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More of a seasonal job than a full-time job
Production operator (Former Employee), Murray, KYMay 20, 2013
Seasonal-like job, some overtime in the summer, hardly any hours in the winter and spring. They have a strict expectation of following the pace as all lines have a certain amount of time, tack time, each employee is suppose to work under for each department. The managers do stand over you with stop watches and time you. If you cannot run the speed desired – more... you will be at risk for termination for quality of work. They no longer use a rotation schedule so they can make more windows (production) and over work everyone in one position when on overtime with high demands of orders. Which is resulting in lots of repetitive motion injuries.I would not recommend working here for any reason. – less
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Aweful job
Machine Operator/Acting Lead (Former Employee), West Columbia, SCMay 8, 2013
Pros: it was a job
Cons: everything
It was an aweful job! Horrible management! Too much mandatory overtime, too hot, management was aweful
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Great Company
Team member (Former Employee), Macomb, ILApril 30, 2013
Pella is a great company, the management and core staff do a great job of working together to get high priority items accomplished. They have a great focus on safety, quality and productivity.
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needs a lot of work to make a better company
line employee (Current Employee), monett, moApril 11, 2013
Pros: pay
Cons: see review to many to list
Working for a pella company is not very rewarding. They say they are a family oriented company, but working 60+ hours a week and make you work holidays keeps you from your family. Took away personal time where it screws over the employee and only benefits the company to make it easier to get rid of employee. Pella bought our company, Efco and trying – more... to run it like a wood and vinyl window and door manufacturer, like pella windows and doors. When have kaizan events they already what they are going to do planned out and input from employees are ignored. They are getting rid of all the people that know what is going on and what has worked in past and what failed, and replacing them with overpaid college graduates that know nothing or bringing in people from other pella plants that are shutting down that have failed there. Management can not keep themselves straight. Tell you some thing and hour later you find out that what they told you was a lie. There is no trust between workers and management. Everytime you turn around you have a diffferent supervisor. Only advancement that you will receive is if you are a yes man. They will make you a leader, but if you have a opinion you wont advance. they tell you there is a open door policy, but the open door they open is one walking you out. They only good thing is the pay is decent. – less
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Great company with a solid direction
National Accounts Territory Manager (Current Employee), Cincinnati, OHMarch 20, 2013
Pros: good management
Cons: economy impacts building material supply
The management training program is great at Pella Corporation. They train you how to handle difficult employee situations, team building, and how to be a leader not just a manager. Also another part of working with Pella is that they focus on your personal growth. They have a formal mentoring program that pairs you with people from other business functions.
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well paying job for area
Operator II (Former Employee), Pella, IAMarch 12, 2013
Pros: having three day weekends
Cons: extreme heat conditions and poor quality products
a typical day at work involved being on an assembly line making windows. i learned about the window making process from cutting the raw materials to finishing the finished product. management for the corporation mainly consisted of unexperienced young college graduates who knew nothing of production. plus pella would move managers around so often that – more... no manager truely learned their line. co-workers were all great people just trying to make a living. hardest part of the job would be the extreme heat. the most enjoyable part of the job was the 4 day work weeks of working 10 hr days 4 days a week. – less
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Pella believes in quality products and family.
Specialist A, Curved Parts Water Spider (Former Employee), Shenandoah, IAJanuary 16, 2013
Pros: the opportunity to work with great people; benefits
Cons: overall environment
Working for Pella was an experience to remember. The company and its managers operate smoothly and efficiently, and the employees generally get along well together with additional communication of tasks and safety procedures.

Most enjoyable: Set hours, great pay and benefits, and the chance to be exposed to a line of work that can be educational and – more... rewarding.

Least enjoyable: The indoor environment of the factory: Because the wood conditions need to be maintained at certain temperatures and humidity levels (no A/C during the summer and water misters providing extra humidity during the dry winter months), the indoor environment eventually became too physically unbearable to work in such conditions. – less
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Pella believes in quality products and family.
Specialist A, Curved Parts Water Spider (Former Employee), Shenandoah, IAJanuary 16, 2013
Pros: the opportunity to work with great people; benefits
Cons: overall environment
Working for Pella was an experience to remember. The company and its managers operate smoothly and efficiently, and the employees generally get along well together with additional communication of tasks and safety procedures.

Most enjoyable: Set hours, great pay and benefits, and the chance to be exposed to a line of work that can be educational and – more... rewarding.

