I worked at Renovo Hardwood Bicycles full-time (Less than a year)
The people that work there are intelligent, artistic and hard working and the bikes that are built are beautiful. Free lunch on Fridays.
The owner's attitude is toxic to the entire company. He is a grown child, yelling at employees, punching the wall, calling people fat. He openly verbally abuses employees and says sexual comments about female employees to upper management. He lies to customers and business partners regarding the materials used to make the frames, testing the bikes, etc. When OSHA was expected for an inspection, he would instruct employees to hide certain saws, flammable materials and the fork lift (which had no breaks), in order to avoid any fines. In the month of March within a one week period, 6 employees left. The following weeks, 1 employee was let go for speaking their mind and 4 others left. This left no one in production and no one in engineering. This is all due to the owner making the environment toxic. It is very unfortunate that a person like him can ruin a company that has potential to produce a great product. Do not invest in him, do not work here.
Advice to Management
Sell the company, be a silent owner, remove yourself...
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