I worked at Atw Automation full-time (More than 10 years)
My experience is from the AAA/ATS days before ATW bought them out. They had an amazing engineering & skilled trades team. Some of the best brains around. The projects were very interesting. Way back in the 1980's there was lots of room for an engineer to advance his career. That was not so true by the 2000's as the company grew from small to large. For skilled trades they let a few move to engineering once they earned degrees in night school, so they were supportive of trades moving up too. They paid salary people straight time over-time which is pretty fair compared to some salary jobs.
Long hours (50-65 hrs per week). High pressure work environment. Long tours of road work when your machine is being installed (often months at a time).
Like all industrial sector companies; they are fighting to survive in a high-tech but low-margin, hyper competitive business. Makes them mean.
Advice to Management
You have the same problem as all industrial companies. (And I know there isn't a magic solution to this challenge). Industrial is getting to be too tough -vs- the caliber of people you need. Not much chance you can afford Segways, ping-pong tables, pet masseuses, etc. but you had better find a way to make special machine building livable for the high-talent people you employ. (Good luck with that)!
There are zero pros working here.
Run away. Don't work here.
I have been working at Atw Automation full-time (More than 10 years)
Pay with benefits that can cost you more that $100 a week for a family with dental and disability.
Look up the reviews for Judson A Smith as the HR manager is trying her best to avoid the bad reviews. There attendance policy is very strict, If you do not give 5 days notice for an absence you will receive a max. of 1 1/2 points for each occurrence up to 12 points were your employment will be terminated, and the points come off very slowly for good attendance. You will also be mandated to work overtime by either working more than an 8 hour workday and weekends all the while maintaining you attendance. There are no perks for hourly employee's, management feels as though them letting you work there is your perk. The management and supervisors have no idea on how to fix all the problems that afflict the company, it's like they throw a dart and hope it sticks, hence all the constant overtime and high employee turnover.
Advice to Management
Stop power tripping, you are not as good as you think you are or the place would be profitable.
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