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SCHOTT Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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SCHOTT Vorsitzender Frank Heinricht
Frank Heinricht
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Pros
  • Good people to work with, interesting projects to work on, open work space (in 3 reviews)

  • Years of R&D spendings have not resulted in any breakthrough (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Sometimes it is too German centric (in 5 reviews)

  • Policies driven by Germany making some practices in the US very paperwork heavy, not lean (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work. Wish them all the best."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duryea, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duryea, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mature workforce is full of great experience, once you break through the stigma of being a "New Guy". Employees were always willing to instruct you if you needed it.

    Cons

    The fire recovery efforts at Schott / Duryea were understandably chaotic and stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Establish more clear cut expectations for all employees. Role / Task / Authority is vague for many mid management positions. The chain of command needed to be more clearly defined. Lots of chiefs not enough indians.


  2. "my review"

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in Old Sweetwater, TN
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Old Sweetwater, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They areVery family oriented

    Cons

    They have their favorites like evey company

    Advice to Management

    if a supervisor offers time off to employee don't fire them for taking it


  3. Helpful (1)

    "ok place to work"

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    Former Employee - Plater in Southbridge, MA
    Former Employee - Plater in Southbridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SCHOTT (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    really good coworkers and ok place to work

    Cons

    management has no clue how to run that place within 4 1/2 yrs went thru 7or 8 managers for a small plating dept and 4 or 5 director of operations and the hr dept is the worse the most laziest i have seen

    Advice to Management

    stop blaming the next person for your mistakes and remember its hard to find dedicated employees now adays and you have alot of dead wieght, must in the office have no clue what they are doing


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrisburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SCHOTT (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Large organization with significant resources and decent benefits.

    Cons

    No corporate focus, and didn't take advantage of talented people.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Worst Company Ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southbridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southbridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SCHOTT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Personally I don't see any good pros, except for the fact or meeting 2 or 3 good people there.

    Cons

    Schott Review

    Worst company to work for.  The company is German. In my experience Germans are very racist, they give opportunity only to other Germans, it doesn't matter the experience or lack of they have.
    They never promote any regular employee to a higher position.
    Annual salary reviews are very, very low, so you might get a dollar after many years
    The lack of organization and communication is visible to anyone.   Managers don't have any power,  they make decisions only if the VP approves.
    They try to take money away from the employees  as much as they can by making up any excuses to reduce the already limited benefits employees have.
    Employees are hired after 2 or more years of temporary status, then the newly hired employee gets even less money than the previous employment condition.
    The attendance policy is made right for slaves. The good worker for Germans is the one who doesn't have a family,  who never has health problems, who puts his/her life in jeopardy during severe weather conditions . If you actually have a life outside of work, you are penalized.
    Germans don't ever appreciate a good worker. They have let go of so many good employees, just because. There are no incentives to keep them, or actual reasons to let them go.
    Management doesn't know how to direct the company. They don't care about quality as long as they meet numbers to be shipped out

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the worker who makes the money. Get rid of the attendance policy. Pay more attention to quality assurance.


  6. ""Loader-Unloader",fill-in machine operator, light maintenance work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vincennes, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vincennes, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at SCHOTT full-time

    Pros

    It's a steady environment with an abundance of middle managers.

    Cons

    Nothing negative comes immediately to mind.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workers on the floor who know the machines,the processes, and -through near constant experience - know how to produce efficiently at maximum numbers.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "customer service"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Custoemr Service in Wingdale, NY
    Former Employee - Custoemr Service in Wingdale, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SCHOTT (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    excellent employees to work with

    Cons

    worked at a temp wish there were more oppotumity


  8. Helpful (1)

    "lead person"

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    Former Employee - Lead in Duryea, PA
    Former Employee - Lead in Duryea, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SCHOTT (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    lived near work easy to get there

    Cons

    to much into 5S overkill

    Advice to Management

    listen to your floor workers


  9. "Great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Louisville, KY

    I worked at SCHOTT (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment with excellent employees.

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "German Centric, stable employment."

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    Former Employee - Production Worker in Duryea, PA
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Duryea, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a nice place to work in Duryea PA. but the Union workers are like all unions; they worship at the altar of seniority. They remind me of the people in "The Mummy" but instead of chanting "Imotep" they chant "Seniority". Closing down of glass melting means that hourly work will fade away mostly.
       If you're an engineer or scientist the R&D area there is top notch. They pay well but not top of the line for all companies. For straight science people great job security.
       They had a really good 401K there but older Union people had an old defined benefit plan on top of the 401K. New workers get 401 only. Union wages are good for the area but future contracts can end up like the past; new workers make less per hour than older ones though that was phased out it may come back.
        Since this part of Schott is the Foundation (Some new division are incorporated in the EU with an public stock offering and stockholders) there isn't the heavy drive to save $.004 per unit and ship it to Asia.

    Cons

    If you're in a job that's "company" Mainz Germany can call up at any time and order a "restructuring" and you're handed a box and out the door you go. Doesn't matter what Duryea planned, Mainz controls all.
       If you're hourly as I said seniority is all but no one leaves except to retire or die it seems. As it seems less and less regular working jobs will be created seniority will be used to force out anyone new so older workers will keep their jobs. Also some people stay into their 70's so someone hitting 65 means nothing.
        The had a fire in March 2015 and what will happen going forward is also up in the air for all non-R&D employees till final plans are made. Of course Mainz may then CHANGE those plans at any time.

    Advice to Management

    Long term Schott seems to be trying to innovate and invent but though the new board President claims he wants to cut back on the "German Old Boys Club" all decisions still seem to come down to Germany making all final decisions, no matter what the local management tells workers, makes business plans for or what anyone without a German last name thinks.
       The "new direction" announced is to drive up sales beyond 2 Billion Euros (Yes billion, not a typo!) per year because the company seems to be stuck there. Of course if you start treating workers like crap to drive up profits the main thing Schott is known for, high quality, could go down the toilet.
       I know Schott tries to lead the way in new materials and products but don't toss all the old customers over the side in pursuit of the next "shiny" market that might flop, like the Solar Electric division did. Good Luck!


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