Acuity Brands Reviews

Updated June 24, 2015
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Acuity Brands Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, Acuity Brands Lighting Vern Nagel
Vern Nagel
33 Ratings

Pros
  • Good pay for people who live locally (in 6 reviews)

  • Lean, Customer oriented, LED technology (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The company recently fired the plant manager of 8 years, a few veteran buyer planners and numerous supervisors due to union intimidation (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. Assembly Cell Operator

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembly Cell Operator in Cochran, GA
    Former Employee - Assembly Cell Operator in Cochran, GA

    I worked at Acuity Brands

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Always learning new thing daily, the opportunities to grow and increase abilities for better wage.

    Cons

    Some of the managers were not people friendly or detailed.


  2. Company outlook not looking great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conyers, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice employees. good benefits and scheduling

    Cons

    Management does not know what they are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee suggestions instead of the bottom line.


  3. Helpful (1)

    It's OK but not GREAT

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conyers, GA

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

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

    Pros

    Pay, cafeteria, sometimes has flexible hours, decent benefits

    Cons

    Very misleading when you interview. I was told it was a very supportive place with everyone wanting to help each other and you get Fridays off. Some Fridays I do have to myself but during busy times I work Fridays and sundays just to keep up with the work. My department consists of two people doing the work of 3-4. Some staff members who are higher up are very "assertive" and have to establish dominance consistently- which takes the form of being rude. There is no training, no programs for new employees to learn and my manager told me "to self-train" myself on the products. Lighting is a very difficult industry to understand if you have never worked in it before. My manager is never around, I am treated like a secretary even though I have a "manager" title. He also will call and text me all times of the night and morning, like 6am on Saturday and ask me to complete tasks for him. I also have had some pretty rude things said to me by him. It is a place for those who like to crunch numbers, don't need any fun or creativity in their environment and have a thick skin. Two lay offs happened within my first six months of employment.

    Advice to Management

    Actually hire enough people to do the work. Train managers on how to be better leaders.


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  5. It was a bad dream

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer/Planner in Irving, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Working here has taught me how to identify a bad environment during an interview. It gave me some ideas for questions to ask during the interview so that I never have to endure a place like this again.
    I don't work there anymore.

    Cons

    The best I can describe it is a hostile work environment. I probably could have taken legal action but I'm just going to try to forget about it.
    The place is dirty and unorganized. The top thing that bothered me though, was the sexual and racist jokes told by managment (not kidding). I was offended by the huge amount of cursing (it was beyond unprofessional and downright offensive).
    From what I heard in talking to other employees, many hourly workers had not received rasises in years.
    They do not follow federal law by providing breastfreeding rooms for nursing mothers (I was not in need of one, but a coworker was and was not obliged).
    Training is not offered, which may be the biggest problem with the company. Sure the routine ethics, safety, etc mandatory training is given, but it's pretty much an in one ear out the other kind of thing.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of all the directors and hire more professional managers


  6. Helpful (2)

    Keep your backup plan active

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, fairly flexible work schedule with 4-day weeks, some really good, hard-working employees who make great products and have valuable ideas. Good growth outlook for the company.

    Cons

    Everything is about a number, upper-management makes decisions without consulting or understanding how these decisions affect the productivity of everyday employees. Lack of communication and unclear direction has resulted in pretty low morale but everyone puts on a happy face since you never know when the next seemingly arbitrary layoff will happen.

    Advice to Management

    If you have a new vision, take time to transition the organization instead of turning it upside down all at once. Lot of productivity wasted while employees try to figure out what they are supposed to do in the new system. Invest in employee growth.


  7. Application Engineer

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

    I worked at Acuity Brands (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for; good people.

    Cons

    Not enough people to handle volume of work

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  8. engineer

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

    I worked at Acuity Brands

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

    Pros

    future is great in LED product

    Cons

    it is not good place to work. if you want balance work and family life


  9. Application Engineer Specialist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer Specialist in McDonough, GA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer Specialist in McDonough, GA

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

    Pros

    The Company has decent benefits

    Cons

    Lack of information sharing between Value Streams

    Advice to Management

    Elevate employee training to a corporate level.


  10. Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.



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