Actuant Reviews

Updated June 29, 2014
Updated June 29, 2014
27 Reviews

2.7
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Actuant Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Arzbaecher
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  1.  

    Financially driven, people are expendable, politics a must

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    A lot of off-site training. Intern program is great, move between business units and learn a great deal about the inner workings of each as well as Actuant.

    Cons

    While continuous improvement is a constant profits are the reason. This is at the expense of the employees who end up becoming workaholics to maintain their jobs. They are quick to decide that people must be let go especially right before quarterly reporting to the Board. The higher paid pre-Actuant employees are let go for companies purchased. I don't mean management alone, the mid-management and long time workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are not open to advice unless you can show at least a 50k gain in profits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Corporate thinking at its worst

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Napa, CA

    I worked at Actuant full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, reasonable bonus program, and good benefits

    Cons

    Very narrow scope thinking - everything was focused on cost reduction and not quality or customer service. Also, the over-riding sense was that even though they had bought a very successful company, everything that had been done in the past was wrong - the corporate entity was all-knowing and their way was the only way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you buy a successful company, spend just as much time studying what made them successful as you do telling them how everything should be done. And also, become aware of the fact that low-cost country sourcing is not always the best answer to every question.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    They don't care about there employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Actuant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Areas of growth within the company
    Bonus Program
    Continous Improvement

    Cons

    Work hard and not compenstated enough
    Dishonesty in upper managment
    Could care less about there employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I worked at Actuant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are still some talented employees.

    Cons

    Long meetings and rewards for "face time."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better or you will not be able to find quality employees when the labor market improves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I ever worked!!!

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    Current Employee - QMI Engineer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - QMI Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Actuant full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Worked with some great peers. Did some great lean manufacturing projects.

    Good fitness center, even though they charged a fee for it.

    Free coffee.

    Good bonus program for salary.

    Cons

    Terrible annual review system. Every engineer was ranked in the last 3 of 9 categories, even though we all earned over 200% of our bonus potential. This made for TERRIBLE moral. Over half the engineers eventually ended up working for Harley-Davidson and are still there.

    ALL product drawings were way out of date and no resources were provided to update the drawings unless it was a new product.

    All engineers for several business units were told by CEO at corporate wide meeting , "That I can get a engineer in India to design a product for $8000 per year and still build it in the US."

    Company had constant layoffs and has now closed US manufacturing operations that I was involved in.

    CEO showed off his car and travel trailer and horses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is not just about the stock price and how much $$ the top 4 or 5 guys can make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Same people on all the teams all the time.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    Benefits are good
    On site work out facility (with trainer) open 24 hours minimal cost
    Location right off the freeway

    Cons

    It is always the same people on the lead teams and these same people are the ones who always get the recognition and the promotions. Often make changes without getting feedback from everyone the change will affect and then instead of doing it right they just apply a bandaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of talent within the company. Take a look at the people other than the same old players they have a lot to offer if you would just give them the chance

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting

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    Current Employee - Production Manager  in  Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Binghamton, NY

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    Professional Growth, cross training, internal training. There are a lot of internal training programs that are very insightful and well contsructed.

    Cons

    Strategic Leadership. There seems to be a misalignment between the company mission and personal goals of both management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategic Alignment and long term planning. There is a strategy for the company but how to obtain that goal is up for debate. Long term planning must be compeleted in order to reach your goals.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very frustrating and unrewarding.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Broadview, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Broadview, IL

    I worked at Actuant

    Pros

    Actuant offers good benefits, coworkers are very supportive and the products produced are good quality and have a high level of brand recognition in the industrial marketplace.

    Cons

    The senior management is so focused on the the bottom line that they forget about the people that are working to make things happen. Very little effort is put into training and promoting people. They are very quick to buy companies absorb and close down businesses and move them offshore. If you are a company that is purchased by Actuant watch out! Start looking for another job as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should take more notice of the people and the effort that is given to bring profit to the company. They need to take better care of their employees that have shown dedication and commitment to their jobs especially within companies that are small acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mid-Senior Management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    good pay, good benefits... good people at the working level

    Cons

    corporate politics have created a culture of mistrust and paranoia.
    Too many rumors about closing plant and moving to China or Mexico.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support employees to focus on their work, instead of worrying about what the score is.
    A lot of inefficiencies are caused by people feeling aprehensive to stick their neck out on an issue, especially if it will cost $$$... regardless if it is needed or not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good comp, lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuant

    Pros

    Good comp package, although bennies aren't that good. Uses good problem solving processes, but struggles with implementation. Good use of LEAN/SIx SIgma

    Cons

    Hard to make necessary changes, too much management baggage

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to break down silos and barriers. Need better coordination between facilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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