Pros: good benefits (health, vision, dental), good vacation, plenty of opportunity for overtime, great experience
Cons: lots of overtime, ageing plants can be a misery to work in, plant management determines worker satisfaction
Tough wok every day. Day at work at our very old facility consisted of 12 straight hours of back breaking work. Work orders were so numerous that maintenance could not keep up and as a result, simple fixes were ignored, vital infrastructure backed up and operations crew suffered.
I had the opportunity to talk to lots of other workers from other plants – more... and they consistently said the pay was better along with the work at other plants. At this facility we were way overworked and struggling daily to keep up.
However, every crew I worked on had a strong positive leader who kept the crews running effectively and the operations crews were a good bunch to work next to. The amount of work could be looked at positively since every day had a good chance of an operations emergency or breakdown, we became well trained in all aspects of operations. Working at a dirty, rundown plant for just one or two years will gift the patient worker with a vast knowledge set that will enable them to be a strong and confident worker at any other plant.
Despite the obvious stressful and dirty working conditions I was presented at Covanta, I learned a lot and am able to use this experience in a different industry. – less