If you're in need a job and don't have ANY other options.
Pros: good wages, benefits
Cons: overtime, mismanagement, chaos
Typical Day at Work
The pace in the factory is a constant state of flux. The pace goes from steady to panic to frantic to chaotic within an hour. Putting in good terms... you are constantly forced to change your focus and objectives at a moments notice.
Management expects employees to keep up with the pace while trying to promote safe work habits while instantly suspending anyone being reckless. Supervision is reasonable but constantly pressured to make as much product as possible even if comes at a cost to quality.
What I can learn?
There is plenty of skills to be learned that will help in future employment. For example, management encourages employees to be involved in the creation and fine tuning of Standard Operating Procedure as well as various problem solving programs. However, these activities are mostly mandatory and require overtime.
Professionally, most care about 2 things- 1. To do the job with the least amount of effort. 2. To make sure to pass the blame to another coworker if there is a mistake. The few good employees are constantly taken advantage of and constantly walked over.
Personally, all of the co-workers are great people who will come together if a coworker is in need of help (outside the plant).
Thats where a person must be prepared to be good terms one day and worst enemies the next. On the good side, grudges never last very long.
OVERTIME!!!!!!!!! If you have a life, you will have to be prepared to sacrifice precious time with your family in order to keep your job and put food on the table. Be prepared to work 60+ hours – more... a week for months at a time. The reasons for the overtime varies from production demands to co-workers not being able to make it to work.
The Best Part
Has some of the best benefits I have seen since i started working. Health/Vision/Dental are all competitive. As well as the wages starting at over $12 an hour to $22 for the top classification (under management).
In Closing, people thinking of getting a job at Crown in Decatur, has to weigh the good and the bad as seen in the pros and cons. I have tried to "sugarcoat" the bad points. So I will give you 4 things to be prepared for if you want to be hired and keep your job.
1. You will work overtime/Saturday's and lots of it depending on position.
2. You will be under constant pressure to create product to meet the demands of customers.
3 Management will constantly change the rules of practice frequently and without notice.
4. You will be charged with cleaning up the messes that the previous shift left you while being chastised about your own practices. – less