Employee Testimonials

At Wisconsin Oven Corporation we realize that our Championship team of employees is the key to our success. They differentiate us from the competition by providing outstanding customer service that keeps our customers coming back again and again. We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that they bring to work each day. At Wisconsin Oven our company culture recognizes and rewards our employees for their Championship performance.  Below are some testimonials from our valued team members about their experiences working for Wisconsin Oven Corporation.

Brad

I’ve worked for a lot of companies over the last 25 years.  Company sizes ranged from a handful of employees to well over a hundred, and you learn the hard way that every company is different.  There always seems to be at least one department that is difficult to work with.  It’s either unqualified managers making life unbearable, departments butting heads with each other, people that are hard to work with, poor communication, getting thrown under the bus for no reason, etc.  I spent many years waking up in the morning and dreading to go to work, but the overtime was there and the money was too good to walk away from.  I’ve been at Wisconsin Oven for 2+ years and I can honestly say that I have never been happier to go to work.  I’m not just a number, I’m part of something.  Everyone is down to earth, hardworking and fun to work with.  The company itself treats the employees very good.  They have a Work of Champions program were every month anywhere from one person to whole departments get a bonus for going above and beyond.  Catered lunches and early dismissal on Fridays are common rewards for the company doing well.  Christmas parties and summer picnics that are just too awesome & fun to even explain.  Presidents, VP’s and managers slapping your back, thanking you and telling you that you’re doing a great job is a very rare thing in my experiences, but it happens here.  I’ve had it bad and I know when I have it good, and I have it pretty good right now.  I only wish that I would have crossed paths with Wisconsin Oven sooner.

Amanda

On April 1st 2013 I was hired at Wisconsin Oven, the largest company I have ever worked for. Having come from very small, family-run companies to a 100+ employee multi-building campus was a little intimidating and scary. On day one I was given a mentor, she showed me around and introduced me to everyone from upper management to welders to the IT guy and everyone was so excited! In the months following I attended the Picnic at Brewers stadium, the monthly employee rallies, the Work of Champions luncheons, the Christmas party  etc. and I am always impressed by the generosity Wisconsin Oven shows its employees. They truly care about the people who work here and also the people in the community! I am proud and blessed to work for a man like Dave Strand and to be recognized and rewarded like a Champion! 

 

 

 

Linda

The founder of Wisconsin Oven Corporation, Henry Kubicki, was fond of saying, “You are never more than a few feet away from something that was manufactured in a Wisconsin Oven.”  I have been a Wisconsin Oven employee for over 15 years and many of my co-workers have been here much longer.   It is a non-unionized company that provides competitive wages and great benefits including health insurance, paid vacations, bonus programs, as well as several company sponsored events.  As Project Coordinator I am the main contact for the customer after the sale.  I work closely with all departments (sales, engineering, production, quality assurance, and accounting) in order to provide the greatest experience possible for our customers.  Clients often tell me how impressed they are with the work ethic and support here at Wisconsin Oven. I believe this is why we have been in business for over 40 years. We are a close knit, hardworking family and we treat each other with great respect.   I came to Wisconsin Oven in 1998 in search of a job  - I stay because it is now my home. 

Patty

This is really the best company to work for. Great people and excellent benefits. I was lucky to spend 17 years at Wisconsin Oven before relocating to Tucson AZ. Although I am enjoying better weather, I will never enjoy better people than the ones who work at Wisconsin Oven Corporation. Thanks WOC, miss you.

 

 

 

Jennifer

What is your vision of success? Is it having the opportunity to wake up every morning and look forward to going to work? That’s mine, and I am fortunate enough to live it through Wisconsin Oven Corporation.

When I started with this company in July of 2012, I had no idea the level of innovation, intelligence and integrity I would have the pleasure of working with on a daily basis. I soon found out how lucky I truly am. What I like best about Wisconsin Oven Corporation is how focused it is on its people. I have a lot of freedom to set my goals and work towards them. Ideas are always welcomed and innovation is encouraged. I have learned a lot from the smart and dedicated people that work here. Wisconsin Oven Corporation recognizes and prides employees, which is evident during Champion Chants at our monthly meetings, company luncheons and the opportunity to be the Champion of the month. When you work hard at Wisconsin Oven Corporation, it does not go unnoticed.

Wisconsin Oven Corporation  has enlightened me on what an employer should be. From great benefits, approachable management, caring coworkers, opportunities to travel and a corporation that gives back, to their employees and the community, what else could you ask for? I am proud to say I work for Wisconsin Oven Corporation and look forward to the new and innovative challenges I will face with them in the future.

Sean

I graduated from high school in 2011 and was unsure about my next step.  I bounced around a few different jobs that were not very satisfying in addition to not paying very well.  I was fortunate enough to get a job at Wisconsin Oven in February of 2013.  Although I was new to the job, I had done similar work at a different company so I was expecting the same work environment.  In short order, I found out that my initial expectations of being “the new guy” were unfounded.  They welcomed me on their team and wanted me to succeed.  The mindset was if I succeeded, they succeeded, and Wisconsin Oven succeeded.  Wisconsin Oven really does have the feeling of family; from our president on down.  Mr. Strand (CEO/President) walks through and knows everybody by their first name.  Individuals are recognized at company luncheons for their “Work of Champions” and success is measured as a team effort.  Work is called work for a reason, but the people at Wisconsin Oven are what make the difference and what make it enjoyable and rewarding.

