Spartan Motors Reviews

Updated 3 February 2016
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Spartan Motors President, CEO, and Director John E. Sztykiel
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Recommends

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers. Everyone really cares about producing a quality product.

    Cons

    Upper management is out of touch. Trying to run a custom firetruck production line like it was a standard automotive production line.

    Advice to Management

    Take off the suits for a couple days and see how things should really be done.


  2. "Not worth it!"

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    Former Employee - Accounting in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Accounting in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    None! They pay is the only thing that drew me to the position but in the end it definitely was not worth the hassle and awful verbal abuse by my manager and others.

    Cons

    Departments are all unorganized, no one knows what is going on, and upper management is clueless. Manager was never on time for meetings or sometimes never showed up The software that is in use is pointless and not efficient. They do have a software upgrade in the works but it has been pushed back the past five years because the IT department cannot figure it out. I believe last I heard that the go live date was 2020!


  3. "Worst Employer, EVER"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome lower-level co-workers who care about what they do.

    Cons

    Upper & middle management don't see what they are doing as being wrong. Agree with the gorilla, or you're out!

    Advice to Management

    Act as you preach. Don't say one thing and go off and do another.


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  5. "Administrative Assistant"

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

    I worked at Spartan Motors part-time

    Pros

    Good learning experience, improved my typing and organizational skills. Was flexible with taking time off.

    Cons

    I worked in fabrication and was given far too much responsibility for my pay-grade (minimum wage) and was called in for 2 hours at a time. So some days I would make $12 after taxes. Most days I filed paperwork and entered orders but sometimes I was instructed to go out onto the floor and label parts. I received no real training and never felt a part of a team. The year I was here we were consistently about 3 months late on parts and the workers were on 7, 12 hour days a week .They were miserable. My "cubicle" was freezing all the time size it shared an outside wall. No carpet, just concrete.

    Advice to Management

    Don't have 16 years perform actions that can be messed up, and if you're going to, spend time training them how to do it properly.


  6. "Underapprecaited & Overworked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sioux Falls, SD (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Have a part in building custom emergency response vehicles for departments all over the country. Know that you are helping communities stay safe and Fire Department do their jobs better.

    Cons

    No appreciation for time and efforts put into your job. No compensation for working 60-70 hours a week expect for overtime for hourly positions. No family/life/work balance.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees and hire enough so you do not burn them out within the first month. Train them correctly and immediately.


  7. "Something happened, not good somethings!"

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    Current Employee - Production in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Production in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    .............well, not much to say here.

    Cons

    Poor middle management. No guidance from upper management. Do as i say not as i do. You are required to build trucks with little to no parts. The small town clicks are amazing. Minorities, don't even think about it.


  8. "Engineering Planner"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Planner/Analyst in Laingsburg, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Planner/Analyst in Laingsburg, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, quarterly company meetings with full staff to discuss progress and new programs. Friendly and dedicated management and co-workers

    Cons

    Could improve agility in testing and implementing new tech programs

    Advice to Management

    Management has changed since I worked there


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good direction, Poor oversight"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing Company, Projects geared toward expansion

    Cons

    poor oversight, barely average management,


  10. "A company with a focus on the bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Charlotte, MI (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Spartan Motors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    No-nonsense, profit-centered organization. Focus is always on the bottom line and making investors happy. You know exactly what is expected of you, and there isn't much tolerance for failure.

    Cons

    Often, there is a gloomy mood that hovers over the workplace, due to the serious nature of Spartan's employees. It can make work less than enjoyable.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up a little. Create a more modern, creative work environment, not one where everyone is expected to conform.


  11. "Great people, dysfunctional cross-team management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people Interesting projects Cool products Flexibility Opportunity to learn & be involved in as much as you want

    Cons

    Some higher management is not qualified to be in their positions which leads to dysfunction when trying to complete projects across teams/functions. Understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and get good people in the right spots. Set quantifiable goals. Set clear responsibility. Be transparent. Hold people accountable.



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