Henry Ford has a lot to answer for. Yes, he gave us affordable transportation, but he also gave us the moving assembly line. It cut the time and cost of building cars but it also created a whole new type of work: repetitive, monotonous, and unsatisfying.
Work is something we all have to do unless the Lottery Gods have come knocking, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy it. In fact, being as though we spend around 2,000 hours at work every year, we really ought to get some satisfaction from it.
We like to think working at Wiley Metal provides some job satisfaction. Yes, we have deadlines and we have to follow rules (mostly to keep us all safe,) but we think it’s okay to enjoy working here. If you’re looking for something to get you out of the house, or maybe you’d like to do something more satisfying than whatever you’re working at now, how about applying to work here?
Before you answer, here are four reasons we think you might like it here:
1. We Make Stuff
Does anyone ever get home from work and proudly tell their friends or family how they answered 72 emails that day? No, probably not. If however you’ve made something, built something that will last and help other people in their lives, well that is worth talking about.
At Wiley we make stuff. Steel and aluminum come in, fabrications of every size, shape, and function go out. Economists call it “adding value” but we think of it more as creating things, and who doesn’t enjoy that?
Now not everyone here cuts, bends, and welds metal, but we’re a team. Not everyone on the football team scores a touchdown but they still have an important role to play, and it’s the same here. Whether you’re moving material around, updating records, cleaning, or running a machine, you’re part of a team that makes things.
2. The Things We Make, Make the World a Little Better
Many of the parts and products we fabricate here go on to help people in their lives and let them do things they enjoy. Our RV parts are an excellent example. These let folks travel around the country, visit friends in distant places and see sights they might otherwise never see.
Other examples include our fire truck bumpers, which not only look really cool but last longer than painted steel versions. And then there are the brackets, guards, enclosures, frames, and more that go into other equipment and machinery and help work get done, safely.
3. We’re an Indiana Family Business
If you’re from Indiana or have spent much time here you’ll know about Hoosier Hospitality. A short way of explaining this is that it means we treat others the way we’d like to be treated.
Wiley Metal is a family business, (actually, three generations of Wileys have come through our doors,) and family values are important to us. Work here and you won’t be a number, you’ll be a valued member of the team. We’ll enjoy getting to know you and we hope you’ll feel the same about us.
A big part of those family values is respect. If someone working here has an idea or suggestion we like to hear about it. We can’t act on every request but we can guarantee that you’ll be listened to. Did that ever happen to those working on the Model T assembly line?
4. We Look After Our Employees
Pay and benefits might be why you get out of bed in the morning, but they don’t put a smile on your face at the end of a hard day. In addition to the things you’d expect, like competitive pay, healthcare, and vacation time, we offer a few other perks that might be of interest. These are:
- A compensation program that rewards you for improving your skills and knowledge
- An attendance bonus
- An employee referral program (so start here, then phone a friend!)
The Proof of the Pudding…
… is in the eating, or so the old saying goes. We’re not exactly sure what that means, but it sounds like it should apply here. Some of our employees have been with Wiley a very long time, and we don’t just mean the family members (they have no choice!) We believe that if people didn’t enjoy the work here they’d move on. The fact that many choose to stay says we’re doing something right.
Many of our customers are busy right now, and that means we’re busy. So busy in fact that we have openings.
If you can weld, we’d like to talk to you right now. We might even help you with getting welding certifications. And if you’re not a welder but have experience with metal cutting and forming we may have opportunities for you. If you can read engineering drawings, that’s even better!
That said, for some positions no specific skills or experience are necessary. We’ll teach you what you need to know.
There is however one characteristic we look for in all applicants: we like to see a willingness to put in the hours and do the work. Woody Allen famously said, “80% of success is just showing up,” and many business experts agree. Admittedly, Woody may not be the best role model, but on this point, he’s clear: get here on time and be ready to work and opportunities will arise. So what are you waiting for? Apply online today.