I have been working at Scot Forge full-time (More than 8 years)
As an employee owner, I feel that my work is for a greater cause. Rather than being an employee working for a paycheck each week, I am a stakeholder and decision maker that can directly affect the success of the organization.
As an owner, I am representing my company, not just a company I work for.
During my first couple years I really enjoyed working at Scot Forge. However, the Scot Forge culture that I grew to love has diminished throughout the company over the past few years. Walls have been built between each department, and employee owners no longer go out of their way to help each other out. I personally feel this is due to management trying to "lean out processes” to the extreme that we are actually leaning out our personnel.
Advice to Management
Staff the organization appropriately: We do not hire new employees even when there are metrics that clearly demonstrate additional resources are needed. We do not re-hire or replace staff after employees leave, and we do not have a succession plan for the employee owners that are leaving/retiring/or have left. Department heads communicate the lack of resources; however every hiring decision must be approved and signed off by the CEO. We can easily re-invest back into the company with a multi-million dollar asset, but not in new employees?
Additional staff is needed on the front end of the business in lieu of more management. Leave the company better off than when you found it.
I applied online. I interviewed at Scot Forge (Spring Grove, IL) in March 2017.
Rude and inconsiderate. I had a phone screen with a recruiter for a staffing company, then another with another recruiter that works with them and has a relationship, allegedly, with Scot Forge. Both went well and both said I appeared to be a strong fit. I then had a phone screen with John Coward, Corporate Director. He passed me along for the onsite interview. I met with him, Ron Wieczorek, their HR Director, and 4 others involved in sales and training. After that, the recruiter, the second one, contacted me and said their feedback was very positive, that they think I am a great fit for the job and for their team, and that they wanted to have me come in and shadow their inside sales team to make sure I think it is a good fit for me as well. This recruiter strongly implied that it is a formality, more for my benefit than theirs, and recommended that if I received any other offers to accept them if needed but leave them high and dry when the likely offer comes from Scot Forge. He asked me about my availability for this last visit not the next week but the week after that. I said I'd make any time work. By Thursday of the week before my visit to shadow their inside sales team I still had not heard when they wanted me to come in, so I called the recruiter and also emailed him, and he emailed me back saying he'd check. Then ... crickets. Monday of the week they said they wanted me to come in there was still no word, so I reached out to the recruiter. Again .... he'd check and get back to me, and then .... crickets. Finally, by Friday of that week, I reached out to the recruiter again, to see if we were going to reschedule or if they had changed their mind. Again, a promise to reach out to Scot Forge and get back to me. By this time, I now had to reach out to him, multiple times, before getting a response, whereas before he was proactive, reaching out to me. Finally, after another week-and-a-half or so, after having to try a few times, I got a voicemail from him saying they had decided to go with someone else, and cited my lack of a technical background in metals. This despite my familiarity with reading drawings, working with metal products and producers of metal products, both casting and forging companies, and their telling me they had complete comfort with my ability to do the job and be a good fit for the chemistry of the team - because I asked them in our panel interview that question using those words. And this, after this recruiter reported on the glowing feedback and their being sold on me and just wanting me to come in to make sure I am sold on them. Somebody here is lying. They say that you can tell a lot about someone's character by how they treat others who cannot do anything for them. Well, Scot Forge asked me to be available for a step, then changed their mind about that step and did not feel the need to mention a word of it to me or the recruiter, unless the recruiter is lying. A simple email or call to say 'thanks, but we changed our mind' would have been very, very helpful to me, but they cared little enough about me that they just left me waiting for word of when they would want me to come in for this final step. And then they put the lie to the 'technical background' concern by resuming ads on ZipRecruiter, worded identically to the one I responded to except for naming different towns - McHenry, IL; Spring Grove, IL; etc. There were no revisions to emphasize technical experience beyond what was in the original ad that described a job Scot Forge's own sales and HR leadership said I was a strong fit for. I think that if an employer is confident of a fit and then is suddenly not so sure that there is a real chance that they have the sort of concerns that cannot be stated honestly because to act on them would be a violation - for example, if someone is too old or the wrong color or gender or there is some other consideration that cannot lawfully be used in making employment decisions. Whatever happened here, either Scot Forge is deeply dishonest and was totally uninterested in lifting a finger to just tell me the process is not moving forward for me, or else the recruiter is.
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