Panduit Reviews

Updated August 1, 2015
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Pros
  • Flex time before it was so severely restricted and regulated (in 18 reviews)

  • Great family environment and good people all around (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management is very cautious due to lack of strategy (doing what we have always done will keep the profits the same) (in 23 reviews)

  • Finally, I asked myself why I would even want to continue with a company with senior management like this (in 9 reviews)

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  1. High ethics and potential but need to update culture to attract talent

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tinley Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tinley Park, IL

    I worked at Panduit full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture has strong ethics & values. Most employees are 'lifers' and really care about the company. Beautiful headquarters with a nice cafeteria. Panduit has a great deal of potential for growth & cash flow for the right acquisitions.

    Cons

    A billion dollar company with a culture still reflects the 'mom & pop' mentality. Company is very conservative and lacks flexibility toward, work from home, telecommuting type approach, which makes it difficult for anyone outiside Southwest suburbs.

    Advice to Management

    Need research what a culture should look like to attract new talent with new ideas, as well as millennials that will carry on future of the company


  2. Helpful (4)

    Does Not Care

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

    I worked at Panduit

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

    Pros

    Non-Union. Great benefits. 40 hr work weeks.

    Cons

    Production employees, while given great benefits, were not treated well. Only the folks that work at HQ get catered lunches, opportunities to join in on fun company activities, and a say in anything. Former production employees were forced to train new employees from Costa Rica before the plants shut down and moved to Costa Rica.

    Advice to Management

    Production employees are your bread and butter. Treat them with a little more respect.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Not the same company it used to be.

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

    I worked at Panduit

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

    Pros

    The coworkers, benefits are good, good work environment, good insurance plans, company is spending money to update some areas.

    Cons

    Management, the good ole boys club, if you not a member the going to be no opportunity to move up.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Not great on Diversity...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Company's done a great job of developing cutting edge products

    Cons

    Very Old School, "work like you're an owner (but you're not & you never will be)" mentality..


  6. Helpful (8)

    Secretive Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tinley Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tinley Park, IL

    I have been working at Panduit full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    US Company with Mediocre benefits

    Cons

    Managements is very secretive and seems to have a knee jerk reaction to negative stimulus. Nepotism allowed within the management

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course more than just a year or two. It takes time to develop new markets and changing market approach can have detrimental effects.


  7. Helpful (7)

    Jilted (so for what its worth) but please do your homework before accepting a role

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

    I worked at Panduit

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

    Pros

    Solid and respected product line. Comprehensive end to end offering. Good messaging in targeted markets. Strong alliance relationships (though weaker further you get from HQ-HQ) Solid benefits and salary packages. Great base. Sales plan Incentives see cons

    Cons

    Direction all over the place. Lots of "initiatives" and resource alignment with no real commitment behind it. Low moral in the field Limited opportunity for career growth outside of HQ based positions. High turn over. Voluntarily and Involuntarily Incentives yearly based and can be cause for heartburn as internal systems are at times horrible for getting accurate reporting. Reputation for numbers "adjusting" Sales plan often not released until deep in to current year (April - May to have a target number is not unheard of)

    Advice to Management

    Understand the value of human capital. (I am a jilted former employee for full disclosure) You have turned over some really talented people. Some lost in positions or poorly managed. Others frustrated that good recommendations fall on deaf ears. Invest in the talent that invested in you. So much good intellectual capital has moved on in recent years. Executive Management needs to get out in to field and really listen to what employee's, partners, rep firms and customer alike are saying. Doing it once every 3+ years for a week or less is not going to give you the real world data. Take a lesson from Franklin Covey training as well. Listen to the customer, not come with a pre-planned agenda that can't be strayed from regardless.


  8. Helpful (9)

    Great company (from a business perspective), horrible culture (from an employee perspective)

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Training in Tinley Park, IL
    Former Employee - Training in Tinley Park, IL

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

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

    Pros

    If you live in Southern Chicago Suburbs and want a Global Corporate job that doesn't require trips into downtown, this is the company for you.

    Cons

    If you want a place that values diversity in it's employees, fosters a trusting team environment, and values the opinions of all employees regardless of their position, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Actually seek out and then value the diverse experiences and ideas that a diverse workforce brings to the table. I know the company is private, but please stop imparting the personal interest of the owners (politically, socially, and religiously-speaking) to the employee population.


  9. Helpful (9)

    Kicked to the Curb

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Tinley Park, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Tinley Park, IL

    I worked at Panduit full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    As a large company that is located in the south Chicago suburbs, makes for a great commute. Flextime allows for flexibility in scheduling personal time with family and life events. For the most part, the people employed by Panduit are wonderful, creating a close-knit team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Leadership and strong upper management are lacking. For the past 5 years, leadership has changed key player roles and business plans, creating a constant chaos work atmosphere. Additionally, the respect and loyalty for 'legacy' employees has diminished, severing the foundational roots that established and grew the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. This company has so much potential that is currently being wasted.


  10. Helpful (15)

    "We have a strategy, we just don't know what it is yet"

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

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours Good benefits Easy commute (near large highways) Knowledgable peers Newer, clean facilities Excellent machine shop with streamlined processing 40 hr work week, not expected to work more

    Cons

    Lack of vision (we have no idea what we want to be beside what we already are) Lack of strategy to execute vision (we have no idea how to do anything different) Upper Management is very cautious due to lack of strategy (doing what we have always done will keep the profits the same) Cautiousness kills innovation (very skeptical of anything different than the status quo) Cautiousness also results in shortsighted decisions These poor decisions include: Laying off the wrong people (simply based on salary) Promoting the wrong people (based on favoritism) Killing the wrong projects (for lack of vision) Promoting the wrong projects (because they're the most comfortable) The result of this are employees are afraid Employees are afraid to speak up Employees don't think their work is worthwhile This is why so many people are dissatisfied This is why young people are leaving in droves

    Advice to Management

    Divest the company from the crippling grasp of the Caveney family. This is no longer Jack's company. Just let them cash out and let someone else run the show. Bring in a new CEO from outside the company. Figure out what you want Panduit to be and develop a strategy for how to make that happen. Communicate that strategy clearly to every employee. Growing profits cannot be the only goal. People need a mission. Make it so everyone can relate their job to that mission. If current managers cannot make progress towards the goals set out for them, consider bringing in new managers. Too many managers are in their positions simply because of seniority rather than their level of performance. The same goes for everyone else. And if you're going to let people go, at least have the courtesy of telling them why you're letting them go.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Can't get out of their own way....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Panduit full-time

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

    Pros

    Good products. Pockets of good management with a vision to move forward. Benefits are above average. Teamwork does exhist outside of the corporate location.

    Cons

    Good old boy network. All they do is shuffle the deck with the same leadership. Fundamental reason why they can't move into new directions and expand capabilities. Tremendous amount of back door politics that is sufficating growth potential.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in new talent at the high levels...and listen to them



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