I have been working at TE SubCom full-time
SubCom for the longest time was known to re-hire when the business slowed down especially during the crash in early 2000 and before the recession. They're also known to be relaxed more on your background especially for factory workers so you'll likely get hired as a temp to hire. I've worked as a non-staff and currently a staff and the benefits are different. At least in the Newington branch for the wet plant it's not exactly micromanaged for most non-factory position. Yes you do need to be on time but you have some leeway and of course as a staff (office people, management, engineers, etc) have a flexible schedule that you don't need to clock in on time or get penalized for being one minute late.
Great benefits; health insurance isn't the 'best of the best' but I've had worse. 401K plan matched to 6% depending on the year of service (3 year minimum to be fully vested), other standard coverage including short/long-term disability, as well as tuition & adoption assistance, and perks I can go on forever. Most factory workers now have staggered 4x4 schedule so if you need a fixed M-F schedule this won't be the right job for you. Staff members as far as I know have the standard M-F hours and again many departments have very flexible working schedule than the non-staff. Depending on how well the company does, they do have annual bonus in 2%, 4% and 8% of your annual salary (or for hourly the money you made before tax) which is an awesome perk. For factory & non-staff positions you can often times get in with only a high school diploma starting at $15-$16/hour which is very decent considering it's double of what you'd get flipping burgers. Is it hard work? Of course. But ultimately if you want to move up in the company, this IS a company to move up without any sort of degree. I know many people including management that has moved from a factory worker all the way up to executive position...it's been that type of culture for many years which is a great thing in my opinion.
Lower salary unfortunately on average from what I understand. Health insurance plan can be better but makes up for things like being able to cover your domestic partner (irregardless of sex). No pension.
Advice to Management
Offer more competitive salary for staff
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at TE SubCom.
I got a Call from HR who asked resume details and then scheduled a phone interview with the Director, brief interview about what I would like to do.
Very calm and smooth process.
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