AAF-McQUAY Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
13 Reviews
2.6
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    Loss prevention

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AAF-McQUAY full-time for 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
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    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 for 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
  6.  

    Need to improve management and office/technician technology.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The employees are friendly, helpful and understanding. Customers are pretty easy to work with.

    Cons

    The interoffice technology is old and not up to date. They need to upgrade all of the software to bring it into the 21st century. The network is very slow. There is still a lot of paper and they need to put paperless technology into place. The middle management staff need to be hired with the proper credentials and be given training. To much micro managing and testosterone (egos).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to get middle management hired with the proper credentials for the job they are doing. Technology in the offices and the field needs to be upgraded to current software and technology to match the newest technology of the equipment they manufacture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lack of leadership and a total make over required

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

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY as a contractor for 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
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    This a company the Micro-manages.

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    Former Employee - Buyer II
    Former Employee - Buyer II

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only thing I can say positive that they have some employees that have managed to keep from being fired.

    Cons

    They do not hesitate berate an employee in front everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supervisors & Managers need training on how to treat fellow employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor leadership and too much incompetent HR

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AAF-McQUAY

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Mostly good people to work with. There are a lot of veterans with very good product knowledge. There is a real desire for growth.

    Cons

    HR is completely incompetent. One example is when they opened the ADC, HR was in charge of the grand opening and sent out an email a month ahead of time for employees to choose to attend the catered meal. A week before the event they announced that all employees could not park their car on the premises and had to park half of a mile to a mile away. Lets just say that the food ran out halfway through the service.

    Senior management has no clue on how to implement Daikin's growth plan. Their best marketing job is to Daikin and the new CEO, not to actual producing and promoting products in the markets necessary for growth. Daikin wants them to be a leader, but McQuay continually operates in niche markets. Part of the veteran employees is that management is also full of long term people who haven't moved on from the micromanaging of the 60's and 70's. Performance is determined by how many hours you are at your desk. Some of the poor middle managers work 12 hour days, partially because the systems are antiquated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Daikin wants you to be a leader in the Commercial HVAC market, not the Applied. You have to think bigger than your comfort zone currently is. Clean out the HR department (again) and fix your systems issues. It will take getting rid of some of the long term managers to move forward. You should start with the managers who over-hired. Why are they still there?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    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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