Valmont Industries

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Valmont Industries Reviews

Updated 21 January, 2015
Updated 21 January, 2015
38 Reviews
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38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Too many layoffs but was good company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Winnipeg, MB
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Winnipeg, MB

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, enjoyed going to work.

    Cons

    Too many lay offs, added extra duties to regular ones

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Key people with lots of knowledge are worth keeping

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Valmont Industries has strong sales and operations in USA. VWCE is lacking in sales and manufacturing capital support.

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    Former Employee - Production in Barrie, ON
    Former Employee - Production in Barrie, ON

    I worked at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong culture, somewhat good management with good people skills. Good salary package and average industry benefit. Good profit sharing bonus program , minimum 1%, maximum 5% which are paid twice a year for Canadian division.

    Cons

    Due to several merger and acquisition of companies, Valmont falls short on business strategy and alignment. The KPIs are stricly on sales and net operating profit (10%). The other not so important KPI's are on-time delivery, conversion cost, productivity and safety. The Canadian division usually gets the shortest straw in profit margin due to lack of sales and high overhead. As a result of this shortcoming, the upper management for Cdn divisions usually terminate and lay off indirect labor with higher salary, irrespective of the impact to the overall business and workflow. Huge lack of trust between floor employees and management, especially within Canadian division. The sins from the past doesn't help the cause either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on business strategy and hiring. For VWCE, don't keep hiring people if you don't see them as a true long term investment for the company. Don't hire educated and highly knowledgeable individuals and let them go when the business is stagnant in sales and operating profit. VWCE eliminated few important positions such as QA Manager, Sales Manager, Safety Coordinator/Manager, manufacturing engineer, engineering designers due to lack of understanding and short term expectations for these positions. The phrase coined by the management, "if you ain't burning, you ain't earning". That means every positions other than welders, inside sales, customer service, order entry, office receptionist (who orders food for sales meeting and make coffee every morning) are insignificant and no so important, only short term strategies.
    Keep the overhead low. Keep the capacity in control. Help other division to enhance sales rather than giving them enough rope to hang on. Don't keep buying out companies and close them after 5-6 years due lack of 10% operating profit and sales. Invest in new machinery, equipment and training for Canadian Lighting and Communications Structures manufacturing plant especially in Barrie, Delta and Ferndale WA.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Brantford, ON
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Brantford, ON

    I worked at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good money and benefits. Rrsp matching, union shop.

    Cons

    They treat people like slaves and don't care about anyone except making money. If you speak up against management they will fire you. If you don't agree with what you think is best for the company, you will need to look for another job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to your employees and quit treating them like dirt. Anyone who does not like what is happening and doesn't agree with how the place is run will be fired. They will lay you off for 4 hours per day as they don't know how to make customers happy and are constantly losing customers. I doubt if this place will still be open in 2 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Good Company Down The Drain

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    Former Employee - Welder in Farmington, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Welder in Farmington, MN (US)

    I worked at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Slightly above average pay, good healthcare

    Cons

    Working conditions are progressively worse. Six day weeks have been mandatory for at least 9 months a year for years on end. 60 hour weeks are occasionally mandatory for weeks on end and employees are only given a couple of days notice. Occasional seven days a week. Employees are required to take vacation to have a two day weekend. Company summer outings at Valleyfair and Renaissance Festival have been replaced by a poorly catered meal from Famous Dave's and an extra ten minutes added on to our measly break. Breaks are in the form of one ten minute and one twenty minute break. Employees have to work an extra ten minutes every day because the ten minute break is unpaid. Employees are often made to work 14 days in a row to compensate for having a holiday. We worked through the weekend after Christmas this year because it was the end of the month. We only had two days with our families. No company culture, the turnover rate is so high that you don't have time to learn your "co-workers" names before they've quit. Management compensates for lost production, from a high turnover, by pushing their current employees even harder, leading to an even higher turnover. Management frequently lies to employees, I recall a fairly recent meeting where we were told that "nobody has quit because they're unhappy". I don't know who quits a job when they're happy. The shop meeting agenda, where employees can post questions to management, has traditionally been posted for a week in advance of the monthly meeting. For the last couple of months, they have only posted it for 24 hours, to avoid difficult questions and complaints. Attempts to question the quality/safety (These things could easily fall over and injure or kill somebody!) of the products being produced are often met with hostility and/or disinterest. The company is going to a "Four Ten" schedule, while keeping their 30 minutes worth of breaks. Please know that I do not envision a scenario where you will ever work a four day week. If they want 60 hours a week now, they'll want it regardless of the schedule they switch to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When the engine is blowing up, maybe it's time to lift off the throttle. Your employees who stayed loyal and put up with all your crap should be valued. Maybe show them you care. Holidays should be sacred.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company but tough company culture.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    Good pay, flexibility and challenging work.

    Cons

    The culture is somewhat unfriendly. New employees feel like they have to earn their keep (and be here for 10 years) before their ideas and perspectives hold any value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need to be held accountable for how they treat each other. I believe there is great vision for where the company is going, but need to focus on employee morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Valmont Right for you...?

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    Former Employee - National Sales Manager in Salem, OR (US)
    Former Employee - National Sales Manager in Salem, OR (US)

    I worked at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very large corporation with emphasis on growth and new business development.

    Cons

    With large size comes a disconnect in values, from main structure as the accumulate other companies and try to integrate their culture into other cultures. There is often hostility as the Valmont way is integrated. Often times the goals are moving targets at the whims of executives at behest of what is deemed shareholders expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to give

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People To Work With

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    promises were made, but not kept

  9.  

    Violent Workplace, Considerable Money Wasted & Worked to Death

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    Former Employee - Shipper in McCook, NE (US)
    Former Employee - Shipper in McCook, NE (US)

    I worked at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    None. This is the worst working environment I have ever been in.

    Cons

    They think they own you, demanding over 60 hours a week. The maintenance section is the biggest contributor to property loss. Money is wasted by the engineer section, buying whatever tickles their fancy or by incorrectly measuring things. I watched an assault on a contract employee and because the person conducting the assault was a manager, the contract employee was punished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gut management from the lowest lead to plant manager. Bring in replacements that do not practice the "Good Ole Boy" style of management. Account for your property! More tool sets have walked out the plant than there are employees. Quit painting the entire plant everytime upper management schedules a visit. They aren't that stupid. If you need to build more systems, hire enought people so everyone isn't working six 12 hour days each week. You are making enough profit to hire the people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Starts off as a good job, but then they work you to death and really don't care about safety or employee's.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder I in Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Welder I in Omaha, NE (US)

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    good pay. benefits are good. Thats it.

    Cons

    Work way to much. Uppermanagement and office persons have no clue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once good company is now sadly an unhappy place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office
    Current Employee - Office

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Short commute. Benefits are good including nice tuition reimbursement, prescription drug insurance, and participation in Healthcare spending account. Training is available but you have to seek it out on your own.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. There is no longer a sense of community or teamwork. It is a constant demand of do more with less and be sure you cover your backside. First step to solve a problem seems to be to assign blame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people with respect. Shop employees have a wealth on knowledge you are just wasting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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