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  1. "DesignLine Buses."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Designline International (More than a year)

    Pros

    There was an effort towards the end, where a new president was brought in to try to salvage what was left, he did a great job, however I believe it was too far gone at that point.

    Cons

    Lack of planning from upper management caused an extreme amount of disruption daily. Overworked staff.

    Advice to Management

    Start over from scratch, or file bankruptcy, which you already have.


  2. "Closest thing to a sweat shop I've experienced in the developed world!"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I was able to obtain a massive amount of design on the fly experience with a crash course in 3D modeling. Other than that there was nothing to be said positive about this company but possibly that I could chalk it up to a good learning experience on what not to do with a business. Ah... one pro was seeing this place in my rear view mirror!

    Cons

    Many many hours of mandatory overtime, (not paid of course) with a hefty reduction in salary as well once they really got themselves into a financial bind. Owners brazenly went so far as to sell callow employees worthless stock as this company death spiraled into the ground. The company got itself into further scandals which included using used parts to build "new" buses. Overall used its employees as cogs in a machine to burn out and replace. Our current Secretary of Transportation had his thumb in this mud pie as well...

    Advice to Management

    Do not entice new employees out of their decent paying and stable jobs on false promises and outright lies. We had many employees who came from out of state and were then stranded here with their families once the company went belly up. Run a company with integrity... treat your employees like people and not pieces of equipment to be used up and replaced... forced overtime doesn't equate to forced productivity.

  3. "worst job ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Designline International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    there's really not anything good to say about screaming cursing managers.

    Cons

    no culture. angry managers and safety is out of the questions


  4. "assist in documentation and design of hybrid electric and full electric transit buses"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Designline International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting, challenging job. Good pay. Vacation days about average. Stock option plan was being developed.

    Cons

    The transit bus industry has some standard procedures which are different from machinery building. Trying to introduce different ideas was challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Cash flow problems led to bankruptcy in July 2013


  5. "Initially filled with hope, yet disappointed when the company went bankrupt"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company was close to home

    Cons

    They had no real desire to use the skills of the department I was in, we were only window dressing

    Advice to Management

    act like you care


  6. "Electrical Technician"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Electrical Technician in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    This company enabled me to learn skills on bus systems and allow me to work with customers.

    Cons

    This company lack organization and funds to stay in business.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with vendors and customers honestly and they will continually do business with you.


  7. "It was a nightmare, but majority there needed a job."

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    Former Employee - Production Trainer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Production Trainer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    I cant think of any.

    Cons

    It was a very dangerous place to work. OSHA picnic.

    Advice to Management

    They're all gone.

  8. "Excellent Product, but unknown future"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Designline International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great people, lenient nature, huge potential,

    Cons

    "start-up" type operations, lack of organization

    Advice to Management

    Should have had better people searching for future investors, if Designline was marketed correctly - a small company with an excellent product - should have interested several big automotive groups.


  9. "Good Internship Experience"

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Designline International as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    People there are really friendly and nice.

    Cons

    If you do not prefer to work in a factory environment, this may not be the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    I hope to see more members of the upper management.