Pros: company is fantastic for direct hire employees
Cons: company not good for contract workers or temps because you'll be treated as a second class citizen.
A typical day at work would be processing invoices and other normal work as required for the contract worker position I was in. What I learned about this company is that they are great with their direct hired employees, but if you are a contract worker or a temp, you will get the very short end of the stick. Management is fantastic with their direct – more... hired employees, but again you are constantly reminded that you're only a contract worker or temp and you're treated as a second class citizen. Also, if you're a contract worker it is frowned upon to ask for more than a day off to take care of personal business, etc. If you are a contract worker or temp, don't be sick or dare ask for time off even for a dearh in your family otherwise you'll face the consequences. But if you're a direct hire, you can ask for days off without any worries or problems, and if you call in sick, you won't face the scrutiny as a contract worker or temp would. The co-workers that I worked with were nice, but one was not. However, people out in the shop were friendly and would smile at you, as oppose to a few in the main office building. The hardest part of the job was walking up and down stairs anywhere from 3 to 4 times a day, and if it is month end, you would have to make more trips to pick up the shippers for invoicing. People with arthritis or other ailments to the back or legs would not fair well with this job. The most enjoyable part of the job was actually just working and getting my job done. Overall the company is great for someone who is a direct hire employee, but for someone working as a temp or contract worker, you're not entitled to anything because you're not a direct hire and to have access to their networks is like going through brick walls just to be able to obtain access to their systems just to try and get the job done. It took me over a week to obtain access to their networks so I could actually do some work which made me look bad. Direct hires seem to wait less time and are up and running within a day or two. – less
Administrative Specialist, Senior (Former Employee), Irvine, CA – October 23, 2012
Pros: great established company known globally. excellent benefits!
Cons: somewhat stringent than most companies in today's innovative and creative world.
I was able to gain several applied practices of software, self-improvement classes, improvement techniques. They are flexible with accommodations while utilizing their educational reimbursement program. The environment is like "family" there and the average employee has worked there 20 yrs. The management team is not that flexible as desired and their – more... employee review system is one major factor for loss of retention and empowerment. I enjoyed the company events and wellness programs. – less
Clerical Specialist / Receptionist (Former Employee), Albion, IN – October 2, 2012
Pros: earlier start time from april to october.
I was a very busy bee when I first started the job. I worked for several different areas of the facility and managed the front desk. I was constantly busy. I learned about production control, purchasing, human resources, payroll, Lean manufacturing, shipping and receiving, quality and more. My co-works and I became friends. It was a small office so – more... we were like a family. The hardest part of the job was being let go! I really liked my hours and my work and when the economy took a downturn I was the first to be eliminated. I would say I enjoyed the root of my job the best and that was greeting customers and answering the phone. Once you get to know people it makes your job fun. Reoccuring vendors and customers were fun to work with. – less
Diverse organization seeking to increase business while maintaining quality initiatives
Quality Team Leader (Former Employee), Fort Worth, TX – September 11, 2012
Pros: leading others to exceed goals and career growth and development
Cons: no leadership training in place and limited time daily to effectively implement solid solutions.
A typical day would include timecard approvals, daily meetings to cover the previous days performance and then communicating the goals for the current day. As the day progressed it would include removing road blocks for ensuring quality processes were adhered to and cross training internal departments on the importance of quality and any quality related – more... findings. I made it a point to spend 10-15% of my time researching ways to improve quality processes and procedures and developing individual productivity plans to make sure associates understood their contribution to the overall success of the team. The hardest part of the job was motivating others through change initiatives considering the fact that I lead mostly tenured associates who had been with the company for an average of 15 years. However, I found success with implmenting change when I engaged the the team and implemented High Performance Team strategies. The most enjoyable part of the job was receiving customer feedback that product was delivered on-time with excellent quality. – less
Inspector/Production (Current Employee), Creedmoor, NC – September 6, 2012
Cons: not enough money need more pay
Nice place to work co-worker are good, work is not hard. Management could be better in communicating with the employyes. The hardest part of the job is maybe standing all day but after a while you get use to that.
Cons: traveling, not being home when needed by family, direction of management
A typical day would consist of getting a phone call on Sunday evening about one of our Hydraulic Hybrid Systems that failed in the field and I had to be there first thing in the morning (wherever in the U.S.) I would book my traveling arrangements and fly down Monday morning along with other Field Service Technicians. We would figure out what the issue – more... was and have the unit back to the customer within 24 hours from break down. Another big part of my job was setting up the assembly process at one of our customers manufacturing facility. Implementing new quality control processes and counter measures to insure our product was assembled accurately. The hardest part of my job was the constant traveling. I really liked what the job entitled, the management and my co-workers but the traveling was very taxing. But even though traveling was the hardest part of my job, oddly enough it was the most enjoyable part of my job. Being exposed to different atmospheres, people and regions of work was a great experience and helped me prioritize the things I want out of myself. – less
Accounting Department Assistant (Former Employee), Modesto, CA – August 23, 2012
Pros: great incentives and strong company.
Cons: little luck to progress quickly, positions are temporary to hire.
On a typical day you can get right on task if some mandatory meeting is not being held. The Administrative building provides a upbeat yet fast paced work environment. The job does come with great incentives plus majority of its employees have many years with the company. The hardest part of the job is newbies tend to be overlooked and seems jobs are – more... given based on seniority. The co-workers were mainly all friendly and made the work day pass by with little room to dislike it. – less
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Batesville, MS – August 22, 2012
Pros: hands on learning
Cons: short breaks
Parker's is a place to earn money and make it as your career. I learned more about team work and helping others with meeting their production goals. The only thing i did not like about the job is that the building didnt have air units; however, i did enjoy the bonus during Christmas. Over all i enjoyed working there.