A DOT, ATF, or MSHA disaster looking for a place to happen.
Location Manager (Former Employee) – Tulsa – 30 August 2013
Austin Powder is a good company overall but the location in Tulsa has some serious problems, the main one being an emphasis on profit over a prudent, long term situation. The trucks and equipment are sorely neglected and not even close to being DOT worthy. The daily pace and workload almost always involve 12-16 hour days in the field with no priority on vehicle upkeep except when unavoidable and then it's a "patch'em up and get'em back on the road" mentality. There is no opportunity for management at the local level and middle/upper management is ineffective and, for all practical purposes, non-existent. Employees are regularly asked to drive vehicle combinations for which they are not licensed and laws which pertain to transporting explosives are not heeded or even noticed. Worst of all, is an atmosphere of arrogance, disrespect, and, occasionally, verbal abuse, however, the main offenders are essentially bulletproof and immune to disciplinary action. Consequently, there is a turnover rate of nearly 70% though it may now be higher. If I considered my CDL and driving record important, it's the last place I'd want to work. Most people agree - of the three people hired over the five months I spent there, two are gone in addition to the part time clerk/data entry person. The location is even more woefully understaffed than when I hired on, not so much because of the workload, but mostly due to the bullying tendencies of a couple of untouchables.
There is an opportunity to learn a skill - blasting/quarrying.
A disrespectful, negative, and bullying mentality and attitude.