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Tait Towers Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "Fast paced work environment with bright employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great work environment (ping pong, pool table, video games)
    If you like to build things this place is great
    Company culture with events and activities
    People who work there are truly passionate about what they do
    Great products

    Cons

    Fast paced work environment that can get stressful at times
    Sometimes you are extremely busy, other times hands are in your pockets waiting for work.

    Advice to Management

    Work environment has been progressively getting better. Continue down this path.


  2. Helpful (12)

    "More of a Revolving Door than a Company"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Designer in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Tait Towers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You can work on a lot of different projects, that can vary greatly in technologies. Maybe in 10 years the company will be a good enough one to work for. There's a nice park down the street...

    Cons

    Prepare to be treated as a body any nothing more. Leave your experience and knowledge at the door, because they don't care. Experience? Masters degrees? You won't be using any of that here. You will be drawing a lot of shapes in AutoCAD though.

    Also, get comfortable, because you'll be staying late, every day, forever. Well, that is until you realize what the company is really like and then leave.

    In 2016 alone +50% of the design group quit throughout the course of the year. We're talking +30 people here. That should tell you a few things.

    If you look at the reviews on this site, you see a very consistent story from the design positions. If you want to read the most accurate and eloquent depiction of the company on this site, read the review titled "This company needs a therapist." from this past summer. They go in detail to explain the fundamental structural issues with the company, and why you should stay clear.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire engineers when you're looking for drafters. (And don't try to tell yourselves you need engineers, when the only work for them to do is drafting. Those are not the same things and it's ridiculous that you think they are.) Also, thinking that having people work 60-hour weeks for months consecutively is completely unacceptable. If you expect people to move to the middle of no-where PA and work for you, the way you treat employees, and not just leave, you need to be willing to pay them +50% more than you do right now. Maybe double everyone's vacation time too and people won't be burned out so much. Take a hint from some actually good companies and adopt some industry standards. For a company with an annual revenue of that caliber, it's embarrassing that it's complete amateur-hour in senior leadership.

  3. "An Awesome Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working at TAIT is awesome! Every day is a different project, different challenge, and/or different atmosphere. There is always something exciting going on - whether it's Nerf dart battles, ping pong tournaments or snacking at the local food trucks that visit our headquarters, TAIT ensures that their employees enjoy their work space. Aside from the free spirited work environment, employees play a huge part in executing some of the most innovative projects in the entertainment industry!

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints about working here other than the Lititz rush hour traffic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  4. Helpful (23)

    "This company needs a therapist."

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    Former Employee - Designer in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Designer in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Tait is densely populated by some of the smartest, hardest-working people I've ever met, and some of the clients and vendors are legitimately awesome people. The employees are generally very loyal to each other, and there's an intense camaraderie amongst some of the people who work on projects together.

    The owners have powerful relationships within live entertainment, and they have the force of will and the capital to get most of the shows they want, and to procure whatever resources you need to make the show happen.

    The pace is excitingly frenetic. Massive, complex projects can be conceptualized, designed, built, programmed, and shipped in only a few months. It's one of the best places to quickly get a lot of entertainment industry knowledge and experience, if you're willing to sacrifice your own life and sanity while you're here. I've gotten a ton of opportunities and interesting projects here that I've loved. It's stressful, because we're often working right on the edge of what's possible with existing technology in the timeframe it needs to ship, but Tait has the clients who are willing to pay to get the right equipment to get exactly what they want.

    Some of the project managers have a wide range of technical understanding, creative ability, and industry history knowledge. Prototyping crazy ideas with them is fun if you can keep up and suspend disbelief.

    For specialized jobs, the pay can be okay, if you can negotiate. It’s a fraction of what you could make freelancing or working directly for a tour, but it is nice to have predictable income and benefits. The area is nice, and cost of living is cheap.

    The client list is a fun thing to name-drop. It looks interesting on a resume. The stakes, absurdity, and deadlines for all of the projects make for some fun adventures and stories worth telling at parties.

    If you want to work in live entertainment production, it can be a quick way to get into some big shows in the industry. However, if you want to work in live entertainment production, you should probably see a therapist.

    Cons

    Tait is not a good place to work. Marriages have ended because of this place. Bright minds have burned down to lumbering husks of sadness from the hours, mismanagement, and abuse. Many of the employees have developed Stockholm Syndrome. Upper management is amateur hour. You'd have to be crazy to work here. You might like it. If you do, you should enjoy it while it lasts and seek professional help.

    This is not a creative place. Any innovative spirit is methodically crushed by the haphazard priorities, the dark gospel of Epicor, an archaic command-and-control management structure, the open office layout, the lack of any long-term strategy, the arrogantly demeaning management, and the 100-song continuous loop played over bullhorns throughout the facility.

    Do not believe anyone who says it’s all going to get better soon. The annual restructuring is just a way of life for Tait, and it fixes nothing. The toxic management, owners, and clients who are the root of this company’s culture problems won’t ever go away, and that’s just how it is. Take the company for what it is, and expect nothing more.

    There is very little career growth opportunity here. Good people don’t get promoted or get raises — they just leave and get much better jobs with vendors, clients, and competitors. The TAIT machine vilifies and tries to blacklist ex-employees from the industry whenever they leave. It’s weird. Employee turnover is very, very high. When HR excitedly tells you how quickly they’re hiring, it’s not because the company is growing — it’s because a bunch of people left (again), or a new Director of something wanted to make an example by firing a bunch of people (again). Do not move here to work for Tait.

