Be careful about taking a temp job with this facility, unless you intend on making this only as just that: a very temporary stop, and moreover, if you genuinely tend to fit into a “good ole boys” network. I use to think that term was just a cliché, until what I witnessed for three months. This location is also run-down, drab, downtrodden, and at times, disgusting (the restrooms and kitchen are deplorable and almost never cleaned, and were due for a refurbishment probably last century). Worst of all, I and others have ben lied to about perm status by first shift supervisors and the one-person HR team (who seemingly is gone half the time either on vacation or traveling to conventions). Not on the up, and a certain “team lead” as she is loosely referred to by other staff), is a downright awful person: zero people skills and out to subjugate others to her misery. But with the HR person always AWOL, you are best off letting such people carry on with their miserable lives. The immature temper tantrums and throwing of product by a higher-up in the Safety Department was something also that seemed to surreal to believe in the year 2019.
This job isn’t worth it. A renowned company like Owens Corning should be ashamed. But they turn a blind eye to these sort of things, and very simply the best thing I can do is purchase my roofing needs elsewhere in the future.
Very little congeniality among many 1st shift workers. And when workers aren't given the means to succeed, most with ambi
Pros12 hour shifts/shorter work weeks? If you can hack that sort of schedule.
ConsSupervisors/Mgmt not honest. Filthy location. Boring (at times, borderline hostile) work environment (no employee activities/recognition)
Maintenance Technician | Gastonia, NC | Feb 3, 2017
Good work, poor management
The work is as expected: PM activities, safety checks on equipment lockouts and other devices, basic cleanup duties, operation of air compressors and steam systems, and periodic audits of the different processes in the plant. The floor workers (Maintenance and Ops) work well together for the most part, but like anywhere there are exceptions to the rule. Management at the lower levels is too focused on product and not enough on people, and it shows horribly. There is a lot of "brown-nosing" between people in management and if the "little guy" doesn't engage in it then their chances of advancement or a pay raise are slim to none. A typical day wasn't that difficult to complete as long as management would stay out of the way, but those days were few and far between. The workplace culture was advertised as trying to shy away from an "Us vs. Them" mentality, but from the first day it was obvious that this was not the case. During the initial installation of the equipment and during the plant startup, the maintenance team (as minimal as it was at the time) pointed out multiple glaring faults in the work being performed and offered solutions for fixing those faults; however, they were completely ignored until they were noticed by higher management during the startup and testing phase. The hardest part of this job was keeping your mouth shut when it was obvious that the company was losing money due to shoddy work by your superiors, but the most enjoyable part of the job was getting t
ProsGood benefits & pay, Safety Oriented Environment, Military Differential Pay after 1 year service
ConsPoor management, poor overall work culture, poor overall work environment, management more focused on running product than retaining people
Instrument Technician | Atlanta, GA | Apr 5, 2013
a lousy place to work, INSTRUMENT TECHS AVOID THIS PLACE!
If you are applying as an instrument tech, keep looking,
you'll unplug pipes, bust up concrete, stand outside in the rain, and do plumbing, and be abused. I worked there approx. three months.First month on days, which was ok, not great ,but ok, i did "some" instrument work. However, when the need for shift coverage came about, i was forced to be a shift mechanic, and did no instrument work while on nights, forced to work out in the rain, not even offered a raincoat. I saw other people sleeping on the job, and smoking in the building, and this was apparently ok.
So, if you dont mind abuse, misuse, and a very rough and nasty environment, maybe this place is for you. But;
if you are a skilled instrument tech, move along, you are wasting your time here. The pay is great, but thats all, and money isnt everything. If you worked at nights covering as a shift mechanic instead of being an instrument tech , as your job description states, then after 2 years you would have fallen behind in your career field. Some of the guys in Maintenance were ok to work with. However I think most are unhappy, and only work there because the money is good.
HERE IS A FACT:
I was let go on my 89th day of 90 day probation period, without warning, (WHICH WAS DIRTY, IN MY OPINION) I was never even talked to about my "BAD ATTITUDE" which is the excuse they gave for letting me go , on the very last day of my probation. ASK MY CO WORKERS, I DID MY JOB< AND I WA
Conshours, environment, management
Maintenance Planner | Fairburn, GA | Dec 7, 2014
A strong (do it right the first time) company,good training.
I Owens Corning is a fine company with a long history .
I enjoyed working there,starting as a group leader in production then in a few months i was moved up to supervisor i was there a few years and they needed someone to take over inventory control i had that for three years,I had as many a eight (8) warehouses all but one was off plant sight, it took extra activity to keep up,but we received a letter of a job well done after our yearly physical wit a very low right off. I took over a shift in the warehouse and our on job accidents dropped due to constant safety inspections. we made our shipment on time and correct counts. we brought computers on the seen and put them to work trying to convince people to treat the computer as a tool like any other tool was hard but it worked.
