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Austin Industries Reviews

Updated 1 January 2019
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Pros
  • "Being an employee-owned company really makes it feel like a family" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Employee ownership resonates throughout all branches and levels of the company" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Insurance Cost: The insurance is outrageous, and upper management refuses to contribute more to the EO's" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Poor organization, and lack of communication, leads to little or no accountability" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Management is TERRIBLE"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are the best. We look out for each other.

    Cons

    Management is ignorant, unethical, and deceitful. Insurance costs are insane!! Esop is a joke. You are a worker bee, nothing more.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "General Foreman"

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    Former Employee - General Foreman in Borger, TX (US)
    Former Employee - General Foreman in Borger, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management routinely removed from site by the client.

    Cons

    Management only exists to put out fires when they arise. They also ignore requests for PPE/ Tools needed( even when hiring) for their own benefit be it financial or political.AESOP program looks good on paper but try withdrawing money from it before you retire or die. Wake up people! They’re keeping the money in that statement they send you every year! Benefits are trumped up to be better than they are and they have increased almost exponentially inspite of the customers added contributions over the last three years. Corporate is uninvolved even on the largest of sites/projects.maybe once a year....GOOD LUCK!

    Eight year company veteran. Good riddance!

    Advice to Management

    Stop sending site managers who have no understanding of the trades the people they are overseeing work in but are merely politicians protecting their own interests i.e. :AESOP.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - IT Support in Irving, TX (US)
    Former Employee - IT Support in Irving, TX (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -PAID WEEKLY
    -ESOP
    -PARKING
    -CAN’T THINK OF ANYTHING ELSE

    Cons

    There needs to be improvements across the board. There are inconsistent processes and many that don’t make sense AT ALL.

    It’s an open-office environment with only a select number of actual offices. Sometimes it feels like a call center because of how it’s set up. At times it can be distracting. Also the cubes face in an awkward direction for anyone who wants to talk to you - you can’t see the other person coming until they present themselves in your “cube”.

    This is the first place I’ve worked where it feels like I can’t think for myself. I’m micromanaged and told how to ask certain questions. It feels almost like I’m being brainwashed. It’s super odd.

    It’s definitely not the most innovative or impressive place I’ve ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t micromanage and don’t breed an environment of resentment.


  4. "Growing company still trying to find their stride"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time

    Pros

    ESOP can leave you financially set if you manage to retire from the company. They are actively trying to catch up with technology.

    Cons

    To many chiefs eating overhead not enough going to infrastructure that produces positive ROI.

    Advice to Management

    Lean out your management and hire more self directed people and let them actually be employee owners and run the company they are apart of. Perhaps have ESOP shares tied to voting rights on bigger decisions in the company similar to public traded companies.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Employee"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time

    Pros

    compensation, employee-owned, good 401k, profit sharing, and stock benefits

    Cons

    toxic culture, generally disengaged employees, definitely a "do as I say, not as I do" mentality, zero flexibility

    Advice to Management

    engage with employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to start a career in the chemical plants and a good place to get back into the plants if you lost it."

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    Former Employee - Terminal Operator in Channelview, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Terminal Operator in Channelview, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The daily tasks involve primarily the loading and unloading of liquid hazardous chemicals into and off of cargo trailers and rail cars

    Pay is $20 hourly and no less, for nearly every new hire regardless of your background. Any age over 21 up to 60 years old has a good chance of getting hired. There is a high amount of turnover for good reason (explained below)!!!

    Safety is paramount to everything we do. Never a joking subject... NEVER! This position requires attention to detail, alertness, and an ability to troubleshoot. Proper safety equipment and personal safety gear are always required when performing daily tasks.

    Austin offers a 4% dollar for dollar match of 401k contributions (after 90 days). Holidays are paid time off and a week of vacation with pay, both after one year employment. Pay raise comes easily in about a year, after you’ve learned three job certifications. The raise is $2.

    Plenty of opportunity for advancement, but the primary job remains the same. Gain more knowledge, and for that receive more pay... step into leadership positions, and for this... receive more pay as well. Top pay in this job exceeds $30 an hour.

    This job is a segue to LyondellBasell Process Operator position or a position with another chemical plant. These positions pay from starting pay of $25 to $48! They are careers to live a good middle class lifestyle. If college is not for you, and you are amenable to physical hard work, then this may be a good step.

    Cons

    The biggest concern is safety. People have died in this position and others will die in the future. However, truck drivers die on the job, so there are inherent dangers in most positions, I suppose.

    The schedule requires long hours and mostly outside in all types of weather! Each schedule work periods are long 12 hour days and six days straight... (not each week, explained below).

    The schedule is 6/3 days and 6/3 nights....
    Work is six 12 hour days and then three days off. Following these days off, six 12 hour nights and then off three days off.... the cycle continues to repeat... an average 16 hours of overtime per week.

    There are 121 days off per year. A “normal” schedule (Monday through Friday work week with two weekend days off) has 104 days off per. A “normal” schedule with an average of 16 hours of overtime per week at $20 an hour has annual compensation would be the same... (about $66,600) Most industrial jobs which require overtime means more than five days a week. Austin employees who work more than 6 days out of 9, only if the employee volunteers to (if asked by management or working for someone who takes a day off).

    Most everyone gets along and has plenty of joking time, but if you have a plan or desire to make it a better work place, don’t expect anyone to support those efforts. If one employee desires to fix anything, they would likely be shunned by their peers and management alike. Most co-workers are easily threatened by anyone desiring to improve the work area. This includes any attempt to repair equipment, create a maintenance schedule or suggest changes to current rules and/or procedures. An employee even asking questions will result in young peers developing an immediate dislike or distrust for them... simply because they have an apparent agenda to change something, regardless of the change being for the better!

    Most employees are young and scared of leadership, but leadership has done nothing to deserve this inherent fear. None of the current leadership appears to desire improvement or change of any kind. Any trailblazer employees are not dealt with or encouraged. Other employees who may create a workplace using combative comments, negative attitudes or by breaking equipment, even intentionally.... are not dealt with or encouraged either. It seems to be about maintaining the status quo! Management is very good at doing nothing about anything. Not a healthy environment and has negative a impact on safety!

    Advice to Management

    Management is friendly, however not proactive with regard to tasks which are KNOWN to need attention in the future. It seems nobody takes ownership... neither improvement of equipment, nor maintaining it... until it breaks! Then there are delays for the repairs. It could and should be so much better with just a little hard work and planning.


  7. "Journeyman"

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    Current Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Roxboro, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Journeyman Electrician in Roxboro, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Austin Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment and plenty of work

    Cons

    A lot of outage work 12hrs 7days a week

  8. "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Austin Industries full-time

    Pros

    None at all, except quitting time

    Cons

    All are cons, literally


  9. "electrician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to continue work for

    Cons

    Insurance is a little high


  10. "Progressive and Fast-Paced"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Porte, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in La Porte, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Austin Industries full-time

    Pros

    -Supportive leadership team, actively working to empower employee-owners to make decisions and grow.
    -Fast-paced and exciting for professional development.
    -Mike Cox is an incredible president, with a big vision and a plan to empower Industrial to grow explosively.
    -Working on implementing an environment where communication isn't just top-down, but also flows from the bottom-up.

    Cons

    Benefits are getting better
    Could be better sustainability-wise

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work at industrial, keep empowering us EO's on our exciting path to the top of the market, and listen carefully to what the guys at the bottom have to say, there is an invaluable wealth of human capital present.