Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

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Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. A cold, inpersonal company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time

    Pros

    Good product selections. Good Vendor support

    Cons

    They keep the branches so sparsely employed people stay behind in their work. There is very little time to train and customers complain all the time about inexperienced salespeople. All communication is downstream and they aren't concerned with hearing your problems. Its all about the stock holders and passing the blame fr poor service and sales down the pipeline. Be ready for a LOT of reports and a LOT of meetings. Your competitors have the same products you do for the most part so you share the same Vendor reps. The office I worked in was very political and if you ran afoul of the wrong guy he and his friends would stab you in the back at the first opportunity. They make a lot of promises on the front end but they are soon forgotten. Every decision is made at the regional manager level or higher. Local management has very little authority or input. You will get emails from management at all hours and on the weekends wanting updates on different accounts. You are on call one weekend a month and uncompensated for that. If its over a holiday dont count on going anywhere or spending time at family functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can only get so far sucking up to Cleveland instead of running your branches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good luck with this dump.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Pros

    You have a job. Although, it will look horrible on your resume.

    Cons

    Flat organizational structure keeps you in your place. Annual raises capped at 3 percent per year. High turnover and they drag their feet to replace them, sticking you with a ton of work to cover for it. Seriously, it takes a minimum of six months to replace someone. If you do get suckered into a management position, prepare to have no decision making ability. Also, you will spend most of your time filling out spreadsheets to give something to upper management to talk about. You will be overworked and under paid for your entire career, unless you are the most skilled tail sucker. If you are salary, you are looked down upon unless you work insane hours. There are tiny bonuses. Year end bonuses are put so far out there that you will never obtain them. My branch only reached it once in fifteen years. If they ask you to take a position, do not take it with the promise of better compensation later. GET IT IN WRITING or it will never happen. That and "applied hires you and someone else pays you" are mantras that every employee knows. I was there a very long time. You can believe every word that I write. Run from this company and do not look back. Lies, lies, lies and more lies. If you enjoy this crap, never mention the lies...You will start to mysteriously be written up for random things and ushered out the door. Good luck!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop worshiping Satan.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Pass on AIT

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits package i.e. health insurance, retirement was good. Company vehicle for Account Managers, company credit card for AM's

    Cons

    Micromanaging nightmare. Tons of paperwork for sales when selling not office work should be the focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you can't trust your sellers to sell then you're GMs and RMs aren't doing their jobs to facilitate the field personnel or they aren't good evaluators of talent. Seems that the culture is that all sales people are lazy and unless micromanaged they aren't capable of tying their own shoes. Please drop the sales funnel if you already haven't. Good salespeople know how to qualify and work through a sale or opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. Awful company to work for

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great customers. Good benefits. Very good products.

    Cons

    Very poor training for new account managers, very lazy disfunctional attitude throughout entire company. No accountability for cssr's, gm's & even rm's. Every branch seems to have it's own business model & the roleout of SAP has been a disaster in every way. There is no way to track sales, quotes & orders take 2 to 3 times longer than before, misships, wrong quantities, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people more. Competitor's pay much better & a lot of employees are leaving-just take a look at all of the job openings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Trade Credit Intern

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    Former Intern - Trade Credit Intern in Cleveland, OH
    Former Intern - Trade Credit Intern in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I got entry-level experience with both Oracle and SAP.

    Cons

    Terrible company environment. Trade Credit is the worst. They hire interns to do the same job as their full-time employees at a slave-rate of $10 an hour. Their is no communication within the Trade Credit department because the Manager is an anti-social, slob. There are no opportunities for learning, and no chance for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to teach your interns, and employees how to become leaders, rather than using then for cheap labor. Make your employees want to stick around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Utterly the most depressed company in Industrial Distribution. Taking good people and making them sad.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I'm at a loss to think of one reason to work for this company ? Other than you need a pay check for now. But, plan on leaving as soon as you arrive. And I mean plan, play chess. Take the job and search for the next one on your way in the door.

    Cons

    As a sales pro, working for Applied Industrial technologies is the most depressing experience I can think of. If you want to maintain a positive focus on success avoid this company. This was the saddest work environment I have ever been exposed to. Beyond words.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is the question in a vacum ? What management ? The implied and or apparent involvement of skilled, informed, forward think leadership is utterly devoid at this company. This is truly a rudderless ship heading for corporate abyss.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    For Outside Sales/Account Managers, a Micromanaging Nightmare

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The inside sales staff, especially the former Detroit Ball Bearing people in Detroit, are nothing short of awesome. Great "got your back" type of people, great support. Benefits with Applied are very good.

    Cons

    It started with great promise, then turned into nothing but a paycheck. When an inside sales person, with two decades of experience, says that they would NEVER take an account manager (outside sales) with these guys, that should tell you all...

    Fundamentally dishonest company, advertising the outside sales/account manager position as salary plus bonus opportunity, when in reality,it's draw against commission, the Detroit/Michigan managers do not tell you that until you're months into the job, and it would take tripling the sales of your territory to just break even on the salary/draw. Compensation - advertised one way, reality a whole other, unattainable mater.

    Massive amounts of micromanaging everyone.

    Outside sales/account managers should plan on having at least half of their time set for them, making "joint" sales calls with any one of at least ten vendor sales people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of abusive general and service center managers. Management by intimidation is counterproductive. Stop micromanaging your sales people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Large company that has no clue of what goes on at the branches

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some large company Benefits through small branches

    Cons

    Frivolous law suits by upper management when employees leave. Human resources does not help with complaints. Things are swept under the rug. They are duplicating their efforts on sales with subsidiaries completing with the same products. The subsidiaries make a better margin because AIT is not a technical company they are now like a catalog house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up! Ask the little people what is really going on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    A company in transition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Pros

    Many of the people who work there are really nice. great benefits, location and free parking.

    Cons

    Old school boys club. Poor work life balance. Way behind in the cutting technology race. Management doesn't encourage feedback from their people. The company just converted to SAP and the transition hasn't been easy. Poor training opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure management gets continuous leadership training. HR needs to implement and anonymous pipeline to management where feedback can be given without fear. Better training across all lines of business. Encourage work life balance with working remotely and flexible hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. IT sweat shop with clueless management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time

    Pros

    Nice facility. F.ree downtown parking

    Cons

    They pay the low end of the salary scale regardless of your experience. If you like working evenings and weekends then this is the place for you. I moved on and am making $40K more per year now and haven't woked an evening or weekend since.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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