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Guardian Industries Reviews

Updated January 20, 2018
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Guardian Industries President and CEO Ron Vaupel
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Pros
  • Good benefits and excellent insurance (in 27 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. "Guardian Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time

    Pros

    -Great Benefits: health, paid time off, 401k
    -Employee Moral

    Cons

    -Communication within the different departments.
     -pay

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. "Downhill Slope"

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

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

    Pros

    great coworkers
    28 day rotation was a great schedule

    Cons

    managers often know very little of the processes
    make dangerous decisions that result in personal injury

    Advice to Management

    stop hiring managers and supervisors from walmart and mcdonalds, stop hiring managers who were incapable of doing their job at other guardian plants

    LISTEN TO THE EMPLOYEE, they are unhappy and you don't care.

  3. "Human Resources"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid future and improving culture based around integrity and other meaningful principles. Many positive changes happening and new benefits for employees.

    Cons

    Many changes happening at one time. Some going well others feel like train wrecks. Right amount of resources and people seem to be lacking in order to be successful, more asked from fewer people mentality still remains.

    Advice to Management

    Let go of the old Guardian attitudes and embrace the future and get more in touch with what people need, want, and expect in the workplace (be ahead of the curve versus patting self on back after being last to the finish line).


  4. "Awesome Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Guardian Industries full-time

    Pros

    Take great care of their people.

    Cons

    I have no cons to share.


  5. "Limited advancement"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Unloader Associate in Galax, VA
    Former Employee - Unloader Associate in Galax, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are nominal pay is adequate.

    Cons

    Management never gives correct information and certain groups are treated unfairly.

    Advice to Management

    Fairness to all and think about the workers more carefully.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, location, nothing else can be a pro

    Cons

    TOXIC environment!! DICTATORSHIP, the plant moral on a scale of 1 to 10 is a negative 50, turnover is outrageous and you fear and get threaten to loose your job daily. Your encourage to target and give corrective action are your not considering doing your job. The plant manager has stated if your not writing someone up daily your not doing your job.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the plant manager and this toxic environment or your wont have to worry about getting rid of anymore salary and hourly, they will just walk out.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The woes of an inept manufacturer."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in De Witt, IA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in De Witt, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent healthcare benefits.
    Plenty of overtime for hourly employees.
    Some days at work are considerably easy.
    The plant is easily accessible for travel.
    Working night shifts gives less hindrance with management.

    Cons

    High turnover.
    Not competitive hourly wage.
    Upper management is very focused on production and plant being safe, but not employees being safe in the plant.
    Industrial machinery is outdated.
    Air in the plant is low quality.
    The plant is extremely hot during summers or when they run thick glass.
    They do not grow their own management.
    Most employees use the company as a resume builder.
    Management that is hired usually has not back ground in manufacturing.
    No balance for work/life.

    Advice to Management

    You are not in any way competitive in the local area with employee retainment. Please consider hiring from within because a continuous influx of supervisors with no knowledge base makes it difficult to cover all daily tasks. Simply stop being a disappointment.

  8. "don't recommend"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Guardian Industries full-time

    Pros

    fantastic benefits but pay progression sucks

    Cons

    hot, no growth nor development

    Advice to Management

    pay progression details


  9. "You have to be a perfect employee"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is good benefits are also good and good coworkers. Climate controlled work area. Clean place to work. Employee benefits

    Cons

    You can't have any accidents. If you are a minute late to work you are issued a half point. If you are 1 minute late from lunch you issued a half point

    Advice to Management

    Have better communication with employees


  10. "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High level of accountability and extremely solid management philosophy.

    Cons

    Challenging work schedule for operations group.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course.


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