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YESCO Reviews

Updated January 14, 2017
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  1. "Interesting company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting jobs and great customers

    Cons

    Corporate management does not care about employees and makes irrational decisions


  2. "A lot of red tape to cut through. Not a place for career women"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    YESCO has a great business model. They offer the full package to customers(estimating, engineering, design, manufacturing, installation and maintenance). Departments are designed to work together and that makes jobs challenging and fun sometimes.

    Some sales people really do take care of their customers and a few technicians provide just the best service out there. The local Administration, Estimating and Design employ talents and devoted employees that have been with the company for many years.

    Employees are great people and they put together pot lucks and create the company culture.

    Payment is by-weekly, which is nice.

    Company offers insurance, 401K, PTO, and paid holidays.

    Cons

    Company is very old fashion. Men lead the efforts here and women are seen mostly in a supportive role. It is family owned business but it acts as a corporate when conducting business. There is a lot of red tape to cut through to get things done. Company has some processed in place but there is no manual to figure them out. You are on your own, plus the processes change as people come and go.

    If you are women, you most likely work in the admin department of on the AR and AP, or as a secretary in another department. In the sales, men already get the best accounts to start and women are just left to work on their own. Sometimes if they do better, the accounts are taken away from them (there is always a good reason), so you will be set to fail. On the other hand, if you are a guy, you are listening to, given some good accounts to start with, you could even get promoted or moved from one department to another until you succeed.

    The main program used is dos based, and it connects to another windows based program which connects to tech's tablets. This combination does not always work and information gets lost. Newer programs have been promised but not uploaded or trained on yet.

    Sales and Operations and sometimes Administration seem to work against each other rather than together as a team to best serve the customer. Processes take forever and there is no accountability. Overall there is no sense of ownership.
    Upper management is disconnected from what goes on in the field. They are only driven by numbers.

    The way everything is set up if very complex and hard to trace. Payments are not very transparent and you need to pay attention or you might not even get paid for your work.

    There are no companies summer or holiday parties offered by the company. Technicians and shop are union so they get treated different by Union.
    Insurance is on the expensive side.

    Advice to Management

    Know the value of your employees, support and promote the efforts no matter what the gender is. Try to see the potential and value women bring to this company.

    Listen and provide the necessary tools to your employees to ensure their success and you will see the company's profit increase.

    Cleaner, leaner processes are needed in all aspects. This will ensure increase the profit margin and have returned customers.

    Give your employees ownership and encourage them to have pride in what they do.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Company filled with Good People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Business Development in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people. YESCO has a great staff of employees

    Cons

    Every changing guidelines, rules and boundaries. Management not required to follow

    Advice to Management

    Be a leader by your actions, not your words


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Yesco"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Logan, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Logan, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    It is a good company overall. They try to provide you with tools needed to do you the job. Most the people there are friendly.

    Cons

    Often you are expected to do things with little or no training. They do not want to pay much but that is a Utah issue. Breaks are short and limited. Often hours are long with mandatory overtime not preannounced.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees they are your greatest asset. Try to be more understanding of their issues and needs. Also, train them rather than throwing something at them and expecting then to just figure it out.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "NIce People, Kind of a Mess"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Artist in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Nice people
    • Creative work is fun
    • Fairly flexible
    • They build cool displays and signs
    • Staff at lower and mid levels are amazing at compensating for weak management team

    Cons

    • Local management is weak and disorganized
    • Sales management is unorganized
    • Salaries are fairly low and there have been few to no annual increases in years

    Advice to Management

    Tighten up management teams, figure out a way to pay your subcontractors in a reasonable time (6 months from invoice date is pathetic). Need to move into digital realm to take advantage of future opportunities.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "The good looking company from the outside"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service/Installation in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Service/Installation in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are in Utah this is a great company with good benifits fair compensation.
    Anywhere else you can enjoy driving a nice truck. This is a good place to learn about the industry. You will be put in situations that you are completely unfamiliar with no training. So you will learn very quickly. Will advance quickly well. Mostly because of the high turnaround rate. Yesco has a good foundation for integrity in their employee handbook. If you are willing to turn your back on legal issues and ignore what's best for the customer. Then you can go far.

    Cons

    YESCO has many satellite branches. Often management is put in position with little or no experience. The sales staff only sell but do little you follow through on the project until it is complete.
     This is very hard on the workforce. Most often they are left to fill the gaps and make do with what they have. You receive little or no support from upper management. In most situations you will be asked to spend your own money and then be compensated months later with a check. You will be asked to perform miracles, but given little to do it with. Yesco has very little concern for local laws for licencing. You will be asked to turn your back while out of town people come to work in your area. When things are slow you will go home early while low payed unlicenced workers from out of state will come in and do your work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your satellite branches exactly how you would treat your corporate office. Respect local authorities and local workers. Your family members are not always the best person for the job. Salesman within a company should not be allowed to compete for the same jobs against each other. You are a company that is founded on family and ethical integrity. You need to see that at is followed through to the smallest parts of your company.

