Sauer-Danfoss

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Sauer-Danfoss Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
32 Reviews
3.8
32 Reviews
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Sauer-Danfoss President, CEO, and Director Sven Ruder
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  1.  

    Too internally focused

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, nice people. Most are trying hard. Compensations and benefits seem to be in-line with industry standards. Good internal training programs. Some departments can be great learning platforms for young professionals.

    Cons

    The organization spends too much time planning for unrealistic objectives. Since they never reach those, leaders have to create new, more aggressive, objectives and reorganizations. Leaders are rewarded for trying hard instead of delivering the results. This favors spending hours making powerpoints that looks great instead of satisfying customers.
    Probably due to the internal focus, Sauer-Danfoss products and services are not keeping up with competition and they lose market share. As volumes decrease, profits decline and the sales force has to go out for price increases which keep alienating customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Steady that ship. Stop reorganizing the departments every six months. A lot of us can help this company but keep being interrupted because a new reorganization is suddenly decided.
    2) Create a culture of accountability. Most leaders spend their time creating unrealistic objectives because they are asked to do so and they are not punished when they don't reach them (because everybody knew they were unrealistic in the first place).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Dysfunctional Foreigners

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is 20% over the market.

    Cons

    They employ Americans for < 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your citizenship if you want long term employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good beginnings, bad endings

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

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn and grow - Lean, Six-Sigma, ...
    Travel to other countries
    Leadership roles and interface with Sr. Management
    Direct contact with customers

    Cons

    Salaried employees expected to work a lot of hours overtime with little to no compensation.
    Not a good a family oriented mindset (company comes first).
    The Sauer-Danfoss way or the highway. The company is more is important than the person.
    Not transparent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are the most important asset of a company.

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

    Enjoyed the people but not so much upper level management

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Produciton in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Produciton in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Sauer-Danfoss

    Pros

    People are great to be around

    Cons

    Management doesn't act quickly when an issue comes up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with floor better.

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

    good company with great potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss

    Pros

    1. very dedicated people on production floor
    2. capable engineering team
    3. the company finally solved Germany-Denmark share owner problem

    Cons

    1. the company says a lot of "right" things, but doesn't always walk the talk
    2. some managers have no trust in other people
    3. too international for its own good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking BS since nobody is a fool. Focus on the good product in the right market, which is the only thing to guarantee jobs. Don't waste time and money just to look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Reasonable Place and People

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Info Tech Administrative
    Current Employee - Info Tech Administrative

    I have been working at Sauer-Danfoss

    Pros

    Mature workforce
    Generally helpful and friendly colleagues; experienced little backstabbing
    Opportunity to work internationally
    Training opportunities and tuition reimbursement if so interested

    Cons

    Somewhat political depending upon your area and department
    Limited upward mobility to higher levels of management
    Average compensation and benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    it's just OK

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

    I have been working at Sauer-Danfoss

    Pros

    the opportunity to work with great people
    have a flexible schedule
    opportunities to work in many parts of the business

    Cons

    peter principle in full effect
    not all managers good leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take a hard look at who your leaders are

    No opinion of CEO

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