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Pros
  • This equates to a very positive work life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Collaborative work environment and work-life balance is promoted (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Going downhill :("

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Alden, NY
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Alden, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Greatbatch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    PTO of about 4 weeks, Some workers are friendly, A couple of holiday shutdowns, getting overtime when available, tuition assistance

    Cons

    Required to temp first, very low wages, high deductible insurance (but that's the new normal I guess). Loss of profit sharing. Some workers are not friendly. No advancement or cross training for good workers if boss don't like you, (why make it personal?). The quality is not good lately, but that's partly due to buying low priced product and receiving junk in return (along with over-worked equipment and training issues).

    Advice to Management

    Please get the quality issues worked out. Strive to have better communication with employees. Increase pay a little to keep people and maybe they won't quit. Stop taking things away from us that made us feel welcomed and part of family.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Columbia City, IN
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Columbia City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Greatbatch (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and PTO time is exceptional

    Cons

    Huge gap between upper and middle management. Supervisor and team leads are great, but the lack of communication is inconsistent. GB seems to have lost focus of customers, more focused on dollars. Loyalty to employees is also not there. PLT team are basically new (most there less than two years) and need to relook at there effectiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit loyalty to people with tenure and be better communicators. Help middle management and team leads be successful.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Dont apply to this company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Going the heck home at 2:40

    Cons

    Working here, watching tush kissers get promoted and hard workers ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Get your communication in check. Don't promote friends and lazy tush kissers. Actually do your job?.... Keep in touch whats going on on the floor and not your best team leaders personal life?


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "It's a paycheck"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alden, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alden, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Greatbatch full-time

    Pros

    4 weeks PTO, yearly profit sharing bonus, 2 week long shutdowns, tuition assistance, overtime when it's available, light duty work

    Cons

    Below average wages (that's why it's "competitive"). No standing jobs, so you sit down all day (but if you like it then great). High school attitude in this place with all the drama and slander (we are "adults" correct?). Some supervisors show a lot of favoritism and bias/discrimination. Zero promotions and bad raises unless you are a favorite/friend. If a certain supervisor has a personal dislike for you then you will be bullied and your career will go nowhere. Company core values are not followed. Severe lack of communication between management/supervisors and employees. Quality has suffered from either employee apathy, poor training, being rushed to complete orders at last minute or just shear incompetence from the entire factory staff.

    Advice to Management

    Quality needs big time improvement. There should be a clear idea of what's good and bad. Bad (or potentially bad) parts should be removed immediately and a decision made immediately, not left to sit for 10 months or longer with no clear answer. Also, if parts are flagged as possibly bad then why do they end up on the shipping truck before the engineers/techs comes looking for them? You also need better communication with low level employees, don't lie or withhold necessary info. We do like to know what's going on with our company. Please put a leash on certain supervisors, the arrogant bias attitude some have needs to end.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "It's a job..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pto is awesome. About 4 weeks and only 32 hours need to be used for the two mandatory shutdowns. Co workers have great personalities and make the job fun.

    Cons

    Pay is garbage. Engineering team that doesn't like helping you with issues. Instead of taking the time to fix things they just put band aids on them until they are no longer repairable. extremely high health insurance deductible. Good workers under appreciated while bad workers seem to be favored? If that makes sense. Management is never seen on the floor. Maybe a few times a day for about two minutes. If you're not a butt kisser, good luck moving up in the company. Extremely high turn over rate. Company says they want quality and quantity doesn't matter, yet they want more and a more numbers and expect it to be done with ancient equipment. Everything is revolved around this "budget" that some how never allows improvements to said ancient equipment.

    Advice to Management

    Supervisors pay more attention to your staff. Don't just sit up front in the offices all day. Treat everyone fairly. If so and so is not working don't go over talk to them and distract them more but go over to someone else who is walking to the bathroom and get on their case about why their not working. Be more fair with advancement opportunities.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "I call this place Pumpkin Patch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Greatbatch (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There aren't any pros - except for the fact I never see my manager

    Cons

    You're stuck here in perpetual boredom with a low salary, waiting for the Great Pumpkin to come. But you are stuck in the Pumpkin Patch.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Mismanaged"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of work, Generally good people at ground level

    Cons

    Poorly staffed, benefits routinely cut, poor vision from C-level, bureaucracy/politics far beyond company size, management takes no feedback or advice from ground level, substandard bonuses

    Advice to Management

    Hire capable team players, don't let earnings calls run your company, have some vision beyond profits, don't reorganize every 6 months


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Greedy leadership, disregard for employee satisfaction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance was just satisfactory, could improve flexibility to be more mom-friendly if child is sick, appointment, etc.

    Cons

    Top down decision making, employees do not trust management. Very much a fear culture, always on edge for lay-offs.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees as an asset. Set clear vision/goals. Executive team multi-million dollar compensation/stock packages are outrageous.

    Greatbatch Response

    Jun 9, 2015 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you for your review. We will take these thoughts into consideration as we continue to grow and develop our Greatbatch culture. Best of luck to you.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "penny wise, pound foolish"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at Greatbatch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - hard working production employees
    - new/state of the art facilities
    - rising stock price, increasing earnings trends
    - strategic product diversification attempt to remain relevant

    Cons

    - since a very large portion of senior mgt compensation is stock-based comp the main focus is to keep EPS and stock price high regardless of how results are achieved - low level US workers are cut and jobs are shipped to Mexico to achieve results; middle management is understaffed and overburdened
    - outsourcing to the max - blank check for overpriced consultants. employees are kept at low pay with constantly dwindling benefits
    - existing employees are not nearly as valued as former employees from peers/competitors who are recruited with high pay and signing bonuses

    Advice to Management

    decide whether or not you want to be a growth company or you want it to be a mature company; you say growth company but constant cost cutting with sluggish growth is the behavior of a mature company

    Greatbatch Response

    Apr 14, 2015 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thank you so much for your review and your current service with Greatbatch. We hope that you continue to trust in the Greatbatch strategy and values to help us achieve our vision. We welcome any ... More


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Layoffs you can set your watch to!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High tech products, company willing to invest in R&D and new ideas, state of the art equipment, modern facilities. Some good perks for those who are "grandfathered in". You can get the most career advancement for an MBA.

    Cons

    Semiannual layoffs, sometimes small, sometimes large, either way employees get the ax twice a year, regardless of performance. Very vindictive work culture. Some of the managers and directors rate employee performance based on how many hours they are willing to work, this means the department you are in could mean the difference between having a good work life balance or being chained to a desk. The quality of benefits diminish every year so the CEO can buy more exotic cars. Employee moral is low, and there is little trust for the company. Employees constantly live in fear that any day could be their last. DO NOT work there unless you have nothing to lose! Don't take a position with them if you have to leave a stable job or relocate, you may not be there long!

    Advice to Management

    Company needs a hostile take over.



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