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Carlex Glass Company Reviews

Updated May 10, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good pay, great co workers (for the most part)" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Decent pay for hourly employees, benefits are only marginally sub-par" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some upper management without people skill try to intimate by throwing away chairs and talking as if you won't put your hands on them" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Not a lot of high paying opportunities, slow paced work, same thing for 12 hours, hard to have a life and make money on overtime" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Carlex Glass Company full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, Great coworkers. There were obviously an expected set of tasks but nothing was ever unreasonable.

    Cons

    It gets hot in the summer.


  2. "Production Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Carlex Glass Company full-time

    Pros

    It was 1st shift and rare weekends

    Cons

    HR was not fair and it was difficult to get responses from them for critical issues

    Advice to Management

    Practice servant leadership

  3. "Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vonore, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vonore, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carlex Glass Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    EMPLOYEES ON THE FLOOR Vacation after 6 months

    Cons

    Operators taking hour long breaks and nothing said to them. Evaluations not given in a timely manner. Office employees acting like they are better than anyone else.
    No sick days.

    Advice to Management

    Get out on the floor and see what's going on. You will actually who works and who don't. I was a great inspector but left alone most of the time. I could never level up because the operator was never around. I left because of this. GET RID OF THE FAVORTISM. You do have a handful of employees who care about quality, but they go unnoticed.


  4. "Needs Work"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Technician in Nashville, TN
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carlex Glass Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fitness center
    Decent pay
    The benefits are alright

    Cons

    Little to no training
    Harassment by management
    Union that allows the harassment

    Advice to Management

    Implement a better training program


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not good at all"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level Corporate Employee in Auburn, IN
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Corporate Employee in Auburn, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Carlex Glass Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for hourly employees, benefits are only marginally sub-par.

    Cons

    This is difficult for me to write, because I truly loved this company and my coworkers. However, corporate management needs to make changes or the company cannot survive, so here it goes.

    First, the management culture is composed of heavily entrenched silos. The CEO is virtually absent in any attempt to bridge the communication gap and this results in the right hand knowing nothing about what the left hand is doing. Every problem becomes a war about who is to blame instead of how to solve it.

    Second, the management culture is stuck in an 80’s style leadership practice that prefers isolating leaders from everyday business functions, then empowering ONLY those leaders to solve problems with which they have virtually no direct interaction. The result becomes a series of blind decisions that look great on paper, but have no chance of actually succeeding in the current environment. Stack on to this the the problem that the isolating principle creates when leaders make decisions in a “leadership team” or “executive committee” bubble, but those decisions are not communicated well if at all to low-level leaders or anyone who can actually perform the task.

    Third, there is an extreme disparate array of business practices between different sites, and little to no communication between them. This results in otherwise capable people assuming that business environments are identical when they are not. Those same leaders, as in the second problem, make decisions that would work for one area but not others. The plan inevitably fails, usually after several meetings held which include no one who could actually warn the group that the plan will fail. Which brings me to the fourth problem.

    Fourth, the management culture is such that people are rewarded for agreeing and punished for dissenting. People who flag potential issues in meetings are inevitably excluded from future meetings. People who agree with every plan blindly are praised, or even promoted. The culture is completely devoted to yes-men and political game-playing. Of course, people do still stop projects they don’t agree with...which is part of the fifth problem.

    Fifth, any idea that gains support in a meeting, but is not liked by those with political power (usually because it may threaten that political power), WILL be shot down. However, it won’t happen in a meeting or for any reason that actually has merit (see problem four). It is stopped behind closed doors with private conversations, or it is simply ignored entirely until it fails. Of course, some ideas that ARE supported might be ignored entirely and fail anyway, but because those tasked with doing the work are simply too busy or not interested in doing it. It’s often hard to figure out which reason applies to which failing project, but it’s probably academic. In any event, the project is allowed to fail because the leaders who have actual authority keep themselves isolated and do not follow through on current projects (see problem two).

