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La Grande, OR
201 to 500 employees
1990
Company - Private
Manufacturing
$50 to $100 million (USD) per year
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    Former Employee - Welder in La Grande, OR
    Former Employee - Welder in La Grande, OR
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compared to competitors in the industry, N.W. pays better (there's a catch discussed under the cons). They do offer full bennefits and paid vacation after a year. Many of the emp[loyees are very good at what they do and have been with the company for qute a while. N.W. has ran in such a way that it made it through the recession in tact while a larger, bigger named competitor went under. The owner of N.W. has been fair to his employees.

    Cons

    Back to the issue of pay...about 30% of your paycheck will come from a bonus based on the plant's performance during the pay period. While this is usualy a good chunk of change it can also be disappointing at times. If you are more than a total seven minutes late during a week or if you are sick you loose your bonus. This could mean the difference between a $300.00 check and a $450.00 check. The worst thing about this company is that it is in a small town where jobs seem pretty sparse. This means there are ten people waiting at the chance to take your job. Management knows this truth and use it as leverage over employees. There's nothing worse than feeling like you are expendable. It is also a hard place to be accepted at. New employees are treated so poorly. In the time that I worked at N.W. (1 year) I saw 5 new guys come into the shop, get chewed up and spit out in just a matter of a few months each. There is litle diversity in this work place.

    Advice to Management

    A friendly work environment is a productive one. Try dishing out some cudos sometimes!

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