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Little Rapids Reviews

Updated November 27, 2017
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  1. "Desktop Support Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Desktop Support Manager in Green Bay, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Little Rapids (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company. Great benefits and plenty of Leadership support. Employees are valued and treated well.

    Cons

    None to speak of at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  2. "Will never work for this company again."

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    Former Employee - Press Assistant II in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Press Assistant II in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Little Rapids full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, I can relate with a lot of them - not talking about the management team.

    Benefits were good

    Pay is more than the minimum hourly wage.

    Cons

    Management team doesn't care, you are a worker and a worker only. They only care about the company. It doesn't matter if your laying down at a hospital, or have to deal with a family emergency. You need to be there or else you will lose your PTO and you only get 80 hours a year(12 hour shifts). It will be held against you.

    Employees aren't very happy.

    People take 40 minute breaks and the company only allows 20 minutes for a break.

    It takes forever to get onto days shift, even when you've been working 3rd for 5+ years.

    Pay could've been more for what we do.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with your team members. Understand what they're going through. Not everyone is trying to screw a company over. They have a life outside of the workplace too.

    Pay more

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    "No Family/Work Balance"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator
    Current Employee - Machine Operator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Little Rapids full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is well above minimum wage, some great people to work with

    Cons

    You only get one week vacation, then another week your second year, a third week after eight years. And the time you've worked there in correlation to days off only gets worse as the years go on.

    Work expectations do not take into account employee breaks, machine maintenence, restroom breaks, etc.

    Poor communication between management and staff.

    You are only given a 10 and 15 minute break and must sign in and out it.

    No dedicated lunch break.

    No sick time or flex scheduling. You may only miss 5 days in a 52 week rolling period. There are no excused absences such as being too ill to work, family emergencies, or severe weather.

    Yes the pay is above minimum wage but it is low for the industry.

    It is a union job which doesn't do anything useful except protect those who have been there 15+ years.

    No achievement recognition whatsoever.

    Unrealistic expectations because the production planners do not effectively communicate with the machine operators. Then the operators are blamed for late orders.

    Some "fill in" supervisors are poor leaders or abuse their position.

    Many coworkers care more about gossip or drama than treating each other as equals and working as a team.

    No sort of team building to try and bring the workers and management together or boost morale.

    No motivation to do well except for your paycheck.

    You are a cog in their machine and easily replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Show some compassion, remember your workers are human too. People need vacation days or PTO or they will burn out. Try building comradrie, have things like small holiday parties. Have rewards for different things that not only will increase productivity for you but also give your employees motivation.

    Ask if you can help, ask how things are going, ask how their weekend was.

    Read Dale Carnegie. Not only will it help you get what you want from employees but they will feel valued as well.

    NEVER tell your employees that you pay them too much. That is severely undermining their worth and a huge faux pas that should be painfully obvious.


  4. "Paper Machine Back Tender/ Winderman"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arbor Vitae, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arbor Vitae, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Little Rapids full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. People good to work with, helpful and friendly staff.

    Cons

    A little behind in safety but taking steps to improve. Tend to have a flare for the dramatics.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and they will help you to become better informed and more successful


  5. "Good pay for the area, unusual schedule."

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    Current Employee - Production Associate in Shawano, WI
    Current Employee - Production Associate in Shawano, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Little Rapids full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay without a college degree, positions available by seniority, advancement depends on number of people dying or retiring. Good 401K plan, great health/dental/visual insurance. Friendly associates for the most part.

    Cons

    Rotating 12 hour night/day shifts, when people are on vacation or out sick you can be put on different crews and your schedule changes for a few months. Not much vacation time, no sick days.

    Advice to Management

    Take ideas from production associates to improve things.


  6. "Extremely toxic management to employee relationships!"

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    Former Employee - Production Associate in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Little Rapids full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Above average pay. Climate controlled production floor.

    Cons

    The relationship between the employees and management is terrible. The majority of salaried employees are only looking out for themselves. Next to no room for advancement. All-in-all, a very depressing place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like PEOPLE.


  7. "This is a company with wonderful people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Green Bay, WI
    Recommends

    Pros

    The associates on the floor and the office personnel are wonderful to work with on a daily basis, and particularly on a one-to-one basis. My manager gave me the flexibility I needed to do my job well and to maintain my work-life-balance.

    Cons

    The relationship between the union and the company provides many challenges because it is quite harsh. Also, the company leadership does not seem to respect the associates on the floor as much as I feel they should. This is evidenced by the fact that upper level managers are rarely on the floor and rarely ask for the opinions of those actually doing the work. Along with other reasons, this makes for a fairly poor employee morale in these areas.

    Advice to Management

    From a business standpoint, continue to do what you do; it's working. From a personnel standpoint, spend more time with the people on the floor. They are full of ideas for improvements, and it would boost employee morale.

  8. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good challenges. Good processes in place for ISO certification. Friendly coworkers. Up to date technology and facilities at one location. Good safety program.

    Cons

    One location is a much older facility although the technology is okay. Job performance reviews are inconsequential. Staff incentives are difficult to meet.

    Advice to Management

    Value all input no matter where it comes from.