Hear What our Employees Have to Say...

John Spelman

Position: Architectural Sales Rep

Tenure: 6.5 years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

As an employee I feel a great deal of trust and respect.  I'm allowed the opportunity to succeed (or fail) while trying new strategies.  That level of respect extends to our customers and YKK AP is also very active in our communities.  This is known internally as "The Cycle of Goodness" and it's about providing value and being fair.  Representing a company that cares about these things makes my job much more positive and pleasant. 

What does a typical day look like for you?

Some days I'll meet with architects and designers to review glazing on new projects.  Some days I'll meet with glazing contractors to educate them on our products or processes.  Some days I'll visit job sites to review installation of our product.  And some days might include all of the above. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Being able to show my children a finished project that I was involved with from the schematic stage all the way through construction. 

Tewei Kung

Position: Associate Product Development Engineer

Tenure: 4 years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

YKK AP employees are proud to be a part of YKK AP and people respect each other no matter where you are from and what you do. Management listens to not only good ideas, but also employee’s needs. YKK AP really ties the relationship between employees.

What does a typical day look like for you?

I am a support role for many different areas, I help the process with custom jobs and engineering changes. I manage our product guide and Y-View, our electronic part catalog. I also run other projects. I never have a typical day. My day depends on what requests come in and it never gets boring.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I don’t directly deal with external customers, but when I develop something or and idea and other employees say, “This is exactly what I need!” or “Why did we not have this before?” I feel like I am part of the success of where we are today and I also gain the desire to keep seeking for improvement.

Charlyne Teemer

Position: Fleet, Travel & Expense Administrator

Tenure: 5 years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

YKK AP culture is like no other that I’ve worked in – though it has been challenging in some ways, I have been entrusted to grow my roles and make them my own. As expected, there are obstacles, but with the support of your team, you learn how to tackle them head on.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My role is overseeing our YKK AP Fleet, Travel & Expenses program. A typical day varies, I can be busy answering calls assisting people with questions regarding fleet or expenses, attending virtual meetings, designing, updating, and implementing policies and procedures. I don’t have a lot of face-to-face interaction with my clients, mostly via e-mail, virtual meeting & phone conversation is where I develop my relationships.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

Assisting my colleagues with any arising issue/concerns – learning how to manage the challenges of this newly created role within our organization. Being able to be open minded in learning new tasks.

Nancy Martinez

Position: Project Estimator

Tenure: 2 Years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

I embrace the collaboration and transparency in the workplace at YKK AP. In my opinion, YKK AP company culture mirrors my personal values and principles. I have incorporated the 25 Fundamental Behaviors into my personal and professional life.

What does a typical day look like for you?

A typical day for me as an estimator would be to determine current project scope of work by thoroughly analyzing blueprints and specifications provided by our customers. After identifying and confirming scope of work with customer, I then move on to pricing material/preparing official scope proposal for customer.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

To name a few, the most rewarding part of my job is that it educates me, challenges me, engages me, nurtures me, inspires me, and empowers me on daily basis. I am proud and beyond blessed to be part of this YKK AP family.

Hiroshi Sano

Position: Plant Manager 

Tenure: 33 Years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

YKK was founded in Japan in 1934, and "YKK AP America Inc." was born in 1991. Currently, the YKK Group operates in 72 countries around the world based on the corporate philosophy of the "Cycle of Goodness". In other words, it is a wonderful idea that there is no reflection of oneself without trying to benefit others.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Currently, my job has changed to manager, monitoring the daily situation of the factory and thinking about the future of the factory. I used to be an engineer. Ever since I was a kid, I longed to be an engineer and my dream came true.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

As a manager, I have to take responsibility whether the result is good or bad. I always hope for good results if possible, but not always. I am very happy when all the staff comes together to overcome the difficult situation.

Brian Goss

Position: Material Handler

Tenure: 5 Years

How would you describe the culture at YKK AP?

Culture is directly related to people’s values, beliefs, and personal interests. I have found that at other companies there were not a lot of opportunities that allowed us to interact with each other and allow us to build on a culture that is inclusive. YKK AP lets you explore that cultural identity.

What does a typical day look like for you?

My typical day is determined by the days’ work blueprint. For example, it could be a day for cycle counting, unloading a vendor’s truck, issuing to and/or releasing inventory, in addition to ad hoc occurrences associated with satisfying both internal and external customer requests.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

The most rewarding part of my job is to know that I have given 100% in response to my internal and external customers’ needs.