Pros: pension, pay rate, advancement opportunities, health insurance, union protections
Cons: break time conflicts, poor moral, very difficult social culture
The job is physically strenuous. It is dirty and loud. They wear ear plugs that block out sounds, including the human voice. The plant runs continuously and newbies are expected to pick it up on the fly without production stoppages. One of the bosses is a bully and will pressure his employees to bypass safety protocols, whip tools, and scream obscenities. – more... He will retaliate against dissenters and support the bad behavior of his favorites. In the summer it can reach 110 degrees and break times are *limited.*
However, it is a union shop. The pension is very good, unheard of these days. The health insurance policy is very good and the pay is a livable wage. There is room for advancement, especially for mechanically inclined employees.
The shop is majority male. There are a lot of issues with bigotry and sexism. The shifts are twelve hours, average 42 hours per week. Expect to work 7pm to 7am for your first ten years of employment. There are yearly layoffs that tend to be brief. – less