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Matson Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Good company with great benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Best US shipping company - great pay and benefits (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • I think there isnt much room for growth unless you are hired directly into higher level positions (in 3 reviews)

  • there is absolutely no work life balance, if you are in I (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vessel Planner in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Vessel Planner in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -benefits
    -great pay
    -good work environment

    Matson makes their employees feel like they are part of the great OHANA (family)

    Cons

    long days (12 hr shifts) make one miss out on family time

    Advice to Management

    none at the moment


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Look Elsewhere"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some very good and dedicated employees

    Cons

    Very unsophisticated corporate culture. Leadership non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Poor experience working here"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some genuinely good people are among the ranks.

    Cons

    Heavy politics, excessive workloads, non-existent work/life balance, management that doesn't care about you, some employees shown preference over others.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what your subordinates have to say, charismatic and transformational leadership doesn't work and people can see through what you're saying.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Technology/Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Matson (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people making positive organizational changes

    Cons

    Workload balance; unrealistic expectation from higher management

    Advice to Management

    Focus on organizational and technology health. Be willing to look a little deeper at true resource needs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Pooler, GA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Pooler, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The position is about the only thing good about it

    Cons

    Do not pay enough. Work too many hours with no OT. Staffing agencies.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the people more.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's been alright, but ehhh...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Logistics Analyst in Phoenix, AZ
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good leave structure. Moderately diverse culture (now). Centralized location. Free underground parking (needed in AZ everywhere really).

    Cons

    Pay increase structure has changed for the worse. Lacking room for growth. So-so management (micromanagement). Very outdated software/operating systems with no signs of improvement.

    Advice to Management

    No more micro-managing.


  8. "Matson Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Coordinator in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Equipment Coordinator in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Matson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a pleasurable, friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Long Hours and HR issues


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Corporate - Oakland"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Matson full-time

    Pros

    - Industry leader that continues to grow (slowly) and change (slowly) with the changing global economy
    - Financially sound
    - Solid pay, great benefits, good work/life balance and a pleasant working environment
    - Career opportunities for growth, but don't expect that they'll be handed to you
    - No hipsters/pretentious individuals, just good, nice people that work hard
    - Oakland Corp office is very commutable
    - Overall great place, especially for those that are mid-career (family) focused

    Cons

    - If you're looking for hyper growth or disruption, this is not the place - this industry is slow and capital intensive
    - Low turnover, so career opportunities may appear limited, especially if being compared to tech
    - No ping pong tables, kegs, all you can eat junk food, etc. - I think this is a Pro!
    - Not a sexy company or industry (if that's what you're looking for in your career)

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate to employees - any good or bad.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inventory Control / Shipping Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They are a large company and their name is well known as a leading freight carrier throughout the world. They specialize in moving freight overseas, by rail car and trucking.

    Cons

    While I agree that they are excellent at moving freight, I came on with the company when they started to get in to the warehouse industry. Many times it felt like the blind leading the blind over there.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management turned a blind eye to the fact that lower management was not treating all employees equally, but rather by who they liked better.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Workforce Planning Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Workforce Planning Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Workforce Planning Analyst in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Matson (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits for all employees.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, once in, you are "pigeon holed.".

    Advice to Management

    Know what you have in your employees, before you lose all the "great" ones.


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