to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For promoting people: Look beyond the select few who are the "friends" of those in your inner circle
    For showing people that you value their work: Increase the pay instead of handing out parking spots and plaques. Openly recognize the effort and out of the box ideas from all people not just those in your inner circle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Decent company in some respects... Pay is low in comparison to other companies doing similar work.

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    Former Employee - Welder  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Welder in Lawrenceville, GA

    I worked at WIKA Instrument full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are good... and the camaraderie among the workers is usually good too. It's a very diverse workforce too.

    Cons

    Manufacturing is run with a culture of fear and intimidation...Lots of punitive action playing off of peoples' fear of losing their job. Many foreign nationals work there and they are afraid to lose their job because of their english skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encouragement works better than punishment. People are human beings not human doings. A lot of waste occurs when workers are forced to rush past their excellence zone and they cannot do their best job. Germany was once known for quality, but greed is forcing your quality down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Seems good from the outside but once through the doors you will get screwed!

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only reasons to work here is you need experience and the benefits are decent. Some of the people are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    All the upper management care about is themselves, they do nothing to support you or the other employees. They lie and convince you to take on more promising raises and promotions that will never come. God forbid you disagree with their way of doing things! They will through you under the bus and make up reasons to fire you. TRUST NO ONE in this company. Most of the employees thrive off drama and act like nosey children! There are way better companies don't waste your time!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, and train your people don't ignore them or treat them like nothing. Micromanaging gets you no where!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not Quite as it Seems

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    Current Employee - Rather Not Say  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Rather Not Say in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The benefits until lately. The outline of insurance benefits were very misleading to many employees which was very unfair in my opinion. The only positive is that the company is growing and managed to survive during the recession.

    Cons

    They do not believe in promoting people of color and have favorites which is a shame in this day and age. You hear the words good job but the pay does not reflect it. For a company that is growing they should show a lot more dedication to long term employees who really work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes and pay attention to people who wants to make a difference

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not the place for me due to the pay scale and favoritism shown.

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    Former Employee - Account Management  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Account Management in Lawrenceville, GA

    I worked at WIKA Instrument full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very stable job with pretty good flexibility and pretty good/inexpensive Medical Benefits. If you are the supplemental income earner of your family and are content to do the same old routine day in and day out for 20 years with no real earnings increases that add to more than just peanuts, this is a great, stable place to work. Also, if you are fresh out of High School or College and have 15 years to put in before you make even decent money, this may be a good, stable environment for you.

    Cons

    If you are the bread winner for your family you better find a different job unless you are 18 years old, live with your parents and can get by for 10-15 years till you dream of making even 40k per year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions based on relevant business experience rather than popularity and time served with just Wika. At the end of the day, production is what matters, not the amount of time that someone was content to stay in a low paying job.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    good pay rude foreigners on certain lines

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    Former Employee - Assembly  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Assembly in Lawrenceville, GA

    I worked at WIKA Instrument full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    pays great, nice management for the most part

    Cons

    some people there were all super rude! work EVERY SATURDAY

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn to control certain employees HIRE MORE PPL

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    High energy, fast pace environment!

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    WIKA is dedicated to improving the knowledge and motivation of their employees to secure their success. Proud to be working for a global giant that has been advancing the world of pressure and temperature instrumentation since 1946.

    Cons

    Constant rapid growth of business creates occasional difficulties, like large workload and need for additional manpower . This is a great problem to have, especially in this economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better planned response to future business growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Zero work life balance, upper mgmt has no people skills, mgmt does not empower the production workers, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, the company contributes 3% to an IRA account even if the employee contributes nothing. In addition to a regular IRA, a Roth IRA is also offered as a choice.

    Cons

    Work life balance is severely lacking. If production is behind, be prepared to work at least one day every single weekend for as long as it takes to catch-up. Upper management is not inclined to ask line operators for their good ideas to improve production/quality, even though the employee may have a much better idea for how to improve quality/productivity. Upper management runs things like a drill sergeant and employees are no better than a piece of machinery to them. Management is constantly looking for someone to blame for something. Inadequate training for new employees. Low morale and poor teamwork. Employees do not feel appreciated. Starting pay is at the low end of the scale compared to other companies within the same job category.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide frequent communication (2 to 4 times/mo) with employees at all levels. Take time to provide praise as well as constructive feedback. Don't work employees to death. Mandatory work every single weekend for months on end is just too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Strong desire for continouse improvement, open, fair & honest dialog, high morale

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument

    Pros

    Care for employees, customers and suppliers
    Exceptional morale
    High quality products
    Offering growth opportunities to all employees
    Privately owned, very dynamic decision making

    Cons

    Not all employees understand meaning of 'Lean Manufacturing' yet.
    Importance of Continuouse Improvement not embraced by all
    Meaning of 'process development' needs more attention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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