I worked at B & F Machine Company full-time (Less than a year)
The two "pros" to this job are the health insurance benefits and much of the shop personnel is friendly (non-management). The plan is somewhat good for a company of this size.
-It takes nearly three months before you're qualified to receive benefits.
-No 401K or profit sharing until you've worked full-time for one year.
-There are no paid sick days.
-They pay far below the industry average (I earned about 60% of what comparable companies paid).
-The business is family owned, thus creating very real nepotism and favoritism.
-Be ready to work 60 hours per week; 7am - 6 pm M-F and 6 am - 11 am on Saturday.
-The overtime is what makes one able to financially survive. You will be burned out by week's end.
-Bonuses are not paid timely.
-Product is always delivered late.
-As a family owned business, be prepared to have more than one person telling you what to do.
-When you're no longer liked or the company wants to terminate you, they will make offensive, slanderous, and untrue statements about your work ethic and your character so that they can terminate you.
-There is no centralized general management creating frustrating imbalance and tension among department supervisors.
-The CEO and almost all other managers and engineers do not have engineering degrees.
-This company has no vested interest in an employees well-being.
-Unless you're their top client, all other work gets pushed aside creating late deliveries and angry customers.
-There are no personal growth opportunities. You may earn a very meager raise on rare occasion, but being a small company and family owned essentially elimates any attraction to wanting to make a career here.
-Management always seems too overwhelmed to give you the time of day.
-Negative attitudes and visibly irate personnel, typically in management, can make workdays especially stressful.
-If you're in the job market and B&F Machine is on your radar, take something else unless you're okay being treated like a dispensable, inexperienced worker.
Advice to Management
No one at the company feels any sense of value or worth. Middle management is unappreciated. Top level management needs to communicate among themselves more often. Get a "real HR" person on staff. Stop putting aside your #2 & #3 clients. Make professional engineers feel more valued by eliminating the time clock. Every other shop on earth pays its engineers a salary. Also, provide. Sick time. There is a myriad of more advice I can give but your most important element to the business are the workers. Show them more respect.
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