Actuant

www.actuant.com

Actuant Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
30 Reviews
2.7
30 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Actuant Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Arzbaecher
Bob Arzbaecher
18 Ratings

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    It's an exciting time to be part of Actuant - good growth and positive changes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

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

    Pros

    Great people and teamwork; it's a collaborative environment; strong company values

    Cons

    we are a lean company and fairly flat - people tend to wear many hats (which is also positive - gain great experience);

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to seek feedback and ideas from emloyees and include them in the decisions and solutions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lacks Ability to Change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Most people are very nice which is synonymous with a Wisconsin culture. This means that it takes too long to get rid of dead wood and too long to promote people who are doing well.

    Cons

    Senior management espouses "no politics" whereas there is tons of politics. If you aren't located in headquarters, good luck. Nobody will notice you. There is zero investment in the independent businesses and when corporate needs to look good to shareholders, people are the first to go without regard to impact on the business. Businesses are purchased to run them into the ground. Don't expect any type of investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are never going to change the culture so why not just act as the holding company that you are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Once a good company now a resume builder at best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Leader in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Your first 3 years you will be challenged and if you are good, you will be given a lot of opportunities. Eventually you will find that small group of managers at the corp level "pull all the strings" and if you are not in the "club" you will find that will not matter how good you are you will hit a wall.

    Cons

    Small group of "Leaders" run the show no matter what your title is.
    If you are bought by Actuant start looking for a new job or take the package.
    They are currently brining "Leades" from other companies, in reality failed Managers from GE, IR and other Milwaulkee based companies instead of growing the talent in the organizations they buy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell out the company to a Dover or it like as you are in over your head.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Blue color workers and Managers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    It is very politically correct company.

    Cons

    Not enough supervision from HQ to other branch offices, like: Deer Park, Red Wing an Antigo. If you don't play a political game you are out of loop and could get a termination. I have seen few hard working manager got terminated just because they were not on a political team. Leaders listen to only to their favorite employees and never make best judgment for all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders need to listen to customers and employees very carefully and make the best decision for all rather than involving in a political game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Financially driven, people are expendable, politics a must

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    A lot of off-site training. Intern program is great, move between business units and learn a great deal about the inner workings of each as well as Actuant.

    Cons

    While continuous improvement is a constant profits are the reason. This is at the expense of the employees who end up becoming workaholics to maintain their jobs. They are quick to decide that people must be let go especially right before quarterly reporting to the Board. The higher paid pre-Actuant employees are let go for companies purchased. I don't mean management alone, the mid-management and long time workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are not open to advice unless you can show at least a 50k gain in profits.

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

    Marketing Development Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    wide network, breadth of exposure

    Cons

    Lack of structure for development, Limited depth exposure for a project

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A good structure with increasing responsibilities for program employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A lot of change and you direct manger can make it or break it for you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The HR function is getting more respect and a lot of that has to do with my Manager.
    Still pockets of the old style of management (Actuant bought us 2 years ago).
    Most functions outside of HR Operations do not know what to do

    Cons

    The strategy doesn't reach all levels of the company.
    The bonus program looks good but has not been paid out in full in 2 years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't trust HR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I worked at Actuant full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are great. HR is not.

    Cons

    HR Managers are very untrustworthy. Don't believe recruiters. Ask to speak with future co-workers regarding management, especially if you plan to work with. Trust is very important in supporting user engagement. No wonder engagement is low. Don't be fooled. Talk to current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review exit interviews. There are some serious issues with HR Management, however they are the ones who do the exit interviews. Unethical behavior is supported and encouraged. Hard for upper management to see that there is an issue if the reviewers are the problem. Hire independent investigators to look at high talent turnover in the last 2 years. It is NOT because of the economy. How much talent must leave before this is addressed? They are ruining what could be a great organization but nobody is aware. Internal Audit or 3rd party investigation is recommended.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Its OK, could be better.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the senior leadership team of Actuant from the CEO down are approachable and easy to speak with.
    The pay is OK, but does vary by business unit.
    Bonus system is very good when it pays out.
    Lots of good employees.

    Cons

    They look outside to fill leadership positions instead of filling them more from within
    The performance review system is terrible
    The bonus system drives short term thinking. This is a major problem for a company wanting to be more innovative.
    New managers from larger, outside companies are having a negative impact on the culture. Corporate politics are taking over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be an innovative company, quit hiring outside managers from large corporations and let the employees from the smaller, innovative companies you purchase lead the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Corporate thinking at its worst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Napa, CA

    I worked at Actuant full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, reasonable bonus program, and good benefits

    Cons

    Very narrow scope thinking - everything was focused on cost reduction and not quality or customer service. Also, the over-riding sense was that even though they had bought a very successful company, everything that had been done in the past was wrong - the corporate entity was all-knowing and their way was the only way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you buy a successful company, spend just as much time studying what made them successful as you do telling them how everything should be done. And also, become aware of the fact that low-cost country sourcing is not always the best answer to every question.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Actuant? Share Your Experiences

Actuant

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.