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Just a girl

Cumberland, MD

#1 Mar 3, 2009
So who all in the tri-state area has had the pleasure to work for American Woodmark and what did you think of your experince there? Is this a good place to work? How is the management? Are you treated fair? Are the wages worth the work? Is this a company that I should pursue to work at or continue to keep my job that I currently have?
fred

Somerville, TN

#2 Mar 14, 2009
Keep what you got
Just a girl

Cumberland, MD

#3 Mar 14, 2009
That bad huh? Is it mostly all of the above or just a bad moment?
Jay Jay

Cumberland, MD

#4 Apr 23, 2009
I must say that this is the worst company to work for. Fairness "no" They have principles to follow and they become the biggest ones to not follow them - if you want to work for people who dont care about anyone but themselves go there and work, just dont call off for an emergency, dont ask questions, and dont try to speak your mind as an opinion is not welcome to anyones mind. Try Taco Bell, McDonalds, or somewhere like that if you want to get any respect!
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#5 Apr 23, 2009
It's not inherently a bad company, but they do have their faults. So, as it happens, do people that work there. Having said that, I agree with one poster that they do not follow their company principles as a management team, but they do hold those as a standard at review time.

It's a good company to work for, but could stand better mid level management.
One Mans Opinion

Frostburg, MD

#6 Apr 23, 2009
American Woodmark in it's self is a very good company to work for. Having said that , the Allegheny plant has many faults. The plant Management team has it's own twisted way of reading the policy lines and doing what they term is the correct thing. As it turns out htey really do not care for the workers there, they are more like cattle being herded in to do a job a and to be poked and prode on a whim as it suits them.If you ever have the mifortune to be employed there you have my sympthany . They know that jobs are hard to come by so now thier concentration camp attitude towards thier employees is shining in true color. I really wish the Labor Department would take a serious interest into the rights of previous and current employees and take a good hard look at thier inner workings, I believe they would be dumbfounded at the serious mistreatment that has gone on there.
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#7 Apr 24, 2009
I think things are looking up a bit, if yesterday's SQDC is any indication. I think to lump the whole management team together is erroneous and irresponsible, but it does concern me that COD people are being given management/supervisory positions without training in the positions they will be supervising.

All in all, we are all lucky to have decent jobs in this economy and in this area. I definitely wouldn't want to work at the prisons !
One Mans Opinion

Frostburg, MD

#8 Apr 24, 2009
As with any facist society there can always be one or two leaders that have a little more compation or guilt towards the people , In the Plant Leadership this is the case. But as a whole they view them selfs as supreme leaders and above all the cattle walking through the barn doors evry morning. As a whole they need a reality. It has happened there before and will happen again, this time I hope more then head of the snake gets cut, I am hoping for a wholesale change.
Lee

Cumberland, MD

#9 Apr 25, 2009
I've been working at American Woodmark for the past 3 1/2 years, and I am a current employee. I like working at Woodmark, and I think its the best factory job you will find in the Cumberland area. I work Monday through Friday; no crazy shift work, and in all this time I have only ever been asked to work one Saturday, and that was only half a day. The wages are competitive, and the pay raises are fair and based on performance.
When my son required emergency hospitalization for two weeks, Human Resources gave me FMLA, no worries. This past week alone, I've been approached by Human Resources Dept. staff FOUR times to ask me how things were going, and if there were any problems. When I stay late, or fill in for someone I am thanked. My experience here has been positive, but I'm not surprised to hear some people belly-ache about the place. If you show up for work late, leave early, call off a lot for whatever reason, or are just lazy on the job, you're not going to last, here OR anywhere else, and frankly, I'd rather not have to put up with you anyway. Show up on time, bring a good work ethic, and do your job right without needing babysat, and you'll do great. The demands can be high at times, but if a 43 year old guy with arthritis in his lower back like me can consistently exceed goals, and keep a positive attitude, most of you should have no problem. However, if you are one of the aforementioned types, your experience will likely be "less than positive" and you'll look for someone to blame other than yourself.
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#10 Apr 25, 2009
Lee makes some valid and good points. A positive attitude isn't a cure-all, for sure, but it goes a long way towards making things seem a little better.

I've found that more often than not, if I'm dissatisfied with something, it's usually colored by my own unhappiness/shortcomings, and I need to look at things more realistically.

This is a good forum to air this stuff, but for any real change to happen, you gotta go straight to the source of your discontent/problem.
One Mans Opinion

Frostburg, MD

#11 Apr 25, 2009
Yes he does make some valid points , but we all know taht over 99% of the workers there are good hard working people who show up on time everyday and do thier job. But the one comment he made makes me think , why do you think the HR dept. has come by four times in one week to ask you how things are going. This could be for two reasons, one they know you come to work everyday do your job and never complain , of course they will come to you this is the exact answer they want. Second ,again really why four times in one week, does that not make you think that other people there have legimiate complaints and they are just trying to ignore them by asking certian people who they already know how they will answer if there are any problems? Case closed if they do not receive a complaint.
Lee

Cumberland, MD

#12 Apr 27, 2009
HR has been asking everyone in my department. I don't know if they did the same in other departments. I have seen HR people out on the floor a lot, so my guess would be yes. My department has some new hires in it. That's one reason. Also, production has been ramping up throughout the whole plant, so I would assume they're getting a feel for how people are adjusting to the increased demands.
I agree with you in a couple respects. First, you're right, it would take a lot to make me complain. Second, yes, we do have great people.
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#13 Apr 27, 2009
I would ask "One Mans" this...have you yourself gone to plant management with your concerns, and what, if any, were the responses you've received/action taken ?

