AAF-McQUAY Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
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  1. Loss prevention

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAF-McQUAY full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome and so is the retirement plan

    Cons

    I can't think of anything that is bad with this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Available if your willing to move

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. It's exciting to be a part of Daikin's efforts to transform McQuay into a high-tech, high-reliability HVAC manufacturer.

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    Current Employee - Market Research in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Market Research in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at AAF-McQUAY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Daikin's commitment to the overarching goal of Global #1 means emphasis on quality, kaizen and quick response to identified issues. Lots of changes for the good.
    I enjoy helping development, marketing and engineering teams work together. The new leadership in the US is motivated and experienced, ready to make Daikin McQuay a force to be reckoned with.

    Cons

    Blending of Daikin and McQuay corporate cultures is not an easy process, especially with language differences. Cross-functional communication is still difficult, with heirarchy slowing the flow of information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to leaner decision-making processes. Facilitate cooperation between locations with strong leadership at the top.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. First 70 of the 90 years is the prime time of AAF, can we come back?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Louisville, KY

    I have been working at AAF-McQUAY

    Pros

    People are very friendly to work with. There is a fair amount of veterans of the company who has been with the company for 20 to 40 years. They really knows the business. However they are all retiring soon.

    Cons

    From marketing to R&D, the company need to invest much more to compete with others. If look at the AAF history prior to 90s, you know why the company is successful then. We are the leader for innovation, massive marketing department, best industry knowledge of know how. These days, it is all eliminating products can't sale without adding new product into product line fast enough. The brand name is still strong, however we need strong leadership. Some of the senior management team is not knowledge enough to lead the company, divisions, or groups.
    HR department need to spend a little more to find the best people in the industry or train its own young team member.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more on training employee. Bring them to conference, industry association, trade show. Push harder in emerging market.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. A lot of changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY

    Pros

    Decent pay, good hours, stress level is not too high, bring most of it on yourself. Advancement frequently happens vs highering outsiders.

    Cons

    Upper management has high turnover rate. Mid level management & hourly is typically long tenure. Announced plant closing & 2 days later announced opening a new facility at new location.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. The 90's were good, should we stay there?

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN

    I have been working at AAF-McQUAY

    Pros

    The people are good to work with, and things are fairly laid back on a day to day basis. There is an overall good atmosphere to work in, with the bad things usually are nothing more than petty office politics that seldom rise above the "annoyance" level.
    Individual people really care that what they do actually helps and supports the customer.

    Cons

    McQuay has a top notch product, but there is little drive to improve the office to match what is the real world product output of the equipment. A large number of people have been there 20+ years and while the factories produce, the management seems content to coast when it comes to the support of that product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Daikin bought McQuay and they have clearly made improvements to the factories and products to among the best in the industry. However there seems to be a fear to look at the management of the headquarters. There is a real need to step up what is done to support their customers after the initial sale. This is a lost opportunity that is given away to their competitors who kept up with communications better than McQuay.
    Change the focus to what is best for the customers, not what is easy for the office. There are improvements in computers and technology that they need to learn to use in the office, not just talk about- as what McQuay has works, but it is highly fragmented.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. Lack of Leadership and Vision

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    Former Employee - Service Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Service Sales Representative

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY

    Pros

    Employees are treated fairly.Good communication from the corporate office. Bought out by Daikin, who has deeper pockets for future growth.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at the regional levels. The corporate HR manager has too much decision making power with very little knowledge of the industry. Company is too slow to acknowlege warranty problems with equipment already in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully Daikin has better leaders and vision.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. Innovator in the filtration industry stymied by internal politics and poor leadership.

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    Former Employee - Business Director, Embossed Technology
    Former Employee - Business Director, Embossed Technology

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong brand equity- AAF invented air filtration; Good people that are dedicated; Recent acquisition of innovative technology; Global reach; Parent company (Daiken Applied) has deep pockets.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership with limited corporate vision; Disfunction within the business model (conflict between channel partners and direct sales); Lack of R&D/ new product investment; Large Gaps in solution portfolio.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the dictatorial approach and embrace Daiken's People Centered Management philosophy. You need to trust the professionals that are driving the innovation and success. AAF also needs a stronger bond with the community- there is a limited commitment to being a "good corporate citizen".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Very poor working conditions

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its a job, if you can drive a forklift or clamp in that environment, you can drive it anywhere.

    Cons

    No bonuses, last year instead of giving employees a cost of living raise, they gave a lump sum check which was heavily taxed. Poor set up, inconsistent management. No employee recongnition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Happy employees make good employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Lack of leadership and a total make over required

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    Former Contractor - Credit Administrative Assistant in Louisville, KY
    Former Contractor - Credit Administrative Assistant in Louisville, KY

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Most co workers are very friendly and have worked for the company for over 20 years

    Cons

    Lack of real leadership and mico management at it's WORST. Has to be the quietest place ever. On a floor with over 200 people, at any given time you can hear a pin drop. All you hear is typing on the computer and seeing co workers with their headsets in listening to music or live radio. No room at all to move up. Lack of respect and could care less about raise promises made. Way over worked and totally underpaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut from the top down. Start with the most incompetent HR department I have ever worked with. Your cash & credit department are a total mess and the SAP transfer was a total 6 month nightmare. It should have been implemented in other countries where the branches are before we trusted all our cash info to be screwed up during the SAP going "live" what a joke

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Excellent people, with with the exception of HR leadership and Daikin support

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Operations
    Former Employee - Vice President of Operations

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY

    Pros

    The day to day employees are like family. They have great value and pride. The location and office at corporate are nice.

    Cons

    Executive leadership lacks but that has recently changed. HR must go to make it a choice employer, Daikin should sell the AAF portion of the company and keep McQuay. They need to make some drastic head count adjustments again.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to focus of streamlining strategy if they want to make a go for profit. Reduction in sites is a must.. Overhead rates are high. Make the cuts and quit dancing around. Start in HR top down. Don't be fooled by HRs pleasant responses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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