I worked at Kerns Manufacturing Corp full-time (More than a year)
The compensation is about average for similar industry positions and the benefits are decent. The medical coverage is probably less expensive than most.
There is opportunity to learn about several aspects of the company and its processes. Many of the employees are willing to help you.
There is almost no training provided. You learn everything by trial and error, and by being inquisitive.
Getting to the real cause of a problem is very difficult and frustrating because the various shops are afraid to take responsibility.
New business development is rare and the culture seems to stifle innovation.
Promotion is very rare, but that is partly due to the small size of the company.
Advice to Management
1. The culture needs to change so that attention to detail in all areas becomes second nature. Employees need to be valued for who they are, not just for their skills.
2. Develop a clear Mission Statement that explains what the company exists to accomplish, and a Vision Statement that describes the strategic future of the company.
3. Managers need to actually conduct and document meaningful performance reviews.
4. Develop some incentive programs that recognize employees for great work, such as an "Employee of the Month" for example, and make it a goal worth achieving. Clearly define the criteria.
I applied online. I interviewed at Kerns Manufacturing Corp.
Found the position posted on Craigslist and replied by E-mail with a resume and cover letter.
I was called for an initial interview by the sole HR representative.
I was interviewed by the Quality Manager and it was more of a discussion than a question and answer session. After that, I was given a brief tour of the facility. At the conclusion of the interview I was told that the Quality Manager would have to discuss it with the General Manager upon his return from a business trip.
A few weeks later I received a call from the HR representative asking me to come in for a formal offer.
When I was asked what my salary requirement was, I replied that I would accept a salary within the appropriate range for the position and location. I also said that I knew the company already had a range in mind and I would like my salary to be fair.
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