CalPortland Reviews | Glassdoor

CalPortland Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
53 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
CalPortland President and CEO Allen Hamblen
Allen Hamblen
22 Ratings

53 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • It provides a high pace and challenging environment with lots of opportunities to grow while allowing you to keep a good work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Some good co-workers, as with any place there are some really good people (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • CalPortland corporate in Glendora is a revolving door (in 2 reviews)

  • IT Management has no inclination to challenge the status quo (in 2 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "N/A"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - N/A in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CalPortland (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great People and Great Teams. Continuing to develop and expand.

    Cons

    Slow to take action at time

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about employees


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Harassment, cliques, equipment unsafe tendencies."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Ready Mix Driver in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Ready Mix Driver in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good hourly pay. Materialistic safety rewards from incentive program. Safe plant operations. Get a burrito now and then during meetings and big jobs. Over all, good co-workers.

    Cons

    Major management favoritism to relatives, friends, and favorites for advancement, with experience ignored. Closed eyes to favorites behaviors, punishing hard workers with such statements, "if your not over 16 hours, fine". Includes employees lying, turning off phone while on call, hiding for hour or more before returning to plant, not directly going to jobs, and returning to plant yard and not reporting in.

    Safety of equipment, and down assigned equipment, awful. From 9 months down times, to ignored legal and safety requests. Neglected equipment write-ups (cry sheets) leading to dangerous results.

    Upper management contact is hid from employees.

    They will force you to far away locations, and pay you less.

    Safety and legal requests, research, training preparation, human resources are number of things they try to have you do on your time.

    Management quotes "we will look into it" . "we will get back to you about this", means ignored.

    They will put outside drivers in your hometown plant in front of you, including few year experienced drivers versus 10+ in seniority.

    They will take your plant work and give it to outside higher paid drivers/locations, forcing unemployment during winter.

    Advice to Management

    CEO talks a big game in safety, but thumbs down for the neglect to equipment and terrible management down the line.

    Local management should try less harassment and false statements "we trust you more than others", resulting in you get the extra labor intensive work. Try letting volunteers work instead of recruiting and forcing hand picked senior drivers to stay versus others. Organize such end of day scenarios of letting 3 senior drivers go home, load the next driver, and let all the rest go home that came in hours later.

    Policy's need to be in place due to extreme favoritism left to management discretion. One driver lies and hits something, and nothing. While another driver hits something minor, reports it, and management calls for urine test long version of 3 days wait for results, no pay.

    Lie, try to cheat others, deception, manipulating individuals are a great fit and favored here currently.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanic"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CalPortland full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are good and great co workers

    Cons

    Wages are not up to journman pay, look to write you up for anything. If your not part of the good ol boy click not going to get promoted even though they say equal opportunity employer not main man T has no managent skills at all just a good ol boy manager.

    Advice to Management

    Higher people who know the repair industry. Current management is not in tune and need to go. Pay more you might get more qualified personnel.


  4. "only in crowd here"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mojave, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CalPortland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A recent hire of a new manager that shows great promise of good change

    Cons

    This entire place has a secret society of family members and friends of family and if you aren't either of those you will just be used no matter how well qualified you are or how many years of experience you have. You will not be sent to school, you will not be trained, and a slotted for only new guy jobs if you aren't one of the in crowd. Also the management and engineers only go to meetings here

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people beneath you and they will take care of business and everything else will take care of itself.


  5. "IT Team Member"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Team Member in Glendora, CA
    Former Employee - IT Team Member in Glendora, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    (Work) Life balance. Great place to work if you have a family and want a 9-6 job

    Cons

    If you are looking for a place to learn, build your career and grow in a role, then IT @ Calportland is NOT the place to be. If you are motivated by challenges, then BE WARNED against working here !

    If you are the types to stay in the box defined for you by "IT Leadership", the kinds that will show up to work at 8.00 AM, pack bags at 5.00 PM and be happy with receiving 3% annual raise; this is the place for you. Do not expect to work on any upcoming technology. Do not expect to span your day to day responsibility. You could actually work at Calportland for years, without making any meaningful contributions; and yes, no one would beat an eye.

    IT Management is mediocre at best. New ideas and initiatives brought up by employees are either quickly squashed or passed on by Management as their own. New technology is ridiculed. Management plays politics with people they supervise to make themselves look smart. They want to be the face of IT.
    There is little to no recognition. Management has 'Don't ask, just do' mentality. Many IT team members are eager to take on new roles and responsibilities, but Management is quick to shun them; especially if it is outside their roles and responsibilities.

    IT Management has no inclination to challenge the status quo.All of them including the CIO is happy to do just enough to keep the boat afloat.

    Life at Calportland feels like slow, painful death in solitary confinement.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes; understand why the IT team looks miserable. Allow them to speak and bring out their ideas. Be receptive. Give credit, don't try to steal it.


  6. "Maintenance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Oro Grande, CA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Oro Grande, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at CalPortland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, employees are good at what they do.

    Cons

    No communication what so ever with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire competent management.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stay clear if this rat hole"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Glendora, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Manager in Glendora, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has potential but will never meet it with the current management team.

    Cons

    High school mentality. Good old boys network. Outdated management. They encourage backstabbing and negatively. This is just not a good place to work. Corporate in Glendora is a revolving door. Divisions may have decent local management which explains some of the good ratings here but overall this is not a place where you want to invest time in building a career. Management likes to appear "green" but read up on this place and learn for yourself how they dumped toxic substances on the ground and waterways because they are too cheap to dispose of properly. Allen Gamble is an idiot who has no class or professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    The Japanese owners need to fire the whole management team and start fresh. Get rid of anyone who is toxic and hateful.

  8. "Journeyman Diesel Mechanic"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Journeyman Mechanic in Sun Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Mechanic in Sun Valley, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hours good(meaning alot of hours)
    Good people
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Long shifts (if your not okay with it)
    Dirty Job


  9. Helpful (1)

    "2016 Update"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Lancaster, CA
    Current Employee - Salaried Employee in Lancaster, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CalPortland full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company has expanded by adding another cement plant. CEO has become Chairman of PCA.

    Cons

    Raises at the cement plant are 2% across the board for Salary employees.
    Bonus is going to be $50-100 before tax.
    No PCA or other educational classes for employees.
    No continued education, and they will not work with your schedule if you pay for classes.
    No Xmas party, no golf tournament, no perks.

    Advice to Management

    Our plant lost 50% of its college educated work force last year. Need to give people advancement options, Calportland is a dead end job.


  10. "Limited Career Paths"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CalPortland full-time

    Pros

    Medium size company, modern plant equipment

    Cons

    Not many options for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Develop your professionals and provide opportunities for advancement


Showing 53 of 57 reviews
Reset Filters