Least enjoyable: The indoor environment of the factory: Because the wood conditions need to be maintained at certain temperatures and humidity levels (no A/C during the summer and water misters providing extra humidity during the dry winter months), the indoor environment eventually became too physically unbearable to work in such conditions. – less
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Family
Machine Operator (Former Employee), West Columbia, SCDecember 13, 2012
Pros: family oriented
Cons: short breaks
Loved It!!!!
Once the housing market declined well so did some of our plants. That sucked..
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Great co-workers, management is not good!
assembler (Former Employee), Gettysburg, PaDecember 6, 2012
Pros: co-workers
Cons: management
Not very good management. High expectations, and they are big on their timings. They stand behind you with a stop watch and if you do not get product out in the right time, you get wrote up for it. Three write ups your out the door! Not a very good family oriented place. They could care less about your family as long as they had a body there.
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Strong Brand
Production Manager (Former Employee), Shenandoah, IASeptember 30, 2012
Pros: culture
Cons: promotion potential without relocation
Strong company with strong brand. Lean Manufacturing practices are daily way of life.
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Hard work environment
Team Leader (Former Employee), Pella, IASeptember 25, 2012
Hard working environment but great co-workers. Very detailed oriented job, very fast-paced and challenging but rewarding to see daily results of products.
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I miss this place.
Utility Operator (Former Employee), Fairfield, OHAugust 20, 2012
Pros: everything. teamwork, this place had everything.
Cons: having to shut its doors
I miss this place. Here you had everything. There was teamwork, great job overall. To bad that corpoTrate can in and shut it down.
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Good place to work
Supply Chain Manager; Department Manager (Former Employee), Pella, IAAugust 7, 2012
Pros: culture and values
Pella was a great place to work when the housing industry was growing. There was lots of opportunity, the profit sharing was substantial and performance bonuses were good.
When the housing market slowed down, Pella understandably did not have the same profits to share. There was a reduction in hours and the management team had to get creative to not – more... layoff a large number of employees. Overall I would recommend Pella to anyone looking for a career in manufacturing. – less
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Pella was a very intense but productive workplace.
Operated Sash Welder and Sash Cleaner (Former Employee), west columbia scJune 28, 2012
Pros: acttivities for family and friends., special set ups the company would have for employees each month.
Cons: last minute notice to work additional hours before end of the shift, teamleaders or managers timing employees, the heat temperatures
Before start up at Pella Corporation it was required for workers to performed daily scretches before start-up. Teamleaders assign workers the areas to worked until it was time for rotation. Ive learned to punctual at all times, to patient, to established great communication with co-workers and managers. To work to tha best of my abilities.The hardest – more... part of my job at the time was the intensity of the job. Seeking to meet the goals that was required. – less
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Very well organized company with excellent lean initiatives
3rd Shift Production Manager (Former Employee), Gettysburg, PAJune 18, 2012
Pros: excellent lean environment
Cons: demanding in regards to time and expectations
Company was fun to work with and challenging.
Team Culture is engrained into all aspects of the plant
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horrible place to work
Production Associate (Former Employee), Columbia, SCMay 18, 2012
Pros: ummmm
Cons: underpaid, unhealthy work conditions, ?hot, unethical managers, bad insurance, poor incentives
This was my worst job ever. Avoid this place if possible. the ergonomics of each workstation is horrible, it will ruin your body for life.ie: arthritis, painful feet. Management having relationships with employees. Favortism. No advancment
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Lack of trust with management
Employee (Former Employee), Gettysburg,PAMay 16, 2012
Pros: location
Cons: manditory ot, 60 hr work weeks, poor working conditions
People overall are hard workers. Management is not trust worthy.
Not much freedom with overtime!nNo balance between family life and work.
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Good Company to work for.
Employee (Current Employee), KYMay 1, 2012
Pella has maintained their customer focus during the difficulties in the housing market to make them a more competitive company in the future.
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Pella Corporation is the greates place ive ever worked,and miss it terribly.
Machine Operator (Former Employee), West Columbia, SCMay 1, 2012
Pros: learning new skills
Cons: sometimes hot
Pella is a super great place to work,every aspect of the job is well organized,people are caring and co-operative. benefits and hours are perfect for my life style.I have learned many new skills that will be alotted to my future success.my co- workers were like family,there really was no hard parts of any job there that i had to perform,but i would – more... say rolling screens to tact time was probably most demanding for me,luckily ,I didnt have to do that to the point of dread,so it was all good excercise for our bodies.the most enjoyable part of the job was knowing that i was able to make a difference in our company in many ways as was others. – less

May 18, 2012

Sounds like a Corporate manager wrote this. The reality was the opposite of everything u mentioned.