    YESCO Response

    May 28, 2015 – VP/Human Resources

    Thank you for your input. Working in remote locations can be challenging. YESCO is committed to our remote employees and they are a vital part of our overall success.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "An interesting company, but it's been sad to watch the steady decline due to corporate mismanagement."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Production in Saint George, UT
    Former Employee - Production in Saint George, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at YESCO full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Prior to the plant closure in April 2014, the work was generally quite unique and exciting. Sign projects were rarely alike and this kept things interesting. The St George workforce was like a family. Never have I seen a group of people work so well together with so few problems. Many of the projects we worked on were for extravagant Las Vegas casinos and it was extremely rewarding to see our efforts featured prominently on the Vegas skyline.

    Compensation varied from poor to through the roof. If you were lucky enough and had the right pedigree (primarily being transplanted to St George from the Las Vegas shop you could make $30 to $40 hr in production, though $15+ was more the norm for us locals). All the usual benefits were available after a year, a bit overpriced but nothing out of the ordinary. I believe the culture and work environment varied greatly from plant to plant. St George was for the most part, a pleasure to work at, and for the last 2 years we had an excellent production manager who really fine tuned our operation and we began to close jobs out significantly under cost. Saving the company far in excess of a million per year in production costs really made us all feel like rock stars.

    Cons

    The St. George plant was closed down and +90% of the workforce dismissed in April 2014 when the bank forced YESCO to cut more than six million dollars from their bottom line (contrary to the official story which suggested that they were simply shifting operations to a new location).

    As mentioned above, pay was hit or miss. The St George branch was an experiment in setting up a low wage facility to see if it was viable. Those people who were transplanted to the St George plant from Las Vegas were commonly paid in the $30 to $40 range. Those who were hired locally for similar positions started at $12 and worked up from there.

    The St George crew (the locals anyway) worked for a pittance, but we worked extremely hard and for the last 2 years of production we came in millions of dollars under budget. Our significant efforts were ultimately rewarded with a plant closure. The (highly political) decision was made to keep the Phoenix plant (which is widely known within YESCO to have never been profitable in it's existence). People throughout the entire company people were shocked by that decision.

    Middle management has seemed to be much more occupied with patting each other on the back and gloating over how awesome they are than focusing on the tasks at hand (I'm looking at you Las Vegas) while I suspect corporate management have been so out of touch with the realities of where their operations are heading that they may not yet have seen what is becoming obvious to most of their employees and have absolutely no idea what looms on the horizon for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get your head out of the sand and start paying attention. When the bank recently issued a wake up call that the plane was overloaded and that you needed to jettison weight, your knee jerk reaction was to throw your most productive engine overboard. Based on decisions like that, it's a widely held opinion among your employees that the YESCO we all knew and loved is simply not going to make it.

    Your poor decisions over the past 10 years have seen you close nearly as many manufacturing plants. You've now got 3 plants left and (according to your own admissions) the Salt Lake City plant is so upside down in it's extravagant new mega facility that it would need to operate 24/7/360 to even approach profitability. Phoenix has not been profitable in 10 years and Las Vegas has what...6 or 7 management staff for every production employee and an extremely costly, unionized workforce? How many millions did Las Vegas lose last year?

    I'm afraid the answer (which you wont want to hear) is to get completely out of the sign manufacturing business and focus on Service and Install which "might" keep you afloat long enough to reorganize and try it all again. You've spent so long rolling in your piles of money that somewhere along the way you forgot how to be accountable for your decisions and how to manage your money responsibly and that lapse in judgement is going to cost you dearly. I genuinely wish you the best in your inevitable bankruptcy and hopeful reorganization. I really do hope you can find some way to survive the next 2 or 3 years.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Just another pay check source."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphics Foreman in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Graphics Foreman in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    They allow you to use facilities for person projects so long as it was discussed before happening. Some really nice people in and out all the time.

    Cons

    They have a very skewed perception of what makes an employee valuable and tend to make poor decisions when it comes to hiring and firing. Getting a promotion can be long or impossible to achieve, what is commonly referred to as an "act of congress."

    Advice to Management

    They need to reduce top end waste, and stop giving people management jobs when they can hardly manage them selves. Tenure is placed far too highly on the list of items that makes a person valuable. Recognize more closely where the value in the operation is and focus more on the customers needs.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Old fashioned mormon, patriarchal culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrator in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Administrator in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Established company. No worries about it going out of business! There can be money to be made in Sales, if given the opportunity.

    Cons

    Do NOT expect to be paid well or widely respected if you are a woman...no matter what kind of job you perform.
    This is a very tight knit largely held together by family ties and good ol' boys.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify your workforce in order to stay competitive with the changing world. Currently upper management all looks the same: Aging white men (very few exceptions). I agree with other posts: It's almost not worth paying for the health insurance.


  11. "beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Given lots of freedom and respect

    Cons

    given very little direction on what is important

    Advice to Management

    health care was very costly



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