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SAFT Reviews

Updated December 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits, forward-thinking, caring leadership (in 4 reviews)

  • good pay awesome benefits, nice facilities (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management doesn't appear to have a clue on how to run a profitable business (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Daft is a highly energetic company that is growing vastly.

    Cons

    There are a few things that I believe could change for the better and they are as follows: the pay for QA personnel could be a bit higher in this area.

    Advice to Management

    Management is one of the best that I have had since I have been retired from the US Navy.


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SAFT full-time

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    High turnover in my department.

  3. "Salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cockeysville, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cockeysville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They do a lot of events for the employees benefits are good. 401k is great and pay is comperable

    Cons

    Not good management. New hire left to their own devices. Difficult to get to HR person who spent more time socializing behind closed door. Not good training in place.

    Advice to Management

    Get a training dept and make sure employees have the tools they need to succeed. Treat everybody fairly and not like production folks are just worker bees. Bet the general manager does know the names of most of the production or salary folks.


  4. "Hopefully others will make a better choice"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Can't think of any to be quite honest

    Cons

    Not enough space to list all of them


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Benefits, 401K: 7% match, vacation, atmosphere, clean, the PEOPLE!

    Cons

    If you want to go out for lunch it typically is a 10 -15 minute drive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. The changes being made are being seen as positive.


  6. "Excellent place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valdosta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, forward-thinking, caring leadership.

    Cons

    Very lean but performing excellently.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Saft is a great place to work.


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SAFT full-time

    Pros

    Morale is great. Starting pay is excellent. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    There can be a good bit of layoffs both hourly and salaried.

  8. "Saft"

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    Current Employee - Utility Worker in Valdosta, GA
    Current Employee - Utility Worker in Valdosta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work in AC and if you like overtime you will love the mandatory Saturdays

    Cons

    Mandatory Saturdays always seem to be on weekends you have stuff planned

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of mandatory Saturdays


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Turning Around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SAFT full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    New Engineers, Managers and Executive Team

    Cons

    Past Culture - Employees, Mangement

    Advice to Management

    I have been at Saft for over 4 years, I have seen the good, bad and worst. I can truly say we are turning around and I am excited for our future. Saft has did several changes with Staff which has changed things bringing in more talented Engineers and Management has made a huge change.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Read the reviews - decide for yourself"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It is a good resume builder if you last more than 3 years and can find a new job before you are fired.

    Cons

    Seems like the unfavorable / bad reviews come from seasoned / higher ranking people like ex-managers, production team leaders, and engineers who have been in a wide variety of manufacturing environments for more than 10 years while the "positive" reviews are written by anonymous people who are still there due to their sheer luck, lower position and / or salary, or simply because their position that has not yet been targeted for termination due to the failed business climate and transition into new ownership that still exists.
    Funny how one reviewers claim that "more talented managers and engineers have been hired". Wow, they must have hired some serious well seasoned Ivy League talent to replace all of those under educated and unskilled graduates from schools in the S.E.C. , Big 12, & Big Ten .
    Does that reviewer know how many highly skilled and experienced managers, engineers, and maintenance technicians have quit on their own in the last 6 years to escape the climate and pending demise of the Jacksonville facility. Almost all of the original team and even the second generation team who were there for 2-4 years are gone in a short 6-7 years.
    I can claim that due to the lack of relevant manufacturing experience and general manufacturing savvy of those now in certain positions of authority and title, it has had a direct influence on the downward spiral of culture, production, employee turnover, and talent pool that currently exists. It is easy to say things are better now but when the plant is not even capable making their own lithium-ion cells that go into the products they sell, that takes the effort of all those who had to work since the plant opened with a flawed cell assembly design, process, and serious equipment issues out of the equation.
    My self and many of the others who have been terminated or quit did not create the poor culture that exists, we inherited the mess and worked hard to try and correct the countless issues that plagued the plant since its inception.
    It is interesting that those who support the current plant culture cannot even write about why it is better, what is their position in the company, or what they have done to change it. Terminating dozens of staff level people who are not / were not in a position of authority are not / were not responsible for the current situation, lack of sales, poor culture, and the inability to manufacture the very products that the plant was built to produce is not a credible answer.

    Advice to Management

    none


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