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GKN Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Nigel M. Stein
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Pros
  • Some good people in the head office (in 14 reviews)

  • Good manufacturing experience and great people (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • No diversity in upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Work Life balance is not seen in upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GKN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global Technology Leader who believes in the value of developing People

    Cons

    Not alway acting as one Company
    Could Position itself better be communicating all the good things

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk always


  2. "GKN Finance"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GKN full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    strategic, long term thinking. good working atmosphere. strong culture of achievement.

    Cons

    autocratic and idiotic senior executives, trying to run everything themselves from overseas. slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    fire the current idiots and get empowered local leadership


  3. "They ONLY care about the numbers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Garden Grove, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Garden Grove, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GKN full-time

    Pros

    For the most part, a lot of the people that work here are friendly.

    Cons

    Lots of restructuring and this company doesn't seem to care about important things like the AS9100. They only care about the numbers and profit. Lots of things you have to figure out on your own and you must ask lots of questions. There is no training.


  4. "GKN Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallassee, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tallassee, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits package.

    Cons

    Negative work environment and future outlook.


  5. "Sales"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn Hills, MI

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

    Pros

    Company name is good in the market.

    Cons

    Employee benefits to be shared.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Mebane, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Mebane, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent training available to put in your toolbox. Met a few good people there.

    Cons

    Good ole boy system well and alive at the Alamance facility. Education is not valued. No diversity in upper management. They give people jobs that dont deserve the job but because they have been knowing each other for 20yrs and are probably related. This is not a place to grow. No discipline on the shop floor reason for bad product.

    Advice to Management

    Be more diverse and listen to your people there is a reason people are quiting at this facility.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Prepare to work at least 6 days a week"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Assembly Operator in Newton, NC
    Current Employee - Assembly Operator in Newton, NC

    I have been working at GKN full-time

    Pros

    The work is easy and people are very nice and friendly. The pay is also good for what you are doing, holiday pay is double time plus time and a half

    Cons

    Some of the lines get holidays off and some lines don't. I am working on a line and we had to come in on good Friday and Easter Sunday tomorrow while 85% of the rest of the plant is off. And I don't holiday pay since I am a temp. Plus you have to work at least 6 days a week, some lines don't have a day off at all


  8. "Manufacturing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in El Cajon, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in El Cajon, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GKN full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nothing pro management don't know anything

    Cons

    A lot of wrong , Manegment is incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Draining"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GKN full-time

    Pros

    Some very knowledgeable people still work here (somehow).

    Cons

    What sad state of affairs. In all my years I have never encountered such a quagmire.

    MRP is not used effectively, Operations builds what will help them meet revenue, not what's due to customers.

    MRB backlog is not to be believed, parts are not scrapped so they don't have to be written off.

    Other turn over comments are true only because anyone being held responsible can only take beatings for so long before there are fed up and give up.

    Benefits are mediocre at best. Employee recognition primarily consists of meager give cards to a gas station convenience store.

    Advice to Management

    Change the company slogan from "Engineering that moves the world" to "Engineering that moves the world to seek employment and products somewhere else"


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worst place I have ever worked!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Quality Engineer in Tallassee, AL
    Former Employee - Associate Quality Engineer in Tallassee, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None absolutely nothing good to say about this company most people that work there don't know any better.

    Cons

    This company grossly under pays its employees. Management only seems to be concerned with there next bonus or next higher position. Company takes advantage of small towns has a great deal of scrap and is very disorganized. Management works on the good old boy system and is very incompetent.

    Advice to Management

    Put your people first and start paying to industry standards


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