Acuity Brands

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Acuity Brands Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
40 Reviews
3.1
40 Reviews
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Acuity Brands Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, Acuity Brands Lighting Vern Nagel
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  1.  

    Unrefined potential

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the brightest people in the industry all under one roof. Good company ethics. Responsive to the company's sales channels. Strong sales channels and access to customers.

    Cons

    Overleaned and unbalanced. Underinvested many areas, such as middle-management training, developing promising talent, and smart process management instead of bureaucratic process management. Good resources are under-supported and overworked. Satellite offices outside of headquarters are not well-connected to company culture and processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead employees and middle managers need better training and direction on protecting their time ... some divisions are too overleaned and there is not enough time scheduled and set aside for employee development or continuous improvement. Instead, many departments are in a constant state of catch-up, because there is not enough developed middle management to manage time and projects for key resources ... a lot of these key resources are asked to constantly divide attention along too many fronts. Internal support departments such as HR, Lab, and IT need to become more service oriented and understand their areas of value-add, so that they can align services and goals to company SD instead of being antagonistic bureaucracies. More internal surveys and review of employee opinions can help this company grow to the potential of its people.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good, but limited career advancement

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some people in the corporate structure have a vision of a good future state. There are some amazing product lines that are a part of Acuity Brands. There are some people that have come into the fold that could be very good in placing forth their vision on the company and it's future path.

    Cons

    Benefits are far behind where you would expect a corporation this large.
    Metrics are placed ahead of people more often than not.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Engaging to a point, then starts to get a bit chaotic.

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at Acuity Brands as an intern

    Pros

    People are intelligent and always willing to learn and improve, and want you to do the same. You will learn a lot about the lighting industry from what is arguably the best lighting company in the country. These people take lighting very seriously.

    Cons

    Matrix organization style means nothing gets done. The poor management at times will hold back the good employees from accomplishing what they can accomplish. I at times was treated like I had no capabilities to learn or make good decisions which obviously turns me off to the company as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    List to the employees under you. Don't let them tell you what to do but don't treat them as if they are incompetent. Their ideas deserve to be considered. You can never do a job entirely on your own, you need a team to help you. If you don't consider any of an employees suggestions you will undoubtedly turn him off of the job, he will no longer have any passion in it if he feels as though he is not contributing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    A global leader in lighting for good reason - Good leadership and good people.

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Conyers, GA

    I worked at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Continues to gain stock value because of visionary leadership, experienced management, and employees with purpose and pride in their work. I experienced a few challenges that come with navigating the shifting currents in the market, and managing a large organization, but for those who can adapt and perform, the opportunity to grow professionally and move up in the organization is great. Pay and benefits are very competitive, but advise negotiating best compensation at start of any role, as increases are incremental without promotion. Culture of continuous improvement is encouraging to those who are motivated and aspirational, but a degree of patience and persistence is required for success as the company is process driven. The four-day work week definitely makes Acuity more attractive to professionals seeking work/life balance.

    Cons

    Office environment is nice for manufacturing, but not what many Atlanta corporate execs might be accustomed to; there are a number of senior managers, directors, and even VP's in cubes. Frequent departmental reorganizations can be disruptive, and poor planning, execution, and communication during these transitions is frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about decision performance; reduce reliance on process controls, and invest in developing expertise and technology to empower better decision making. The burgeoning reliance on processes, events, and meetings leaves many mid and senior managers with decision-paralysis. Executive leadership should be watchful of office politicking in lower levels of management that fast-track some while repeatedly overlooking other long-term, consistent performers. This is definitely not a rampant problem, but still an issue.

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

    Great Bonus program, good people, lots of politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acuity Brands

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great products, fairly laid back, great bonus potential, good for type Bs.

    Cons

    Very political in upper management. Lots of alliances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drive consistent standards, stop hiring family/friends.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really nice people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands full-time

    Pros

    Good pay with so so benifits. The people are friendly.

    Cons

    Poor management in controls group. The company is structured to promote competition within Acuity brands leading to bad solutions for Acuity with lots of redundant systems that don't work together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    True innovation comes from every level. Try to engague all levels and support innovation even when it comes from the bottom. Stop letting management promote Lutron ideas, it is not a great company to emulate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Application Engineer

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Pros

    overtime, great training, flexibility, great salary

    Cons

    office culture, personal growth, benifits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office Culture, organization among different sites. Streamlining

  9.  

    High level people. High level of accountability. Continuous change.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    High pay and great benefits. Solid Structure

    Cons

    One size fits all philosophy causes inefficiencies with products or factories that don't fit perfectly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers are working too many hours and become less efective due to burn out. Tasks often do not involve products or factories that the manager is accountable for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    ABL

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Pros

    Lean, Customer oriented, LED technology

    Cons

    Work start early morning as purely manufacturing

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acuity Brands

    Pros

    Rapidly growing with many opportunities for upward mobility in company. respectable compensation. good benefits. Lean processes in place.

    Cons

    Repetition of tasks due to too many decentralized tools, portals, & data gateways. The sales organization is overseen by operations executives and often times, sales efforts are thwarted in order to maximize the bottom line...top line growth is unimportant if financial engineering can be deployed to make the stock price go up. This company sees no value in marketing their brand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    BOX, Salesforce, Lean Optima, Sharepoint ... Pick ONE and leverage it. SPEND money on marketing!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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