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  1. "Keep Searching"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Order Picker in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Order Picker in Lake Zurich, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Echo Incorporated (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discounts on Echo equipment and great health benefits.

    Cons

    No room for advancement conflict of interest with supervisor hiring their friends and handing them or creating supervisor roles

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring your friends and giving them Supervisor roles not giving qualified employees a chance to advance.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Backwards Thinking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Echo Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    There is alot of opportunity to make improvements. The production staff is fairly open minded when considering change.

    Cons

    Upper management runs on poor systems. Japan has a major influence on decisions and limits the staff in decision making. Strategic planning is absent among higher lever executives.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in motivated individuals who are hungry for change. Stir things up once and awhile.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Un-Professional Management"

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

    I worked at Echo Incorporated full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A few good people who work there.

    Cons

    Very Un-Professional Management and cheap too. They lack dealing with human interaction and communication skills on the job. No team work within the working environment.

    Advice to Management

    Needs Many Changes to the Good Ole Boys Club !!!!!!


  4. "Structure, good communication, proper planning, standards, work ethics and profesionalism? Not Echo!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Echo Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    The company has some, but not many. Good benefits is one of them. Insurance is not expensive and it's good. Another is the few people they have left that are good to work with, but all those people are either already looking for a new job or have no choice, but to work there because of the situation they are in. Another perk is that you can borrow some Echo equipment. Any yard work that you have to do can be done with Echo equipment. Japanese people are very nice as well, especially below the managerial level.

    Cons

    They have many. Company is outdated when it comes to methods and technology. They are trying to get better, but constant push back by HQ does not allow them to get to proper decade of manufacturing. Also they are trying to get a better system in place, but the outdated business system they are using is too complicated for new hires to grasp right away. It is not user friendly at all and doesn't track stock properly because of the rules in place and people don't trust it. There is poor and unstable structure of the company mostly due to high turnover and the company grew too fast and they are creating and testing new positions sometimes. Communication is lacking on many levels, but nothing really bad compared to other companies. They have similar communication problems compared to other similar companies. The planning is random, chaotic, and all of the sudden in most cases. The management is impatient most of the time and want results quickly no matter what anybody is working on. Usually trying something without testing and deal with aftermath later. Due to minimum 2 meetings a day it is hard to accomplish something when everybody is at a meeting. Which lastly brings to professionalism and ethics. Not only there is much wasted time during all those meetings, but there is plenty inappropriate personal remarks that come from managers especially. This place reminded me of high school days where you had your nerds, your jocks, your bullies, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people in a professional manner and be fair. Engage the employees a little bit more. Make people feel important, so the productivity will increase and complaining will decrease. Improve on communication and make sure that each employee know exactly what their role is in the company. Don't blame wrong people and make the right people accountable. Don't repeat yourself over and over again. You are wasting people's time and then complain that nothing is getting done. Promote on teamwork and being proud of what each person is doing. That will help with morale. Pay people better. With the amount of work that needs to be done and BS that people have to deal is too much for that low salary. Lastly take your people out for some fun once a year. I'm sure there is enough in the budget to go on some sporting event. Don't be cheap with your employees and your tools.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Don't work here unless you need a job."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Echo Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    Good people. Health insurance cost is reasonable.

    Cons

    Not a professional company. No career opportunities. They don't promote from within. They typically hire the cheapest people they can find whether qualified or not. Many unqualified employees. Poor raises, far below industry standards and below cost of living increases. Salaries not competitive. Weak leadership from V.P.'s.

    Advice to Management

    Needs new management in most departments.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Temporary Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Echo Incorporated part-time

    Pros

    Friendly and hardworking coworkers for the most part.

    Cons

    Disgruntled employees and office politics within different functional groups.

    Advice to Management

    Fire those who are incompetent and cannot work well with their coworkers. Find new talent and train them in.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Divisive and self-serving culture, ridiculously high turnover."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products with a capable facility

    Cons

    Nobody is buying into the strategy of management- too opaque

    Advice to Management

    Need more distance from the stagnant approach displayed by Japan HQ

  8. Helpful (1)

    "stay clear from this place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Echo Incorporated full-time

    Pros

    not many that I can think of

    pay is under scale
    raises never are more then 2%
    no safety there
    no rules, free for all, no discipline
    HR is under one person
    no advancement opportunity
    you never know what's going on
    very cheap!!! they sell broken furniture to the employees for $5.00
    nothing is for free

    Cons

    little benefits
    no chance for a promotion
    no help with management
    Sr. management is off limits
    no follow up on any issues

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees
    stop being so cheap!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid at all costs the Operational departments!"

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    Current Employee - Operational Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Current Employee - Operational Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Echo Incorporated full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location, brand recognition and excellent benefits and few good people. Administration part of the building is place to really work and advance.

    Cons

    One of the worst place I worked for.
    Low pay and no advancement for growth.

     Management style: welcome gossips, finger pointings, favoritism and putting employees against each other instead of managing situations. No support at all.

    Lots of junk-food parties run by coupe of clerks who are busy most of the time with badmouthing and spreading endless gossips.

    Old staff with extremely outdated skills (don't know even basic math), not willing to learn anything new for decades get angry to new employees with advanced knowledge or technical skills. Smart and intelligent people are treats for those runner-ups and they will constantly complain to managers either about your attitude or work until they make you run (otherwise they can't keep their jobs for decades).

    Without Japanese staff this place will go to hell.

    If you want advancement, good pay or learn new skills STAY AWAY from those departments!

    Advice to Management

    Hire and keep professionals instead of full time gossipers with outdated skills.
    Provide continuous training opportunity.

    Get rid of old employees who creates constant problems to others and sends reports to HR about each sneeze of new hires.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Echo Inc - Management very uptight"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Zurich, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only Pro to working at Echo, Inc would be there employee health insurance, The employee cost vs the benefits received are very good. Free rental of there power equipment is also a nice feature. Believe me, none of this is worth the disfunction in the workplace.

    Cons

    The downsides of working for Echo:

    Everyone, and I mean everyone, under the management level are very unhappy employees. This is a Japanese owned company and they impose their management style upon the US managers that work there. Workers are not treated fairly, all cubicles are open air situated directly outside the managers offices...you feel constantly on display and it is intentional. Asking for time off or vacation is frowned upon. Even taking a sick day is rare....most managers come in sick and expect you to do the same. Work is scrutinized upon belief. Most is due to the fact that the managers there are extreme micro managers, basically in fear of Japans corporate officers and managers.
    The human resource department is controlled by the President and Managers of the company and does nothing to instill common workplace fairness. Rules for time off differ if you are management vs non management. Certain department managers have been known to belittle their employees to the point of tears, with no ramifications from HR. Have I said enough??? RUN from a job here.

    Advice to Management

    I couldn't offer any advice to the management there. They are so closed minded and such micro managers they would not listen.