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Updated Oct 10, 2016

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  1. "Process Operator"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time

    Pros

    Pay is great. Weekly paydays. Great benefits. Work is easy. 3 days on, 3 days off.

    Cons

    12 hour days. Swing shifts. Only allowed 3 missed days a year before disciplinary action begins.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the swing shifts on top of the 12 HR days. It's hard on your employees and doesn't foster a productive environment because everyone is exhausted.

    Tate & Lyle2016-10-10
  2. Helpful (7)

    "Hazardous Duty Pay Would be Appropriate!"

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    Process Operator in Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are slightly above the median for the area!

    Cons

    You're working in a dangerous atmosphere with toxic enzymes, hazardous chemicals, high pressure steam, and moving equipment that can be fatal! Safety more or less involves watching a movie, signing a paper they can show that you've seen the movie, and being thrown to the wolves. You fill out a lot of paperwork that doesn't really make the job safer but allows management to fire you if something does go wrong. Management will always try and make accidents go away first but if that doesn't work someones head will roll. A lot of money is spent on an ineffective safety program that puts style above substance. The best way to stay safe is to stay in the operations control room and keep in plant work at a minimum. If at all possible sign someone else's name on any safety paperwork.

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    Advice to Management

    Drop the fantasy league safety program and get a real safety program that's hands on, crystal clear to operations, and plant personnel understand your position on. All of the recurring minor accidents are eventually going to lead up to a fatality

    Tate & Lyle2016-03-29
  3. Helpful (10)

    "You have no life"

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    Process Operator in Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle

    Pros

    Several great people to work with.Used to take great pride in saying I worked for Tate & Lyle! Pay is good.Decent benefits but get less every year.

    Cons

    They pride themselves on their so called values.This used to be true but it has gotten so top heavy,constant meetings all day long with managers but no decisions ever made and very poor or no planing from small to very large projects.They say that safety is #1 however their safety is ruled by fear so many people do not report it if they atre injured and will suffer through their shift if they can to get medical attention.If you do report a safety issue,you will be retaliated against.All that matters is how the "books" look for each quarter.Commen sense and real safety do not really come in to play.Managment is made up of Engineers that know nothing when it comes to any kind of management.Has really gone downhill and is a scary placeto work.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn about the process and the people you are supposed to be helping and managing.Make some real decisions.Get educated so you are able to make proper decisions!

    Tate & Lyle2015-12-17
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't recommend"

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    Process Operator in Lafayette, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle

    Pros

    Starting salary is great and only gets better with experience

    Cons

    Long hours, swing shift, poor functioning equipment, highly stressful

    Tate & Lyle2015-01-14
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Operator - Tate & Lyle Ingredients Americas, Inc. Decatur Plant"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Food industry giant = job security; Comprehensive safety programs and training in the use and handling of the dangerous equipment and chemicals used in the various processes; For my area (Decatur) the pay is well above average. The benefits package is very competitive.

    Cons

    There is no "sick time", just three un-paid "call off" days per 12 month period. Anything over 3 days and it becomes a performance issue. This motivates operators to come in while feeling ill most of the time, which poses a health risk for the other operators. The 3 days on/3 days off with monthly day/night rotating shifts schedule is difficult to get used to in that you are disconnected with the vast majority of the rest of society. Forget regular Church attendance, forget having weekends, forget being able to see your kids' sports activities, forget the weekly poker game, etc. During the hiring process they make it a point to mention that you'll only be working half of the year...but fail to mention that due to the high turnover rate, and drawn out hiring process (partly the fault of government regulation) the plant is woefully understaffed meaning you will be forced in for overtime. That's nice at first because the paychecks are great, but when you start working 2 of every 3 days off of forced overtime it gets old, especially when you start missing important events with your family. Nice to have the money, but it'd be great to have the life to enjoy it, too. The rotating shift work is a huge problem in that you aren't able to develop a consistent sleeping routine, which has been shown to be an integral aspect of healthy living. While the safety programs are very thorough within the plant they fall miserably short when they tell you that fatigue is a large factor in injuries, but then refuse to remove the rotating shift which create zombie like operators as we consistently switch from days to nights and back again each month. Not as bad as some other factories, but still hard to live with. The factory environment seems to be very behind the times as far as constructing a positive work atmosphere. The rotating shifts are a big deal for the operators, as well as the understaffing, but there is also an uptightness with the management that translates down to the operator level. It seems that factory management forgets that people have jobs so they can live a life, and that working a job isn't most peoples' purpose for living. There is an animosity between the salaried company staff and the hourly operators, and a severe lack of communication when it comes to major projects, or even little changes. As an operator it feels as though our opinion doesn't matter, we're not smart enough to know what we're talking about, when the reality is that most of us know the equipment and process much better than management considering we work with it every day. Trying to get repairs or key changes is like pulling teeth, and becomes a battle of egos with the management balking or simply refusing, calling the operator claims untrustworthy, or not significant enough for company resources. This applies for some serious issues, such as massive vibration issues with centrifuge equipment that have gone on for years in spite of operator protest.

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    Advice to Management

    Better communication. Relax. Fix stuff.

    Tate & Lyle2014-06-13
  6. "Probably one of the best jobs I'll ever have."

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Lafayette, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ability to make decisions Ability to be promoted

    Cons

    12 hr shifts- 3 on days 3 on nights

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the operators

    Tate & Lyle2014-03-21
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good wage for industrial labor"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits and really you only work half the year.

    Cons

    For a person with a family or children in school the rotating 12 hour shift schedule makes it difficult to spend time at home with them.

    Tate & Lyle2012-10-30
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