I worked at Cretex full-time (Less than a year)
Good mix between the small company and big company feel. It really seems as if everyone is on the same team. The company's have implemented many lean principles all over, making a very inclusive continuous improvement environment.
Doesn't seem like there is as much room to move up. Many of the Cretex subsidiaries are at the beginning of the supply chain in the med device industry, which is a growing field, I would think these companies would have slightly larger growth projections. But I'm told it's not the size that matters, it's how you use your growth projections.
Advice to Management
Connect a little bit more with the machinists and other workers, ask for their inputs on things outside of the formal lean initiative process that is set up. Just those small conversations asking lower level employees their thoughts on the company (even if you don't take their suggestions) goes a long way in making people feel included and happier with the work environment.
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cretex (Elk River, MN) in April 2012.
Went in, asked my name, got the job. The processes was very very easy. I was shown around the facility and then offered the job. The job was entry level and didn't pay very much and kinda sucked so they were pretty open to hiring anyone that applied.
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