CONTECH
2.5 of 5 19 reviews
www.contech-cpi.com West Chester, OH 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Feb 14, 2014

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Ron Keating

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31% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Same old song and dance....

Regional Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsGreat people with the company's interests at heart.

ConsThe "ELC" has run the company into the ground.They reorganize, learn nothing, reorganize again...each time laying off "A" quality people. The CEO is a leader with a mission - make himself richer at the expense of the people who are keeping the company running. For example, what kind of "leader" sends a company wide email telling employees that times are tough and that we all need to find ways to tighten our belts while at the same time employing a full-time executive pilot to fly his corporate private jet? Or how does this same "leader" justify throwing a private invitation only Christmas Party at Reds Stadium while telling the regions to cut costs by not giving gifts or having parties? This culture has led to mistrust internally and a focus on process and procedures instead of on the customer - resulting in many dissatisfied customers who are finding other alternative products.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeave - immediately - and go ruin some other company.

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

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Run, don't walk away

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

ProsGreat employees (if there are any left)

ConsYet another round of job cuts last month, how many more times will senior management do this before they realize they have decimated what once was a great company? Morale is awful, everyone is looking over their shoulders wondering what will happen next and nobody has trust in the executive team.

Advice to Senior ManagementPut your egos aside and leave so that some real leaders can come in and salvage what is left of this company. Your employees are smart enough to see right through what you are doing, stop spending money frivolously when you haven't made any contribution to the company.

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

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Long for the good ol days...yet another major reduction in work force

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at CONTECH full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat Product Line
Excellent Technical Support Staff
Solid people on the fron line

ConsToo many layoffs over past 5 years
Go on furlough, get an email....is that wrong or what?
Big Brother...everything is salespeople's fault
Incompetent middle managers including some Director positions

Advice to Senior ManagementYou don't win a war by depleting sales staff, i.e. those in battle on the front line taking the bullets. This company is WAY TOO Fat in the middle and continues to bulge at the seam. The overhead keeps pricing levels at uncompetitive levels. Signature PVC product is too high to sell, company insists on 15% profit margins in an economy that doesn't allow it but due to being fat in the middle it's 15% or nothing. As former Sales Engineer, it's been nothing for way too long. Too many managers sitting at their desk dictating selling strategies in territories they aren't familiar with (because they spend their day behind a desk) to contractors they never met (because they spend their day behind a desk) thus negating the human element which is so vital in relationship building as a sales organization

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

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Titanic of a company - Another round of lay-offs - find a life boat!

Product Design Engineer (Former Employee)
West Chester, OH

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

ProsGood co-workers, good product line.

ConsIneffective mid-level management combined with terrible senior management that lacks integrity. No upward mobility, chronyism, dishonest "bonus" as a part of salary, offshoring of engineering services, decliining customer base to more efficient and better run competitors. Product line has few unique attributes that can't be better produced by other companies.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet a real management team take over the company before it sinks.

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

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Not the same company I joined many years ago.

Sales Engineer (Former Employee)
West Chester, OH

I worked at CONTECH

ProsGreat co-workers and good front line managers. Flexibility, good products.

ConsNo leadership from the top, executive team has deteriorated the company. All knowledge and culture has been eroded from the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease leave and allow a new management team to save the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sinking Ship

Sales Engineer (Current Employee)
Atlanta, GA

I have been working at CONTECH

ProsThere was a time when contech was a great place to work. It had a great reputation and many loyal customers. There are a few customers out there that view contech's products to be of higher quality and therefore are willing to pay a higher price. Contech is a national company so there are groups set up such as a marketing group, human resources, engineering, etc. that are very helpful at times. Contech tends to give young professionals the opportunity to break into the sales side of the civil engineering industry. Contech has a great core group of sales engineers that have been loyal for a long time.

ConsUnfortunately, times have changed and contech has not prepared for the changes. Contech insists that the Sales Engineers quote projects above market price in attempt to encourage our competitors to raise their prices which will supposedly lead to more money for all in the end. The problem is that our main competitor sits back and laughs at us and keeps their prices low and takes a higher market share. When management asks why bookings are low, we tell them that our prices are too high and then it's up to us to provide evidence in the form of a quote from our customers which isn't easy to get. The company has recently decided to not match 401k contributions unless we meet our fiscal year target set for the entire company. In other words, if I make my target yet no one else does, I still don't get my match. Management has changed recently for the worse. Pay is significantly lower for some than others. Management does not trust the sales force. The sales force gets blamed for the low bookings when the horrible state of the housing market is truly to blame.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to be encouraging instead of distrustful. The blame rolls downhill in this company and stops at the sales engineer's level. It's not our fault contech enjoyed the residential boom and didn't prepare for the future by investing in RCP. The layoffs were unfairly directed at lower level employees when all along, the executive level grew fatter and fatter. How many VP's does one company need?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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