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Guardian Industries Reviews

Updated May 24, 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. "Don't expect to make much money"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Production in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not going to get laid off. Pretty easy going supervisors. Lots of overtime available. You can reinvent yourself as an employee because your supervisor will change every 18 months.

    Cons

    Pay scale doesn't exist. Nobody gets paid for what they do contrary to managements beliefs. Get told the sky is the limit on pay increases and get a ten cent raise.

    Advice to Management

    It's a lost cause at this point. It is what it is. Take it or leave it, they will still make glass.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Production operator"

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    Current Employee - Project Operator in De Witt, IA
    Current Employee - Project Operator in De Witt, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good stepping stone to a better manufacturing job. Z z z z z z z. Z z z z

    Cons

    No home life
    Rotating swing shift
    Bonuses are a joke
    Too much management not enough actual employees
    Many supervisors don't stay very long so your reviews are not very accurate if you get one at all.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and try to keep employees. Make them feel worthy and pay them what they deserve. Overtime is out of hand.


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  5. "Zero structure"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Floreffe, PA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Floreffe, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was paid and got a little experience in heavy industrial manufacturing.

    Cons

    I was expected to come in on call when it was not in my job description, which was very loose. Everyone in management was uneducated, and "worked their way up". They prey on ambitious under-qualified personnel to keep salaries low on the promise of advancement and opportunity that never comes.

    Advice to Management

    Create an actual structure for advancement.


  6. 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".


  7. "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.


  8. "Practice what you preach"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good people that want to do well.

    Cons

    The company and principals that Guardian was founded upon are not what it is today. It has become extremely political with a "Watch your back" environment.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach...


  9. "The honest truth"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inspector\assembler in Portageville, MO
    Former Employee - Inspector\assembler in Portageville, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    It offers excellent pay and benefits, it's a good place to work and are able to live comfortable. They offer voluntary and mandatory overtime.They have events for family.

    Cons

    They play favoritism with people they know outside the job, the management is not knowledgeable on the jobs with the exception of a few.

    Advice to Management

    Learn the jobs you require your employees to do so you can correct an issue and resolve problems. When wanting to make profit on parts make sure that you supervisors and lower management (department managers) are knowledgeable about the jobs. Stop the managers and down from having sex with employees


  10. "Maintenance supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Churubusco, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Churubusco, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Guardian Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, management was good.

    Cons

    Fast paced, always seemed to be behind on orders which could cause stress.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your hard work.


  11. "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lansing, MI

    I worked at Guardian Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    People most co-workers are great, Insurance is very good and does not cost too much, 401K very nice match

    Cons

    Swing shift. Would be much better to work a straight 12 hour shift versus the swinging. Too much overtime

    Advice to Management

    Time to honestly review your managers and supervisors and consider making some changes


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