    This is the least diverse place I’ve ever worked. It’s mostly white males ages 25-40.

    There's no useful training. Good luck figuring it out, because nobody else knows what’s going on, either.

    The pay is not great, particularly for the entertainment and industrial automation industries.

    Do not tell anyone in management about your personal life. I’ve watched management and the owners use knowledge of people’s personal situations to lure them into very bad situations and hold them there. It’s sickening.

    Tait is terrible to vendors, freelancers, and temps. Tait regularly burns through contractors who have been convinced to give Tait an abusively good price in exchange for the promise of future work. Tait will shamelessly take credit for work other people do, learn what the vendor knows, and figure out how to do it in-house in the future. They are not your partner, and they are most certainly not your friend.

    Honestly, I'll be surprised if this company still exists in five years.

    The only winning move is not to play.

    Advice to Management

    There’s a lucrative job market for ex-Tait-employees. You’ve angered vendors, clients, ex-employees, and competitors who now dearly want to drink your milkshake. Be afraid of that.

    It is a privilege that these specialized and experienced people are willing to move here and work for you. Be mindful of that, and stop treating your employees like machines that can be quickly replaced or mechanically bent to your egotistical and capricious wills. You've promoted managers who get "profitable" short-term results by intimidating or demeaning their employees. Stop that.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Getting A Little Better Each Day"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Master Scheduler in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Master Scheduler in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Encouraging and constantly improving environment. Very talented leadership.

    Cons

    Collateral noise. Agenda led meetings are good things.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on pure business strategy and reduce the need to invent every concept.


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Potential to be a great company but falls short! Very short."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Tait Towers (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The very best thing about working at Tait is the employees. The staff is talented, young, fun, smart and engaged. The physical environment is nice with interesting, although crowded, work-spaces and a heated and cooled shop.

    Cons

    I was employed by Tait for several years and unfortunately the company grew too quickly for upper management to keep up. They have never had the understanding that the employees are their biggest and most important asset. Therefore, the staff is treated poorly. The HR department is abysmal and, as a result, they do not advocate for the employees.
    My advice to you - please do your research, talk to people, get EVERYTHING in writing, read the reviews with the understanding that the positive ones were written my a member of the executive team in an attempt to discount the negative reviews. Remember, things are not always as they seem. In most cases you will not be meeting rock stars or attending shows. Instead you will experience a poor work/life balance and little reward for your efforts. Again, DO YOUR RESEARCH - the high turnover rate is very telling.

    Advice to Management

    You have every opportunity to create the very best work environment - seize it! Treat your employees as your best asset because they are! Replace your HR team with one that has the experience and acumen to run a growing, global company and will advocate for your employees.
    Praise the hard work of your staff, improve the work/life balance, be KIND, and, most of all, be honest. Unless and until you treat your employees well you will never reach the success that you desire. Study Google, Whole Foods, Wegeman's and Nordstrom....learn what they do, put it in to practice and you might just have something.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A lot of good people, a lot of careless attitude."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Tait Towers full-time

    Pros

    Young, intelligent, work-a-holic people. A lot of creative work being done. The company is growing by leaps and bounds.

    Cons

    HR department is a group of worst people from the field. They are careless, lazy and like to take things for granted. Make sure you take everything in writing BEFORE you accept your offer. Keep physical proof of everything.

    Advice to Management

    Replace your HR dept. with more competent people. You have lost really good people and you don't even know it. Be more humane. Once you make an offer, think real hard before you ruin someone's life.

  8. Helpful (10)

    "Global Documentation Manager"

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Harrisburg, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Amazingly creative company to work for.

    Cons

    They grew too fast in the past 3 years and are now top heavy with upper management and staff that doesn't generate revenue. They have a sloppy HR department that is only a year old even though the company has been around for 20 years. They do not keep their promises and don't treat their employees well. Myself and a few other employees were let go with no good reason even after receiving good reviews.

    If you want to work there get everything in writing and watch your back.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take care of your most valuable resources, your people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Awesome yet stressful"

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    Current Employee - Fabricator in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Fabricator in Lititz, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Creative atmosphere with some of the most unique individuals you will ever meet. Prepare to be a part of something completely different than anything you could imagine. Very neat to be associated with something so big and recognized around the world. If you ever thought you were completely surrounded in a sea of idiots you weren't swimming in this sea. Benefits are very good. Pay can be good if you enter as a professional in the department you work.

    Cons

    Very little training. Either fit into the "cool crew" or be tossed to the sharks. Make sure you have on paper what you will be rewarded for your work (dot your i's and cross your t's!). If you don't have a tough skin don't expect to be here long. Doesn't seem to be a fair pay scale( Although it has been being addressed lately), huge variations within departments between similarly skilled workers. Department leads must make, and insist on regulated ways of getting things done.

    Advice to Management

    Put your foot down on the floor and step up to the challenge of making the department you're in charge of functional. What your employees want to do is not always what needs to be done must be understood by those not "playing well with others". Management needs to take control of their crew and make their decisions final and not back away from them.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Terrible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lititz, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good coworkers, everyone gets along

    Cons

    Poor ownership and management, they treat you like a second class citizen. Upper management is very disrespectful to employees that are doing the actual work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat you employees like they matter and watch production and profits grow!


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