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Wabash National Reviews

Updated June 17, 2014
Updated June 17, 2014
12 Reviews

3.2
12 Reviews
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Wabash National President, CEO, and Director Richard J. Giromini
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  1.  

    Loved it......

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    Former Employee - Metal Fab  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Metal Fab in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    Loved all the people I worked with in Metal Fab...:)

    Cons

    One mistake and your gone......

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about who you let go!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great internship with supportive engineering staff

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    Was able to work on multiple projects in different areas over the course of the internship. Staff was highly supportive and gave opportunities for design reviews. Received very little busy work over.

    Cons

    For an engineering internship the salary was lower than expected. Additionally could have received a larger amount education regarding the company earlier in the internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase internship salary to a more competitive value.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not bad!

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    Former Employee - Glue Line  in  Harrison, AR
    Former Employee - Glue Line in Harrison, AR

    Pros

    They give you health benefits as well as decent pay.

    Cons

    The work isn't always the easiest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was good

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    decent pay, good management program. they pay for tuition and have good bonuses

    Cons

    Hard to move up in the company. The pay is ok but could be better

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    im a forklift driver also a crane operator and receiving handler.

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    Current Employee - Forklift Driver  in  Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Forklift Driver in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    at one time the employer took care of their good workers. not any more

    Cons

    trying to keep the lines working doing my job and other people jobs. some people come to work to play I come here to do a job and I take my work serious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you come to work to be people supervisor not their friends if you mix the two together on the job it can cause serious problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The CEO is wonderful, but he needs to clean house a bit

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are some fantastic people with phenomenal ideas working at WNC
    They are in the enviable position of growing after many, many years of shedding jobs
    Certain departments have a real "family company" feel to them

    Cons

    The departments are so silo-ed they were working against each other

    Changes in the departments at HQ happen at a glacial pace

    When someone points out somewhere that the company is hemorrhaging money, the management is so afraid of change and too afraid to admit the mistake, they sweep it under the rug and stick their heads in the sand and stick to the way "its always been done".

    The budgets of certain departments are made up instead of basing them on real numbers

    If someone comes in with ideas or suggestions to make positive changes that have worked in similar companies in a similar industry, they are moved into a menial job off by themselves until they quit.

    People are fired just for not getting along with their boss, or the yes men who surround them

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a company that truly needs an overhaul. There are very few people in management that are PRO change. Their Financial Departments appear to be moving forward, and with the new HR Management, they are making big strides with HR, but the IT Department management needs to be wiped out and started fresh from the outside and the Plant Floor management needs to spend some time working in one of the big 5 auto plants to get some hands on experience from people who roll 10 times as many vehicles out the door every day. IT and Plant Floor are overly certain they know what's best and run a "good ol' boys club" where they protect eachother. I saw positive changes with the hiring of new HR and Financial management, but don't stop there. If you want change, you won't be successful with the same management staff in IT and Plant Floor. Oh, and by the way, your Sales Management needs the most work. They need some sort of CRM application for their contacts, and stop holding on to email for 10 years just so they can maintain all of their contact information. If all of your top management have been at the top for more than 5 years, they are dead wood. They need to keep going back to the well of knowledge for training and in service days at other manufacturing companies to keep sharpening the saw. You got a lot of "lame duck politicians" at the top right now punching the clock till retirement. They are wasting your time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    this company is great to work with. They care about there employees and family.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Management  in  Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Management in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    This has company has great benefits, very professional, great pay

    Cons

    none. they are great company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yes advancements are possible every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I love the speed of the job, and the environment of a full work force.

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    Former Employee - Impact, Gantry, Ect  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Impact, Gantry, Ect in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    The manual labor is my type of work. I loved always being taught to do every job in the company, and as long as you work hard and pay attention you get to be trained for the next position. I like the fact that you can move up in your working positions. You always learn something new.

    Cons

    To be totally honest the only con to the company of Wabash national is that you can only be hired on Part-time, and then when its time to lay people off they are quit biased they let go of the woman before the men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Getting fans would be about the only thing I feel that could really be a factor of creating a better work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Happy Former Employee

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    Former Employee - Business Unit Manager  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Business Unit Manager in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    I joined Wabash in one of it's worst performing years with a team of new hires determined to impart the world of Lean Manufacturing and Continuous Improvement onto the organization as a whole. In 2-3 years Wabash had been completely reprocessed to eliminate waste, any productive associate who wanted to add to the process was empowered to do so. This was a perfect greenfield emplimentation.

    Cons

    Given many gains in quality our detection levels improved and new faults were constantly springing up. This just reinforces the continuous nature of the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Other reviews are not very optimistic, hopefully all associates get an opportunity to explain the aspects that make for a difficult work environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Talk the talk, but don't walk the walk.

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    Former Employee - Accounting  in  Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Accounting in Lafayette, IN

    Pros

    They conduct employee development programs, such as leadership and job skills training.

    Cons

    They don't require managers to implement the good management practices that they pay lip service to. This includes quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't have IT report to HR; assign them to the CFO. Require HR to conduct exit interviews with all departing employees in order to get necessary feedback on managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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