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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Growing company -- Owner is his own downfall"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson full-time

    Pros

    Convenient area near major public transportation, SOME great co workers, calm setting (for the most part) ,great learning experience, will help you grow thick skin.

    Cons

    Unstable owner who will contradict himself, and make you feel as though you don't know how to do your job. Borderline abusive attitude towards his employees. Will fly off the handle for the smallest reasons, and has no respect for anyone. EXTREMELY toxic work environment.

    Advice to Management

    There is no true management team. There is one dictator who calls all the shots, but does not take responsibility when things go wrong. Start showing your employees more respect instead of trying to buy them. Learn how to communicate with people without insulting and degrading. Let people work how they feel COMFORTABLE! ex: using post its or writing things down. These things shouldn't bother you as much as they do. You work with intelligent human beings who do not need someone micromanaging their every move.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Nothing has changed but did not expect it would"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the employees are really good people that some how survive the TOXIC environment.

    Cons

    The worst culture I have ever seen. The current President seems to have taken a great place to work and turned in into hell. He is actually pretty knowledgeable about the business and products but that is most likely to his time with the company. However, his management still completely destroys the company and any hope for improvements. If you have to pay your bills, feed your family take the job BUT KEEP looking. You need to leave as it is truly not a place to spend time if you want to remain healthy. If you are leaving something to come here, I would strongly advise you against it. Best of Luck. Oh, all the cons on this board are true and not overstated at all.

    Advice to Management

    There is only one man to provide advice and he would never listen, and it would be your final words as an employee if you offered them. And to the people that leave and come back, you must have been in a real jam or maybe you should talk to a Dr. as no amount of money could make me go back.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the staff/coworkers are friendly and great to be around. The head of Human Resources was extremely nice and always cheerful. Mixture of long-time employees and fresh faces was good

    Cons

    Owner/CEO is absolutely the worst person I have ever had to work with. All office employees are kept in one open room with no space between desks, and all are watched over like prisoners. He makes it a point to daily berate at least one employee in front of the entire office to instill fear and assert dominance. When he needs to speak to an employee that is on the phone with a client/customer/supplier, he just reaches over and hangs up their phone, regardless of the importance of the conversation. Talking to coworkers, even to ask questions, elicits screams from his office to remind employees that "they are your coworkers, not your friends." As for employee retention, other than the 20+year veterans that worked for his parents, no one seems to have remained more than a few months and they regularly leave positions empty for months, then hire a temporary employee to come in for a few months to get all the backlogged work up to date before sending them away (if they stick around long enough) to allow the work to start piling up again.

    Advice to Management

    If you can't oust the owner/CEO, at least teach him to treat employees like human beings. Interacting with other people with the respect and dignity they deserve and they will work harder for you on a bad day than they ever could on a good day of being berated by a tyrant.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic work environment with a verbally abusive owner who micromanages, bullies and lacks management skills."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office in Long Island City, NY
    Current Employee - Office in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice, up and coming area to work in. Lots of coworkers who are compassionate, caring people who appreciate your work.

    Cons

    The owner is a bully, verbally abusive and constantly changes his mind. He has created a toxic work environment by micromanaging, snooping and constantly hovering over his employees, disrupting their work and causing anxiety.

    Advice to Management

    What management?
    Seriously... There is no REAL Human Resources, or higher-level superiors who have any say.
    Ruling through rigid control, negativity, and a climate of anxiety and fear might help to ensure that no one steps out of line – but it also ensures that employees won't bring up new ideas for fear of being attacked and won’t be honest about problems – which will limit what your entire team is able to accomplish.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Run for you life don't waste you time !!!!!!!!!!"

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    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location company seems like it used to be a great place to work back in past. i think this company could be great if the president was open to letting peaple do there jobs.

    Cons

    The president truly needs Help . I is an abusive BULLY who has a very big HEAD. He is always trying to qualify him self saying how great he is Big story's about his Sailing Fishing Sports etc. But deep down he's has issues .

    Advice to Management

    Get someone who is a leader not a bully.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Thrown in to handle a top product line without any briefing; Got blamed for things that were done before I was hired."

