Pros: decent wages, wage increase at 6month and 1yr, benefits is ok if hired 401k, insurance ... etc.
Cons: unpredictable work hours, mostly longer than anticipated work day.
show up at work, earlier arrivals gets the "better/faster" machine. But wastes about 5min of unpaid time to get machine, get pallet, before you get to actually time in since the clock-in machine is out of the way. Rest of the day is to pick orders by sticking labels onto product, stack them onto pallet, hand-wrap pallet, put them away, – more... then starts all over again. Time is calculated according to an unrealistic formula ... very hard to meet 100% without sacrificing accuracy/safety.
What I Learned:
Some things never change. Management always strive for speed, and hustles you to work faster... until an accident happens. Then they give a spiel about safety/order accuracy. Many pickers skips their breaks to try to increase their numbers. Unsteady work hours, often becomes longer 11-12 hour day. Dangerous environment, I had instances of high reach or cherry pickers drop boxes or or entire broken pallet very close to where I was picking ... so be very careful. Accidents tends to happen later into the shift, often due to lack of rest and loss of concentration from the longer than anticipated shift. My advice for anyone working here is to take your breaks, don't rush to meet the numbers, because chances are you won't make the numbers even if you do skip your breaks and you'll end up working an 12-hour shift anyways.
Can't say if it has improved or not. It has been awhile since I left the company.
For the most part, the co-workers are friendly to get along with. There are an variety of ethnic groups, but predominantly Spanish speaking Latinos. They work hard to support their family ... but high turnover rates here, mainly people leaving to seek better opportunities. (90% of new workers will leave within 1-year)
Hardest Part of Job:
Exercising your best judgement. You will need to work fast enough to keep your job and to please the supervisor. Basically, 65% or better with minimal mispicks. If you work slower, then you risk getting canned. The job itself is quite easy, the hardest part is to stay focused towards the end of your shift. Also, your speed will decrease dramatically if you're unlucky enough to get multi-pallet and/or full pallet orders.
Most Enjoyable Part of Job:
Probably knowing that you have a job and that there are people in worse situations. I mean, you could be making a lot less flipping burgers.
If you're willing to keep working here, does an average job, then the company will keep you around.
Almost none existent. It's just an warehouse here in Breningsville, PA. Most better positions are out in Illinois the company HQ. I've applied to positions that I had experience in there, it's an automated online application system, and I've never heard back from them. – less