Acuity Brands

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Acuity Brands Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
46 Reviews
2.9
46 Reviews
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Acuity Brands Chairman, President, and CEO; President and CEO, Acuity Brands Lighting Vern Nagel
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    Gained good experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    I worked for Acuity Brands for 4 years

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Well organized with good documentation and availability of that data. Good financial rewards for a job well done.

    Cons

    We were all looking over our shoulders for the Layoffs. When associates just "disappear" one day for no apparent reason it is difficult for survivors to concentrate on the job. As an older person I had to look over both shoulders because the seniors were subject to at a greater rate of layoff than younger associates. Also, don't make too much money or you will be on the bean counter List. It is just business but it made working in the environment very stressful.
    Also, there was a one way fits all with the Toyota Lean System and it was enforced with totalitarian like vigor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. One size does not fit all, all the time. From 10K feet it may seem the same but at ground level each factory and each product has it's own idiosyncrasies. That's just fact and to ignore it or gloss over it is to lose opportunity for success and lose the natural creative desires of your employees who are instead regimented to flow the party line even if they know a better way. If the manager is producing the numbers you need, then why make it more difficult for him/her to succeed for you? Don't overload your people with processes that aren't getting any results and amount to nothing other than window dressing. Some KPI's and processes were just flat out ridiculous with no direct use to the factory output and are a blatant and sad waste of time. Listen to your people their ideas and concerns can be useful!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    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 an 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    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
  8. 1 person 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
  9.  

    Unrefined potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time (more than an 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
  10.  

    Good, but limited career advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer
    Current Employee - Applications Engineer

    I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

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

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