Ironstone Vineyards treats employees like trash
Posted in the Calaveras County Forum
#1 Jun 21, 2008
Its a long known fact in the community how poorly Ironstone Vineyards pays its employees and how high of an employee turnaround they have.
What isn't known to public however is just how poorly they treat their employees.
The HR rep there does not work for the employees, she is solely there for the benefit of management. Managers reduce hours greatly to employees forcing them to either find a second job or to quit all together but at the same time they hire new employees when other's hours are being cut.
The tasting room manager has the personality of a catfish and is arguably the worst one there.
The Kautz family puts on this great front to the public that they care, but reality they are just money grubbing people who feel that the community owes them and not the other way around as it should be in running a business.
Sure they have concerts and a fireworks show there and it does bring business to local hotels and business to a point, but what they seem to miss is the every day local resident/employee who they treat with no regard as being human.
The Kautz family should be ashamed of themselves for this shold look at other businesses locally that get it right like Chatom Vineyards, Twisted Oak Vineyard, Sierra Hills Market and Pizza Plus.
#2 Jun 21, 2008
I used to work there and this is a pretty accurate story of IV and thanks for pointing it all out.
#3 Jun 25, 2008
One of my daughters once worked there and she could not wait to find another job.
#4 Jul 17, 2008
Oh, I didn't know they were forced to work there.
#5 Aug 7, 2008
Nobody is forced to work there, yet they are one of the biggest places of employment in the area so sometimes it a necessary thing.
#6 Sep 2, 2008
Comment on Big Mo's remarks. I'm guessing it is all true. He states that they put on concerts and as an avid concert goer I can tell you that I have attended two concert there and both were the worst concerts I've ever gone to. I attend 6 or more concert per year and the Kautz concerts are just terrible, for many reasons. Like the last concert I purchased an expensive seat ticket and found it to be a small folding chair wired to many other chairs. Too small to sit in with anyone sitting next to you. The crowd was rude. Note to concert goers ... people go to hear the music, not a bunch of wine drunk cowboys and cowgirls. Keb Mo put on a good show I almost heard. I went to a Phish concert and the kids there showed more respect for the performers and they were stoned on every drug on the planet. The Willie Nelson Concert I went too just sucked. Willie forgot to sing, just spoke the words to tired old songs. I never thought I hear myself yell "You suck Willie" as I leave half way through the show...and all that heard me cheered me and agreed he sucked. When I contacted the Kautz to complain after both shows they made it plain to me that they did not care. So, if they don't care about their costumers, why would they care about those who work for them....really sad don't ya think?
#7 Mar 1, 2011
I used to work at Ironstone Vineyards and I can tell you that none of these negative comments are true. The family runs the winery as a business. During the slow period, of course, hours are cut. Any business will do that. I agree with some of the comments though. If someone doesn't like where they work, then quit. No one is forcing you. Every business has employees that don't like their job and an employer cant please every employee. And as for the CONCERT FAN, don't blame Ironstone for the performers. Its not like they can control what the performers do after they go on stage. It's like hiring a bad clown for your kid's birthday party, you don't just kick them out.
#8 Apr 15, 2011
Calaveras county is a minimum wage world, Ironstone pays the same as any other employer up here. I cannot speak for Kautz but I do remember when he first opened and could not find one job applicant from Calaveras County to apply. I would guess that most complaining might be of the typical job seeker up here. Not to awfully much work ethic and can't pass a drug test.
#9 Apr 15, 2011
If you think working for Kautz is bad try working in the grocery business along highway 4 to Bear valley.
Now, there are some folks who could truly use a dose of Unionism to still their ideas that because they are corporations they own their employees. some up here complain of Kautz being flatlanders but lose sight of the fact some local long time businesses are far worse.
I know several past and present employees of IV and none are unhappy. It sure is a lot different at the local grocery stores.
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