Acuity Brands Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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Acuity Brands Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, Acuity Brands Lighting Vern Nagel
Vern Nagel
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Pros
  • Good pay for people who live locally (in 6 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits are very competitive, but advise negotiating best compensation at start of any role, as increases are incremental without promotion (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • There was an adversarial environment between the union workforce and the salaried staff (in 4 reviews)

  • This company wants to use the lean principles but doesn't continually improve it's processes (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Lean, Six Sigma culture of continuous improvement.
    - Encourages innovation.
    - Industry Leader with strong performance.
    - Performance incentive.

    Cons

    - Below average medical and dental benefits programs.
    - Limited Resources.
    - Low investment in technology

    Advice to Management

    Managers must have the ability to apply Lean tools, understand KPI's and work in a matrix environment.

  2. Two Steps Away From Loosing All Of It's Intellectual Capital

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay. Just the pay.

    Cons

    Upper Management knee jerk course changes, constant layoffs without thought of effects on day to day, communication is a joke-make 4 phone calls to get an answer you should have known because the issue wasn't shared with group or department, no work-life balance, LEAN drives the bus-if its not "on the list" it's ignored till someone overreacts although there was plenty of time to be proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Please stay the course with a longer horizon. LEAN is a tool, it does not replace time-sensitive/decisive decision making, skillful execution and meaningful follow-through by management. Get with the times-the company outside of manufacturing is run like its 1990. Metrics, KPIs, Goals, added/redundant processes-yet you have the same problem staring at you for 5 years and you won't address it with the obvious answer??? Get more tech friendly and interconnect people via the tools the company uses. Numerous platforms, data repositories, softwares-nothing is thought through regarding continuity or consistency.

  3. Bad place to work. Avoid like the plague.

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    Former Employee - Engineering Leadership Program in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Engineering Leadership Program in Conyers, GA

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

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

    Pros

    4-10 work week. Closer to Atlanta than Cooper. Decent cafeteria.

    Cons

    Let's people go too easily without considering human cost. I relocated across the country with my family to work for Acuity, and then was let go 6 months later with no explanation. And mine was not an unusual case. I've heard stuff like this is pretty common. Worst financial decision I ever made was working for Acuity Brands Lighting.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hike.

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  5. Just another factory job.

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    Current Employee - Assembly in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Assembly in Winona, MN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is really nice. Starting pay is decent for the area.

    Cons

    Company is not very organized. Work is repetitive And boring. They can make you work up to 15 hours of mandatory overtime a week. During the summer you are basically working 2 extra hours a day and 5 hours every Saturday so if you want a life this isn't the place for you. When it comes to reviews if you score badly in any area of the review but you do amazingly in the rest you don't get a raise. You basically have to be perfect if you want to get a raise.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees instead of just doing what you think is going to work best. The people doing the job day in and day out may actually know something.

  6. Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good environment, great culture

    Cons

    Upper management is lacking. Layoffs always looming

    Advice to Management

    Work on conveyance of bad news.

  7. Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the company future is bright. LED market is the future

    Cons

    cut throat place to work. no team work. Lookout for yourself

    Advice to Management

    too many director and big title

  8. Management

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    Former Employee - Management
    Former Employee - Management

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (4)

    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 Management

    Lead, and get out of the way!

  10. How to feel like a number

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead
    Current Employee - Warehouse Lead

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The workers on the manufacturing floor are great & wonderful to work with which is the only reason for going to this job.

    Cons

    Upper management cares only about the numbers. If you are an hourly worker, the company is your life, do not expect to have a home life. The concept of LEAN is all about dehumanizing the worker

    Advice to Management

    The worker that produces your product should be your greatest asset not the amount of dividends distributed to the shareholders

  11. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    People, still a family feel

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Focus on human resources as assets

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