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Milgard Manufacturing Reviews

Updated March 3, 2017
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Pros
  • There are a number of great people that work for Milgard (in 10 reviews)

  • Insurance and other benefits are good in comparison with the building materials industry (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management did not always see it that way (in 7 reviews)

  • Long hours, hard pressing deadlines, poor design choices occasionally made (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Full time, benefits, 401k, paid holidays

    Cons

    Horrible management, super political, upper management plays favorites, pay isn't great

    Milgard Manufacturing Response

    Mar 6, 2017 – HR Generalist

    Thank you for your feedback. It sounds like there are some things that are truly bothering you, we would encourage you to utilize the Open Door Policy to express your frustrations and concerns to... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Clearly not the best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fife, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fife, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to wear safety glasses to protect your eyes that may be your only pair for awhile.
    They get gloves for you in the right size when they feel like ordering them.
    You get to eat lunch hopefully every other day.
    If your good at your job they will work you and give you the hardest tasks.
    If you ask HR for help they will give you a 1800 number to call.
    The sometimes go to 12 hr shifts when demand is there than change back to 8 it keeps you flexible.

    Cons

    Management cant stop staring long enough at you instead of talking to you.
    You are always being judged, perception is everything. so judging a book by its cover is what is important to them.
    They do not like conflict so they will not approach people who have alot of experience that defy what they are trying to do even if it is just an opinion they like Yes men/women.
    Too many lies they say one thing and end up doing another.
    They dont give raises and once they do they find any way to get you out of there to save money.

    Advice to Management

    Find more homegrown talent stop looking at outside talent that have never worked in the field. Also stop promoting people who are not good at the field they work in but only good at talking to you and doing whatever you say no matter how crazy it sounds. Stop giving surveys that are not anonymous that ask for your tenure and department when there are only 2 people in your department. Need to engage all people on floor not just stare at them from afar while you talk to the supervisors for long periods of time its very uncomfortable. Ask for the floors opinions and try to act like you listen to them not just when numbers are good you come out and try to talk to people.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Beware"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Temecula, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good.

    Cons

    Toxic environment. Staff turnover is incredibly high. Any criticism of upper management becomes grounds for termination.

    Advice to Management

    Fear is not a very good motivator.

    Milgard Manufacturing Response

    Nov 21, 2016 – HR Generalist

    We completely agree with you - "fear is not a very good motivator." As the Milgard philosophy states, as a company we strive everyday to respect each and every individual within our business. Thank... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "management"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fife, WA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Fife, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice co-workers. Fast pace job make the day goes by faster. Benefit is ok but medical is expensive

    Cons

    Poor management and leaderships. Leaderships are uneducated and poor in improvement abilities. Only get a raise if you pass a level in skills but there's absolutely no training. There's no annual or cost of living raise. You could work there for a couple years and not getting a raise.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Set up for failure!"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Buyer in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milgard Manufacturing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good entry level experience if you don't mind rude, unhelpful management. Expect to be shoved in with no training, they took out the training classes they once had, and expected to survive with no support from leadership.

    Cons

    Everything else. Toxic work environment. Milgard Aurora, not speaking of other locations, has sub par leadership, including senior staff. Milgard will dump a tremendous amount of responsibility on you and watch (not help) you deteriorate. I will not and do not recommend this position if you are a hard worker, quick learner, or in any way sane.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your behinds and look at how the majority of the employees are overworked, stressed, and all around NOT HAPPY with their job, because that's what Milgard is, a job, not a career.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Customer Service Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Coordinator in Temecula, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Coordinator in Temecula, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Wage for the area, Offers Health Benefits.

    Cons

    Call center Mentality, Customer does not come first. Current Mangers priority is metrics. Hostile environment. Favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    I have spoken with HR. They actually told the Manager what was discussed. Had no choice but to resign. Best career move I ever made.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "bad,bad,bad"

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    Current Employee - Slave in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Slave in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    there are lots of things wrong here

    Cons

    philosophy, they preach but dont practice

    Advice to Management

    follow what you say, or in your words, walk the talk

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Once was good now is a nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Milgard Manufacturing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees on the floor is the best asset of the company, management has no respect for them but they endure and take of each other the best they can.

    Cons

    Excessive stress put on employees from the upper management. GM is very unethical and culture will suck the life out of you. Was in high position and was witness to the disrespectful and unethical decisions made to their employees behind closed doors - each Monday actually. Avoid this company unless white and Mormon. This is true and easily verified by anyone who has or is working there.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Poor with current management"

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    Former Employee - Senior Management in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Management in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milgard Manufacturing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good business model and great product

    Cons

    Management - if you aren't Mormon you don't stand a chance

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Gary Gessel


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milgard Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked with some really great people.

    Cons

    Extremely old fashioned company down to the good ole boys club. People are very frequently promoted or passed over for reasons other than merit and talent. Very few opportunities for women and minorities to grow. There is a distinct favoritism shown toward Mormons. Very few employee perks or incentives. Raises are always up in the air (except for executives) or virtually non existent.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the past.


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