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I have been working at Alpla full-time (Less than a year)
Alpla is a great company overall. They have good corporate culture and they care about their employees. The benefits are good and the pay is fair but not outstanding. There is a lot of support from corporate felt at the plant level and no one will refuse you help or advice if you just ask. It's a large international company but they still manage to make it feel welcoming and you will have the opportunity to meet other people in your same role at different plants which is good if you need help with a problem they may have encountered. They care about training and will send people to work with you or send you to corporate or another plant to train with someone too make sure you are comfortable in your role.
Situations are not consistent from plant to plant. Large plants will have more workers and more resources while smaller plants often have too much work for the few people there to accomplish. This results in people being overworked and over stressed. The maintenance manager at our plant worked regularly from 7am to 7 or 8pm and was often called in in the middle of the night and on weekends. It was ridiculous. All salary workers were equally abused. If you are hourly you are safe because the production manager doesn't want to pay overtime but if you are salary you are expected to work 50-60 hours a week. You will have NO work life balance and the prod manager does not care at all, just wants to get as much work out of you as possible. The lean production model can work in some situations but in newer plants still working through problems more people are needed to deal with all the issues. At larger, more established plants the situation is usually different. People get off on time and have less problems to deal with.
Advice to Management
Be careful how much control you give to production managers and be aware of how they are treating their people. Increase the budget at smaller plants so that they can hire the employees needed to get the job done. People shouldn't have to go without breaks to keep the lines running. Give support to the plants that need it help reduce some of the stress that they are under which make them work ridiculous hours. Update the equipment that keeps breaking down and causing quality defects. It will be worth the investment in the long run to have efficient plants and happy employees.