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Freightliner Custom Chassis Reviews

Updated January 3, 2017
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  1. "Grade 4 Assembler"

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    Former Employee - Grade IV Assembler in Gaffney, SC
    Former Employee - Grade IV Assembler in Gaffney, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Freightliner Custom Chassis full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very clean and efficient. Running Toyota's Truck Ooerating System leads to a near perfect distribution of labor in relation to an individual worker's tach time. Pay is union competitive without the union. Health insurance is affordable and has excellent coverage. Plenty of paid vacation time.

    Cons

    Production is based on consumer need and some newer employees aren't very concerned with quality. Unfortunately, poor individual work reflects on the entire team of builders on each line and can negatively affect production needs. That, in turn, can lead to fewer annual hours worked and less money for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Implement quality control measures and hold every team member personally responsible for whatever work they produce.


  2. "Diesel Mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Diesel Mechanic in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Diesel Mechanic in Fontana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Freightliner Custom Chassis full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mandatory O.T. and if you cant work O.T. will get a write-up and after three will get fired. Always work outside due to no room in the shop. Not enough shop tooling for all the techs

    Cons

    Let me start with No leadership, no respect , no rules for safety practices if OSHA will show-up with no warning this place will be closed or they will be fined a lot of money. The techs run the show and nobody respects the day/night foreman. No new hire training process. They don't tell you what the company processes for billing customers are. When it comes to summiting RO's for P&A there is no training, pretty much here is a tractor and figure it out and once you take too much time on certain jobs they'll start writing you up and three write-ups you’re fired. Not enough tooling for all the techs, you have 40 something techs and only one shop tooling (timing tool, CAC psi. tester, A/C machine, etc.). So you have to purchase a lot of your own shop tooling and be aware other techs will steal your stuff. If it’s hard to believe just ask the Snap-On tool guy he tells you lock-up your tool box when you walk away from it. Every tech is so worried about trying to get "Gains" that no one is willing to help with the paperwork stuff or any other stuff. The techs that have been there for a couple years are very disrespectful to the new hire techs. This place is ran like a mom & pop shop hole in the wall very unorganized place and be aware to Fleet companies or private own truck drivers they will over bill you and take up to weeks to get your tractor fixed. This dealership claims to be “Elite Dealership “they will diagnosis your tractor in two hours or less but what they don't tell you after the two hour diagnosis time is it could take up to weeks to get your tractor back. The reasons are some techs will hide the RO’s (repair orders) inside their tool boxes over-night or the entire weekend because they want to guarantee they have a job for the next day. Or the foreman will favor certain techs to work on this tractor while some of the other techs wait around for work by the foreman's desk. The foreman will tell certain techs there's no work and log-into "idle time" just getting pay two times minimum wage. Basically there is favoritism and the foreman's are too scared to be a leader. So if you could deal with all this stuff then you will make it at Freightliner.


  3. "Good way to provide for family, not great if you're looking to advance your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaffney, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gaffney, SC
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Freightliner Custom Chassis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid pay, Decent Benefits, Decent regular hours,

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to "move up" within the company


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  5. "Good thing the 401K is good because the compensation increases aren't."

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Freightliner Custom Chassis full-time

    Pros

    The 401K is better than most other companies I have looked into. They have also increased time off to 20 per year starting with roll over. The vacations days are a little better than most companies as well with a full week off around Christmas. Flexable start times between 7 and 9. Easy to handle projects and daily work.

    Cons

    Compensation increases are as low as 2%, down from 3%. Compensations are based on a bell curve instead of pure merrit, with a vast majority getting the minimum or very close to it, yet individuals are not allowed to know where they are on the curve. The cap for time off increases for length of employment has gone down and time off can't be rolled over more than one year or cashed in. Projects don't get much more challenging with promotions and many vendors have poor communication skills which can impeed project progress.

    Advice to Management

    There are too many repetitive presuptions in design reviews resulting in an inefficient use of time. Supervisor advise is often contradiced my manager comments in design reviews indicating poor communication between upper and lower management. If you're not sure, don't assume, just request an analysis and wait for the results. If you aren't familiar with the type of analysis, learn more about it or trust it, but don't argue with it.


  6. "Hard work very consistent"

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

    Pros

    Hours were from 6:30 am-2:30 pm Monday thru Friday. Weekends off

    Cons

    Assembly line work that went all the way up to 40 plus trucks a day with only a 10 minute break and a 20 minute lunch.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees!


  7. "Decent place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Job is relatively easy, people are cool, gravy job, get your trucks done and just chill until you get off .

    Cons

    Not really any, a little uptight on making sure your paperwork is legible. , but this is understandable

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees more