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Thompson Tractor Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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  1. "Shipping clerk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spanish Fort, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Spanish Fort, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thompson Tractor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits pay hours location friendly

    Cons

    Safety travel training learning rf scanner


  2. "No longer a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thompson Tractor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well established local company with brand recognition.

    Cons

    Low pay, lots of hours, with lousy benefits. Not a great place to call home.

  3. "Company Leadership is in Transition"

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thompson Tractor full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Reputation in the market.

    Cons

    Leadership is retiring and replacements aren't ready for the challenge

    Advice to Management

    Go back to Testing with the Wonderlic Personnel Test and maintain intelligence standards as many of the recently hired managers suffer from the Dunning–Kruger effect.


  4. "Too tolerant of lower-middle management issues"

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    Former Employee - Parts in Tarrant City, AL
    Former Employee - Parts in Tarrant City, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Thompson Tractor full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you want somewhere to just exist and get by, they'll keep you on as long as you show up and don't screw up too badly. This does hurt the morale of coworkers who want to do a great job, however.

    Cons

    Management is rarely qualified to hold their position. They make many decisions based on metrics that incentivize them to scrimp on things that their departments need to accomplish their jobs. This leads to employees to hoard supplies (or even buy their own) so as to ensure that they will have what they need during the time that it takes management to reorder things that should have been ordered days or weeks prior. This also leads to allowing equipment to get to dangerous levels of disrepair, and they do not follow lockout/tagout procedures (or often even know what they are) so when a dangerous situation is observed and equipment is properly taken offline, that same equipment is regularly put back into service with little to no repair made by a middle manager whose bonus check depends on him not repairing it properly.

    The corporate priority is appearance, not reality, so don't let the safety and cleanliness banners fool you. It's not safe (they're currently under OSHA investigation, and they're not fixing what's actually broken), and it's only clean in places that upper management might see. The current CEO doesn't appear to want to know what's going on, as the other C level execs do what it takes to keep him in the dark on many important issues, and he's sharp enough to catch on, if he wanted to.

    Information is withheld from employees who need it, for no discernable reason, and in times when it actually hurts the company. I went through three shift changes where the new time to report to work was not known until the Friday of the preceding week. Once, due to a predicted weather issue, people had to call in the next Monday to find out what time they were supposed to be at work, since no one posted a new schedule that Friday before the weather forced a closure. Many times someone has wasted hours on a job that didn't need to be done, or needed to be done a different way, before the manager felt it was time to share pertinent information with the staff. This has affected customers with no repercussions to management, who promptly threw staff under the bus instead of admitting that they did not communicate properly.

    Advice to Management

    Fire people that are dragging the company down. They're the ones that the whole company and most customers use as a punchline. Admit that their promotion was a mistake and replace them with someone who is actually qualified and will be respected.

    Stop valuing appearance over reality. The veneer wears thin quickly.

    Stop incentivising unqualified managers to scrimp on supplies and equipment. It's going to get someone seriously hurt or killed.


  5. "C class mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrant City, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrant City, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thompson Tractor full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok could be way better

    Cons

    To much favoritism not a fair environment


  6. "Quality Control Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrant City, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrant City, AL

    Pros

    I worked with Terry Benton. He was a great manager. Very clear on what was expected of me and always had an open door with any questions.

    Cons

    None that I can remember.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Rental representative"

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    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Former Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, and a stable company. The Cat brand is a leader in the equipment industry. Thompson has a strong organization, especially in the earthmoving division, with a record of promoting from within.

    Cons

    The rental division lacks professional leaders on the branch level. Very few college educated managers, and many were promoted above their abilities. The rental division seems to be unique in this compared to the rest of the company. Overall great company, just could use some house cleaning in the rental side.

    Advice to Management

    Review of rental side at branch level would go a long way to strengthening the company. Several good reps have left because of various mgmt issues at the mid management level.

  8. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Management in Hoover, AL
    Former Employee - Management in Hoover, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Thompson Tractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best privately owned companies in Birmingham, AL.
    Outstanding owners and Executive Management Team
    A place where you can have and enjoy a career!

    Cons

    None. Consider yourself fortunate if you are hired.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. "Awesome experience and wonderful people"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Former Employee - Technician in Huntsville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Thompson Tractor full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent management. Employees were team players. Moral was exceptional.

    Cons

    After years of working on heavy equipment as a diesel technician it took its toll on my body. Unfortunately I had to get out of that line of work because of my injuries.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  10. "Stable company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vestavia Hills, AL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vestavia Hills, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thompson Tractor full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place if you are looking for stability. The company is fairly well hedged against the coal industry by now. Caterpillar is a stable company and have one of the best dealership networks on the planet and it's hard to imagine a time when people will not need equipment. Most of the people are laid back and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic structure. Managers have little autonomy and small decisions have to be approved by VP's or higher. Therefore, processes and ideas move very slowly and innovation is almost nonexistent. The corporate attitude appeals to the older generation that "work at the same place for 40 years" but does not translate to the younger work force mindset. Vacation time is extremely mediocre- you only get 2 WEEKS A YEAR until your 10th year.


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