I was asked to start a maintenance planning department where all of the plants equipment was entered and a preventive inspection sheet was created. The inspection sheet would be printed out on schedule tobe performed. All repair work was put on a schedule and i made sure the materials people and schedule were all in sync. to make the repair go smoothly and on scheduled time table.I had at least one multimillion dollar rebuild each year. where you had (28) days from shut down to start up for complete rebuild. that required people and equipment and parts all had to be there when needed and were inspected to insure every thing was right. we always finished up one or two days ahead of schedu
Prosgood people to work with
Consworked my way out of a job too soon.
Operator | Lakeland, FL | Sep 24, 2019
The Lakeland, FL plant runs so lean that a single person calling out could cause the whole plant to shut down due to not enough personnel to cover issues that may arise. If you wish to take a vacation day or sick day then it is your responsibility to get coverage and if you do not get coverage you risk getting a point toward getting disciplined through suspensions or getting fired. The pay is below the average for the area with little to no advancement opportunities available. The management team does not help the production workers when short handed even though they came from the production team. There is very little support all around and there are multiple pieces of equipment that are broken in areas all over the plant that the production workers are expected to risk their lives to run them for very little pay. The maintenance team is either understaffed or unable to fix issues due to not having adequate parts/tools to fix issues and thus are forced to come up with home made fixes which don't fix the issue, but instead just delay it breaking again for a short time. They installed a new production line without upgrading any of the systems to handle the extra work load, thus causing machines and pipes to wear down much faster and in some cases simply unable to handle the extra load. There are more days that we are so busy that we are unable to take a break on a 12+ hour shift than calm days that allow for breaks.
ProsStock at a 15% discount and 401k with an 8% match.
ConsEverything other than stock options and 401k.
Promoter | Canton, MA | Aug 29, 2017
In-Store Promoter in Retail Chain Store
A typical day was a challenge to meet sales quotas, but enjoyable chatting with shoppers in big box store. I interfaced with hundreds of people each day & like the challenge of gaining their interest quickly. My attitude had to be up-beat to draw their attention & keep it.
I learned that most people are nice & honest. It was a pleasure doing business & chatting with most. I also learned that it's best to focus on my job & not be distracted by co-workers. Also learned that a happy, helpful attitude attracts people more than anything else. Not education, knowledge, or intense motivation.
The hardest part of this job was keeping myself disciplined and motivated to approach shoppers repeatedly after some rejection or slow business. I was a solitary worker with no immediate supervisor on site so I had to be self disciplined to meet daily quotas.
Best part of job was meeting very nice customers & even making friends with some. I also liked seeing the new items that came into store reguarly while I walked around seeking new business. I enjoyed working independently & having a chance to be creative with my sales pitch. I like the freedom and self direction it gave me.
ProsEasy shopping after work for myself at work site. Freedom to make my own meal or break schedule, and decisions. Meeting nice people on Cape Cod and making new friends.
ConsRepetition gets tiring on an off day, negative comments from co-workers
Regional Sales Manager | Toledo, OH | Apr 5, 2016
Great place to work and grow
I started with the company as an temp, answering phones for customer service. Was hired permanently in 9 months and worked in customer service for another year. Made a lateral move to Logistics and was a transportation specialist for another year. I then interviewed and was hired as an inside sales rep for the Mechanical and Industrial group. Was promoted to outside rep, or Area Sales Manager in 6 months. Took a while to break out of the call center. Interviewed 6 times, but once I did, great upward mobility. The company treats it's employees with such a high level of respect. Work life balance was fairly decent considering it was an outside role. Have a few complaints, but the positives greatly outweigh them. Middle management turnover seemed high in my sales role as I had 3 bosses in 1 year, but seemed isolated to my region. As a hole, I was in 4 departments in 5 years and had 11 supervisors. Interview process was sometimes long and drawn out. Seemed sometimes this was for the benefit of management and hr training, which is understandable, and may be complace in large corporations for all I know. I am really reaching for negatives though, since overall it was largely a positive experience.
ProsFair pay, great benefits, 401k, incentive program, decent work life balance for outside sales, great health center and fitness program
ConsInterview process, middle management turnover
Controller | Anderson, SC | Jul 12, 2012
Constant drama , constant threat of being laid off. It is nasty extremly unsafe , and you will get burned with scars ,and get glass fibers in you every part of your body. You will breathe this glass constantly and it will get in your car clothes , if you have kids they will get it in them also no matter what you do!
The managment has it"s little picks & clicks they let do whatever they want , and if the rat pack doesn"t like you or you have seniority on their buddie's they will fire you no matter how hard or effective at your job you are they will lie cheat & steal from you.
