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Sadly they have not been building motorcycles there for atleast what.......... 20ish years

ATV's
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and rail cars for New york city

may still be a good gig though..........
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It's not that great. People come and go all the time there because they don't pay very well and the whole japanese company culture is not that great to work for. I knew several people who left there and came to work at the place I was working at when I lived there which was just over a mile down the road. The place itself is kinda neat. I toured it once, but only the old building where they do the ATV/UTV/wheels/etc., never toured the rail car building.

Drove by that plant every day on my way to and from work. I used their parking lot on weekends to teach MSF classes when I was doing that. And yet never had the desire to work there because of all the stuff I heard from people who came from there.

The only good perk about it is the discounts you get. Not much if you want to buy a bike, but huge discounts on OEM parts. It's a shame they stopped making bikes there in the 90s.

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It's not that great. People come and go all the time there because they don't pay very well and the whole japanese company culture is not that great to work for. I knew several people who left there and came to work at the place I was working at when I lived there which was just over a mile down the road. The place itself is kinda neat. I toured it once, but only the old building where they do the ATV/UTV/wheels/etc., never toured the rail car building.

Drove by that plant every day on my way to and from work. I used their parking lot on weekends to teach MSF classes when I was doing that. And yet never had the desire to work there because of all the stuff I heard from people who came from there.

The only good perk about it is the discounts you get. Not much if you want to buy a bike, but huge discounts on OEM parts. It's a shame they stopped making bikes there in the 90s.
I toured it back in the 80's when they were making the Ninja 600 there (well assemblying it anyways) and haven't been back since

but........... kawasaki as a whole has employee pricing on bikes very cheap.......
ie back in 2012 an employee could buy a ZX10R for something in the high $6800 range which is about 4k less than joeschmo paid
one of my customers worked there for several years and bought the C10 that was built on his line for just over $5k, it is a 1997? I think even then those were over 8k maybe over 9k?

But I do somewhat understand the japanese theory of never accepting blame publically if shit goes wrong (some of the chain manufacturers do this routinely when they break in sub 500 miles and Rk lists a 20k warranty--- maybe they aren't actually making them in Japan anylonger) but I thought they paid decent enough.... atleast that was what I was told

I tell you what, I will send in an application and see what I get in return and for a pay offer...... What'll be the over under on if it is more than $25/hr plus medical and dental?

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I toured it back in the 80's when they were making the Ninja 600 there (well assemblying it anyways) and haven't been back since

but........... kawasaki as a whole has employee pricing on bikes very cheap.......
ie back in 2012 an employee could buy a ZX10R for something in the high $6800 range which is about 4k less than joeschmo paid
one of my customers worked there for several years and bought the C10 that was built on his line for just over $5k, it is a 1997? I think even then those were over 8k maybe over 9k?
From what my old co-workers told me, the discounts vary based on your position. Someone that works in assembly and it towards the bottom of the pay grade might get about $1000 off a ZX6R or ZX10R. A mid-level manager or senior engineer would get about what you described, around 25-30% off for sure. But who knows, that might've changed. Last I talked to someone about that was around 2015ish.

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I tell you what, I will send in an application and see what I get in return and for a pay offer...... What'll be the over under on if it is more than $25/hr plus medical and dental?
Well which job? That's the important part lol You're certainly not getting that for any production job. One of my friends who was a manufacturing engineer there was getting $49k a year with some years of experience, and his yearly raises were pretty terrible too. About 4-5 years ago supposedly they re-evaluated everything because people kept leaving and found that they were quite a bit under the average for Lincoln so they raised salaries. If you apply for some random tech job or maintenance, I would guess around 18-20/hour. If it's something that requires more skill, like a welder or machinist, that might be around 25/hour. Production assembly no more than 15-16/hr to start out with, and even that's optimistic.

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From what my old co-workers told me, the discounts vary based on your position. Someone that works in assembly and it towards the bottom of the pay grade might get about $1000 off a ZX6R or ZX10R. A mid-level manager or senior engineer would get about what you described, around 25-30% off for sure. But who knows, that might've changed. Last I talked to someone about that was around 2015ish.



