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Oldcastle Reviews

Updated November 23, 2017
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Mark S. Towe
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  • Upper Management (Service Desk Manager and CIO) not really in-tune with IT work flows which makes meeting some expectations in realistic (in 22 reviews)

  • Lack of communication, Training wasnt the best (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Shipping and receiving/ crate builder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    Safety conscious to say the least
    Decent starting pay
    They take care of you and aren't going anywhere anytime soon

    Cons

    Always have a supervisor bent out of shape about something
    Grungy break room
    Hardly any room for advancement


  2. "Anchor"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Plant Manager in Bristol, PA
    Former Employee - Assistant Plant Manager in Bristol, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, amazing support management, pay was good, company invested into manufacturing facilities, employees are like family. Paid holidays, good pto plan.

    Cons

    Very long hours for salaried and hourly employees. Weekend work very often. Differences between block and bag plants that could cause issues with middle management. Some managers were held accountable, whereas others were not. Some managers have been promoted due to length of service instead of merit. Long term employees can be difficult to see new points of view.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to everyone. This includes your plant management team. Remember that all sites are different, with different cultures. Do not fall into the thought that all sites can and will operate the same. Continue the good work with the support and corporate management.

  3. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Limited room for advancement unless you are willing to travel/relocate to certain facilities.


  4. "unknown"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    up to date company and future thinking

    Cons

    upper managment is detached from labor.


  5. "Fast pace, steady work, but overloaded.."

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    Current Employee - CAD Drafter in Marysville, CA
    Current Employee - CAD Drafter in Marysville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always have something to do, never any down time to worry about. Good up to date software and hardware available.

    Cons

    Too much work given for one person. Have to work OT to constantly keep up with high sales demands. Expected to complete without support.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire additional Drafter due to his volume of work and new products to support.


  6. "Outside Sales in TX - Eating at my soul"

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    Current Employee - Outside Sales Consultant
    Current Employee - Outside Sales Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oldcastle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, flexibility, perks, lots of golf

    Cons

    Zero training, it's strictly trial by fire. They basically hand you a laptop and a cell phone and send you on your merry way. They do not have any formal training on their CRM system, their products, their logistical process, anything. The manager(s) tell you they will do "ride-a-longs" and have coaching days every other month, but they'll do it about once every two years.
    You get assigned a "protected territory" but they allow other sales reps to sell in your market. They definitely play favorites.
    90% of your pay depends on what territory you are assigned. Some territories will get you above $100k/yr. with very little work, other territories will have you work yourself to death for half that.
    They will fire reps when it comes time to save money but make it look like its a performance issue versus an actual layoff to not have to pay severance or unemployment.
    They do not provide you with commission payout statements, they just add a number to your paycheck and expect you to trust their math (It's wrong 40% of the time).
    Also, don't bother applying unless you're white if your male, unless your hot if your female.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a formal training program for new hires!!!
    Stop changing your leadership organizational structure every two years.
    Protect your sales reps' territories from other reps.
    An increase in base pay at least once every five years would be nice.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Think long and hard before buying in"

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    Former Employee - Recruiting in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Recruiting in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with global presence.

    Cons

    Every day was a new mindgame. Every day we were micromanaged to the point it made people feel beaten down. Clear favorites. They emphasized building relationships yet treat employees as a commodity.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees. Don't ask every chance if they are happy; you should be able to tell. Help people feel valued with more than words. Talk is cheap.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    I have had opertunity to grow with the company and have not been held back from learning and taking on new responsibilities

    Cons

    I am not paid what I am worth and after four years of working my way up and taking your responsibilities that are for outside my job description I have moved up in pay very little

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they are worth. Incremental pay increases are not enough to keep good employees.


  9. "Human Resources"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    Good people, winning attitude, lots of laughter

    Cons

    management is poor on communications, lack of consistency in policy, procedures, practices

    Advice to Management

    let people know what is going on so everyone can work towards the same end results


  10. "Finance"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonably good benefits and working conditions

    Cons

    Management inconsistencies in vision strategy and philosophy

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to walk the talk


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