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Guardian Industries Geneva Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Guardian Industries President and CEO Ron Vaupel
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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. Helpful (3)

    "Not the greatest but it's a stepping stone"

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    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Network Administrator in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hiring process is a breeze and they get back to you fairly quickly.

    People are very nice and overall try to be helpful.

    Learn something new each day.

    Cons

    Management is horrible and needs to respect their employees. Even when someone leaves, they ignore you and expect you to do everything right then and there.

    Support is iffy, I received more help and support from other sources at other locations than I did in my own plant.

    Accounting department is very catty and is like high school yet these men and women are in their 40s+.

    Pay is tolerable at beat, but raises, bonuses, and reviews do nor happen.

    Benefits are horrific here along with no work/life balance. 401k match is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect, help them become successful, and give good training. Management is very rude, want you in the door and then you're on your own. Good luck finding a good place to work at here.. Corporate office is probably the best place to be.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Not the "Old Guardian" anymore....I was a long term employee"

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    Former Employee - Office in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Office in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Health Benefits, 401k with company match, onsite fitness center, some peers you get to work with. Office schedule was a benefit, unless you had a job the required lots of hours of extra work with same pay.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, lack of internal promoting of the correct people (good old boys club), Managers just delegate and sit in meetings all day instead on being on the production floor with their thumb on the pulse of the production "the people". Managers very disrespectful to their direct reports or anyone below them.

    Advice to Management

    Lack of leadership from corner office. (New plant manager now, not sure about him), Lots of politics....Plant Manger did not do his job, so let's promote that individual to a corporate position in charge on NA. Too much Disrespect over a long period of time from all managers, good stepping stone job for some, but after years they will suck the life out of you. With in a few days, they took yearly bonuses away and monthly plant bonuses away from a small group of individuals that got them for years, But kept giving large thousands of dollar bonuses annually to Managers, let's not take care of those that actually "work".

  3. Helpful (2)

    "maintenance"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k match is great,health insurance is cheap and lots of perks for 8hr people,it is very stable company with no layoffs

    Cons

    GOOD OLD BOYS CLUB,12HR ROTATING SHIFTS,REALLY DONT GET ANY HOLIDAYS ONLY PAY,LITTLE RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY MAKE PLANT WHAT IT IS

    Advice to Management

    try putting qualified people in positions that really matter,not people who sit in front of computer on facebook all day


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Shift Manager in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I am employed, and I have learned to deal with old school management style, and how not to manage people or issues

    Cons

    Way too much favoritism and old boy cronyism...if you are not part of the "in" production group, you will not be respected for the work you can do. The plant manager and other top managers are only looking out for themselves, not for other employees or for each other. Some people get away with actually ignoring production issues, safety issues, and the leadership team seems fine with that.

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk...the Guiding Principles are a great foundation, but the managers just talk and talk and talk, and provide little real action. Management, walk the talk, get serious, really look at the issues and what employees are saying.


  5. "good opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and benefits are adequate
    the long term benefits are good and could improve
    very nice area to live

    Cons

    12hr shifts and overnights and challenging environments
    hot environment
    work dangers
    walking
    must be good at multitasking and seeking advice from others

    Advice to Management

    keep working


  6. "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management that cares about you. Cool perks like holiday gifts, company sponsored fitness events (mud-runs, 5k's, etc.) and on-site fitness center.

    Cons

    Long hours and weird shift rotations.


  7. "Attrition is the key to advancement"

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    Current Employee - New York in Geneva, NY
    Current Employee - New York in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, benefits are good. If you can stick it out, there is potential to move up as there has always been a bit of a revolving door there. People on the floor are nice and honest.

    Cons

    Attrition has always been high due to swing shift. As a result, things never really change or get better unless something major happens. Watch your back with management and supervision.

    Advice to Management

    Stop looking at the numbers and start looking at what is actually happening on the floor

  8. "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Time off during the week.

    Cons

    Everything else. The only place I know that's makes you do mandatory volunteer work!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company"

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    Former Employee - Cold End Glass Handler in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Cold End Glass Handler in Geneva, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guardian has good benefits including health insurance and 401k matches. They encourage communication and production through incentives that range from monetary bonuses to free food or t-shirts. The work environment was safe and clean. People genuinely cared about doing their job and some cared about giving their best day in and day out.

    Cons

    While the company offers incentives to boost production and safety, there is still a gap in promoting career opportunities from within. That is not to say that they do not promote from within, but rather, it is left up to employees to seize the day and figure out potential opportunities/promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Take away the mystery of employment/promotion opportunities. Job openings should be posted regularly in a designated area for all to see and to aspire to keep their career at guardian rather than leaving for more apparent opportunities. Also, factories are cold methodical places where people work with machines and social aspects are minimized. It short, the factory makes people a little "nutty". Some managers realize this and frequently check in with employees to see how they are doing and extend common courtesies like saying good morning.. These kind of interactions need to happen more uniformly across all operations.


  10. "Good Company but going through huge transitions"

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    Former Employee - Production in Geneva, NY
    Former Employee - Production in Geneva, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company was debt free and continuously expanding into new markets. Alot of opportunity to learn new jobs and training available. Awesome benefits package (401k+medical)

    Cons

    Low pay. Extremely high turnover. Micromanaging by supervisors and managers who were so afraid of losing their jobs that they weren't willing to let their team grow by taking risks. Very unstable work environment with no consistency. Teams constantly having to deal with new supervisors, shift managers, and department managers every 6 months to a year because everyone either quits or gets moved around too much.

    Advice to Management

    Give your team freedom to be innovative and take ownership of their work environment. Don't micromanage so much it drives alot of good talent away and creates a negative work environment.


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