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Olin East Alton Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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East Alton, IL

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  1. "Machine Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in East Alton, IL
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in East Alton, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Job Security, great wages, and work atmosphere makes for a great place to work!

    Cons

    Rotating Shifts, are most definitely one of the dislikes for this Olin workers.

    Advice to Management

    Being more clear about what you need from your employees on a daily basis.


  2. "Olin East Alton Employee, hourly"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in East Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay, opportunities for training such as TQM, SPC, 5S, great place to work if you enjoy manual labor.

    Cons

    Too much supervision, way too much forced overtime, outdated machinery, union shop, so expect to pay union dues, and the company usually prevails in grievance procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school, learn how to effectively lead people, not use intimidation practices to try to bully the rank and file employees to do what you require of them. Profanity does not work either!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "(Winchester Ammunition) Most negative company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Olin (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits (in Illinois), Great, dedicated work force (who's left in Illinois) Leaving for a better job and finding what a world class company is really about, as a result.

    Cons

    Management put in place through nepotism and butt kissing. Very inexperienced people in office and floor most without any kind of degree or mgmt training which creates hostile work environment. Work 6-7 days per week (in Illinois) with absolutely no family time for hourly employees. Bad mgmt decisions leading to demise of historic company. Most mgmt wanting to move up no matter the cost to product or people. Hourly employees treated badly unless you re in the click.

    Advice to Management

    Hire Mgmnt with minimum Associates Degree. Cut out nepotism, favoritism and don't promote from floor unless you have extensive training or Asso. Deg. Do homeowork and make informed decisions.


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  5. "Extrusion Press Operator"

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    Former Employee - Extrusion Press Operator in East Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Extrusion Press Operator in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Olin (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fair Salary.Filthy working conditions.Good benefits.

    Cons

    Company moving to Mississippi.Bad morale.

    Advice to Management

    Move to Mississippi


  6. "Pack It Up And Leave Town"

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    Former Employee - Truck Driver in East Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Truck Driver in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Olin full-time

    Pros

    Olin Had At The East Alton Plant Good Benefits,Good Pay,Good workers

    Cons

    Looking Out For Share Holders. Not The Hourly Employee's, Left East Alton A Ghost Town


  7. Helpful (1)

    "horrible work environment"

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    Current Employee - Adjuster in East Alton, IL
    Current Employee - Adjuster in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Olin full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay is well above average and some buildings are heated and cooled.

    Cons

    Ideologis are from the 1960s and the company uses safety as a means of punishment, instead of as a way to improve the work environment. They are unable to adapt to changing environments and refuse to work employees when it comes to new technologies that effect everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring managers with a college degree in management! Communication skills are lacking, supply chain management is laughable, the idea of lean management is there but under utilized. Most importantly INTERPERSONAL SKILLS NEED TO ESTABLISH BETWEEN WORKERS AND MANAGEMENT. The communications between the two groups is non existent, and this cause more problems than anything else I have seen.


  8. "Paycheck always cleared"

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    Former Employee - Metallic Adjuster II in East Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Metallic Adjuster II in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My paycheck always cleared every two weeks. It was a reasonable wage in an area without many good paying jobs. Guaranteed 40 hour week.

    Cons

    The leadership qualities were unprofessional, intimidation oriented, and pushed for failure. Having only 3 days off per month makes for highly dissatisfied workers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't move a highly profitable company to a different state.


  9. "Quality compromised by quantity has changed the face of Winchester Ammunition."

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    Current Employee - QVC in East Alton, IL
    Current Employee - QVC in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay and above average benefits kept me coming back each week. Olin offered educational assistance to its employees in East Alton which was an added benefit as well.

    Cons

    The forced overtime, poor management, and lack of respect towards dedicated and hard working employees has made working for Olin Winchester a miserable existence. If your in the click you got it made, but get on the other side of the fence and there is hell to pay whether your a responsible employee or not. A "hostile work environment" in a Machine Shop, what does that say for this company?

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value every employee in our organization.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "a very irresponsible company that has no sense of profit for dedicated employees or share holders"

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    Current Employee - 50 Caliber Adjuster in East Alton, IL
    Current Employee - 50 Caliber Adjuster in East Alton, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    supporting law enforcement, and military ammunition

    Cons

    no bonuses, no profit sharing, no vacation for 10 yrs. extreme excessive overtime

    Advice to Management

    don't let your desires or greed overcome your integrity and don't bite the hand that feeds your profits (employees)


  11. "2012-2013"

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    Former Employee - Bullet Operator in East Alton, IL
    Former Employee - Bullet Operator in East Alton, IL

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

    Pros

    nice benefits and retirement plans.

    Cons

    lost job, due to company moved out of state

    Advice to Management

    going to miss you



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