ATS Automation Tooling

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ATS Automation Tooling Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
24 Reviews

2.3
24 Reviews
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    A dream company for engineers

    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Livermore, CA

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Due to the nature of the business, you get to work on very exciting automation projects. Every project is unique providing opportunity for learning new things. In short, ATS to an engineer is like a candy store to a kid!

    Cons

    Pretty flat organization with not much room to grow. If you want to be an engineer for the rest of your career, this is the place but if you aspire to move to management, your options are somewhat limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more employee development

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    Worst place I have ever worked

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    Former Employee - Controls Engineering  in  Rock Hill, SC
    Former Employee - Controls Engineering in Rock Hill, SC

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary and benefits above average.

    Cons

    Intimidation style management technique. Managers speak out of both sides of their mouths. Very high stress environment with no support whatsoever from management. Several people in management positions that have no clue regarding their job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Without cleaning house of all existing management, there will be no improvement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    College degree? Extensive manufacturing experience? ATS Oregon would like to hire you to clean their whiteboards!

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer  in  Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Full time Technicians are very skilled and competent, however the project Leads are overburdened with sketchy and unreliable temporary labor, impossible project schedules and ineffective management. They are often expected to work extensive overtime in order to deliver projects on time, while other departments run about in chaos with no accountability.

    Cons

    The story behind my title? I was hired as a Quality Engineer for what I now believe was for appearance's sake for ISO accreditation. There is no core belief in quality at this company and my time was considered the least valuable, therefore making me the perfect candidate to clean whiteboards prior to a corporate visit. Thank god for that chemistry degree; I was able to identify isopropanol as the perfect solvent for stubborn pen marks!
    Very high turnover, leaving behind an incompetent administrative staff with only a few suffering bright stars. Poor morale overall.
    Despite half of the lower office space being empty, they cram four engineers into a shared cubicle space meant for no more than two people. Disruptions are impossible to avoid, so you must be adept at working in a crowd.
    It was my mistake to think that previous poor reviews might no longer be accurate, especially since a drastic restructuring that outsourced the majority of fabrication. I was very wrong. If you value quality, your career and competent management look elsewhere!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If they haven't figured out what's wrong yet, why waste the words.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    former employee 10 plus years. Cambridge& Oregon

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    Former Employee - Tool Maker/Group Leader
    Former Employee - Tool Maker/Group Leader

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Salary, benefits above average. Very clean environment. Exposure to many different industries, good mentoring.

    Cons

    CEO picked by hedge funds . Years of talk on turning the ship around but has come full circle to what the founder was doing, buying up competition and companies that compliment the business. Complete disappointment to employee's and share holders. Nepotism rampant despite policy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Huge disconnect between divisions. Investor relations much to be desired. Hire someone in HR that actually understands the benefits and not just offer a 1 800 number.I will rate culture and values on the long term employee's that thrive and assist despite the newest regime. Hang in there folks.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    No Job Satisfaction

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Lewis Center, OH
    Current Employee - Management in Lewis Center, OH

    I have been working at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great product lineup and very talented engineering group with years of experience. Global presence is impressive if they would take advantage of it.

    Cons

    Management group is delusional. Employee turnover is extremely high due to people quitting and/or getting fired.
    Most customers/prospects are treated poorly unless they have $10 Million or more to spend (not kidding).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your customers and solving their manufacturing problems and the long term profitability will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Was a great company...until ATS acquired them, all down hill from there on...

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    Former Employee - Middle Management  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Dayton, OH

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great place to learn about current technologies in the field of automated assembly and test machinery. Lots of good people at the worker level...few at the management level. Still building good quality equipment, but nothing at all at the level seen prior to ATS acquisition.

    Cons

    Management. The worst I've ever seen, and there seems to be nothing happening to improve the situation. A solid "good-ol-boy" network in place, politically protecting those who are ill-qualified to perform. Politics rules the day, especially when any corporate level management becomes involved. From the CEO down, Command and Conquer is the game plan of the day which serves to demoralize, demotivate and generally destroy the last of the remaining good people who actually perform work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop command and control, learn to trust your employees and read some modern business books to learn how to interact with your employees without hurting them every time. Adopt intellectual honesty and welcome opinions from the ranks and you'll get the information you need to heal the company. Until management changes or is replaced, the best talent in the workforce will continue to exit the company at an alarming rate as has been the case since the ATS acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I have ever worked

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    Former Employee - PLC Programmer  in  Westerville, OH
    Former Employee - PLC Programmer in Westerville, OH

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay was fair, plenty of overtime it you wanted it.

    Cons

    Every department was very cut-throat. They rated their engineers against each other. You almost hoped that everyone else would messed up his project. The senior engineers would not mentor the junior engineers. There was no sharing of information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the pay structure for senior engineers want the whole company to be successful, not just their projects

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep looking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling

    Pros

    Great technology and global customer base

    Cons

    Punitive organization with a focus on short term gains to influence stock

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign and let leaders that know the industry drive growth and profitability

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Feedback

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corvallis, OR

    I have been working at ATS Automation Tooling

    Pros

    varied and innovative technologies, always being able to work on something new; very creative job. The company still claims to be the world's largest automation systems provider - one has to wonder with all the plant closures.

    Cons

    instability in corporate management; current executive team is ruthless. Anthony Caputo (current CEO) does not know automation and is never available to the employees. His team is also inexperienced in automation. Over the last 5 years probably about 50% of the talent (engineers, managers, toolmakers) have left due to the instable environment that has been created.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    in the custom systems integration industry, engineers are not equal - work to keep the talent. Don't micromanage; the level of bureaucracy at the flagship division in cambridge is insane. the environment promotes thinking of oneself, of being "exclusive" rather than "inclusive", of being forced to justify decision - very low trust

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    don't waste your time

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Corvallis, OR
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Corvallis, OR

    I have been working at ATS Automation Tooling

    Pros

    ATS Automation Tooling provides varied, interesting job experience. There is a new job in a different industry every four to six months. It is an excellent place to gain experience in a variety of industries from medical devices to automotive parts. The benefit package is competive.

    Cons

    ATS has a succession of poor managers with little understanding of engineering. There is no system in place for recognizing excellence with a bonus or raise. The sales department consistently makes unrealistic commitments for job schedules and budgets. ATS is cutting benefits and will not let you roll over vacation time from year to year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers with engineering experience

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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