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Mueller Water Products Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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  1. "Professional"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Aurora, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mueller Water Products full-time

    Pros

    I do not have any pros.

    Cons

    Revolving door. Nobody is accountable for anything. Raises are slim and no bonuses. They expect you to come in early, work through lunch and stay late, yet question when you want to leave an hour early.

    Advice to Management

    Hold each department accountable. Learn the definition of teamwork and not each department and location as it's own island.


  2. "Deteriorating"

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

    I have been working at Mueller Water Products full-time

    Pros

    No matter the if the job is hourly or salary it pays well but that is the only pro unless you are a senior manager.

    Cons

    Management continues to make poor decisions that do not make since and communication is barley useful. The culture and moral of the place is very low and all emphasis is on cost and product out the door and not on quality. Lean is implemented backwards.

    Advice to Management

    Take your time to change things. Quit worry about how much money and time are spent on the project. Just put a solid process or equipment in place and hold to it and don't stop following your process when you get behind because that is the only way to identify the flaws in the process and fix it down the road.

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    "Revolving Door"

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

    Pros

    It's a product that everyone needs

    Cons

    They are always looking to fire their people instead of developing them. Gestapo mentality. Their management just flat out lies to people. The site I was at had a whole new cycle of people in just two years. HR is really poor and thrives on screwing people. Unsafe working conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the ivory tower in Tennessee and the do nothing inhabitants if you really want to save money. Hopefully the new CEO will clean house. I thought they were on the right path with good leadership hires but they have all found out their number and left.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Nightmarish Culture"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mueller Water Products full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company attempts to use compensation as a tool to retain employees, which is the only positive that any salaried employee can muster.

    Cons

    What was always a below-average morale has only gotten worse in the last 8 months. Relations between Union and Management are now nonexistent. What was once a stressful, but yet fairly supportive place to work has turned into a culture based on constant fear of losing your job.
    I thoroughly enjoyed working there under past Management, but couldn't be happier with my decision to leave when I hear about the current state of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to half-heartedly emulate more successful production systems (like TPS). The Japanese automotive companies that you are trying to mirror your business model on "get lean" by using a scalpel, not by irresponsibly wielding a meat cleaver.
    If the plan is (as it appears from the outside; and apparently from the inside) to close the Chattanooga operation, retire the facility with some sense of grace and dignity...please do not just stand by while it bleeds out like a dying animal. Your people, people who have sacrificed much for the Mueller brand, deserve better than that.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Really get to know the individual department first (read between the lines)"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They do place importance on family. The company as a whole is pretty nice. They have a large participation role in the community. They are a very old and established company and a world leader in their filed. They are the Cadillac of water valves. The company usually has a couple of "special" dinner a year where a spouse can also attend.

    Cons

    Some departments are very political and promotions are based partly on the buddy system. Some departments are ran in a very old world management mentality and communication is very limited especially between upper management and salary employees. The typical work hours is at least 9 hours a day and at times can reach 80+ hours a week. But at those hours salaried employees get paid for their extra hours. (not time 1/2 but just straight time).

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more and don't rule by intimidation, you draw more files with sugar than vinegar.
    Just because that's the way you (management) were mentored, doesn't make if the correct way.


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