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Viasystems Reviews

Updated August 12, 2017
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  1. "It's a job"

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    Former Employee - Product Technician in Forest Grove, OR
    Former Employee - Product Technician in Forest Grove, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    High tech, high quality products.
    Plenty of challenge.
    Great Coworkers.

    Cons

    Low pay. Tough industry with cheaper foreign competition.
    Lots of blame being passed around.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to recognize that mistakes and scrap are ultimately their responsibility and their failure to support the employees they manage.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "ok Company for a job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Viasystems full-time

    Pros

    The co-workers and managers are nice.

    Cons

    The position you get on the first day will be most likely the one you still have 10 years later. It is good for a job not for a career.

  3. "The environment lacks any management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forest Grove, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Forest Grove, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Viasystems full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexabile hours, flexable time off.

    Cons

    Absolutely no communication from management. Employees bashing eachother and management. Wasting time and not held accountable. Hostile

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and manage behavior.


  4. "Overall an uprofessional enironment with unprofessional leadership."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Viasystems full-time

    Pros

    Operators are friendly and helpful.
    Machinery is updated fairly often.
    Engineeing group is very supportive and easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Manufacturing Side seems to dominate most of the critical decisions.
    Constant need for overtime due to lackof effective planning.
    Quality spends most of their time explaining mistakes to the customers.

    Advice to Management

    Quality should be above all else.
    Planning needs to be improved greatly to reduce overtime and allow for annual raises.
    Teamwork between Quality, Engineering, and Manufacturing is almost non-existent.


  5. "Very poor management across all facilities. Too many VPs of everything under the sun."

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

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

    Pros

    None, they will lure you in then set the trap. You will regret it.

    Cons

    Too many promises without follow thru, if you stand your ground you get pulled into HR and given the crazy treatment.

    Advice to Management

    there is a reason why you are still working here....


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Co-workers were friendly
    Lots of opportunities to learn
    A lot of different areas in the plant were very organized

    Cons

    No concept of lean (throw more people at it concept)
    Reactive mentality
    Management is a joke and is saving their own hides instead of looking out for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of management here, it is bad.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "this location wasn't the best (sterling)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Viasystems full-time

    Pros

    we were able to get overtime and i had benefits

    Cons

    there is absolutely no training, very cliquey, everyone is trying to get ahead (however there is absolutely no room for career advancement) or additional education

    Advice to Management

    train employees, answer questions, do reviews for employees, maintian a low turnover by teambuilding and knowing your team.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Viasystems EMS - Milwaukee Site"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Creek, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Creek, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Do a poor job and it'll take months to get fired, if it happens at all.

    Complacency, laziness and gross incompetence are rewarded.

    Cons

    Poor prospects for advancement within the company.
    Departmental managers are often times overwhelmed by their own workload, let alone managing their employees.
    Communication is a huge problem with this organization, no one works together as a cohesive unit to accomplish the common goals.
    Respect is in short supply.
    Rewards including basic compensation and recognition for a job well done are absent.
    Assuming multiple positions worth of responsibilities when people are let go is expected; You'd be better off being the one let go than the one who assumes the duties of the person who was just laid off / fired / walked to the door.

    Advice to Management

    Challenge your employees and reward them for their performance through a bonus system that is actually achievable.

    Train employees and management on technologies that can enhance their level of productivity.

    Fire every single person who is involved with acquiring and keeping customers. Ahem... Caterpillar problem.


  9. "Unprofessional, with a strong emphasis on favouritism and racism, (Toronto, Canada facility)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Viasystems full-time

    Pros

    Willing to hire employees without Canadian citizenship. HR department willing to assist employees in obtaining citizenship.

    Cons

    Unprofessional - no department meetings, no employee performance review for the past 2 years. Zero management feedback - no encouragement / reward for excellence; no criticism / consequence for negative behaviour.

    Micromanagement - lack of transparency in work procedures, organizational structural changes. In an effort for low level management to hold onto their job security, much of the rudimentary work knowledge and procedures are withheld from employees, resulting in employees needing to consult management on every little issue, reducing work efficiency many fold.

    Extreme favouritism - it's impossible for employees to negotiate raises, career advancements, or even to request an annual inflation pay adjustment from management. These are given as favors only to friends of the management, entirely not based on merit / contribution to the organization. These friends of the management also happen to all be of the same race as the management... Which brings us to the last point -

    Racism - the company does not promote a friendly, open & accepting environment. Albeit it's a very multi-cultural work place, people of the same ethnicity huddle together and communicate in their own languages, even on work topics/during work sessions. After many complaints, HR had issued an "English is the work place language" memo. However, management is simply not interested in promoting / enforcing said memo, so the little tight knit social circles based on race still carry on, sabotaging the team spirit, creating alienation.

    Advice to Management

    Short of a complete overhaul...it will be impossible to achieve professionalism, respect in the work place, fairness, equality...


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