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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
Neil A. Schrimsher
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    Fluid Power Specialist

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    Former Employee - Fluid Power Specialist
    Former Employee - Fluid Power Specialist

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time

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    Solid Company with reasonable employee benefits. Product specific training is available.
    Company car is provided, with a personal use deduction. Cell phone use is reimbursed and a company laptop provided.


    There is a trend that is spreading among corporations to keep vital information from their own sales staff.
    In my opinion AIT appears to be implementing this strategy with the goal of preventing information leakage.

    During my tenure, Upper Management was laying the blame on the change over to SAP as their information management system globally for the reason that sales reports gave no product detail, only sales dollars by branches or by product group. No itemized product sales by account was available.

    When you're tasked with keeping and growing sales for a company you need accurate sales reports, they are your compass and sometimes the only real eyes you have on your customer.
    You need to see not only current trends, but past history as well.

    If you're calling on a customer for the first time and your sales report shows that their purchase of pumps has dropped from buying twenty a month to only 1 every four months, you'd want to know why.

    Are they experiencing a slow down?
    Did you lose sales to a competitor?
    Did you lose out on a new design and are only providing replacement parts sales business.
    (This last one is really bad, but It can happen)

    The scenario above pertains more to what you'd experience as a recent hire; which I was, but even senior employees with solid customer relationships are going to start dropping the ball at some point without detailed sales information.

    From recent interviews with current AIT Fluid Power Specialists sales reports still provide little detail to the Fluid Power Specialists.

    Advice to Management

    You can't grow by keeping people in the Dark.

Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Interviews

Updated Dec 19, 2014

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    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland).


    I was first contacted by an HR Rep from HQ in Cleveland. The position itself was located in Indianapolis. The interviewer came off very rude and curt about my previous experience. He snickered when he asked about a recent layoff and asked me what happened there. I've been through many interviews and was left with a negative impression.

    I was asked for an onsite interview and despite our difficult schedules, we were able to have one. The interview was basic previous experience questions until the second interviewer joined. During this portion he asked me several unprofessional questions including asking me if I was married (I am a young female) which made me very uncomfortable. Not only does that open them to potential lawsuits its just not necessary to ask a female applicant if she is married. He then asked me if I "moved up here all by myself" which I found condescending and odd. I don't know if this was their way of trying to see if I was a single mom with children or what exactly the end game was. Through out the line of questioning I was basically forced to divulge a lot more information about my private life than I feel an interviewer should know. If an offer was made to me, I would decline.

    Bottom line, if any of your employees are interviewing potential applicants I STRONGLY suggest giving them additional HR training or having a rep present.

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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
Northeast Ohio's Best Places to Work, North Coast 99, 2008

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Headquarters Cleveland, OH
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1923
Type Company - Public (AIT)
Industry Business Services
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Just imagine getting lost in that warehouse. Applied Industrial Technologies distributes millions of industrial parts made by thousands of manufacturers. The short list includes bearings, power transmission components, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial rubber products, and linear motion components. It operates through some 470 facilities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Customers are concentrated in maintenance repair operations (MRO) and OEM markets. Applied also manages regional mechanical, rubber, and fluid power shops that offer a slate of services, from... More

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