I have been working at Nitto Denko full-time (More than a year)
- Good for working somewhere for a small amount of time or in-between jobs, paying the bills while you look for better options
- Workload is easy, not physically taxing
- Decent pay for the work you're doing
- Room for advancement when an opening appears, they post jobs to the entire production floor for everyone to apply for and be interviewed for. They are willing to give career opportunities to anyone they think will be a good fit for the job.
- Great benefits, medical, vision, dental, and life provided along with a free pair of glasses every 2 years.
- Wonderful place to work if you keep to yourself and just do your job and go home.
- Heavy shift rivalries. 2nd and 3rd shift only get any attention when they do something wrong. 3rd despises 1st, 1st bullies the other shifts with extremely petty complaints that somehow make it through management.
- Lots of politics, cliques, and favoritism. Some people can't catch a break just trying to do their job and sometimes get fired over simple things while others will get away with murder. All depends on who likes you, who you've slept with, and who doesn't like you.
- Your job performance by and large doesn't matter. All they care about is that you're here every day. Attendance is the single most important part of your review. You can have a clean record but if you miss too many days your yearly raise will be pennies. All they want is warm bodies running the machines.
- Overtime can get rough. They tell you when they hire you that they only work one scheduled mandatory Saturday per week, but if the office is falling behind on keeping orders scheduled and having work ready, they will be more than willing to have production work Saturday to pick up their slack, even if there is hardly any work to be done.
- Nearly everyone in higher up positions has been with the company for at least 10 years. They're not open to new ideas or what anyone on the production floor has to say, they think they've got everything all figured out. Production in general has this problem where there are plenty of know-it-alls, especially on 1st shift.
- They seem not to care too much about training. At best you will get 3 days to learn about quality, safety,and general policy, and a week and a half of hands on experience with your machine with a competent and willing trainer. Other times you will get 1 week of training with someone who will openly complain about having to train new employees or even someone who refuses to train you, saying "that's not my job," and the training dept. won't do anything about it unless you threaten to walk out. In addition, write-ups are a slap on the wrist. As I said before, they really only care about your attendance. There's no threshold for how many write ups you can get before they fire you, and some people can have hundreds and still have a job here. There's no enforcement or seeming desire to correct mistakes unless someone in the office doesn't like you, in which case they'll use it as an excuse to fire you or put you on probation.
- They will hire absolutely anyone who walks in the door. As long as you can pass a pee test and show up every day, you're golden (no pun intended). This has led to some jarring cases where nice, competent people have been terminated for attendance or job performance, where people who can't count higher than 10 and destroy company property are still here after at least a year.
- Some people are rude and go on power trips, and face little to no repercussions by virtue of being with the company for so many years or being someone's favorite.
- There are a lot of bosses, but not a lot of people working under them. There are plenty of "Supervisors" who don't actually supervise anyone, especially in the production department, and God help you if you ask what any of them actually do for the company.
Advice to Management
Quit with the favoritism and actually listen to your employees when they have a problem. If you treat them like people instead of cogs in a machine that can easily be replaced, they might actually respect you. Fix the problems in your own office before blaming everything on production, and get rid of all these unnecessary positions and let the bad ones go. Stop holding attendance as the end-all be-all of performance reviews, and actually focus on performance.
I applied online. I interviewed at Nitto Denko (Novi, MI) in January 2017.
Phone interview with HR followed by 1:1 interview with the Sr. Manager. Very positive experience overall. I was made to feel very comfortable and it didn't feel like an interview at all. More like a friendly conversation between two people.
Was given a tour of the facility and briefed about the company's main businesses. This was followed by a short interview with higher level management and got a verbal offer at the end.
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