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Updated January 27, 2018
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Kevin J. Sauder
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  1. "assembler,packer,team leader,press operator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Archbold, OH
    Former Employee - Assembler in Archbold, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Start out pay and benefits are good now.

    Cons

    If you have worked there before they raised the start out pay then new employees are walking in the door making what it took you years to make.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair to the employees that's been working for you for years.


  2. "Not like it use to be..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Archbold, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can honestly say there is nothing good about working here.

    Cons

    Don't even know where to start...

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  3. "Machine Operator"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Archbold, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides consistent full-time hours (40 per week), diversity recruitment, paid time off, & holiday pay. The work schedule is fairly consistent and revolves around a three shift schedule.

    Cons

    The general compensation rate is lower than the cost of living for the area (About $15 per hour), and there is not a lot of upward mobility within the company. Management tends to treat employees as an asset rather than as a valuable individual, and does little to provide for personnel enrichment and development. Most of the company policies are adhered to loosely, omitted, or exist orally only. The company struggles to achieve profitability year after year, often having a profit margin of less than 3 percent annually.


  4. "Lots of opportunities with caring individuals and fair pay."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Archbold, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From the top down, people who work at Sauder woodworking care about others. Stewardship and integrity are ingrained in the culture.

    Cons

    Sauder is an older company with an aging work force. The majority of people have over 18 years with the company, so people can be stuck in their ways.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs clearer career paths for those looking to move up.


  5. "Sauder Woodworking"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packing in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Packing in Archbold, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sauder Woodworking full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    no drama tolerated
    friendly
    decent pay
    opportunity
    benefits
    laid back
    most weekends off (some mandated Saturdays)

    Cons

    sometimes plays favorites
    breaks are not that long
    gets really hot


  6. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Associate in Archbold, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Nice people; good benefits; steady hours; overtime is typically volunteer; company is growing

    Cons

    new employees get better pay now than when I started


  7. "Overall good experience with relatively minor issues"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Archbold, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sauder Woodworking (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Decent pay - not quite the market rate, but probalby close
    Steady employment - company has staying power

    Cons

    Favoritism - Your pay and how you are treated is significantly determined by your supervisors opinion of you whether it is accurate or not.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you treat all of your employees with respect and be fair. If they don't deserve your respect, then maybe they shouldn't be working there.

  8. "manufacturing lead"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Archbold, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Archbold, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sauder Woodworking full-time

    Pros

    If you want a job with no stress, this is the place to be. Virtually zero stress and the job doesn't come home with you. You can generally take time off whenever you need it, provided you have the time off to take. Most everyone is easy going and are good workers, which create a good working environment.

    Cons

    If you are motivated by hard work and advancement, this is not the job for you. They expect the typical Protestant hard work ethic, but won't offer compensation in accordance with how hard you work. Nepotism and favoritism is out of control, and management hold very little accountability towards trouble makers. They are in need of people badly, so some can get away with murder with no fear of repercussions.

    Advice to Management

    Reign in the trouble makers and people who go out of their way to do little to no work. Hold people accountable. Address the favoritism and nepotism, Get a new HR director.


  9. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great training, great reputation, friendly

    Cons

    commission only, need more base pay

    Advice to Management

    Give a draw to new reps


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not Terrible, Not Great"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Sauder Woodworking full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work isn't difficult by any means, and I personally have never had any issue with getting time off when I needed it. All of the team leaders that I've personally had over the years were either good to work with or at the very least tolerable. I can't speak for everyone at the company, but I have enjoyed most of my coworkers, having met several of my best friends working there. In general, if you just need a paycheck to cover you, Sauder's is good.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunity for advancement. I said Sauder's is good if you just need a paycheck, but if you want to build a career, Sauder's is not the best place. Favoritism ran strong, and some of the supervisors (thankfully not mine) could be unfair to their not so favorites. Among many of the older workers, there was a strong sense that the company was in decline, though I was not certain whether this was accurate. I list this as a negative nonetheless because pessimism is not good for employee morale.

    Advice to Management

    Try to work out the problem of nepotism so that people who work hard can have a better chance of advancing. If multiple reports keep coming in of a supervisor making life difficult for their employees, that is definitely something to look into.

    Pessimism about the future of the company is a bit more difficult to deal with. Over time, though, if the company improves financially, that problem should work itself out.


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