Ames True Temper Reviews

Updated May 4, 2014
Updated May 4, 2014
15 Reviews
3.0
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not Bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leesport, PA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Leesport, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay. Good people to work with. Plenty of work with opportunity for overtime. Never was forced to work overtime.

    Cons

    Went out of business. The field for bankruptcy and closed their doors. One day we came to work and had a big meeting to tell us we were all losing out jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go out of business. It's easier to make money when you are in business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but strategy lacking.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA

    I have been working at Ames True Temper (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are nice in my department (other departments are cutthroat and mean, see; Finance). Good benefits. Fair pay. You can now wear jeans every which is awesome. They are putting money into the building and equipment which should have been done 20 years ago. Promotions can be had as people above you leave.

    Cons

    I have seen 4 CEO changes, 3 CFO changes, and countless upper management changes. As new leadership arrives, it gets everyone excited but that changes. This latest regime change seems different. They are spending money like its no one's business. These are good changes but in the 3 months we have yet to see anything come of it. The next 12-18 months will show if these changes were well worth it or if this company is doomed.

    Other points: People are overworked. This is because a few years ago they had major layoffs. They are now filling those positions so this may change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. innovate more. Make earning bonus easier and less dependent on company performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Quality Company with Potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great brand names with a significant amount of manufacturing and all distribution in the U.S. Experienced operational people in just about all functions that are dedicated and effective.
    Doing well in a difficult industry.

    Cons

    Executive management turnover and limited approach to strategy development and innovation hinder the company from reaching its full potential. More acquisitions and consolidations in the industry by Ames could help it further if it brings in talented management. Lack of investment in engineering of all types and IT systems upgrades could be a factor for the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with the cons mentioned above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to get you career started

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ames True Temper

    Pros

    Good benefits, fair wages, made in USA (at least 80%)

    Cons

    Overworked, understaffed, many hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management has a higher turn over rate than the plant workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Employees are scared every day of losing their jobs/being laid off resulting in extreme low office morale.

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Camp Hill is a great location.

    Cons

    No job security, therefore employees have nothing to fight for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    BULLY is their mission

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    Current Employee - Major Accounts Executive in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Major Accounts Executive in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    union benefits, including health care, 401K, including company match, and they will hire almost anyone….which should be a red flag.

    Cons

    The moral, smart and visionary executives left with or shortly after BellSouth became AT&T. Current employee moral is very low, except for the recent college grads who work for wireless and have very little job experience and even lower expectations of a healthy work place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to "new school" methods (ie Google, Apple), consult past BellSouth Executives, teach management skills that do not rely on intimidation, threats, or disrespect. Encourage and even direct employees in future career moves/promotions.

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

    AWESOME WORK EXPERIENCE -

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    This was a progressive company that believes in paying employees what they are worth, having open communication, promoting from within - Everything positive

    Cons

    Family owned with family as your co-workers can sometimes be a little difficult

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Company that needs to learn how to treat employees fairly and with respect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time

    Pros

    Some of the rank and file employees were very hard-working individuals. The main positive about my position at Ames was that I had my own office.

    Cons

    Management unable to recognize day-to-day issues within the organization; management unable to retain top talent; no flex-time; no work/life balance; finance department dysfunctional; extreme stress load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LIsten to your employees - they are the ones on the front lines and have many of the best and most innovative ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great products that no one will ever know about!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camp Hill, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper full-time

    Pros

    Quality designed, durable tools for multiple gardening, construction and/or home uses. All thoroughly tested.

    Cons

    No actual marketing ever took place. Many strong people with strong ideas worked hard to get their point across, but each time worked against each other resulting in only small blips of success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your peers, ask their advice, stop the power-plays.
    HR: Please review your management team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Al in all AT&T was a very nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Ames True Temper

    Pros

    It was nice because of flexible scheduling, benefits were great, very easy going atmosphere to work in. Vacation and sick time where always generous.

    Cons

    management was usually the issue. The supervisors were nice but most of the managers did not deserve their positions, promotions where given on who you knew not your skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay close attention the the employees that deserve management positions, if you are currently one of the ones that obtained your position knowing others were better then start learning to make yourself better

    No opinion of CEO

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