RTI International Metals

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RTI International Metals Reviews

Updated 5 August 2014
Updated 5 August 2014
17 Reviews
2.5
17 Reviews
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RTI International Metals Vice Chairman and CEO Dawne S. Hickton
Dawne S. Hickton
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  1.  

    Great, until I made someone with many more years upset

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Melt Shop in Niles, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Melt Shop in Niles, OH (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    We are a union shop, which in many ways is excellent. Better pay than almost anywhere around, and most jobs you get incentive. If you are new and have questions , the guys are more than willing to amswer/show/help and guide new employees. Health benefits are next to government, so if you have a family, it's AMAZING, profit sharing is also a good thing.

    Cons

    Every dirty, no preventative maintenance, pretty much ever. Using out dated equipment usually and if it's not running right the answer is almost always "run it till it breaks", everything and I mean EVERYTHING is "fixed" with duct tape, safety is preached as more important than quantity but in the real work environment it is really quantity over safety. Good luck if you made an enemy out of a guy who has 20+ years. You will be harassed. When union forces person to stop, they will get management within department to harass you, write ups for things that are not true and always have several management witnesses that we never actually there to witness anything or are willing to lie about what they "witnessed" and IF you are lucky you will still have your job but harassment will continue, unending and without repercussions for those harassing you. It's definitely a HUGE gossip/rumor mill. If it wasn't for having a family to support and health insurance being so good and the pay I would have been gone 1.5 yrs ago when harassment first started and nothing was done about it. We were told new methods for producing our titanium and our Canton plant up and running would INCREASE our profit sharing however, we have seen a humongous DECREASE instead. No one likes or appreciates being lied to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE NILES PLANT! Especially HR and Melt Shop management! They condone harassment, play favorites and actually pick on the victims! That aside as a company we need to be more self sufficient. We need to own our own sponge and scrap companies, and we need to get a bigger share of the market for titanium! Niles plant needs more employees, PM to actually be done, and to stop fixing EVERYTHING with duct tape. Someone is going to end up getting seriously injured if not killed if this practice continues!!! Come through the plant, talk to EVERY worker, actually listen and take our advice. We are the ones who are on the floor everyday doing these jobs, we know better than management what is going on with our equipment/areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Niles, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Niles, OH (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good benefits, rarely work on weekends if you're salary, nice managers, decent working conditions

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, poor management by upper management, don't use resources wisely, was formerly a nice place to work but now it's perks for only the chosen few, age discrimination pretty much in play now, if you're young you're in, lousy support from corporate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very TOP heavy in corporate management. Pretty much a buddy system of hiring. Need to spend time with the "lower" class workers to let them know you appreciate the money they bring you!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Masters of Age Discrimination

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, OH (US)

    I worked at RTI International Metals full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Before recent management came it was an excellent place to work. Salaried employees could work pretty much unhindered from micro-management. Pay was very good, great benefits and weekends were mostly free for family time. There are many good workers in the Niles plant, salaried and union, whom I've had the pleasure and privilege to work with and to know. They made it what it is - er, was.

    Cons

    Within the last 2 years, however, it has been nothing less that a continual hiring of executive "officers" who are thinking, not just outside the box, but outside the universe. Root cause is never addressed properly and quality is expected to pick up the slack. Hourly personnel purposely fail to fix problems upstream because they get "incentive pay" for fixing the problems later. And management doesn't have the backbone to fix it. Plus the equipment is pretty much "not-state-of-the-art". It's a sad indictment on a company that was once a proud family of industrialists. Now, it's all about Corporate greed. Imagine that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending all your money on hiring corporate executives and start re-investing it on much needed equipment. Also, when people come to you and recommend who are the good workers and how to use them...LISTEN. Oh and by the way, why is that President Dawne Hickton never visits any of the facilities she represents but only stays in her Pittsburgh ivory castle and won't dirty her shoes with the people who have make her such a tremendous salary each year? Oh, never mind. I think I just answered my own question.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    poor leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Melt Shop in Niles, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Melt Shop in Niles, OH (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have a profit sharing plan in place which is fair and reasonable. You have the ability to bid into other departments and learn new skills.

    Cons

    We use old equipment and their is no preventive maintenance so the equipment tends to breakdown frequently and parts are sometimes hard to comeby.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of buying companies that lose money, a better business model would be to purchase companies that supply the raw materials needed to produce the titanium such as titanium sponge and scrap. That way you can control your cost and even sell it to your competitors. I do understand the company expanding and entering new markets as I believe this vital to our future, but I do not understand why we do not own our own sponge and scrap facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    RTI is on ok place to work, but like many places there is a ton of nepotism.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time

    Pros

    Overall a friendly environment. Good pay but you must negotiate on the way in. Management is overall pretty good at their jobs.

    Cons

    Nepotism run rampant. Many good employees are disheartened by bad employees have little to no consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with employees and stop playing favorites. Also understand that people have home lives and the company is the livelihood of the employees not their lives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was to be my final job but things didn't work out that way.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RTI International Metals

    Pros

    The company likes to promote from within. They have a strong backing and can survive a long time based on some good decisions made by its board and upper management.

    Cons

    They need to improve on consistent accountability. Some employees are still employed through the hard work of others. The anonymous hotline is a good source but has been taken overboard by reports with limited validity and not applicable to ethical violations as originally set up. The incentive and bonus plans really never paid out too much and should be a limited selling point for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to exit interviews and set up improvement plans. RTI has lost their share of good employees due to inconsistencies within the system and holding on to ineffective employees. RTI should also hire HR PROFESSIONALS at some of their locations because there is a lack of professionalism as well as consistency in some cases.

  8.  

    so so place all depends on you position

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Planner in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    easy to start they hire through a hiring agency and they take almost anyone.

    Cons

    they hire through a hiring agency and they take almost anyone. lack of decisiveness in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being afraid to make decisions and try not to make promises that you cant honer it breaks employees trust and is bad for both parties.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stretched to thin

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Niles, OH (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Money is ok co workers will lend a hand when helpbis needed

    Cons

    Too many bosses not enough workers to meet the unrealistic expecations of management can not talk to bosses or hr for fear of being fired...has happened inthe past 6months...come on execs if u see multiple people leaving in one area(7people in 2months)could something be wrong in area maybe the management...I would no stars if possible for career advanced

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We don't need 3 bosses where one REALLY qulified would do the job then we can get one direction to move instead of power struggles the only affect the lower worker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Research, research, research before jumping onto this bandwagon.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at RTI International Metals full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    1. Everyone in the chain of command was accessible.
    2. Fair/Decent compensation for both exempt/non-exempt staff.
    3. Generally nice people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Everyone in the chain of command was too accessible (the chain typically not followed).
    2. Turnover and reorganizations (stability?).
    3. Too much of an entitlement culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Singular management vision of team would allow for the wheat to grow and the chaff be sent to the wind.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Hostile

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Employee in Laval, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Employee in Laval, QC (Canada)

    I worked at RTI International Metals full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    easy travel, big parking, picnic tables outside.

    Cons

    exploit, over work, under pay, harras, pressure, treat unfairly and hostile environment. No leadership, management or decision makers, stale and unfriendly people work there, if you know whats good for you stay away from this crazy place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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