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Updated 25 February, 2015
Updated 25 February, 2015
44 Reviews
2.9
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  1.  

    Too many layoffs but was good company

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    • 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.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK (US)

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    I have been here over 1 1/2 years in an admin position at a branch office building and designing electrical structures. It's been a great job. While it has gotten stressful at times due to increases in work load while growing, the people I work with are extremely helpful and everyone seems to have an open door for questions or just to discuss. The work is taken seriously and it is very rewarding to see the finished product as you drive down the road. The job is stable since people will always need electricity and there is opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    We are growing- at least at my branch and often there is a lot of work to be done. This is wonderful because it means you are always busy, but it also gets to be a bit much at times. Not a deal breaker by any means in my opinion, but it is something to be aware of. It also means that other people can get a bit stressed and snappy, but I think most people here try not to share that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training in some of the smaller departments could be improved upon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Employee

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    Good company to work for, great benefits and a strong group of people to work with at the McCook site.

    Cons

    Company needs to work on be one instead of seperate.

  7.  

    Talk safety, but production is pushed

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    Current Employee - Paint Associatr in Elkhart, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Paint Associatr in Elkhart, IN (US)

    I have been working at Valmont Industries

    Pros

    Good benefits, above average pay.

    Cons

    A awful lot of backstabbing and disrespecting co workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate all workers and team members and show it .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Wonderful, growing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Valmont has a great reputation in the areas it serves, and for good reason. Many employees are here for 20-40 years and even after they retire, some have come back as tour guides who take people around the site and talk about Valmont's operations and its history. Employees are treated well and given plenty of opportunities to develop and contribute to the company and the community.

    Cons

    The helth insurance is Blue Cross Blue Shield, so I had to find a new doctor. Also, the cafeteria in Valley does not always serve the most appetizing meals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop and invest in the employees you have now. Those will be the ones who stick around for 20-40 years and retire with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Serving the world

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Omaha, NE (US)

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Valmont is a great organization to work for. Most importantly, I love what we do. We serve the world - from water conservation through mechanized irrigation to infrastructure development through light poles, traffic structures, wireless communication towers and components, guard rails, walk systems, utility transmission towers and many more everyday things we tend to take for granted. I'm proud to work for a conservative organization that knows where we do our best work and continues to stay the course year after year.

    Cons

    Growing pains of fast and global growth have made it hard to keep up with good, frequent employee communication, process standardization and intentional development of talent. There is work to do, but it can and will be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to continue to focus on collaboration and development of leadership around the world. Strong leaders inspire strong companies. Communication is key!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Glad I'm not working in the oil industry!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Texas
    Current Employee - Texas

    I have been working at Valmont Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. There are opportunities to move up if you want to put in more hours. Good welder training available. Like my co-workers.

    Cons

    The incentives could be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Good Company Down The Drain

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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