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Poet - Ethanol Reviews

Updated March 11, 2017
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Pros
  • POET is a very progressive company and has very high quality team members (in 4 reviews)

  • great pay - sexy company doing big things (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours occasionally but rarely (in 3 reviews)

  • The movement to all HR related items being on-line has been horrible (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Love it here!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time

    Pros

    POET has a strong culture that is present everyday. Our executives take the time to develop each and every team member.

    Cons

    None so far! I have had many opportunities for advancement in 3 years!


  2. "An okay place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The office space is very nice. The onsite gym is also a plus.

    Cons

    The office space is equally boring. Also, the company talks about being the shepherd's of the earth, but by their business practices, you can tell that they only really care about the bottom line.


  3. "Decent pay, good benefits, long hours"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator
    Current Employee - Operator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Based on the area, the money is definitely above average. The benefits are all there, 401k, insurance and the like. Potential for growth based on blue collar positions isn't all there.

    Cons

    Long hours. Lack of leadership oversight. They hire anyone willing to do the jobs. No skill, experience or education? No problem. Welcome to POET.

    Advice to Management

    Set your standards a little higher. Focus more on the individuals and less on profit.


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  5. "Great Mission"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Poet - Ethanol full-time

    Pros

    Great mission and it is a company that is truly trying to help the environment.

    Cons

    The company still shoots from the hip a little bit, but that's also what has allowed them to get where they are by taking chances.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course on Mission and Vision.


  6. "supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Sioux Falls, SD
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great company good money

    Cons

    swing shifts long hours micro managing

    Advice to Management

    miss u all


  7. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most locations have a good culture, and areally a good place to get some experience.

    Cons

    The biggest complaint that most everybody says about Poet is the pay.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, you usually do a good job of this, but always keep a feel for the workplace pulse.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Macon, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Macon, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can not think of one, demoralizing and the worst Company I have ever worked for...sf runs down every good individual who has ever set foot through the door. Previos eng director had /has god complex and underlings lie and blame plant personnel for their shortcomings. Sf hires puppets as gms for control, many have no clue of, well, anything. Had one who would pray for guidance and actually had jesus making hires...may i assume the lord brought you here? Come on...

    Cons

    Where do i start; sf management had absolutely no respect for plant personnel and did not have a problem showing it, i was actually told my place was walking two steps behind the director of Eng while he was on walk-arounds. Guy would actual lay his hands on equipmet / pipe and assess the problem...90% of the time there was nothing wrong with it to start. Best i ever heard...gm was in the morning meeting, we sucked a filter sock into a pump the night before and the guy asked "who sock was it?" Classic poet...

    Advice to Management

    Bolt youself and your lake houses, next time i need my crap wagon's beater speed adjusted i'll give the director of engineering a call....


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Supposed to hire from within first but they over look qualified persons"

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

    Pros

    Ok pay but that depends on where you live. Not all poets plants are created equally.
    Easy to get over time and to learn new jobs.

    Cons

    Stagnant culture. You are only as good as your higher ups.
    A lot of butt kissing that leads to no where.
    Advancement IF you are friends with the person doing the hiring.

    Advice to Management

    Let the ones that want to stay and make an effort advance to new positions even if they are not in the plant they are working at.


  10. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is fair.
    Oportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Work schedule
    Moral can be an issue at times


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Few Pros, Currently More Cons...at Bingham Lake"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bingham Lake, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bingham Lake, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Poet - Ethanol full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Big employer in a small town, so you don't have to drive as far if you like the small town life.

    - Benefits are slightly better than average. Some companies offer better, but not in the smaller towns.

    - Had pretty good work autonomy once I proved myself.

    - Provides the career minded individual with good experience and training for that next job.

    Cons

    - Profit sharing is touted as a benefit, but does not exist at Bingham Lake. Part of the reason seems to be trying to run as fast as possible, but inevitably shuts the plant down due to maintenance issues.

    - Real pressure cooker environment. Very stressful - especially when those maintenance issues shut the plant down.

    - Management has been spending A LOT of money on things that are not necessary...such as a brand new ToolCat to replace a perfectly fine (and already paid for) skid steer and mower tractor, a brand new payloader when a good used one would do, and a secured entry system that will ultimately lead to people propping the door open when management is not around (not to mention that there are numerous garage doors that are open from spring to fall anyway).

    - Like another reviewer already mentioned, POET as a whole does not pay as well as most. This prevents them from attracting and keeping experienced people. I say experienced because 95% of the new faces are fresh out of college or from different industries, plus they have not been able to hire a master electrician for the past two years...more money down the drain contracting that work out. Just look at the employees who jump ship when new industry comes to town.

    - Corporate management (Sioux Falls) acts like they care about you, but they either only care if the plant is running OR are told "everything is fine...no need to look any closer" by local senior managers – can't really tell.

    - Recently began a campaign of firing lower managers (Quality Manager and Plant Engineer). Seems the local senior managers are firing the scapegoats. Wonder who they will blame come next quarter profit losses?

    - POET as a whole talks A LOT about values, but it is all lip service. They don't walk the walk.

    Advice to Management

    - To corporate management (Sioux Falls). You are smart enough to know what is really going on here. Are you doing what is best for the company? Or are you protecting PPM employees?

    - To local senior management (Bingham Lake). Eventually you will run out of lower managers to blame. Fess up and fix the real problems. Firing your underlings and claiming you have no expertise will only last so long. Corporate will eventually turn the tables on you.

    - To lower management (Bingham Lake). Start looking for that next job NOW. Don't wait for your number to come up.



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