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Signode Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Work environment and employee care (in 3 reviews)

  • There is a lot of freedom because they do not even hire management (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance not appropriate (in 2 reviews)

  • Upper management anxious to sell the company (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Company with Domestic/InternationalTies"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Signode full-time

    Pros

    Nice benefits.
    Technology is being updated.
    Some nice and caring people

    Cons

    A great deal of domestic and international companies under one umbrella. No real communication between these entities.

    Advice to Management

    Work toward buy-in for all companies.


  2. "Pass Through"

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

    I worked at Signode full-time

    Pros

    401K plan is okay and includes company match; Health and Dental; Bonuses for only "managers" and up in title, sometimes have a very good work/life balance depending on department

    Cons

    Signode Industrial Group (SIG) is no longer owned by ITW as Glassdoor states, it is owned by private equity as of May 2014. At the time of sale, SIG was considered a high potential and growing company, favorable for employment. Currently, SIG should be considered a “pass through” company, one that you would join for more experience and knowledge, and then move on at around a year of service. Years removed from the sale, SIG management has shown a considerable amount of focus and concern on profitability, cost management, getting projects done, and adding more projects, all of which are important for any and every company. However, it is at the cost of employees’ morale, compensation, and benefits. Therefore the culture can be defined as “Manage the work, not the people,” which results in management caring more about output than the employees, which in turn diminishes trust. You will find a lot of knowledgeable and good managers, but it is a needle in a haystack to find a true leader at SIG, management you could trust. Three years since the sale, roughly two dozen have departed SIG’s corporate offices, only a few were replaced, and the workload is redistributed amongst remaining employees and hired consultants. Thus, to streamline efficiency constantly, consultants frequently “run the show” and often contribute in managing employees and their tasks.

    Advice to Management

    It has been repeatedly asked "Why is morale down, why are people leaving, and why are job applicants even rejecting interviews and offers?" The answer is because the management in place manages work completion, limits merit increases to 1%-2%, reduces sense of job security, allows consultants to be the middlemen between employees and management, and creates a distance between management and employees. There is zero leadership to inspire and motivate employees, there is a general lack of show of appreciation, and there is little attempt to build trust. Bring in Simon Sinek for a presentation to the whole company to get an understanding of what leadership truly is. In short, just do something to rebuild the culture.

  3. "Management"

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    Current Employee - Production in Chapin, SC
    Current Employee - Production in Chapin, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lower level management works very hard

    Cons

    Lower level management works more than 70 to 80 hr/wk. Lack of training of floor associates causing unnecessary equipment breakdowns. Not enough maintenance associates to work on equipment. Product is sold at a loss. No appreciation of workers.

    Advice to Management

    Properly staff facility for production and stop trying to save money on the backs of hourly and salary associates. Train associates for the job that is requested of them. Stop having salary associates work as production associates on weekends, mechanics, forklift drivers to save a dollar.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Pay and Benefits very good!

    Cons

    Management changes too frequently - not good for the business


  5. "Ok"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Signode full-time

    Pros

    Nice campus with good wash rooms

    Cons

    very hot in summer but, nice in winter


  6. "Stay away"

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    Former Employee - Production in Bridgeview, IL
    Former Employee - Production in Bridgeview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Signode full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Upper management anxious to sell the company.

    Advice to Management

    Share some of the profits with workers who built the company


  7. "Garbage"

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    Former Employee - Extruder Operator in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Extruder Operator in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay 401k coworkers job security work schedule. That's it nothing else.

    Cons

    Everything but pay. Seriously a joke. Hazardous work environment. Everyone hates there job.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being inconsiderate condescending conceited. Appreciate your operators

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Plant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Current Employee - Plant Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and a lot of good people within the company.

    Cons

    The new culture that came along with the new group is toxic

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to come up with a new strategy, just because it worked at Graham does not mean it is a good fit for all facilities. Have already lost and will continue to lose a lot of good people in the meantime


  9. Helpful (2)

    "This Will Become Your Life"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Health insurance
    2. HSA match
    3. 401K match

    Cons

    1. Never enough employees to do the job
    2. Many employees just have a high school diploma(This will explain why many employees have been there so long, no other viable options)
    3. Most of the older employees that have been there a while have no interest in improving their skills through tuition reimbursement program(this is should scare potential new hires) or taking on more work or finding a more efficient way to complete the work
    4. Culture of complacency, major mistakes are routinely made but because the employee is friends with the right supervisors the mistakes are ignored.
    5. No gym and the food service(fooda) is horrible it's either overpriced or they never show up. Fooda has no services on Fridays.
    6. Vacation and sick leave is again more skewed towards the existing employees many of them have 4 or 5 weeks of vacation. New hires will start with nothing and vacation does not rollover to the next year.
    7. This is not a good company for a younger individual. If you value your life outside of work, stay away

    Advice to Management

    Sell the land and the company ASAP


  10. "To much work load on the few employees that they hire."

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

    Pros

    There is a lot of freedom because they do not even hire management. What I mean by this all your directives generally come from one person. You don't have 50 something managers telling you to bounce all over the place. Although the current manager has the decision processing capability of a squirrel in traffic and sometimes it seems like you have 50 supervisors.

    Cons

    They seem like they will never hire enough people to get the job done. So basically when you are hired you will be hire for one job and do 16 other jobs at the same time. You will almost never complete anything because of this. Also you will only be doing the job you were hired for 10-15% of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to get jobs done. Its not good to put a lot on a few employees. You will never have a actual process this way and never get good product.


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