Actuant Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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Actuant President & CEO Mark Goldstein
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  1. Only Invests in Acquisitions, Moderate Employee Growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actuant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Stellar work / life balance. They understand that things can go wrong with personal life scheduling and make an effort to make work flexible for employees. You work until you work is completed. - Corporate gym a major benefit, but no gym incentives for employees at different sites. - Office politics are very low, except during layoffs (which happens annually). - Most employees and execs are extremely friendly and approachable, but some are polar opposites and can be very intimidating to approach.

    Cons

    - They invest little in any actual research data or website licenses. Most of the research is from "googling" and not from actual reports. However, the information is very secure and they had very few problems with viruses or trojans. - A lot of programs are out of date (they were using IE 7 when IE 10 was out). This is because a certain percent of employees are using programs that are older and not compatible with newer IE. - Getting anything done through IT can take awhile. - Little organic growth, mainly through acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    - Get up to date when it comes to research reports, applications, and provide better incentives to employees not in corporate locations. - Annual performance reviews are almost always inaccurate due to how frequently changes in projects. In speaking with other employees, this held true. Suggestion would be for quarterly or half-year reviews instead.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't ever seek employment with this company

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No this is not a rant by a disillusioned employee. This company really is the worst.

    Cons

    Bad CEO. Bad Leaders who don't know what it means to lead. Treat people terribly and turnover is extremely high.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people and everything else will work in your favor.


  3. Overworked, Underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Actuant full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As a lean organization, there is plenty of opportunity to get involved in projects and processes that you would not normally have a chance to experience. One year of experience at the company can equal two or three years at a different organization.

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to do your own job and one or two other people's as there are always openings. There is not a lot of work/life balance, and the pay and benefits are not very competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Be genuine. It does not feel like you actually care about your employees. The company is results-driven but its the people that help meet those goals and that is not acknowledged as often as it should be.


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  5. Great start, but not for individual growth

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Mishawaka, IN
    Former Employee - Designer in Mishawaka, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actuant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company with many locations in difference specialities. There are a lot of opportunities if you fit the build...

    Cons

    None of the companies really intereact or communicate. No integration of business units. Everything runs seperately. The company does not look internally to grow, but keeps trying to hire new people instead of helping the people that know what's going on grow.

    Advice to Management

    Allow individuals to grow


  6. Electrical Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Actuant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the employees are very friendly. Management is very approachable and will take the time to meet with you if you ask. The company has a great global presence.

    Cons

    The vision of the company is flawed. There is no focus on making a difference in the world. The vision of the company is to double the company every 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Management should spend more resources on developing and engaging their people instead of acquiring other businesses and integrating them into the company.


  7. Not a place for career growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actuant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very intelligent individuals work for the company

    Cons

    Poor culture, poor management/leadership, lack of opportunities for growth within the company. Honestly this list can go on forever.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the business units off and allow new leadership to take over. Need to focus more on employee satisfaction, designing products that can keep up with the times and maintain diverse and young talent so the business can sustain.


  8. Unix Administrator

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    They are flexible when it comes to needing time off for family reasons, and you can work on just about whatever you want.

    Cons

    Due to business unit performance declining, bonus have gotten smaller every year and it's quite possible there won't be a bonus this year

    Advice to Management

    Management is doing a good job in every facet, so I have nothing negative to say about them


  9. Big company with advantages of a small one

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to executives in person is not uncommon for lower level employees. Several locations. Knowledgeable coworkers.

    Cons

    Restricted travel and spending when oil prices are low. Not much opportunity for growth. Bonus program seems attractive at first but never actually pays out. High turnover with people leaving the company for better opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees for added responsibility. Promote organically when possible.


  10. Difficult to progress

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, nice new building with cafeteria services and workout gym on site.

    Cons

    IT seen as cost to business rather than improvement, lack of employee engagement, get stuck in job role.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have higher salaries and flexible work environment to attract and keep great talent.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Political and Finance Driven

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Actuant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    People within the business units are good people, working long hours to make an impact. Good name recognition with Enerpac, Hydratight, Cortland and Weasler. Good learning experience for those that want a corporate experience in a global organization.

    Cons

    Corporate is a extremely political and those that are "yes" men and tell the leadership, especially the CEO what he wants to hear are fast tracked. Recent promotions are an indication of this. Bonus system is based on financial goals that are unattainable, hence the employees gain little value. Additionally, poor performers receive the same bonus as the top performers. No incentive to go above and beyond. They speak of a growth company that is operationally excellent: however top line grown has shrunk year over year and the operations are failing: quality, delivery, safety issues due to lack of investment. Motivated by financial numbers only.

    Advice to Management

    More so advice to the board: Look hard at senior management starting with CEO and replace.



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