Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Reviews

Updated December 19, 2014
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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
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  1. 2 people found this helpful

    Just "Eh"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) (more than a year)

    Pros

    Corporate office was a friendly and relatively relaxed work environment. Associates were generally open and approachable. Great location close to downtown Cleveland. Decent opportunities and flexibility if you are looking to build a career in sales. Not a bad place to be if you are just starting out.

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism! A large portion of managers are both unqualified and unable to lead the departments/projects they are responsible for because they were promoted by "friends". This leads to a really uncomfortable and often frustrating work environment. Associates are the type to complain but never actually raise concerns or issues to the people in charge - most departments are full of "yes" men who then rant about how difficult everything is during happy hours or lunches.

    Nearly impossible to get new ideas/projects off the ground. There seems to be an unspoken understanding that most associates just come to work to collect a paycheck, so if you are an energetic person with ideas and drive you will run into roadblocks...constantly.

    Very "old-school" in the way the operate. Benefits and salaries are not at all competitive with other companies in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within is a great thing as long as the employees are qualified or at least properly trained to take on their new roles. Lackeys will only get you so far.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. OK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Programmer in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    very good manager. made a lot of close friends at work. could work a pretty traditional 7am - 4pm day with very little overtime.

    Cons

    I had a very good manager, but many of the other high level folks in IT were very average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they placed very little value on employees trying to better themselves (Graduate school, for example). In fact, one former CIO once said in a mtg...and I am paraphrasing here....'Tell all your employees that just because they get an MBA, does not mean they get a raise'. he was missing the point entirely. those individuals that get those advanced degrees are exactly the people you want to keep. many of them (although, not all) are the leaders of the future. I have seen so many companies take talented people for granted. In fact, when I left Applied Industrial, I got a raise of more than 20%. This was not an anomaly. Many other folks that I know, who also moved on from AIT, had the same experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. A job, not a career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilitator
    Current Employee - Facilitator

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Steady work with solid company. I am allowed to take care of personal issues when needed.

    Cons

    I have virtually no chance of advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be more training and value placed on what lower level employees have to say.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Typical Warehouse Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipper in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Shipper in Florence, KY

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers with solid camaraderie as well as a good work-life balance. The work is not difficult and after some experience you can count on being cross-trained to other jobs within the DC.

    Cons

    No room for advancement within distribution center and not much encouragement from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share opportunities for advancement with employees. Reevaluate position requirements to assure that the current holders can still cut it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Good company being damaged by new management style.

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    Current Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - General Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great knowledge base in the experienced personnel. Personnel are very professional and always willing to help others and always do their best for the customers.

    Cons

    Losing good people at an astonishing pace. Hourly personnel struggle to complete their tasks in the 8 hour day. Salaried people are expected to complete all non selling activities on their own time including SAP training. Vendor training is now expected to be completed after 5PM. The Home/Work balance is no more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to your Sellers, Inside and Outside. Customers are not happy with the diminishing resources in the branches.

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

    Good for building experience and knowledge base, but not for advancing in career.

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    Former Employee - CSSR
    Former Employee - CSSR

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learning new products, good relationship with coworkers and customers. Many opportunities for training.

    Cons

    Initiative and knowledge is not valued. People are protected simply becuase fo seniority. I knew more about the products in 5 years than a 20 year veteran (and there were and still are constant complaints about him) but when times got tough they reduced my hours and kept him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep good employees and quit showing loyalties to those who are detrimental to your business! General managers and SCM's need to have ability to choose who they can keep when the economy dictates that they must lay someone off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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