Dorman Products - Good place. Pay stinks, work/life balance good, company stable. Excellent recession job. | Glassdoor
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"Good place. Pay stinks, work/life balance good, company stable. Excellent recession job."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colmar, PA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colmar, PA
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Pros

The company is growing and seems stable, though there's always concern when stock prices jump quickly - does the competent ownership/management take a quick buck and leave? So far, no... hopefully it stays that way. I took a big pay cut to work there, but it's a reasonable trade given work/life balance, respect, autonomy, etc. Doesn't seem to be much opportunity for advancement to very senior jobs or bumps in pay, and many employees there are satisfied to stay for the very long-term anyway. Personally, I'll have to jump when the recession ends, but will probably miss Dorman.

Cons

Relatively low pay. The company is generally cheap (like stingy-cheap), though that can be a plus sometimes too. Worst workspace ever - old building, smelly bathrooms, horrible lighting.

Advice to Management

For all the discomforts and inconveniences at Dorman, you've found a way to keep good people around. Be ready to retain employees when the economy gets a little better - we want to stay at Dorman, and we'll continue to trade money and benefits for stability and respect - but not as much as today. As long as you step up to the plate then, and stick around yourselves, we'll stay for the long term.

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colmar, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colmar, PA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dorman has a relaxed work environment where people are informal but work hard. Recognition for a job well done is always given and opportunities for advancement are very good, especially since the company is growing at a healthy rate.

    Cons

    Generally speaking there aren't any cons, although the company has grown quite a bit over the past few years and is suffering the same growing pains that any company in its position would. All in all, very minor.

    Advice to Management

    Please hang on to that small company atmosphere and culture as long as possible. Today many of the downfalls of working at larger companies don't exist at Dorman... these problem may come to Dorman with continued growth, but with concerted effort it may be possible to hold this off for a while.


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    "IT Dept suffers from severe lack of leadership"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Colmar, PA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Colmar, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the colleagues within the IT group were excellent people and fun to work with. Work life balance was a positive. Telecommuting when necessary was never frowned upon. The company offers a free health club membership to Hatfield Athletic club for all employees.

    Cons

    Management in IT does not care about their employees. Resources are severely out of balance as there is way more work than the current staff can possibly handle. Management does not assist with prioritizing the work. They operate on a first in first out approach to work completion. Employees in IT are expected to work on helpdesk cases, small projects and large projects simultaneously. Management does not hesitate to fire staff w/o warning. 7 people were let go in the 13 months I was employed. This is an extremely high number since the IT dept totals 32 people in all.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO of the company never communicates to the employees. There is no guidance on what the mission or vision of the company is. There is no long term plan. The management of IT breeds a culture where everyone is fearful of being fired and is held to impossible Service Level Agreements. The environment is not team based, it is everyone for themselves. People are assigned work w/o the information required to complete it. IT employees routinely have dozens of open helpdesk cases and multiple active projects at any one time. IT management has not figured out how to complete projects as a team and is more concerned with providing negative, non-constructive criticism of your work. Overall the Director of Business Systems and the VP of the dept are in way over their heads. Their actual experience level does not match their respective job titles. Both of those positions spend time managing projects and concentrating on useless SLA metrics as opposed to performing the typical duties of a Director or VP. Until the resource issue is sorted out this is a department to avoid at all costs.

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