Armstrong World Industries

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Armstrong World Industries Reviews

Updated May 27, 2014
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3.1 48 reviews

57% Approve of the CEO

Armstrong World Industries President, CEO, and Director Matthew J. (Matt) Espe

Matthew J. (Matt) Espe

(14 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Poor Management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsArmstrong has a very nice, securely gated campus. The benefits are good, and the pay is descent.

    ConsArmstrong has poor management, who hire poor managers who cannot lead or mentor people. Morale is very low. There is very little appreciation for a job well done. There is no job progression, and job description are inaccurate, if they even exist at all. There are a lot of unwanted office politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers should have to go through appropriate training to be hired as a manager. Consider bringing back the mentor program. Consider hiring people who can lead and mentor people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Burn out.

    Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsAbility to put Fortune 500 Company on resume.

    ConsUpper management is in glass bubble....

    Advice to Senior ManagementVisit customers.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor leadership with significant turnover in mid-level management

    Senior Research Scientist (Current Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsNice campus with well thought out design center/showcase called the "Avenue". The working class had gone through a purge or "right sizing" several years ago, so the only people left are highly skilled and great to work with.

    ConsSenior management has no idea what business they are in. They say things in trade magazine interviews that prove they have no idea what they are talking about and they embarrass themselves without knowing it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf quality is number one, why is it not part of the LEAN transformation?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to begin a career, but don't expect to stay long

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsA good place to cut your teeth on the fundamentals of manufacturing. They've been around for a long time and know their market, their customers and their business. Good opportunity for hands-on engineering.

    ConsVery high turnover rate among engineers. The pay isn't great and there is very little (if any) recognition for a job well done. Expectations are high but available resources low. It's very old tech, so don't expect to deal with any new or cutting edge technologies, equipment or processes. Politics play a major role and managers often put personal feelings about an employee ahead of objective job performance. Senior management/leadership is very old-school and set in their ways. New ideas are not welcome. Challenging their norms or asumptions will get you in hot water fast. Tow their line or get booted out quick.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop hiring internally for senior management and leadership. Look outside; look further and higher. Be open to new ideas and new paths. Don't rely on the 'Old Boys Club' mentality.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Stressful work environment. Lots of lay offs

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood salaries, decent benefits. nice employees. decent offices.

    Conspurchased by a private equity firm that is very hands on. Long hours. Lots of reorganization. Lots of people let go. Managers too busy to lead. maybe things will settle down after they rebrand.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't brag about being a manager for over 20 years. Be a leader, not a manager and a bwor beater.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No longer what it was. Is very political, weak leadership, and outdated thinking.

    IT Architect (Current Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsPretty campus, although outdated buildings and infrastructure. Pays very well as long as you don't question management's odd decisions.

    ConsOutdated thinking by managers that have limited experience outside of Armstrong. Is very difficult for new people to make a difference. New people introducing modern ideas are not made welcome. IT is mostly outsourced to India and horrible service.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new executive level leadership in IT to more quickly modernize management's approach. Would save money faster and would be kinder to the few remaining IT employees so we don't have watch managers learning on the fly current IT practices.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Once great, really lost their way

    Liaison Building Products (Former Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsIf you find the right coworkers it can be a great work environment. The recent purchase of the company by TPG has made it even more political than it is so be very selective who you talk to. People see the jobs being scaled back and will use any info to get ahead and put a knife in your back.

    ConsManagement has a lot to be desired. A lot of the good managers got "phased out" during the buyout. Sales force was "restructured" and it was ugly. They look at you as a commodity not as an employee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople see what's going on. Don't tell them things are being scaled back to "save money" while giving huge bonuses to top executives. Many recent decisions have destroyed moral.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Compliance by small town people but no real opportunity

    Sales Research (Former Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsVery little commute traffic. Very low expectations on education and intelligence for management. You can basically go to a crappy school and make decent money here. Only in Lancaster would this happen.

    ConsThe company is headquartered in Lancaster, PA and most people have the small town mentality which has become part of the culture here . Gossip mill where everyone is concerned about each other's personal lives.

    Employees here are happy making $40-50k a year and think they are "lucky" to have that salary. Once I got out of Circle A and moved to a major city to work for a Fortune 500, I saw that a business minded corporation operates. There is no drive for success here.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Downhill Spiral

    Management (Former Employee) Lancaster, PA

    ProsGreat people, smart people at project team and plant floor level

    ConsManagement can't seem to do what they are highly paid to do - get it together and make things happen . . . even in a down economy!

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen your eyes. You are loosing market share to third tier players in the market. Stop being so arrogant and listen to the "valued" employees you still have . . . but are loosing fast.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people at the operations level

    Division Controller (Former Employee) Oneida, TN

    ProsPay was better than average

    ConsBeat you up for no reason

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten and respect the people on the front line of mfg

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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