Acuity Brands

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Acuity Brands Reviews

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
49 Reviews
3.1
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Acuity Brands Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, Acuity Brands Lighting Vern Nagel
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  1.  

    Great dynamic culture and opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, still a family feel

    Cons

    Competitive environment and workload has caused Acuity to lose some valuable personnel

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on human resources as assets

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Management

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, professtional people

    Cons

    Layoff are always looming and don't necessarily take into account job performance. If you make more than the lower end of your pay grade watch out. There is no job security. Associates tend to vanish with no explanation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More tansparency. It is diffcult to put out all you have when you have to cover you back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice People..... Lacks Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People at the Director/Senior Manager level and below are wonderful to work with. Everyone is always willing to help others and especially when you are new.

    Cons

    Newer management is trying to implement change however needs a course on how to do so properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall a good company to work for with excellent growth opportunities.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked 16 years for Acuity Brands Lighting (Lithonia Lighting) and was repeatedly promoted and given opportunities to grow and learn.

    Cons

    There were a couple of members of the Sr Management team who created an extremely toxic environment, often pitting departments against each other which negatively impacted results of critical projects and created a "blame" atmosphere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead, and get out of the way!

  6.  

    I had a great experience working for this company for over 20 years.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, education reimbursement, good location

    Cons

    restructuring about every 18mos resulting in lay-offs, creates uncertainty

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open dialog with employees about restructuring, consider other options such as salary reduction rather than lay offs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Gained good experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager Corp Accounts in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Manager Corp Accounts in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Acuity Brands full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    decent pay and good people.

    Cons

    work life balance is poor. Seems they reorganize and have layoffs every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Executive Sales

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    Current Employee - Director in Northeast, NY
    Current Employee - Director in Northeast, NY

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

    Pros

    Salary, effort of staff, commiseration of team

    Cons

    Work ethic of the equation management, unrealistic expectations for sales, engineering and support staff Work/ Family balance, indecisive direction, constant shifting of priorities ( followers ), inability to manage costs, Yes Men/Women just to survive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be cognizant of the ability of the folks you have hired, vetted and understand the voice of the custom is an insurmountable obstacle to success

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

    work hard but always fear a layoff

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hanover Park, IL

    I worked at Acuity Brands full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    lots of overtime. the people who work here can be wonderful and talented

    Cons

    management takes credit for the team's achievements .Everyone is over-tasked with no compensation. The fear of being laid off is the motivator used far too often. This company wants to use the lean principles but doesn't continually improve it's processes. Instead they force their employees to do more with less staff while never improving the standard work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    learn what your employees really do. I guarantee their talent and hard work will impress you. Start rewarding them rather than lording over them how lucky they are to have a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    3.5 years at Sun Optics (Glazer, Welder)

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    Former Employee - Glazer, Welder in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Glazer, Welder in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Easy to move up in this company with a little hard work. Positions are always moved around which will get you a diverse amount of professional experience building sky lights.

    Cons

    Supervisors have no experience with product and are often hired for having military experience or other qualities not related to the job. There is zero official training for production line employees, yet workers are held accountable for mistakes. Management does ALL business behind closed doors, action is taken with no warning or explanation. Supervisors constantly complain about each other, intentionally misplace orders and complain to subordinates. deadlines are unrealistic. A disappointing amount of employees (some of them operate machines and forklifts) are caught drinking alcohol on the job. The company has fired people caught in the act but in my 3.5 years I have not seen a single random drug screen, the results would certainly shut down the company. there has been a number of incidents to include 3 fingers cut off by a saw, cuts from saw, nail guns shooting into body parts and electrocution. Photos are constantly taken by laborers, supervisors and management and have been used to black mail, terminate employees and construct law suits. Petitions and other propaganda are circulated by personnel with no affiliation and some with. The company recently fired the plant manager of 8 years, a few veteran buyer planners and numerous supervisors due to union intimidation. Under the new plant manager this company almost closed due to Safety violations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    The Acuity low-down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands (more than a year)

    Pros

    Brand recognition, good pay and great benefits. You get the opportunity to spend time in Conyers, Georgia (is that a Pro or a Con?)

    Cons

    You're a small fish in a very big pond. Little to no

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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