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CST Industries Reviews

Updated September 23, 2017
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  1. "I love what I do"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CST Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Direct report boss is fantastic! He believes in the improvement of his employees and is willing to invest the time in training and helping them advance and succeed. The benefits are good with access to a majority of providers in the area. 401k matching, and quarterly bonuses (if goals are met).

    Cons

    There seems to be little accountability for those who are not performing their jobs to the best of their ability. Blame is often shifted to "something beyond their control" and there is little sense of urgency or pro-active action.

    Advice to Management

    Hold employees accountable for their repeated failings, with a larger push towards pro-active communication and problem solving. Listen to those who are telling you that there is an issue rather than relying on a report that may "look" good, but is not a real representation of what is actually happening.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Unbelievably bad decisions in such a short period of time. Unlikely to survive intact."

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    Former Employee - Not the Chief Executive Officer in Rincon, GA
    Former Employee - Not the Chief Executive Officer in Rincon, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good products, when they can build them right and trust employees.

    Cons

    New regime was brought in to sell the company (this is not a trade secret, read the newspaper articles about their Bankruptcy filings and interviews with CEO). They failed. Now they have closed plants, lost key employees and along with it the knowledge gained over the last few decades. They tried to make numbers on paper look better but the reality is in the Bankruptcy filing and closing of historically profitable production facilities. Sad to see but they are a victim of their own incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Sell it quickly before it's too late. Move on and let people that care about innovation, quality and employees come in and take over.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Are you kidding me?"

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    Former Employee - CNC Operator in Rincon, GA
    Former Employee - CNC Operator in Rincon, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Closing plant forced me into a better job. Better pay, environment, and life/work balance.

    Cons

    Read several reviews from people claiming how great company is. Are you kidding me??? They ran it into the ground. Bankrupt a company that was a leader in the industry and had been in business since the 70's. Shut down their main manufacturing plant in Georgia. Reputation has been destroyed. Where do these people work? Because the company I worked for, for over 9 years, is bankrupt barely hanging on. And the total ruination of an industry front runner took only 6 years. Delusional or corporate sycophants.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for forcing me to find a better job. And maybe consider all the lives you affect while making inept business decisions.


  4. "A company with a lot of potential"

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    Current Employee - Full Time Employee
    Current Employee - Full Time Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at CST Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, employees are treated well, Compensation and benefits are great.

    Cons

    Heavily relies on the O&G market, which hasn't been doing well for the past few years.

    Advice to Management

    Find a balance between defense and offense. Protect what we have, but diversify into newer markets since O&G continues to struggle.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CST Industries full-time

    Pros

    Always busy, Team environment, Positive Atmosphere

    Cons

    Unable to think of anything that wouldn't be expected

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "CST Industries"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Winchester, TN
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Winchester, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work with Good people

    Cons

    A lot of hours a week

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management over worked underpaid and uncertain company future"

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    Former Employee - Shop Manager in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Shop Manager in DeKalb, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    can not think of any

    Cons

    dark and dirty, outdated lunch room, no help from management, old school mind set and uncertain financial future

    Advice to Management

    not sure what can be done to change the work force, old school thinking, to much over head and lazy unmotivated employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Uncertain Future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at CST Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard-working dedicated employees who believe in the quality products we manufacture - Made in America.

    Cons

    Due to bad decisions layoffs occurred across the entire company - just when orders started picking up. Now employees are putting in 60 hour weeks, but something has to give, will quality be sacrificed next? People are quitting due to being over-worked, lack of communication and uncertain future. Nobody has a manager that is located where they are -it is a troubling environment - you never know if tomorrow is your last day.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage, Communicate goals and vision, Seek out Experts, Ask Questions, Be Present, Hire people before it's too late.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Need teamwork and communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in DeKalb, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and hours are average.

    Cons

    Benefits are lacking. No clear plan. Nobody is willing to make a decision.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with employees and stop hiding things. Stop taking other peoples ideas and take credit.


  10. "CEO"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Lenexa, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CST Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Had great brands, market share and products

    Cons

    New leadership team took this from profitability to bankruptcy in only 2+ years. Miss-management, arrogance, lack of investment, disrespect for people all contributed.

    Advice to Management

    Tim Carpenter(CEO) and his cronies have destroyed this once great company Please leave your work here is done


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