Labourer (Former Employee) – Wingham, ON – 7 March 2018
Work was good, pay and benefits are amazing. Tons of drama between workers .. management wasnt the greatest. Unionized so good job security, paid disability leaves, benefits etc. Hard to advance as its all seniority through the union. If you dont mind afternoon or night shift it's not a bad place to work. Paid holidays & shut downs for Christmas, summer etc.
Maintenance Leader (Current Employee) – Wingham, ON – 4 March 2018
Wescast was purchased by a chinese consortium and tried to mold the company to working standards of Asia. As a result every person with less than two years seniority were summarily discharged and those over 55 were forcibly retired
Best Company I've Ever Had The Privilege To Be Employed By
Core Dept/Clean and Ship Dept (Former Employee) – Brantford, ON – 15 October 2017
This company went above and beyond when it came to safety, benefits, wages, bonuses to name some. I would still be there if our plant didn't shut down. Some of the things they did for their employees I'm still yet to see or hear of anywhere. Very unfortunate they had to shut down the Brantford foundry. To give you an idea of how much people enjoyed this company, in 7+years I moved up 2 spots on the seniority list and the only reason that happened is 2 people took management positions.(not at the same time)
Monthly Bonus, Free Training(college credits)Free Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate, Surprise catered lunches, Wages/Benefits, Management, Their emphasis on safety. Team Morale
Very hot, dirty and at times unsafe work, even though they did everything possible to make it as safe as it could be, Working 12 hour continental shift, Very hard to make your way up seniority list.
Certified Millwright (Former Employee) – Strathroy, ON – 4 October 2017
I was sad to see the culture change from People first to Dollar First. It affected moral and the culture changed when the original owner past away. There was a day when this company was world class and respected by OEM, Investors and workforce.
Health and Safety Coordinator (Former Employee) – Wingham Ontario – 27 March 2016
Wescast Ind. is the worlds largest manufacturer of exhaust manifolds for the automotive industry which means the best quality standards and safety requirements that exceed industry standards. A great place to work with well balanced union management relations. Wescast was apart of my life for 15 years which allowed me to not only gain professional experience but personal achievement as well.
Diverse and interesting ways of making cast iron and steel parts for the automotive industry
CAD Designer (Current Employee) – Brantford, ON – 17 February 2016
A typical day involves management of CAD data - evaluating incoming customer data then creating from those parts a model that can be cast and also machined. Once approved by the customer, the cast model is then prepped as a single impression mould to be delivered to a tooling vendor to make the finished full tooling. We prefer to control where the parting lines go and how the coreprinting looks and let the tooling vendor add the venting, blow tubes, plate clearances etc so we can have a faster throughput of parts. Initially when I started to work for Wescast we were more involved with the product design but the OEM's took back that responsibility so now we ensure their designs can actually be made - because often times the casting process is not considered by the OEM's when they create their product models. So there was a change in direction for my department which has led to very accurate part models and drawings going to the OEM's - showing loading and draft and feeder paths or any other modifications we might have to make to get a high quality casting made. The most enjoyable part and the most difficult part of the job is really the same thing - using your abilities to understand what needs to be done to get a "cast-able" part and then modelling it accurately because every part is different. Some parts are very complex and require several cores others are fairly simple and straightforward.
starting production labour (Former Employee) – Wingham, ON – 3 February 2016
I was hired on a second wave of new employees, the first groop apparently quit once found other work. A few employees in the lunch room told me a lot of changes have occurred since the company had been sold to these new owners. Look closely at your union agreement. As any job... yes show dedication and be rewarded. ... but 10yrs? Before you make a livable wage. $18.50? You will start at a progressive system $13.85is 70% of your going rate. And a year before benefits. If your fresh outta school it might be a good opportunity, but if you have bills and family it doesn't look well. I once wanted to work for the great Wescast that valued there people, but doesn't show from the New owners. The adds look good and the people I met where great, but you will see and feel that something is being said but held back from ya. The problem seems way up, not on the floor.
People I met, Supervisor, Staff and employees.
Research the rumours. starting wage program may be difficult compared to most programs
CNC machine operator (Former Employee) – Stratford, ON – 18 April 2014
I enjoyed the fact that I was always busy,if there were cycle times,or the machine was down I could go help in another part of the cell,was trained in different cells,were I gained further knowledge of benefit to the company.often I would go watch other positions,and help and train at the same time. enjoyed my fellow workers,always someone who is good with the jokes in any work place.every one very helpful when being trained in different cells.
production technician/forklift operator (Former Employee) – wingham maching – 18 November 2011
I loved working at wescast industries ,i terminated my employment there to take care of disabled husband. Great place to work , very good benefits and pay. I have no complaints, met many great friends and people at Wescast.