Jeff

Jeff, a sales engineer at WOC, described what culture means to him, “The atmosphere of the place in which you’re employed. It’s all about the attitudes and perceptions we have, as an internal team, towards the company we work for. The culture here at WOC is management support to employees. Whether it be work related items, out of office matters, or family concerns, we know we’re being taken into consideration and cared about. I never feel like it’s all work no play. Sometimes it’s quite the opposite. We still get our work done, but the WOC team proves it can be fun along the way. If you love what you’re doing you never have to work a day in your life.” When asked about what the most important thing a company can do to keep their employees happy he responded, “Acknowledgment of our good efforts. Also, whether the outcomes are good or bad, being truthful with employees is huge. We’re working for the organization and we want to know where it’s at. Being ‘in the know’ speaks a long way to keeping employees happy.” We were intrigued by Jeff’s response and wanted to know what being a part of the Championship Culture at WOC meant to him. He stated, “Relying on coworkers to do their jobs successfully and being there to support each other in areas we might not be as knowledgeable on. Everyone here is a good support network. It allows us to step outside of our everyday jobs, to grow and succeed as an individual. In return, our triumphs ultimately help the organization.” When asked about liking the culture he replied, “I really enjoy it. The atmosphere is competitive and goal oriented. There are numbers we need to hit, but everybody works together. As an employee we can rely on each other to pick up slack where something might have been missed.” Lastly, we felt it necessary to ask Jeff about his experience with our customers and how they react to our Championship Culture. He described, “Customers find our culture good and reliable. Of course there are challenges in every business, but our customers appreciate the efforts the company goes through as a whole. They see that we are open to getting information anyway we can. We’re not afraid to ask questions, speak to vendors, etc. This kind of process builds a quality product which goes a long way with our customers. They see all of our hard work and effort that goes into making sure we have the best equipment on the market. They also seem to be impressed with our field service. Employees are ready and willing to go to onsite locations as needed.” He threw in, “I think Wisconsin Oven is headed in a good direction. With the development of different programs like ‘Work of Champions,’ monthly recognitions and luncheons, these things help drive corporate culture. We are now under one umbrella and everything has been a smooth transition.”

Jason

Jason, who works on the shop floor, shares his similar experience. When asked what culture means to him he said, “The people you work with. It’s a separate community in and of itself. It all boils down to the atmosphere on a day to day basis: the job, the training, how things progress. The company is thorough when it comes to these things. As an employee we become knowledgeable before we hit the shop floor. Training can be six months to a year before we build our first oven.” When asked what keeps employees happy he responded, “Providing feedback. Whether it’s positive or negative, to let you know where you stand. This allows us to improve where we need improvement. And accreditation for a job done well and done right. I think WOC does a good job of sharing this mindset.” And being a part of the Championship culture? “Being a part means coming and doing the best you can every day to make sure the team succeeds. I like it because we’re continuously challenged to do our best and better each day. Everyone looks out for each other and gives a push where it’s needed. We’re not criticized if we falter. It helps build team morale. As a result, the customers also see a better overall product. We take pride in our everyday work to provide as best a product as possible. This includes the employee to customer relationship. They appreciate the culture they see around the shop. For us, it’s nice to be rewarded for our strengths.”

Dan

Lastly, we hit up Dan, a part of Technical Support at the WOC facility. He adamantly responded to our first question with, “A nice team atmosphere! What we have here is a lot of individuals that come together and work for each other, not just the product or the company (although that’s huge too and our focus). It’s honestly a joy to come to work every day because of the people. I’ve been working here for two years and if you have a question everyone is willing to pitch in for the solution. Chances are they’ve been there too. The fact that we are so intermingled speaks volumes about the company. It’s who you work for and with. A culture where people are accepting and helping, even when they have a bunch on their own plate. This mindset helps to better us as a company overall.” We were tickled by his response to what keeps employees happy in the work place. Dan spoke the truth, “A reward system is always nice. If you go above and beyond and perform at a high level, spending extra time on a project than you have to – staying late, or coming in early – helping coworkers in difficult situations, it’s all recognized and celebrated. Our team strives to succeed and go over the top to better the company as a whole. We see different rewards when our end of month goals are met. Whether it be a luncheon, a get together, prizes, bonuses, or being praised in front of peers, it all goes towards employee satisfaction. Hard work doesn’t slide by and it’s not pressured. We’re honored for the work that we do and that’s a big thing in the work place.” When touching on culture he said, “It makes you look forward to coming into work every day. You like being with the people you’re around. Some companies deal with employees that don’t want to go to work at all. I think that speaks to their culture. Here, it’s a joy and it’s not just me who feels that way.” (We can tell from your peers above, Dan!) “Helping each other, being a good person, and being surrounded by good people and good friends says a lot. It’s a great feeling to come into work for a company that has those morals and characteristics.” Before we even asked him about how he liked working under this kind of culture, it turned out that he had been answering this question all along. He continued, “I like it because of the compatibility of the team. A lot of the people at WOC are young, we haven’t had much involvement in the workforce outside of WOC, but we’ve all heard the horror stories. It’s the people that make it a welcoming environment to work in.” When asked about his involvement with the customers he remarked, “I’m pretty involved with them. I deal with the customer service side, ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly.’ I deal with customers who need something or want questions answered on a daily basis. It’s encouraging to be able to fall back on my WOC expertise. Backend, this means dealing with parts and transportation with trucks. Also, the service side of things like troubleshooting, making sure parts are accurate or getting customers any other information that they might want or need. The Championship Culture here works hand in hand with our customers. The way that we treat each other is how we treat them… And they notice! We work to help and go above and beyond getting customers what they need. Whether it’s building equipment to the highest standard or attending to the questions they have, our culture carries over to show the customer this isn’t something we just do internally. Externally, our goal is to make the customer want to come back, not for one piece of equipment, but for a lifetime.”