Pros: huge emphasis on safety, multiple efforts to clean up morale finally after years (overall, successful), sharp, experienced personnel because the deadweight was disposed of rather quickly
Cons: departmental fighting and smoke-stacking, europe has too much negative influence on north america, local decision-making and accountability has disappeared
The local sites can be fairly pleasant to work in, depending on your position. People are mostly friendly and helpful. However, some global restructuring is driving the company into silos, or smokestacks, or kingdoms, where department managers report to a corporate lead outside the local company rather than the site head officer. This results in cross-departmental – more... fighting, poor communications, and a choking of the decision-making process. No one seems to have the authority to finally call the end of a fight to make a final decision.
That said, my interaction with individual departments (frequent) was generally productive; the cross-talk was the primary problem.
Everyone is pushed hard for cost-reduction; Engineering has to fight Production and Purchasing just to get parts to work with; Purchasing has a mandated cost reduction of 5% each year which will eventually lead to poor quality parts, and Operations it driven to make more, faster, with less, and still hit the on-time-delivery numbers. Oh, and no close-calls or accidents or everyone loses their bonus.
If North America is in the black, but Europe (through fate or just yes, sorry, laziness and inefficiency) fails, everyone has to suffer. My location had to lay off two outstanding people, even though we were having a banner year, because Europe was dragging the bottom line down for everyone. That really makes sense. – less