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  1. Innovator in the filtration industry stymied by internal politics and poor leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Director, Embossed Technology
    Former Employee - Business Director, Embossed Technology

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong brand equity- AAF invented air filtration; Good people that are dedicated; Recent acquisition of innovative technology; Global reach; Parent company (Daiken Applied) has deep pockets.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership with limited corporate vision; Disfunction within the business model (conflict between channel partners and direct sales); Lack of R&D/ new product investment; Large Gaps in solution portfolio.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the dictatorial approach and embrace Daiken's People Centered Management philosophy. You need to trust the professionals that are driving the innovation and success. AAF also needs a stronger bond with the community- there is a limited commitment to being a "good corporate citizen".


  2. Very poor working conditions

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Its a job, if you can drive a forklift or clamp in that environment, you can drive it anywhere.

    Cons

    No bonuses, last year instead of giving employees a cost of living raise, they gave a lump sum check which was heavily taxed. Poor set up, inconsistent management. No employee recongnition.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees make good employees


  3. Lack of leadership and a total make over required

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Credit Administrative Assistant in Louisville, KY
    Former Contractor - Credit Administrative Assistant in Louisville, KY

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most co workers are very friendly and have worked for the company for over 20 years

    Cons

    Lack of real leadership and mico management at it's WORST. Has to be the quietest place ever. On a floor with over 200 people, at any given time you can hear a pin drop. All you hear is typing on the computer and seeing co workers with their headsets in listening to music or live radio. No room at all to move up. Lack of respect and could care less about raise promises made. Way over worked and totally underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Cut from the top down. Start with the most incompetent HR department I have ever worked with. Your cash & credit department are a total mess and the SAP transfer was a total 6 month nightmare. It should have been implemented in other countries where the branches are before we trusted all our cash info to be screwed up during the SAP going "live" what a joke


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  5. A company caught unwilling to move out of the "90". HR runs the show don't forget that.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at AAF-McQUAY

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. Although the majority have been there for 20+ years, they are good people.

    Cons

    Growth is a dream. It does not happen but to a few. The companies growth plan is a dream. Many competitors will continue to take market share. Don't plan on a bonus or a decent raise.

    Advice to Management

    Takagi is the silent Japanese leader.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Excellent people, with with the exception of HR leadership and Daikin support

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President of Operations
    Former Employee - Vice President of Operations

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The day to day employees are like family. They have great value and pride. The location and office at corporate are nice.

    Cons

    Executive leadership lacks but that has recently changed. HR must go to make it a choice employer, Daikin should sell the AAF portion of the company and keep McQuay. They need to make some drastic head count adjustments again.

    Advice to Management

    They need to focus of streamlining strategy if they want to make a go for profit. Reduction in sites is a must.. Overhead rates are high. Make the cuts and quit dancing around. Start in HR top down. Don't be fooled by HRs pleasant responses.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Poor leadership and too much incompetent HR

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Mostly good people to work with. There are a lot of veterans with very good product knowledge. There is a real desire for growth.

    Cons

    HR is completely incompetent. One example is when they opened the ADC, HR was in charge of the grand opening and sent out an email a month ahead of time for employees to choose to attend the catered meal. A week before the event they announced that all employees could not park their car on the premises and had to park half of a mile to a mile away. Lets just say that the food ran out halfway through the service.

    Senior management has no clue on how to implement Daikin's growth plan. Their best marketing job is to Daikin and the new CEO, not to actual producing and promoting products in the markets necessary for growth. Daikin wants them to be a leader, but McQuay continually operates in niche markets. Part of the veteran employees is that management is also full of long term people who haven't moved on from the micromanaging of the 60's and 70's. Performance is determined by how many hours you are at your desk. Some of the poor middle managers work 12 hour days, partially because the systems are antiquated.

    Advice to Management

    Daikin wants you to be a leader in the Commercial HVAC market, not the Applied. You have to think bigger than your comfort zone currently is. Clean out the HR department (again) and fix your systems issues. It will take getting rid of some of the long term managers to move forward. You should start with the managers who over-hired. Why are they still there?



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