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Fairbanks Scales Reviews

Updated Oct 16, 2019

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2.2
31%
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Fairbanks Scales CEO Richard Norden (no image)
Richard Norden
10 Ratings
  1. "Good environment with Employees in mind."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Meridian, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Understand of real world events. Worked with me when I had crisis in my life to allow me to attend to it and still maintain a stable a realisic work/life balance. Patient and understanding leadership.

    Cons

    Dated manufacturing facility, desperately needing a remodel or a new factory for increased production.

    Advice to Management

    Probably less expensive to develop a new plant in the same/similar area to not interrupt work but allow for a complete revamp of the facilities.

    Fairbanks Scales2019-08-20
  2. "Digging thier own grave"

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    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Meridian, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mostly decent people working there

    Cons

    Policy changes has made me have to leave the company. The new attendance policy is too strict for a young father of 2 with one vehicle

    Advice to Management

    A company should take better care of their employees. Offer better benefits you basically stripped away any piece of a decent benefits package. you screwed over everyone who has worked there for more than 5 years. For what to increase production. That's not the answer there is a major flow issue people always waiting for materials or a supervisor. There is also a need to thoroughly evaluate management . A decent... manager should be knowledgeable enough to no make so many mistakes.

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    Fairbanks Scales2019-10-16
  3. "Bad management"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in Savannah, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    FB was a great company to work with. If your a total YES man, this is your place to work.

    Cons

    Management and Corporate are greedy. If you like micro management, 24/7 tracking,

    Advice to Management

    Hire mangers that accually have experience in the industry, stop hiring managers that have no clue and are total YES men to the Corporate Monster. Your company rating is dropping fast.. Listen to your men in the field, stop using HR and your so called "open door policies" against your poeple / techs.

    Fairbanks Scales2019-08-27
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Fairbanks ASM... the good, the bad, and the ugly"

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Set your own Sales day and agenda.

    Cons

    Company communication. Car program.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees a better salary. You are expecting them to project manage, yet you've reduced the pay structure to virtually a commission-able position. Your bonus program is a joke with Quarterly charge backs. Invest in a national construction program. insist Order Entry help sales not road block them in not answering calls or emails. Stock your factory with product ready to move. You operate like a 'mom... & pop' waiting for an order before manufacturing. Stop hiring new Vice Presidents (that are worthless) and hire support personnel that can communicate. Get your head out of your backside and get a CLUE!

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    Fairbanks Scales2019-02-09
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Service Techs Point of View"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fairbanks is an Old American Company which is full history and great people. The local shops have some great people working in them and have enjoyed working with them. Freedom at work, plenty of hands on training, plenty of formal training, variety of work, is never boring, and plenty of work and overtime.

    Cons

    The benefits to me were one of the biggest down falls, with NO bonus going to the techs at all and NO stipend or on call pay for being on call 24/7 a week at a time. All the earnings and bonus go to management only. Management talks about the high growth and earnings for service, but none of the techs ever received additional pay for it. Also, when you are part of a shop that gets in the top 5 (as a tech) don’t... expect to receive anything extra (not even a better raise for it) because all that goes to the service manager and regional manager which will receive a week’s worth of wining and dining and an extra bonus for all of your hard work, but you do get your name on a plaque.

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    Fairbanks Scales2018-10-29
  6. "Some good people to work with, however..."

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    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Johnsbury, VT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people at the St. Johnsbury manufacturing facility

    Cons

    Decisions made by corporate leadership would often seem unplanned, confusing or contradictory.

    Fairbanks Scales2018-10-06
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Enter at your own risk!"

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    Current Employee - Resident Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The individual Shop team is the only bright spot

    Cons

    You name it- they have it here! Nepotism, discriminatory practices, top heavy clueless "management", horrific work conditions, total lack of concern for employee safety. Oh....and also on call 7 days straight every other week- 24/7 for NO stipend or on call pay. Might save you some money on a lawyer if you are just trying to completely remove yourself from your family - apply here, They'll hire you. No doubt about... that.

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    Advice to Management

    Go out and actually try working in the field that you "manage" with what you give the Techs/Shops. Not a day.....or one job. Stay with that Tech for the week. Go and DO what they do. Try it sometime. Nothing will change, but at least you'll gain an actual appreciation for your "job".

    Fairbanks Scales2018-08-02
  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fairbanks Scales Review"

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

    I have been working at Fairbanks Scales full-time

    Pros

    it's a small area so if you need a place to work they will work you to retirement age

    Cons

    They are a male dominated company, poor raises less than 1% per year. People who are in management don't care about their employees safety or needs. It's all about the button line and profit. They don't care about what stress or anxiety they cause their employees. Females who work in the office are treated like secretaries. The value of female employees are very under valued. They are thought to be the ones to do... duties such as errands and secretary duties outside of what they were hired to do. There is not many females in management, and if they are they are downgraded by male management. It is a very hassle work environment. Employees are always considered wrong or to have made a mistake before you prove to management that you did not make a mistake. The health care and benefits are very bad. It's not worth having the health care here. You are better off not having health insurance. The PTO system changed to reduce the amount of PTO to employees but did not effect upper management. Employees lost a min. of one vacation day. It's a place that had no dress code, but if you're a woman who wears dresses management will call HR and you into a meeting. They will allow men to wear shirts with 3 inch hole in the office but a woman dressed nicely is too sexy. It's a very toxic work environment.

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    Advice to Management

    Treat employees fairly, fine better health care program, family health care, don't take employee vacation time. Do not interrupt employees during lunch and breaks. Don't be a sexist place of employment.

    Fairbanks Scales2018-05-25
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Area Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Historic old Company full of great people. Fairbanks was a great American company and the current management team would rather ride past glory than innovate and grow.

    Cons

    Dated and incomplete product line as well horrible comp plans that are constantly changing with the goal of reducing employee compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Fairbanks needs to realize that crappy benefits and far below market compensation make working in their dysfunctional organization a miserable experience. Most of the products Fairbanks make are unreliable and more often than not they do not have a product to fulfill customer needs.

    Fairbanks Scales2017-11-07
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fairbanks Scales full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    As a technical writer, I was extremely well supported by Fairbanks Scales. My direct manager in the Service Department has passed away, but he was possibly the best boss of my life. The other engineers and SMEs were exceptional to work with. I miss this group. Amazingly great people.

    Cons

    There was definitely a limit to advancement and compensation. Most of the earnings go to the top. Even when the president gloated about high growth due to our hard work, very few underling employees received additional pay. This always seemed unfair.

    Advice to Management

    To keep positive worker attitudes, spread the wealth more equally. Create better and more advancement opportunities.

    Fairbanks Scales2017-09-19
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