Pros: challenging environment, lots of experience still at the plant
Cons: frequent firings, lack of training, lack of communication, no team-building, finger-pointing
In 2.5 years, I've watched 4 staff fired, and 4 people leave to persue employment elsewhere. That number is high when you consider there's under 20 full-time salaried staff at the plant. It's sink or swim for new hires, training is almost non-existant. This high rate of termination makes trusting the HR team impossible. I've never worked for a compnay with such a high rate of distrust of HR - You could ask anyone in plant if they trust a thing HR says, and everyone would respond "NO". Additionally, it's a "who you know, not what you know" kind of environment, with friends of upper management getting first kick at job openings. Bothers, nephews, good friends of managers are direct reports to family members, which makes for some rather obvious favoratism at times.
I rated compensation so low because job descriptions change constantly - work loads increase and roles change with each firing - and there is no change to compensation to go with it. I've had my job description tripple in length in those 2.5 years, with no change to compensation. Even requests for a discussion about my compensation are shot down.
That having been said, the plant makes a quality product and there are a lot of people that genuinely care about the plant. Sales are strong for now - some softening in the short term - but should be strong for years to come. My plant has been in operation for over 150 years, and there are a number of staff members with over 20 years experience at the plant. There are deposts here that will keep the plant running for 100 years more, so provided you can avoid the quartly firings job security will never be an issue.