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Updated May 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Press Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Press Operator in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want to work day in and day out, without a life outside of this place, this is the job for you.

    Cons

    Work and life balance was extremely difficult to manage. the 12 hour swing shifts easily caused burnout amongst employees and there was open discontentment for the work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay - 8 hour shifts


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Pressman for 18 years"

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    Former Employee - Pressman in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Pressman in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There was no pros working there.

    Cons

    Treated employees like slaves. Other employees cared only about themselves. No teamwork whatsoever. Made supervisors out of pressman ect...with no supervisory skills at all. Place was full of favoritism. I walked out the door and made $5 an hour more.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to employees all the time and promise raises.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Company overview"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Japs-Olson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High paying salaries, good experience for pursuing print career

    Cons

    Family owned, treat employees like slaves.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more respect


  4. Helpful (6)

    "High stress, fast paced environment that demands extra hours."

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Saint Louis Park, MN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Electrician in Saint Louis Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technical skill set development. Sophisticated printing equipment and electronics requires you to quickly acquire knowledge and troubleshooting skills.

    Cons

    High pressure, extremely loud, no career growth potential, not recognized as beneficial to the company. Maintenance is seen as a waste of money.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that not all personnel are wasting time being unproductive. Give promotions to those that deserve it not only individuals that have put in several years going through the motions. Encourage employees to attempt to achieve a work life balance. Compensate the talented/skilled employees appropriately.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Overtime!"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse in Saint Louis Park, MN
    Former Employee - Warehouse in Saint Louis Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is always work, so there is a lot of stability for the company. You will always be guaranteed a pay check at the end of the week

    Cons

    Cannot have a life outside of work. You will have no idea of how many hours you will be working each day. At the drop of a hat, you will be on 12 hour shifts and have to work weekends too. You will live there during the busy season, 80 hours + per week. And don't forget, there are no lunch breaks! You are there for 12 hours and are expected to be working for 12 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees with a little respect. They make your business succeed or fail.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "A good place to maybe start out at, but not to build a career around"

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    Former Employee - Prepress Technician in Saint Louis Park, MN
    Former Employee - Prepress Technician in Saint Louis Park, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money pay was was good, and lots of overtime available when they were busy. You didn't need to worry about being laid off when they were slow - they seemed to have enough resources to ride out the bad times and still keep you on. If you were at least competent in your job you had job security there. No problems with getting time off when you needed it for personal reasons.

    Cons

    Management liked to play "hardball" with employees. Low morale and little or no respect shown to people for their talents or abilities. No real credit given for any of it. Many people stayed just for the money. Outside of the money little was done to benefit employees. For such a large company they had poor benefits. I read that they actually have an HR dept there now but they did not while I worked there. More resembled a company out of the 1940s or 1950s in the way it was run, right down to the retro-looking uniforms you were required to wear. I actually haven't worked there in a while but when I did they rotated shifts every several weeks so you couldn't plan anything or do anything like go to school while working. "Front-line" shift leaders were not fully supported by upper management - better to be a peon and skip the extra headaches of being in charge of someone else. Little or no real upward mobility. The position you start at will probably be where you will be working 20 years from now if you stay there. Lots of backbiting and employees turning on each other because they cannot realistically bring problems or grievances to management, so they lash out at each other. Might be a good place to start if you are just breaking into the industry but when you get a few years experience under your belt then leave and don't look back. Network with people outside of the company because inside contacts won't do you any good.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to empower your employees, provide them with better bennies, do more to encourage them to stay and make a career out of working there. Recognize and acknowledge talent and industry when you see it and don't buy into the backbiting that people do there to tear one another down deliberately in your eyes. Be more aware of the employee culture of your company and find ways to fix it and improve it. Yes people will tolerate a lot in the name of money, but eventually they will move on even if the money is good.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not my cup of tea"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hopkins, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a good place to start out. Very lax environment.. 3rd shift in pre press no one was required to do much work. It was more like social hour.

    Cons

    There was a ton of favoritism. Good if you were one of the special people. They promoted someone into supervisor and she didn't know thing one about what she was doing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the swing shift. Quit all the favoritism. Give people more benefits and make sure people are actually working on 3rd shift.

  8. "What a joke"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of overtime when busy, great co-workers, laid back

    Cons

    No growth in the company, management has a stick up their you know what, owners are to old school, poor benefits, treat there employees like crap, sexual harassment is an on going then towards females but never gets reported, consistently complain from other departments about any little thing and file a corrective action on another department, no use of cell phone nor allowed to listen to music. Makes one feel like they are imprsioned. They want your ideas but it's only JO ideas that count. Your opinion don't mean anything. They have their own ways of doing things and if you deviate from it your going to be yelled at and not talked to. They treat their employees like children when everyone is an adult

    Advice to Management

    Where's the work when you added on 117,000 sq ft addition. Can afford to pay for the addition but can't pay there employees any better nor give better benefits. Treat the employees like adults and not like children


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Going downhill"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Japs-Olson full-time

    Pros

    They cover a large percentage of medical insurance premiums. Smallish company where most front office people know each other. Decent holiday schedule and PTO. Sales people can make good money.

    Cons

    Technology is almost moving backward. Little desire on part of owners to invest in system improvements. Treatment of employees on production floor is quite poor.


  10. "Japs Olson Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a company values relationships. Japs-Olson has a great atmosphere where everyone of all levels treats one another with compassion and respect.

    Cons

    I have no cons to report.


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