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Ames True Temper Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  1. "Sales Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Springdale, AR
    Former Employee - Sales Coordinator in Springdale, AR
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good people, and has been in business since 1774!

    Cons

    Has been in constant restructuring for past 3 years.


  2. "A-Bottom-Of-The-Barrel Manufacturer!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Carlisle, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Carlisle, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of my co-workers are good, hard-working people.

    Cons

    Very un-competitive compensation. Incredibly high employee turnover rate. Management seems to care less about employee retention and development. Management is attempting to operate a multi-hundred million dollar corporation consisting largely of temporary employees. The company blatantly exploits minorities and immigrants - many of whom do not speak or understand English - who otherwise have limited career options.

    Ames markets their products as "Made In The USA", yet they compensate and treat their employees as if they are living in a Third World Country! I cannot believe that Lowe's and Home Depot - two very well respected corporations - are a major customer of a company (ie. Ames) who treats its employees so poorly.

    The employees at the Harrisburg wheelbarrow plant are unionized. They earn $10 to $17 per hour more - with much better benefits - than the employees at the Camp Hill and Carlisle plants - and they perform the exact same type of work!!!

    There is a quiet, but rapidly expanding effort among dozens of Camp Hill and Carlisle factory workers to unionize and demand the same compensation and benefits as the Harrisburg plant enjoys. Communication is underway with union reps, and the ball is rolling. It's about time the employees united against these abuses!

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and benefits had better increase substantially in the very near future, or both Camp Hill and Carlisle will be unionized! This news will finally become public within the next month or so - and it definitely won't be good publicity for Ames' brands, sales or reputation. This battle will be played out in the media. Employees are sick and tired of being taken advantage of.

  3. "Machine Operator"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fast but easy repetitive work

    Cons

    Hot, oily, dirty working environment.


  4. "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Production in Camp Hill, PA
    Current Employee - Production in Camp Hill, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ames True Temper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great, hours are pretty much set m-f 7+3pm

    Cons

    Pay isn't that great to start, but opportunities are there to advance

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, other than that nothing.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "WORST!!!"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Shiremanstown, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Shiremanstown, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and vacation is decent

    Cons

    Horrible culture, management will belittle employees every chance they get. Technical staff and engineers are industries worst, HR is a joke, equipment and tools are outdated. If you work here you will be abused, tormented, exploited and treated like trash.

    Advice to Management

    This is advice to Griffin corp. The middle and upper management has no clue how to manufacture anything, Best advice clean house and start over.


  6. "nice place to work.."

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Shiremanstown, PA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Shiremanstown, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Teamwork was a must and that is what i liked about it.

    Cons

    sometimes we did not have overtime,n i like to work overtime..

    Advice to Management

    yes lots of options, n trainings all the time.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good products"

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    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Camp Hill, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ames True Temper full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great products great team members

    Cons

    Overworked not able to take time off due to understaffing. IT department has no direction and runs on a shoestring budget.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest no one can trust you anymore

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Tool and die maker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay. They did have a straight eight shift.

    Cons

    Poor safety record. High turnover rate.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great products, terrible management."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Iconic American company, fantastic products and product lines, USA manufacturing, excellent benefits, great perks, new owners investing in buildings, equipment, and personnel.

    Cons

    All decision making is slanted towards Sales and Marketing. Manufacturing, Engineering, and Quality are reactionary after-thoughts. Too many technical decisions made by non-technical personnel-- from the floor, up through the front offices, and through the executive ranks.

    Advice to Management

    Level-out, gain some balance to your organization. Set your manufacturing up for success to do what you need-- support on-demand orders, embrace and flourish in constantly shifting direction. Consider level-loading and Kan-ban. Place as much (or for a short time period, more) emphasis on getting your technical "kitchen" clean before growth, cost reduction, new products, and so-called "innovation". Take care of your work force. Listen through the complaints, they will tell you what they lack. Clean house in management. Find out who works and plays well with others, get rid of the posers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Disconnected Management"

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    Former Employee - Plastics in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Plastics in Camp Hill, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people on the production floor. Salary was nice. Excellent vacation and flex time. Lots of skilled people that could be even better if the company would commit to scheduled training.

    Cons

    Severe budget constraints for machine PM's and repair. All of the upper level management lives in NJ, FL, and DC. They are all pretty clueless to the day-to-day struggles the rest of the manufacturing team faces. Lots of "We can't keep making these same mistakes". Culturally stuck in a rut of sucking. The people who could make a difference are oblivious.

    Complete lack of communication between departments. One hand doesn't know what the other is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Move here. Be more engaged. Actually learn about the root of the problems instead of just demanding they be fixed without money.


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