Things can happen slow there, but if the concerns are legitimate (big if, in some cases), things get done. I feel like efforts are being made towards the positive, but nothing exists like a magic pill to cure all ills.

Like Lee, I've been approached by HR as well and anyone that knows me knows that I state my case with fact. Maybe sometimes with more candor than caring, but I've found that since Don Peck left, PLT is more receptive and open, and I'm optimistic (guardedly at this point) about the new ones.

Remember, we weren't all accepted at face value as employees; we had to get through the 90 day probation period.
Be Cautious

Augusta, WV

#14 May 11, 2009
I agree with the remarks of those who would caution anyone about working there. There is lots of pressure to perform and to perfrom quickly, too quickly. I recently began there and in my first week I am working until 6pm or 7pm at night. Yes people "thank you," but at the same time you also know if you can't perfrom quickly enough the "thank you" will turn to "there's the door." I am considering leaving already, I have seen or heard about some unfair treatment of people that really scares me. Yes people are lucky to have a job in this area....but at what price to you and your family? I guess we all will do what we must. But I have worked in other factories and I do know the pressure here is a lot worse then I have had before. And remember, it is one thing to say all the right things adn I think theydo that, but to actually follow through with them is another....so be cautious if you decide to go there.
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#15 May 12, 2009
Caution should be used in any job, especially in a tenuous economy. Employers know that jobs are at a premium, and while that does not give them leave to treat people shoddily, some do.

I would not say this is the case at American Woodmark; we have recently gotten a LOT more work thanks to the NVR cabinets, and as we've all heard, they have to be perfect. Needless to say, this is affecting all of us, from corporate in Winchester down to the newest hourly employee.

A friend of mine got laid off today from a company here in Cumberland....thank God it wasn't AWC. I and others have been through a round of layoffs...it ain't pretty.

If you feel the need to go, then go. You don't mention your age, but I'm 44 and can say that while there are "wrong" things there, there are plenty of "rights." You shoulda been there when people were going home on Fridays with 25-30 hour checks.
One Mans Opinion

Frostburg, MD

#16 May 18, 2009
It is very true times are tuff all over, and I know everyone employed at AWC are all grateful to have a job. But let's face it the management there knows everyone needs a job and they know they have the control right now to push people like a herd of cattle. I am not saying all the management there is bad,but at the same time there are those there that are taking advantage of this opportunity to develop a sadistic side. To push more then needs to be pushed. Everyone there comes to work and works above and beyond thier potential everyday. A little more understanding and gratitude would not be too much to ask for.
One Mans Opinion

Frostburg, MD

#17 Jun 11, 2009
One of the best things about a forum like this is your right to freedom of speech. The one thing the Upper Management at the plant can not control is your right to freedom of speech. I know there are those at the plant who monitor pages like this , and when they see a comment posted that they don't like they run back to Management and say "oh someone is writing negative comments about American Woodmark on line". Well guess what it is my right under the Constitution of the United States of America to express my feelings and opinions about any subject that I see fit.It is my opinion that the PLT Management at the plant has no concerns what so ever for the well being of the employee's . Thier only concern is thier bottom line to a bonus..period. So if you are reading this and feel the need to run back to management and tell them , by all means please do so .This makes you a weak and pathetic employee who takes no pride what so ever in being an American Citizen. Please move to a Communist Country where you will fit right in. Thank You.
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#18 Jun 11, 2009
You, as well, are free to move on to "less oppressive" employment.
One Mans Opinion

Frostburg, MD

#19 Jun 11, 2009
Judging by your comment you to agree that it is an oppressive environment. And once again I add that it is my right of freedom of speech to voice an opinion. Opinions are not meant to harm only to inform. Too many people there do not take the matter of having an opinion and having a voice to be heard. Everyone is afraid if they speak up the will be terminated.This is "oppressive" tactics by management, to silence all who have a voice and bend them to their will. I say no. We have a right to express our concerns and our opinions and they have not right to lean on us like a Communist Party. By having someone monitor this page and report back any negative post we are going back to the dark times of the Hoover Administration when everyone was thought to be a Communist and put on a "Black List". Well I say Black List me because there is no way I am going to give up my right of free speech . And I am just trying to be a voice for all of those who are to afraid to speak up. You should think about your fellow employees and stand with me , and not join in with their party.
Just a guy

Cumberland, MD

#20 Jun 11, 2009
Stand with you ? Who are you ? I am also allowed my freedom of speech, and so are those that go to management. Is it ethical ? Who knows, but when you post in a public forum, you accept that some may do like you say and "run to management." It does not make them "Communist." Who is leaning on you for posting on here ? I think you're bitter and scared, but no one is going to put you in the Gulag...you're in the USA, after all; get over it. Quit, if it's that oppressive...you don't have the choice to quit in the Communist regimes; you do have the choice to quit at AWC.

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