    Sixth and final, the shear number of excuses I have heard coming out of corporate headquarters is just plain staggering. “That’s not my job.” “I shouldn’t have to do that for them.” “They should already know that.” “They have to do that themselves.” “I sent an e-mail back on xxx date, it’s not my fault.” This is absolutely unacceptable. People at the plants are working hard every day. People at corporate (with few exceptions) are working hard to CYA. It’s nonsense, and if there was a real leader in the group it wouldn’t be tolerated. But there isn’t one, and so it continues.

    Advice to Management

    First, start shuffling your plant leadership between the sites so that the micro-cultures can start mixing. That’s how you get a real “One Carlex”.

    Second, start trading out every single VP. They had their chance, and aren’t doing the job. Trade in or hire up as you see fit, but put the rest of corporate leadership on notice. If the culture doesn’t change, keep trading people out until no one remains with that out-dated management style.

    Third, when a project is agreed upon, for better or worse, put ONE person in charge of it and give that person the authority to enforce the needs of the project on those who need to do the task. Hold people accountable. You’ll fire an hourly for being late a handful of times, but you won’t fire a salary for refusing to do work? Think it through.

    Finally, good luck. Although this review was profoundly negative, I have a lot of love and loyalty to this company. I put my sweat and tears into a family of coworkers in order to make a success out of this company. I left because the executive team are more interested in their careers than their company, but that also means that I whole-heartedly want good things for the company.

    So just to summarize, to the CEO...do better. You have a host of professionals and an army of hourlies working themselves to exhaustion for you. Don’t throw that away just for the hubris of half a dozen people with more title than they deserve.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Down right horrible place of employment"

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    Current Employee - Technician in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Technician in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Carlex Glass Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They pay well for a factory/warehouse, the benefits are good.

    Cons

    Terrible staff selection. Poor attitudes, mistreatment of employees, sexual harassment is overlooked. Dangerous work conditions too.

    Advice to Management

    Hire PEOPLE FRIENDLY leads/supervisors/super intendents NOT drug addicted junkies, nobody should be making over 50k a year bullying and demeaning people for their own sick enjoyment. Invest in the broken machines tearing people’s bodyparts off and killing them. Get that asbestos and those infestations exterminated!!


  7. "It's decent"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Wayne, IN
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fort Wayne, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Carlex Glass Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pays well for what you have to do, easy to get operator positions with small pay raise, mostly friendly supervisors

    Cons

    Not a lot of high paying opportunities, slow paced work, same thing for 12 hours, hard to have a life and make money on overtime

    Advice to Management

    Floor workers make you more than you pay them

  8. "Difficult Decisions"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Auburn, IN
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Auburn, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Carlex Glass Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Carlex has great benefits and an awesome work force. People are a company's strongest and most valuable asset, and Carlex is strong here. My boss and co-workers were top-notch and were dedicated to keeping product flowing. Any company would kill to have a Supply Chain like the SCM at Carlex. It was a difficult decision to leave, but the opportunity was a larger benefit than staying.

    Cons

    With Carlex still being fairly new, having purchased the Guardian plants, Carlex seemed to struggling to find a solid new identity. Things began improving quickly before i left. I am certain that with some patience and continued system improvements, Carlex will be poised to remain a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to honor current employees who go the extra miles every day, show your customers that price does not Trump your quality, value your SCM group (they are the center hub of your survival), and never stop learning from your employees.


  9. "Overall good job"

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in La Vergne, TN
    Current Employee - Production Associate in La Vergne, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Carlex Glass Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy job, decent pay, management is pretty cool

    Cons

    It gets really hot in the summer, not enough vacation days


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Disaster!!"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Management in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Management in Nashville, TN

    I worked at Carlex Glass Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is really only one pro and that’s the people. The benefits are good as well. However, the benefits and people don’t outweigh the cons!

    Cons

    Too many too name but here are a few. Management can’t be trusted, lousy raises, no recognition for hard work, work great employees to death and don’t hold crappy employees accountable, management does not listen or care about the employees or concerns.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, get your head out of the clouds, hold on to good employees, don’t fatten your wallets by robbing other employees of decent raises. This is by far the worst company I’ve worked for but that could be avoided if you listened!


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