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    Former Contractor - Engineer in Long Island City, NY
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    LIC is already a decent location, and it only keeps on improving. Soon all of those industrial-type buildings and structures will be demolished, and as LIC becomes one of NYCs 'downtows', it will be a very nice area to work in. Friendly, compassionate coworkers, who appreciate your work and are willing to offer and accept help. HVAC maintenance turned out to be more exciting and beneficial than expected. Acquired experience is quite valuable for me (engineering/design/prototyping/CAD).

    Cons

    If i could redefine several words in thesaurus, my first one would be hardship and its definition would read "Thomas C Wilson". Negligence would end up having the same definition as well. The president is very had to understand, read, and converse with. Tends to change his 'final' decision several times a day. Likes to take credit whenever things go as expected or better, but wrecks every single employee when something is wrong. Not knowledgeable and unprofessional. I've learned quite a lot about the company, its president, and past and current employees just by talking to several colleagues who have been with this company for 5+, 10+, and even 20+ years. Feedback was always negative; nobody expected T C Wilson to last more than 3-5 years. First floor machine shop and second floor office space are no where near being in a good condition. Had no heat for a while during the winter, was as cold as outside.

    Advice to Management

    This company need a board, not a know-it-all.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Do you like work for a a bully, being verbally abused everyday, micro managed to the max?"

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    Former Employee - Management in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Management in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, sympathetic co-workers who have been forced to remain employed here due to tough job market and all privately share their disgust toward the President/Owner. After my experience here I can handle the toughest personality imaginable and has made me stronger and wiser.

    Cons

    President/owner is a micro manager who is unprofessional, verbally abusive and a bully. Very high turn over at all levels. Employees are forced to believe they are incompetent and should be greatful toward the President that he still employs them.me

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Operation department"

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    Current Employee - Receptionist
    Current Employee - Receptionist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is no pros in this company only thing is that is easy to get there

    Cons

    The owner of the company is a crazy psychopath. He treat people like slave. He thinks because you work there you have to be grateful. Of course you are not grateful to work at a place where you dislike and you live with fear because you don't know when is your turn to get insulted. it is a shame how every quarter he wants to do this nonsense appreciation day. Talking lies knowing that no one wants to be there.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing you can say to him Just to get out of there as soon as you can. A person like that will never change.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "President = Tyrannical, Maniacal, and Micromanaging Lunatic"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice location and nice coworkers. I feel very bad for my former colleagues that still have to work there, especially for the older employees and workers in the shop. Some employees have been with the company for over 20 years because they started when the President's father who was a good President owned the company (so I was told).

    Cons

    The President and owner of this company is a verbally abusive bully that mistreats all of his employees. He is definitely the most degrading and despicable human being I have ever met. He is constantly micromanaging and hovering over people creating anxiety and fear in all employees. This applies to all employees from clerks and shop workers all the way up to managers - he is terrorizing every single employee. He frequently flies off the handle and will yell at and insult his workers in the worst ways imaginable for no reason whatsoever, it does not require anyone to make a mistake. The President is a show-off, bragging about his private life, sailing, playing hockey, and eating at fancy restaurants. Instead of paying his employees properly, he spends a few hundred dollars every 3 months to have an employee appreciation day where he buys lunch for everyone. The employee appreciation day is sadistic because every employee hates being there and it's only happening so the President can feel good about himself. The President's behavior creates a horrible work environment with absolutely no motivation from any employee. No one will ever come up with any new ideas because everyone is afraid that they are giving the President another reason to yell at them. There is no traditional company structure or hierarchy, the President controls everything and micromanages every single employee. This also results in the President dismissing and overruling technical decisions made by Engineering. It even goes as far as the President interfering with input from Engineering regarding technical questions despite the fact that he has no Engineering or technical background. He also personally feels the need to approve every purchase made by the company, even if the value is under $50 which is completely absurd. Don't be fooled by the nice facade the President will put up when you meet him for the first time. He is a salesman and can act like he is a nice guy if he has to, but that mask will disappear completely after you work with him for more than 2 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    As mentioned above, there is no true management. Advice to the President: see a therapist and work on your anger issues. Learn how to treat other people decently. Take some classes on how to be a Manager and understand why micromanaging and pretty much everything you do is bad for your own company.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Learned alot, but very difficult environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales in Lic (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Sales in Lic (Indonesia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Thomas C. Wilson full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Little training, small group but very cut throat as far as earning various commissions

    Cons

    Micro Management, fly off the handle President

    Advice to Management

    This is not brain surgery take a chill