Jefferson is an auto parts factory which manufactures steel parts for the frame of automobiles. We build parts primarily for the Honda Civic and CRV but also build some parts for Toyota.
This job requires 8-hour shifts on a two-week rotation of days to afternoons. There is also a straight midnight shift which is staffed entirely by individuals who have requested that shift. Day shift always starts at 6:30 am and afternoon start times depends based on whether you're in stamping or weld.
During the summer months the hours and overtime requirements are much more relaxed but between September and May expect mandatory overtime during the week as well as on Saturdays.
The hardest part at JEC is being new. New associate training especially on the floor is very poor. Depending on who you train with often makes the difference whether you can survive or not. There is NO training system enforced so new associates generally get thrown to the wolves so-to-speak.
The people around you is what makes this job more enjoyable. This place has a lot of good people that help to lighten up the daily grind. It also helps not to stress out too much about production demands and requirements. Really if you show up every day and put in your time and make an effort you're good.
The pay is above average and better than a lot of the companies in this area. Also from what I've heard, that atmosphere is generally much better than other places as well. There is also an emphasis on safety and it is a clean, air-conditioned work environment.
As per usual, it must be said that management is useless. Many of the managers display a complete lack of ability in their role. And yet they demand unquestioned loyalty and adherence to the rules and guidelines they make up. This leads many team leaders to become in essence 'yes' men. Thus experienced and qualified individuals often prefer not to apply for a promotion because they don't want to be in a position where they are not allowed input. This, in turn, leads to the fact that most of the supervisors are poorly qualified, useless as well because only those of low quality or inexperienced 'noobs' choose to apply for promotion.