Williams Pyro Reviews | Glassdoor

Williams Pyro Reviews

4 reviews

Filter

Filter


1.7
StarStarStarStarStar
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Della Williams
0 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "A good company, but somewhat unprofessional due to being family run."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Williams Pyro full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Williams-Pyro offers excellent benefits, the people are great to work with, salaries are decent, and the work-life balance is perfect.

    Cons

    Typical of a family-run business, there exists favoritism and nepotism. Some employees are employed/promoted because they are related to or trusted by the owner, but they do not perform their jobs effectively and the whole company suffers as a result.


  2. "Job insecurity"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Williams Pyro full-time

    Pros

    There is a good work life balance.
    Location is good.
    Good pay according to the market value.

    Cons

    The people in the top level are sort of the permanent employees and they hire new 'expendable' employees from time to time as need be and either fire them or lay them off as soon as they dont need them. They dont hire employees with the intention of retaining them although they might call it a full time position... it is a deception. I would recommend to only accept the offer if there is no other alternative and continue to look for opportunities even while employed there because you never know which day could be your last there.
    The atmosphere is very negative there and you feel it when you start working there immediately.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to layoff/fire people on need basis hire them as contract or temp positions so at least they are mentally prepared rather than disrupting their lives
    There needs to be more co ordination at the top and visibility in the upper management.
    Stop favoritism !

  3. Helpful (2)

    "I guess it's one way to keep your kids off the street"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fort Worth IS Great, But Not Worth This in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Fort Worth IS Great, But Not Worth This in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Fort Worth is a great city with affordable housing options.

    Great food nearby.

    You will appreciate every other job you've ever had.

    Cons

    Family run means no accountability at the top and critical individual(s) are not necessarily there due to ability.

    Invasive and constant snooping - roving hall monitors, recorded phone calls, computer screen captures and key logging, etc.

    Random hiring practices (no job descriptions, staff recommendations ignored) and legendary turnover rate among professionals.

    Poor relationships with nearby universities and research organizations.

    Senior management has limited background to develop technical products or judge the value of technical employees.

    Frequent changes of direction and no chance for established procedures to work.

    Absolutely no chance for employees to address perceived performance issues - professionals are fired for cause at first infraction or when convenient. You will *never* feel secure at your job once you realize this.

    The company brags that "nobody has every been laid-off from Williams Pyro". That's perfectly true - employees are always either forced to quit or fired for cause. This makes collection of unemployment benefits 'challenging'.

    Advice to Management

    You've been participating in the SBIR program for about 15 years and the fact that you continue to win SBIR contracts implies that you have successfully commercialized SBIR efforts. This is quite an accomplishment - why haven't you published details on the company web site?

    Benchmark yourself against other companies. For example, research companies who have received about $30 million in government R&D grants and tally how many successful products they have marketed or spin-offs they have produced.

    Your image could use some adjustment. The company claims to be a champion for American manufacturing, yet family members prefer foreign cars!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very Expensive Health Plan"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Williams Pyro full-time

    Pros

    Health plan benefits are average at best for a company this size.

    Cons

    Health plan is extremely expensive. Full family coverage costs $1,000 per month. This makes professional salaries noncompetitive.

    The company employs a significant number of blue collar workers. Nothing wrong with that, but everyone is lumped into one set of policies and benefits. Companies with primarily professional or white collar employees can offer benefits at a much lower premium cost.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to become something more than your machine shop roots, realize that you need to stop treating everyone like they punch a clock.