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Douglas Dynamics Reviews

Updated April 26, 2017
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  1. "Fantastic, thriving manufacturer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas Dynamics full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    + best people in the biz
    + management is very accessible and willing to listen
    + plenty of fantastic benefits
    + opportunity for growth unparalleled in the area

    Cons

    - early start
    - communication between locations

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to employees
    Work toward smoothing communication lines between locations and companies


  2. "Good Company, could be great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, . Great pay, Fantastic products.

    Cons

    Poor benefits for a company this successful.
    Aggressive growth leading to excessive workload for employees, burnout.
    Seasonal

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your most valuable asset, employees
    Improve benefits package to attract and retain employees

  3. "Not a bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Packer in Rockland, ME
    Current Employee - Packer in Rockland, ME
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Douglas Dynamics (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay for the area.

    Hard work is usually recognized with promotions.

    Get Saturdays and Sundays off.

    Get 3 day weekends during the off season.

    Pretty decent sized profit sharing bonuses during the 3rd and 4th quarters if its a good year.

    Lots of opportunity for overtime.

    You can earn "Time For Results" which is an incentive based program that lets you earn an extra 2 or 3 days of time off.

    Cons

    Most people are hired as temps and have to wait months, sometimes a year, to be hired on by the company and get any benefits.

    Insurance isn't great.

    You only get 3 sick days a year... so don't get sick.

    You work 10 hour shifts every day.

    During the busy season you work 50 hours a week-- overtime is not optional.

    You are forced to use half of your vacation time during the company shut down in July if shutdown lasts more than a week, which leaves you very little time off for the rest of the year.

    Policy isn't always enforced, especially attendance policy. Many people who are often late or call out of work every Friday never get reprimanded.

    While hard work is usually recognized with promotions, I've also seen lots of unwarranted promotions to employees who are consistently late and don't do much.

    Advice to Management

    All managers from all business units need to be on the same page and follow the same policies. If one employee from one business unit is late and gets a chargeable, then you can't let another employee from a different business unit who is late just work late to make up for it and fix their time clock punch so they don't get a chargeable.

    Managers need to actually take the ideas and input from their employees. Managers preach so much about how we all need to speak up and give ideas to better production, but when we do nobody listens.

    Don't force us to use our valuable vacation time when we don't want to use it. If the company is forcing a two week shutdown, let us chose to either take it unpaid or use our vacation time.

    Stop promoting lazy employees-- it brings down the morale of everyone else and makes us think, "why bother working hard if we can be rewarded for doing nothing".


  4. "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Staff Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Administrative Staff Member in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, no drama, profit sharing

    Cons

    Medical drug/prescription medication coverage is not good... Worst plan I've ever had. Medical/Dental/optical is average/ok

    Advice to Management

    Get better prescription coverage and offer more PTO. The PTO plan with Douglas Dynamics is only comparable to working for a small company with less than 50 employees...?


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockland, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockland, ME
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Douglas Dynamics full-time

    Pros

    Employment is secure. Just no growth.

    Cons

    Engineering management is not in tune with what is needed.


  6. "Great Place to Excel"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful training, fantastic people, and exceptional benefits.

    There are incredible opportunities here for advancement, interdepartmental work and, as always, continuous improvement in lean manufacturing.

    It is a healthy, transparent business that has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years.

    It is a very "down to earth" place, with plenty of grounded, friendly employees.

    Cons

    There have been some facility issues. Also some complications can arise from the rapid growth and communication across multiple brands and plants.

    Growth can be exciting, but I have gotten the sense that it is not being managed as well as it could be. Emphasis has been on new product launch, rather than being able to sustain support of products in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Continues to do an excellent job of fostering a welcoming, nurturing, and friendly learning and business environment.

    Continue listening to employee contributions and feedback. There should probably be a review of the processes for launching new products, as I think they could be streamlined and planned better.


  7. "It's like a vacation each day I come to work. We work hard together but play harder together!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shipping Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Shipping Supervisor in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Best company in the state!! One big family that works together to put each other in the best place to be successful.

    Cons

    The only one con I see sometimes we don't know how good we are really doing. We are focused on making things better each day we don't always step back and see how much we have improved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your team and find opportunities for them that fits their passion.

  8. "Great when it snowing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Douglas Dynamics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co workers are great, and this a great product

    Cons

    Culture has changed over the years I worked here. It no longer cares about the peoples needs

    Advice to Management

    Change the office culture, you are going in the wrong direction


  9. "Great People but company leadership is not aligned across Business Units"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance is great at this company

    Cons

    Poor Management on behalf of leaders

    Advice to Management

    Provide opportunities for growth and better management of employee's time and available resources.


  10. "Good"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analysis Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Analysis Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    small company and slow to use technology


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