American Water Heater

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Isa

Kingsport, TN

#1 Jan 24, 2012
Anyone have any experience with this company? Are they good to work for?
BJRAH

Johnson City, TN

#2 Jan 26, 2012
Great company and they really take care of their workers with training. Great atmosphere.
Isa

Kingsport, TN

#3 Jan 26, 2012
Thanks for replying! I was considering applying there.
mojoworker

Johnson City, TN

#4 Feb 3, 2012
Isa wrote:
Anyone have any experience with this company? Are they good to work for?
Hey, it ain't so bad there. If you listen to the old folk, they will tell you it is a hell hole. Well it is just not so. I've worked in much worse. Been there 4 years with almost zero complaints. This company is one of the few very well organized around. Being one of the biggest employers of Johnson City, they are a secure place to work. If you do your job, don't get stupid and become a slacker, you will be happy there. If you are a goof off, you won't last. Most of the jobs are not high tech. Keep in mind the jobs, depending on where you wind up, are hard physical labor. Not a lot of rocket science there. The first months there are boot camp! Most jobs are gained by signing up with a temp labor outfit, with a 90 to unlimited day forecast. If you are a deadbeat, forget it. They are very strick on who they hire permanantly. For a young worker, they offer many advantages, such as very liberal job training to advance yourself. A real background check and drug screening is part of the plan. If you can't control youself, don't even waste your or their time. The pay and job security are excellent, and the benefits are very good. If you don't want to work, don't go there, if you can carry your own weight, go. I'm glad to be working there.
Isa

Johnson City, TN

#5 Feb 7, 2012
mojoworker wrote:
<quoted text> A real background check and drug screening is part of the plan.
Is a credit check included with the background check? and do they do a welding test there?
Thanks for responding!
mojoworker

Johnson City, TN

#6 Feb 7, 2012
Isa wrote:
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Is a credit check included with the background check? and do they do a welding test there?
Thanks for responding!
I don't think a credit check is part of the background, because at the time I was hired, my credit was horrible. As far as welding tests, yes and no. They have a very good system of entering a "job pool" for specific jobs, such as welding, whereby the employees in that pool will recieve training to qualify for a permanent opening.
5YrEmployee

Nashville, TN

#7 Feb 7, 2012
Been there for 5 years, 4 of those years on 1st shift. Not bad. 2nd shift is full of some drama though! It's hard to get hired on perm. though right now. There are temps who have been there over a year!
looking

Cunningham, TN

#8 Feb 8, 2012
Was wondering if the drama is work related or just drama of ppls lives?
Isa

Kingsport, TN

#9 Feb 10, 2012
mojoworker wrote:
<quoted text>I don't think a credit check is part of the background, because at the time I was hired, my credit was horrible. As far as welding tests, yes and no. They have a very good system of entering a "job pool" for specific jobs, such as welding, whereby the employees in that pool will recieve training to qualify for a permanent opening.
Thanks again!:)
Green Witch

Manchester, KY

#10 Feb 20, 2012
I don't know anything about the company under management of American Water Heater Group. I worked there in the 80's under Mor-Flo Industries and it sucked on every level. Considering the company's expansion and current market, it must be doing something right.
curious

United States

#11 Aug 12, 2012
Does everyone in production start out through the temp service? If hired permanently what is the starting pay now?
low down

Hendersonville, NC

#12 Aug 13, 2012
curious wrote:
Does everyone in production start out through the temp service? If hired permanently what is the starting pay now?
Most "labor" jobs get people from temp services anymore because the number of people looking for jobs is unreal. Theyre at a lower risk of liability this way. If they don't like you it's easy for them to can you, if they do like you but don't want to hire you yet they can hold out so they don't have to pay you benefits. It's a lot of money to bring a worker in... This way they don't have to pay someone to recruit people.
curious

United States

#13 Aug 15, 2012
Adecco in JC said after 90 days you're either hired or let go. Is this true?
blueclaw

Johnson City, TN

#14 Aug 17, 2012
curious wrote:
Adecco in JC said after 90 days you're either hired or let go. Is this true?
It's kinda yes and no, curious. I was a temp there for 9 months, but was finally made permanent. It all depends on when you get there and the demand for permanent workers. Being a big company, there are always workers retiring, dying or terminated, and depending on the need for the product, you may or may not be hired. If you are fortunate enough to be hired permanently, they are a great outfit to work for. Been there 3 years with zero complaints, except the work is hard and no bullshit is allowed. If you can't show up for work and want to take it as a hobby, don't go there! Don't believe the horror stories from people who worked there ages ago, it is a top notch company now. They are very progressive in health and safety. Great benefits and good pay. I didn't know Adecco was one of their temp agencies. I have no good words for Adecco.
blueclaw

Johnson City, TN

#15 Aug 17, 2012
low down wrote:
<quoted text>
Most "labor" jobs get people from temp services anymore because the number of people looking for jobs is unreal. Theyre at a lower risk of liability this way. If they don't like you it's easy for them to can you, if they do like you but don't want to hire you yet they can hold out so they don't have to pay you benefits. It's a lot of money to bring a worker in... This way they don't have to pay someone to recruit people.
Well said! But don't blame them, blame the gvt.!
curious

United States

#16 Aug 17, 2012
Thanks for the info blueclaw! Sounds like a good company to work for. I'm no stranger to hard work. I've got a couple factories in my work history so I think I'll be okay there. Just hoping it turns into something permanent.
blueclaw

Johnson City, TN

#17 Aug 19, 2012
curious wrote:
Thanks for the info blueclaw! Sounds like a good company to work for. I'm no stranger to hard work. I've got a couple factories in my work history so I think I'll be okay there. Just hoping it turns into something permanent.
Like I said, it all depends on when you get there and if they need you. Good luck!
blueclaw

Johnson City, TN

#18 Aug 19, 2012
blueclaw wrote:
<quoted text>It's kinda yes and no, curious. I was a temp there for 9 months, but was finally made permanent. It all depends on when you get there and the demand for permanent workers. Being a big company, there are always workers retiring, dying or terminated, and depending on the need for the product, you may or may not be hired. If you are fortunate enough to be hired permanently, they are a great outfit to work for. Been there 3 years with zero complaints, except the work is hard and no bullshit is allowed. If you can't show up for work and want to take it as a hobby, don't go there! Don't believe the horror stories from people who worked there ages ago, it is a top notch company now. They are very progressive in health and safety. Great benefits and good pay. I didn't know Adecco was one of their temp agencies. I have no good words for Adecco.
Ooops, clarification on my post. I mistook Adecco for Accuforce. Adecco yes, Accuforce no! You will of course have to go thru a temp agency to be considered.
wondering

United States

#19 Sep 6, 2012
Im a female and i start next week at american water heater does any females work there i didnt know
blueclaw

Johnson City, TN

#20 Sep 7, 2012
wondering wrote:
Im a female and i start next week at american water heater does any females work there i didnt know
Yep, plenty of females and a culturally diverse work group there. All in all, most everybody gets along well. Keep in mind though, it's not a company that will put up with petty stuff..........either you work or get canned, no drama allowed. I wish you good luck, but keep in mind, it all hinges on whether they need permanent employees at the time. The turnover is quite high there, being that many are retiring or getting fired for being foolish. If by chance you do your time as a temp and get on the list for permanent, don't fail the "IQ Test". Meaning, stay clean, because you can expect at least 3 drug tests during your probationary period. Good luck, and I hope you don't wind up in assembly! Just kidding, but assembly is quick paced and very challenging. Best bet is to try to get hired into the "Tank" side of the company. Good luck!

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