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Guardian Industries Carleton Reviews

Updated December 27, 2016
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Carleton, MI

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Pros
  • Good benefits and excellent insurance (in 26 reviews)

  • Good 401k match once vested with low expense ratio options (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Benefits are horrific here along with no work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Long hours which may be good for hourly folks, but salary guys may find it tough without any clear career benefit, though boss will appreciate (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Current"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes, lacks cleanliness at times.


  2. "They use and abuse you. They're already prepared for you to leave."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime when you need it. Good health insurance, eye, and dentist.

    Cons

    Standing on feet 12 hours packing glass. Mandatory overtime. Don't attempt to have a life. Don't be a standup woman.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the favoritism. Care more about the people. Happy workers, better production. Don't abuse authority. The little people are important.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Coating Engineer in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Coating Engineer in Carleton, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability, good benefits, decent salary. Management is pretty friendly as long as someone performs, regardless of the experience level. Lot of career development opportunities, specially for folks at their beginning or mid career. Innovative ideas are welcome.

    Cons

    Glass is cheap, which makes management little stingy to adjust salary every year. Long hours which may be good for hourly folks, but salary guys may find it tough without any clear career benefit, though boss will appreciate. Doing same job everyday may be boring for some folks.

    Advice to Management

    It is long past due for new much more innovative products, so, job may become little bit more exciting. It is probably time to think outside the box.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Slow and steady"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice, friendly, and encouraging. The company is big, there are many resources to tap into. There's a lot of opportunities to contribute something and get a career boost.

    Cons

    To do well, you have to stick your nose in other people's business. There's a lot of redundancy in the company, and people are unknowingly working on the same projects all over.

    Advice to Management

    Get feedback from all employees more often. Rely more on peer review than single-person decision making. Stop overusing the word "innovation".


  6. Helpful (1)

    "No work/home life balance - company expects extreme attendance performance, miss a day get fired style."

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    Current Employee - Packer in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Packer in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Stay healthy and fit type of job - fun, energetic personalities abound!

    Cons

    Lower pay than big three companies - long 12 hour shifts - long mandatory overtime work weeks, either 72 hour or 84 hours a week - insurance is expensive to carry - no lunchtime, just three 20 minute breaks in a 12 hour period.

    Advice to Management

    Begin trying to enforce the Rotation Policy on the cold end lower lines. Raise starting pay and continue raises indefinitely throughout employment term. The seventeen something dollar/hr top pay cap is pretty ridiculous.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "You know what you sign up for"

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    Current Employee - Tagger in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Tagger in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good money, mostly good people, easy work, good benefits

    Cons

    Swing shift, hot summers, management inner circles, only two sick days before it effects your bonus

    Advice to Management

    Move to straight shifts, offer some kind of tuition assistance


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Worst job ever! Don't do it!"

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    Former Employee - Glass Packer in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Glass Packer in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, 401k matching, good health insurance, and short term disability. The benefits are good enough to trap you if you have a family.

    Cons

    As an hourly employee at Guardian Carleton you will be bullied by management, work rotating 12 hour shifts with mandatory overtime, have no chance of advancement (unless you are related to someone in management), and in general, be treated like an animal.
        You will work 12 hour shifts and rotate from nights to days every month. In addition, you will be forced to work overtime on your scheduled days off. You are given two "personal" days per year which count against you if you use them. You are also given few vacation days that they can reject as they see fit. Basically, forget about your family, and forget about attending any events that must be planned in advance. They are supposed to notify you 24hrs. In advance but that is not always the case.
        This company will destroy your work ethic. Forget about merit and seniority, they mean nothing at this place. Everyone is treated the same, good workers and lazy workers. The more skills you learn, the more management blames you for everything. Everyone gets paid the same no matter what! The only things that don't apply to all equally are the rules. Discipline is decided on a case by case basis (no rule book here). If you are part of the good ol' boys club or one of their kids, you are untouchable. If you are a regular employee and step out of line, you are scum and a horrible person.
        Guardian claims that safety is their highest priority and they brag about safety records. If you get hurt at Guardian they will blame you. When you get hurt they will fix you up on site and discourage you from getting real medical attention, even if it means locking you in an office and having several managers bully you into changing your mind. You will never receive workman's comp. It is always your fault! Even if it is caused by a previously reported issue.
        This is a nasty company to work for. By far this is the worst company I have ever worked for. I wasted 8 years of my life because I was afraid to lose my benefits.

    Advice to Management

    My advice doesn't matter to management.


  9. "Very mediocre... company, management, products"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent systems
    Intense focus on results
    Less bureaucracy than at other similarly sized companies

    Cons

    Mediocre management with extremely high degree of unearned arrogance
    Strong company values that sound great but are completely ignored in reality
    Extremely slow career progression

    Advice to Management

    Hire talented management that is qualified to lead, and exemplifies "the Guardian way"
    Reduce the cowboy-like independence of the plants
    Develop and reward talented people


  10. Helpful (2)

    "New Management is Horrible"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Guardian is trying to move from "leap frog" development to real innovation. Some great people to work with there.

    Cons

    Lots of work, overloaded employees. New management doesn't know crap. Disconnect between those in management and people who actually do work. Pay could be better. Guardian will always lag behind competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and you're going to burn every single employee out.


  11. "It's a job, rotating shift makes it hard, opportunity is there if you know how to play the politics."

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    Current Employee - Production in Carleton, MI
    Current Employee - Production in Carleton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not sure of what goes on 'behind the scenes' as far as management goes, but I still have a job when other companies are/were laying people off.

    Cons

    Very political...really doesn't matter how hard you work, people's opinions of you are dependent on other people's opinion of you (accurate or not).

    Advice to Management

    Develop a structured process for training for new positions within the company, a standard, that is applied to everyone.


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