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  1. "Awesome place to work."

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Smiths Machine part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great work environment, no micromanaging, free pizza, management is easy to talk to, interesting and diverse workload, one of the few machine shops where you can travel.

    Cons

    The benefits package is lackluster, but sufficient. Vacation days don't stack against most other companies, 90day wait for health insurance, the shop is very dirty.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up the shop, try to work out a slightly better benefits package because smiths has endless potential.

    Smiths Machine2016-05-16
  2. "Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Smiths Machine full-time

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, schedule, and benefits.

    Cons

    No growth or structure and lies!

    Smiths Machine2018-07-04
  3. "Good Work Place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cottondale, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Smiths Machine full-time

    Pros

    Great Work life balance, vacation days when you start, (prorated of course). Very clean machine shop, Management is easy going and helpful to employee needs.

    Cons

    Pay could be better, machinist often perform duties of an engineer. Insurance is very expensive. Quarterly bonuses should be more, and the goal more achievable. Management wants to see newer employees' succeed however some veteran employees' not so much.

    Advice to Management

    Adjust pay rates, address negative employees' on an individual basis. Create advancement opportunities.

    Smiths Machine2018-02-13
  4. "Inspection/CNC Operater"

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    Current Employee - Inspector 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Smiths Machine

    Pros

    Plenty of Overtime and free health insurance.

    Cons

    Small shop ornery people and pay rate is quite low.

    Smiths Machine2016-04-18
  5. "Cnc operator"

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    Former Employee - CNC Operator/Machinist in Cottondale, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Smiths Machine full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Great co-workers, good training program, good pay. Open door policy. Upper management approachable

    Cons

    Lack of communication between floor and management at times.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the guys on the floor for scheduling and time constraints for a more realistic time line.

    Smiths Machine2016-01-26
  6. Helpful (4)

    "The negative vortex of energy in this place will suck the life out of you."

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Cottondale, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Smiths Machine full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    If you need a job, more than likely they need help because someone just quit. You may have a good chance to get hired.

    Cons

    Smith's Machine circa 2012-2014 (Hopefully the comments below will become invalid in the future.) Smith's Machine is all about appearances. It LOOKS like a nice machine shop - it is not. It looks like a nice place to work - it is not. It looks like they know what they're doing - they do not. A few short days in and you begin to realize the hell you just signed up for. It's a family owned establishment and...

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    Advice to Management

    Read a book. Pay attention. Learn. The facts are staring you in the face and you refuse to acknowledge them.

    Smiths Machine2014-02-09
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Make it sound really good but disappointing when you get there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cottondale, AL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Smiths Machine

    Pros

    For some people and jobs they have above average pay amounts, a clean working place, good technology and it is a pretty safe place to work.

    Cons

    Overly controlling and micromanaged, no communication by management and no room to grow in your job because they won't promote you. You get hired on nights and they hire new people to go on days even when you have seniority over them. Make it sound so good whern you get hired but then nothing happens the way they say. And its a family environment so you should be careful of that not to get in the middle of family members...

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    Advice to Management

    Should be something an employee could look at to know they are going to advance, and also if they could be told they are doing a good job or a bad job but that they would know about it. There are a lot of people who cant wait anymore and are going to find a new job because they can see they wont go anywhere here. Also if you hire people you could ask them what they think sometimes because they might have different experiences...

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    Smiths Machine2011-06-01
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