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Updated January 10, 2018
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  1. "hose assembly"

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    Current Employee - Assembly Worker in Brownsville, TN
    Current Employee - Assembly Worker in Brownsville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    excellent insurance benifits,pd holidays and vacation

    Cons

    The point system.Things happen out of our control.

    Advice to Management

    My production mgr is AWSOME,No advice


  2. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company with solid management.

    Cons

    A little slow to update systems and processes.

  3. "Very Old School and Basically a Time Capsule"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and decent hours

    Cons

    Antiquated IT systems, too much middle management, very understaffed, too much old school office politics, little to no advancement for employees, very little work of value you're basically a paper pusher/clerk to put fires out and that's it.

    Advice to Management

    Please for the love of God get with the times. Start investing back into your business. Enough with keep things running as is and cross your fingers. You need to update your culture, your way of thinking, and how you treat your employees or you will never find the talent you're looking for. There needs to be a massive clean up in management as almost all of them are extremely old school, not very forward thinking and set in their ways like a majority of the employees. If you want to play in the big leagues like you claim then you need to upgrade across the board or you'll end up like many of these companies (Sears, Benny's etc.) eating dust.


  4. "Stable And Growing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teknor Apex full-time

    Pros

    Family owned, global, strong low cost benefits, competitive salaries, stable, financialy secure, engaged CEO, diverse workforce, strong customer focus, loyal employee and customer base, mgt. looks at doing the right thing in making decisions that impact people.

    Cons

    Far behind in systems and tools, forecasts are all over the place, going from too flat to top-heavy in a year, little automation, predictive maintenance is foreign to the legacy plants, enormous IT group yet systems remain over capacity and 10 years behind.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to upgrade and invest in capacity and automation, benchmark manufacturing best practices, automate and reduce strenuous tasks, work the problems systematically, become data driven, be the company you think you are.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Teknor Apex full-time

    Pros

    Met a lot of great people

    Cons

    Not everyone is motivating and makes you feel the same

    Advice to Management

    Hire motivating and young people


  6. "Fair to the employee company."

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    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Regulatory Affairs in Pawtucket, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent CEO, Sr Mgmt is going through some change at the moment

    Cons

    Appears to be going thru some growth issues.


  7. "GM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brownsville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Teknor Apex full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company cares deeply for it's employees and customers. Very active in the local community. Exceptionally high ethical standards.

    Cons

    There should be more companies like this.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good people, conservative culture, old school business practices"

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are very good. The people are fairly friendly. HR and Corporate seem to be trying to slowly bring the ownership in to this century.

    Cons

    No processes in place for training. Middle management is old and lackluster. The company is at least 30yrs behind the times. That's one of the downsides of having the majority of your workforce there for 25+ years. It's like they haven't looked outside their offices since the 80's. Everyone is on auto pilot. Their office technologies are beyond old. They still use Lotus Notes!

    The people who work in the plant are the last of their breed. Young people want to work in technology, not manufacturing.

    There's nothing exciting going on and Teknor Apex seems to like it that way. Even their offices are boring. Cubicles of beige in every direction.

    It takes years to get any change implemented. New hires aren't given much direction and don't know who to go to for training.

    Everyone passes the buck and nothing ever gets done. I've never seen so much disorganization in a company. It's a miracle they have done as well as they have for so long. Just imagine where they'd be with better processes, more enthusiastic managers, and without the aversion to technology? Penny wise...but very pound foolish.

    Overall, a safe, boring, soul numbing place to work, with a decent compensation and benefits package. It's the same thing. Day in and day out. This was the dream back in the day...your grandparents day.

    Advice to Management

    The company management and owners are not very forward thinking about business practices. Young people are technology driven in all aspects of their lives. They will not be flocking to manufacturing jobs. And those who do come up behind the old timers will want to change the way things have been done in the last 100 years.

    You compensate well, which will bring candidates in, and they may even stay...for a couple years. Look outside and notice that times, and people, have changed. Young people will not find your company inviting long-term. Benefits are great, but people want to actually like their jobs and the people they work for.

    I predict major turn over once your entrenched workers start dropping off in the next 10-15 yrs.

    Update your building, your technology, and really pay attention to your middle management. You have many people in middle management who are there only because they've been around the longest. They need better people skills.

    Everything is old, clunky and outdated. There's no sense of excitement or willingness to change associated with any aspect of the company. It's like going to a retirement home every day.


  9. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with impressive retention. People are happy and stay long term. That tells it all.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the management does not allow working from home and there is limited flexibility in work hours but maybe that will change over time.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Field Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pawtucket, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent Sr. Leadership. They are smart, balanced, talented, and engaged in the business. I continue to respect them, even as a former employee.

    Teknor offers great peers to work with, overall a really good company to work for from a work and lifestyle perspective. They make you feel like one of the family.

    Working there under leadership from the RIGHT MANAGER can result in a very fulfilling and rewarding career experience.

    Cons

    Some "middle managers" (business directors and the occasional VP) are dishonest in their portrayal of those who report to them. Like in many companies, there are middle managers who appear to lack a conscience, and will do or say anything to advance their career, even at the expense of those who report to them. Sadly, Teknor Apex has a few middle level managers like this in place, and they appear to have the ear of the Senior Management Team. Such director level managers do not engage with their subordinates. Instead they ignore them, do not return telephone calls or emails, do not train or guide them on expectations. They leave them to flounder and then end up blaming them, even making up things that are not true.

    My last manager at Teknor Apex was one of the worst of my career. Teknor's SMT is apparently very much unaware of some of the poor management practices of their director level personal, and how dishonest they can be.

    Advice to Management

    Begin to initiate an exit interview process for those who leave the company. Pay attention to what is told to those who leave. When I left, there was no process like this in place, and it would really help the SMT to have such feedback so that they could get good information from their field people about how they are managed.

    Also, it might help to give some "people management training" to some of these director level managers on "best in class" people management practices. For example, how to bring out the best in a subordinate, how to guide a high achiever, characteristics of the best managers, etc... In my case, the "peter principle" may have been the case, whereby the manager was a competent individual contributor who got promoted to a managerial level of incompetency.


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