The Union is completely sold out to the company.
This company used to very good to thier employee's, and had alot of honest and fair people working in managment and hourly. That is not the case , absolutley shamefull.
One of the hourly employee's that had worked for around 30 years and served in Vietnam , he died of a heart attack the company sent the most pathetic scrawny flower to the funeral. However when a low ranking engineer , had a family member pass away , they spent almost $300 on the flowers and flew him home on one of the three Gulfstreem g4 jets they got to keep when they filed banrupcy, they also cleaned out every dime the hourly employees had put into the stock option.
But it is a job thats about it.
Prosyou get a check each week, and insurance
Constoo many to list. 7 days a week of total ignorance
Learning and Development Facilitator | Ohio | Feb 24, 2018
Misleading representation of job description
During my interview for Owens Corning I was under the impression I would be solely responsible for Inventory Control related operations. While employed through the company the position I was hired for grew into many different roles which did lead me to physical and emotional stress. I was required to take on the accounts payable responsibility, production management, internal audits, vendor relations, hazard control, and other miscellaneous tasks as assigned along with the Inventory Control Dept tasks. This role really was an all hats role. I was never given any indication of a change in my job title to include the reflection of my added duties but however noticed the changed title through the employee job portal after 6 months of service within the company, My pay rate however with the added roles remained the same as my entry level wages when I accepted the position as an Inventory Clerk. The new title which coincided with my duties was "CI Advocate".
In short the company piled on multiple duties yet didn't want to compensate me or even inform me my title had changed.
I would not recommend this position to anyone as the stress it entails just is not worth the headache. (yes I had migraines as a result and nausea).
Prosdays go by fast, see cons
Crew Member | Summit, IL | Jan 23, 2020
Compared to other companies, OC Summit IL is OK.
Despite some drawbacks like favoritism (which exists everywhere, to some extend), in my opinion, OC is OK as a place to work. There are ups and downs with production schedule. Salaried employees have more reliable schedule than production. Usually, there is lots of overtime for all production employees. Usually, because sometimes production will work 3 or 4 days per week. There are also layoffs. Usually at the end of the year (low demand for roofing shingles). Sometimes for two weeks, sometimes for 2 months at the time. So there is no stability of any kind or job security if you are production employee; your schedule can change rapidly. 4 day week, or 7 day work week can be had in the same year. Terrible news for anybody who has small kids and needs some kind of reliable/stable schedule. Management does not seem to care for this or any other problems workers may have (and there are plenty); as everywhere in manufacturing, numbers on the spread sheet are always first priority.
For the plus; benefits. 401k (plus pension for older employees), medical insurance, profit shearing and rather competitive (in my opinion) wages.
Questions And Answers about OWENS CORNING
If you were in charge, what would you do to make Owens Corning a better place to work?
Asked Jun 21, 2017
Give better benefits and make the place not as hot for the employees health
Answered May 22, 2020
Get some better leaders @ the PTLD Roofing plant. Most of them are not mentors, developers, or even good role models to the team that is supposed to be learning from them. Very political, if Paul likes you then you are good. If not he will make your life miserable and find any way to let you go.
Answered Mar 19, 2020
How often do raises occur at Owens Corning?
Asked Oct 14, 2016
Once a year, and the years they make the most profit you see the smallest raises. The spent a lot of their money from tax cuts in off shore businesses, and they cut our vacation days Soo do your best to stay out of this place.
Answered Jan 28, 2020
Was there for an entire year and given many different added responsibility that was not indicated during my job interview. Compensation was NOT added though. They even changed my job title and neglected to inform me, I found out on the employee portal. Definitely would not recommend!!! I was underpaid and over worked. Common with companies today. $17 inventory control, yet given accounts payable, purchasing, safety, hazard control and production management responsibility.
Answered Feb 26, 2018
How are the working hours at Owens Corning?
Asked Oct 14, 2016
Shifts at the tallmadge Ohio plant are 12hrs with a mandatory 30minute shift huddle. 3days on 2days off 2days on 3days off and that shift rotates
Answered Jan 28, 2020
6 to 7 days a week 8 to 16 hours a day
Answered Feb 18, 2018
What tips or advice would you give to someone interviewing at Owens Corning?
Asked Jun 19, 2017
Plan on making a career there! They are a good employer and your advancement is up to you.
Answered Feb 23, 2020
Know as much as you can about where the role is located and ask questions about where the specific plant fits in the Owens Corning business plan. Stay out of insulation roles at present. That industry is lagging,
Answered Feb 3, 2020
How long does the hiring process take?
Asked Aug 29, 2016
Over a year from application to being hired
Answered Nov 11, 2018
Do you have to take Workkeys to get hired at Owens Corning ?