Actuant

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Actuant Reviews

Updated November 28, 2014
Updated November 28, 2014
29 Reviews
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29 Reviews
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Actuant Chairman, President, and CEO Bob Arzbaecher
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  1.  

    Good learning experience in a process centric organization

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Process centric, really try to support continuous improvement
    Improvement events are part of the culture
    Good pay and benefits
    Acquisitions allow for interesting integration process

    Cons

    Constant restructuring in my segment
    Lack of fun, very clinical atmosphere
    Overall sense of larger purpose is lacking
    Quick to LCC source and close facilities in the US

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to simplify and be more agile
    Deselecting is critical but not part of the culture

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    High growth company invested in building its talent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Management Development Program (Grad) in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing Management Development Program (Grad) in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great working environment, good work opportunities in a diversified company

    Cons

    Stressful job. Need to hire more people. Everyone is or becomes a workaholic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people! And do something to improve work life balance!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI

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

    Pros

    There are still some talented employees.

    Cons

    Long meetings and rewards for "face time."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better or you will not be able to find quality employees when the labor market improves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Pay/Benefits Good - Culture is Employee Unfriendly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Actuant Corporate in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Actuant Corporate in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay, Enjoyable Work and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Company Culture doesn't know what it wants to be. I sat in a meeting yesterday where the director said to not talk with co-workers unless it's work related. Very bad for moral and made people want to work less, not more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of old school style directors. You spend corporate time and money building teams that effectively work together yet your directors are clammoring that relationship building is just wasting company time and money. What do you want to be?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst place I ever worked!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QMI Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - QMI Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Worked with some great peers. Did some great lean manufacturing projects.

    Good fitness center, even though they charged a fee for it.

    Free coffee.

    Good bonus program for salary.

    Cons

    Terrible annual review system. Every engineer was ranked in the last 3 of 9 categories, even though we all earned over 200% of our bonus potential. This made for TERRIBLE moral. Over half the engineers eventually ended up working for Harley-Davidson and are still there.

    ALL product drawings were way out of date and no resources were provided to update the drawings unless it was a new product.

    All engineers for several business units were told by CEO at corporate wide meeting , "That I can get a engineer in India to design a product for $8000 per year and still build it in the US."

    Company had constant layoffs and has now closed US manufacturing operations that I was involved in.

    CEO showed off his car and travel trailer and horses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company is not just about the stock price and how much $$ the top 4 or 5 guys can make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Future looks good

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    • 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

    Company is growing with new products

    Cons

    taking a little longer than needs too

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Same people on all the teams all the time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    Benefits are good
    On site work out facility (with trainer) open 24 hours minimal cost
    Location right off the freeway

    Cons

    It is always the same people on the lead teams and these same people are the ones who always get the recognition and the promotions. Often make changes without getting feedback from everyone the change will affect and then instead of doing it right they just apply a bandaid.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot of talent within the company. Take a look at the people other than the same old players they have a lot to offer if you would just give them the chance

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

    This can be a challenge but it offerers little oppertuntiy for growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Menomonee Falls, WI

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    Actuant allows you to get involved with a lot of projects and you can learn a lot during your time here.

    Cons

    Actuant works their employees too hard for the least amount of pay. You are involved with so much and are expected to do so much with little resources. They do not pay well and is not a good company for women to grow women.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Binghamton, NY

    I have been working at Actuant

    Pros

    Professional Growth, cross training, internal training. There are a lot of internal training programs that are very insightful and well contsructed.

    Cons

    Strategic Leadership. There seems to be a misalignment between the company mission and personal goals of both management and staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strategic Alignment and long term planning. There is a strategy for the company but how to obtain that goal is up for debate. Long term planning must be compeleted in order to reach your goals.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very frustrating and unrewarding.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Broadview, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Broadview, IL

    I worked at Actuant

    Pros

    Actuant offers good benefits, coworkers are very supportive and the products produced are good quality and have a high level of brand recognition in the industrial marketplace.

    Cons

    The senior management is so focused on the the bottom line that they forget about the people that are working to make things happen. Very little effort is put into training and promoting people. They are very quick to buy companies absorb and close down businesses and move them offshore. If you are a company that is purchased by Actuant watch out! Start looking for another job as soon as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should take more notice of the people and the effort that is given to bring profit to the company. They need to take better care of their employees that have shown dedication and commitment to their jobs especially within companies that are small acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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