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Peerless Mfg. Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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  1. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits at this company are certainly great. Most of the people here are great to work with well. I learned a lot working here

    Cons

    There are obviously some cons to working at any company. Luckily there weren't too many at this one - just put in the effort and you'll be fine

    Advice to Management

    I would mainly recommend more training and development for employees who are interested in order to expand their skillset


  2. "Do not recommend"

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

    I worked at Peerless Mfg. full-time

    Pros

    Paycheck
    Good benefits
    Some good people
    Can get some decent experience in a good industry

    Cons

    Horrible culture. Very hostile work environment. Low pay. Will mislead you during hiring process. Lots of office politics.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to treat your employees. Compare the office environment to other modern businesses.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Once a Beautiful Fun People-First Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Peerless Mfg. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Peerless Mfg used to be a lovely company that cared for its employees. We used to have company get togethers, lunches and Christmas parties. The corporate office even had holiday events at work! Flex hours used to be the norm, and a happy environment was prevalent. That was 1 yr ago. After upper management made several terrible business deals that cost the company millions of dollars, it almost went bankrupt and ended up selling its heat-exchanger line to compensate. When that wasnt enough, they decided to merge with a business-saavy corporation called CECO, who they thought would save them (they saved the business from bankruptcy, but destroyed the Peerless family).

    Cons

    While CECO brought cash to save Peerless, they also brought with them a new kind of corporate mentality. Gone is the company-is-family mentality. They have driven Peerless to improve profits while sacrificing employee morale. Morale is terribly low now. Upper management is only concerned with profit, and so they overburden and overwork employees now like crazy. Its disheartening to see when very good, dedicated people are so overwhelmed to practically their breaking points and yet upper management only cares about money. Most employees have to work overtime (not paid for salaried people) and sometimes even weekends to try to catch up. Even so, the engineers are so inexperienced and under-trained that they make so many mistakes and jobs regularly have issues with them. Its easy to tell an engineer to stay focused on a job to get it done right the first time; but with so many jobs and so much work load, how can anyone stay focused on just one? You end up bouncing from job to job just to get the work load resolved. And management just does not care; the employees are constantly being put down, bullied or worse. They feel the constant crack of a bullwhip as they are pushed to release jobs. Theres no positive motivation for the employees to care about the work and to really devote themselves to improving. Between the low morale and the high workload, and constant push to release to fabrication, the "team" has surpassed their breaking point and yet, upper management still does not see that they need to help their employees. Their view is: if you cant survive, then maybe you should look for work elsewhere. Thats a terrible mentality - one of which most people dont have the option to do.

    Advice to Management

    Please please please, care more about your employees. They are burned out from the crazy work load and they care enough about the company that they've stuck it out through all of this. Help them! Give them the resources they need to succeed! Train them and educate them to improve their skills! Dont boss them around, lead them by example! Avoid bullying, putdowns or talking down to. People dont appreciate being treated like children. Trust them to do the work and dont constantly micromanage them. If you show you care about them, and regularly award them for their hard work (even just telling them good job, is plenty), they will surely help the company do better. While profits are important, it doesnt help anyone if you've sold 1000 vessels that are built to terrible standards. You should concentrate your focus to making excellent products made by an excellent team of engineers who care about the company and care to improve it. When people are at their limits, they no longer care about anything else, they just want to survive the day to go home. Its not a good mentality, and the upper management needs to help the employees get out of this cycle.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Once good but now....."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Peerless Mfg. full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work in shop and field
    Opportunities to travel and enhance business

    dog cat smith hone hear me shout I just don't know what to eat give me a break dude

    Cons

    Didn't incorporate employee suggestions

    eat cat food whenever you can ti helps with digestion problems and so on and so forth if you know what I mean have i hit twenty words yet i certainly hope so by now

    Advice to Management

    Become more personally involved with shop operations
    Encourage your employees

    and i don't think I can say much more about all this i need to hit twenty words to register my feeling so i am doing my best to do that right now at this time and place in our cultural moment.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Will not ever send anyone to this place"

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    Current Employee - Welder in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Welder in Denton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Peerless Mfg. full-time

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing good to say about this shop. This is the worst company that I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    The management is the worst of all time. The human resource is one of the biggest jokes that I've ever seen. The safety program is set up to get someone hurt bad.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "meat grinder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Peerless Mfg. full-time

    Pros

    Post CECO Merger bonus potential if you can stay long enough to get it.
    Company history
    People are still trying

    Cons

    Total top down driven culture from the CEO
    if you do not follow his mantra/thought process/dictatorial style you will be shown the door quickly. Zero respect given and astronomical expectations of employees.
    Peerless was under Peter might not have been profitable, but Peerless under Jeff Lang is an unbearable workplace focused purely on metrics without thought.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your people before you drive them all away, or fire them all. The company has or had a wealth of talent but if they are not respected they wont stay.


  7. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Devoted to employee development.
    Dedicated to continuous improvement.
    High energy environment with flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Company sometimes slow to recognize high performing employees in a financial way.
    At times needed changes in policy or procedures slow to implement and change.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Until Lost Focus on the Important Things"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orchard Park, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orchard Park, NY

    I worked at Peerless Mfg. full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The Orchard Park office cared about each other like a family. Great place to obtain skills and experience.

    Cons

    Lost focus on the people that keep the business running, the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to you employees and their thoughts and opinions. When change is the only option there should be a process where people are involved to find the BEST solution, not just the quickest or easiest solution.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "This place sucks"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Denton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't really think of anything good about this company

    Cons

    below average pay, bad culture,

    Advice to Management

    quit


  10. Helpful (1)

    "engineering"

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

    I worked at Peerless Mfg. full-time

    Pros

    fairly relaxed atmosphere, staff was mostly easy to work with, they were very good with allowing flexible working hours whenever possible

    Cons

    high turnover rate on employees whether is was thru layoffs or people leaving on their own, lots of wasted time on training just to have them quit

    Advice to Management

    would have been nice to try to keep employees happy and have them excel at their jobs instead of constantly having to start over and train new people.


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