Well which job? That's the important part lol You're certainly not getting that for any production job. One of my friends who was a manufacturing engineer there was getting $49k a year with some years of experience, and his yearly raises were pretty terrible too. About 4-5 years ago supposedly they re-evaluated everything because people kept leaving and found that they were quite a bit under the average for Lincoln so they raised salaries. If you apply for some random tech job or maintenance, I would guess around 18-20/hour. If it's something that requires more skill, like a welder or machinist, that might be around 25/hour. Production assembly no more than 15-16/hr to start out with, and even that's optimistic.
Guess I'll cancel plans on relocating to Nebraska then. Wages really are not keeping up with inflation.


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Guess I'll cancel plans on relocating to Nebraska then. Wages really are not keeping up with inflation.
Yup! Funny I had a conversation about some of this stuff with a German co-worker who's here on a sort of exchange program for 12 months. He is adamant that things in general are as cheap as they've ever been now. I was like "What??" Besides cost of electronics, such as TVs, stereos, computers, etc. I can't think of anything else that's cheaper now. Food, housing, cars, fuel, electricity, water, gas...you know, the things that matter, have all gone up in the past decades. I was so confused by that, I didn't even know how to debate that lol
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Yup! Funny I had a conversation about some of this stuff with a German co-worker who's here on a sort of exchange program for 12 months. He is adamant that things in general are as cheap as they've ever been now. I was like "What??" Besides cost of electronics, such as TVs, stereos, computers, etc. I can't think of anything else that's cheaper now. Food, housing, cars, fuel, electricity, water, gas...you know, the things that matter, have all gone up in the past decades. I was so confused by that, I didn't even know how to debate that lol
Some people have no clue. For far too many the "things that matter" are throw away big TV's and electronic junk.

I remember in high school in the 90's seeing want ads for certified welders (non-union) at the big manufacturers around here starting in the low $20/hour range, that was 4+ times the minimum wage. Even if you didn't have a squeaky clean criminal record if you were certified you could still make ~$15/hour at a seedy machine shop or fabrication joint.

The fact that the wages are essentially the same almost 25 years later is depressing.
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I actually paid my workers over $20/hr in the 80's (a couple of them got closer to $30, but the least anyone got was $23 or $24 and that was the front store person who basically answered phones and rang the cash register)

The most recent part time helper of 24-26 hrs a week for just 12 weeks (summer break from school) was also paid $20/hr -really slightly more but.... we don't talk about that

And locally almost every dealer and independent paid their techs on a percentage of labor billed (so most made $25- $30/hr for a 40 hr work week) myself included used that pay schedule for several years , now you go to any of the dealerships and very few techs even make $20/hr in the service department and plenty of them make $15ish
I know for certain the top paid tech at two of the local places........ one of them makes $26 and the other $27.50 but the co-workers are all $18-$20 and not much for benefits and half the service staff gets a month or more mandatory "vacation" every winter...... ( I mean 52k-55K isn't terrible pay by any means, but it is also not much for what you invest compared to the nobrains with zero investment and zero skills....... I think MN median household income is 70K? so I guess the spouse better be making atleast 18k to be "average"

The industry just hasn't kept up, if anything it has actually been paying less than what it once did

back in the 80's 2 year motorcycle mechanic schooling was sub 10k, now it is what, 28k for the same education ( I think that is the $ an applicant told me his parents paid for him to go to MMI in AZ a couple years ago) - and you get paid less......... and they wonder why people are not jumping to turn wrenches or the ones that are aren't trained well and didn't go to a real school and come in with real skills, or they don't care

But as to your question as to what I apply for........ I can weld, I can fabricate, I can do whatever anyone there could do. I am quite sure I could do any job they had and do it well..
We all know I would be awesome in customer service......... I have that special way of talking to people, many of them I can get to walk right off the ledge they are standing on, it takes so little effort too (because they are mentally unstable whiny bitches who thinks everyone needs to sugarcoat it and protect their pussyass feelings and award them a trophy for thier ignorance)- thus why I am so good at it, no sugarcoating- no cares at all about their "feelings", just here it is in your face truth............
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