Atlas Copco Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
94 Reviews
3.9
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Atlas Copco President & CEO Ronnie Leten
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Always a good work/life balance (Swedish style) (in 3 reviews)

  • It is a global company that lets their younger recruits grow (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Compensation package without car except senior management (in 3 reviews)

  • lot of work pressure and though upper management (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good employer - Roanoke, VA

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Atlas Copco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, good pay, good group of coworkers, corporate layoff included severance package (they made getting laid off as soft as it could be), a lot of hands on experience is available

    Cons

    Stale atmosphere with little to no team building beyond work tasks, safety is sometimes a concern due to the nature of the work, you will have to wear many hats to get the job done

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great if you are willing to go with the flow and not voice your oppinion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlas Copco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great medical benefits, no where else compares. They have employee and family events that other companies don't spend the money on any more.

    They are trying to move to a "customer focused" organization.

    Lots of training opportunities available and employees are required to complete 40 hrs every year.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than other places. There is a lot of talk about the ability to move within the company, however there are few opportunities and very few chances are given to move around unless a "newly created" position becomes available.

    Morale is very low resulting in a high turn over rate.

    Processes are extremely manually and they don't seem to want to change them. There isn't a formal change review process or a standard place to really see all of the processes you need to follow. Something can be mentioned in passing by management and that puts the change in place. Whenever a new person comes on board and questions why the manual effort is there, they are immediately black balled. I have heard it more than once "Why does everyone want to come in an change our processes?" The answer is that there is a better way to do things, however, unless you are one of the chosen few your opinion doesn't count.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually make changes. Stop saying we are going to change to make things better. Actually do something. Use your new people as a sounding board to make the changes and listen to them. Stop relying on people who have been around for 10 years to make your changes.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company with Good Benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atlas Copco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company offers great medical, retirement, and vacation benefits. The job is not hard to do and it's pretty easy to learn the process. Some of the managers are great people and understand and care for you.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between the managers and employees. Sometimes work can get a bit boring depending on the position you have.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Get ready....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Hill, SC

    I have been working at Atlas Copco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, good vacation, no consequences from actions or lack thereof.

    Cons

    No consequences from actions. Truly unrealistic expectations from management. Not enough time to properly and fully complete tasks. A lot of direction with little explanation. A truly cynical culture that will bring the most optimistic people down. There is no "engineering" to be done on the shop floor, you chase parts in a chaotic, disorganized warehouse. Stay away unless you want to work in a "job shop" setting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down and do it correctly instead of shooting from the hip and hoping you get it right. Quit worrying about making things "look good" for management tours and maybe try to work on truly honing in processes to make the numbers speak for themselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience at Atlas Copco was up and down.

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    Current Employee - Cycle Counter  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Cycle Counter in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Atlas Copco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The best thing about Atlas was above average compensation, and the benefits were great. I believe the benefits were better than the compensation.

    Cons

    The business tends to lay off every four or five years. Most of the lay off is from production, not the office jobs. I we laid off twice from 2008-2013, up and down business market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be up front with production

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to get experience designing.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Atlas Copco

    Pros

    Great projects come through working with very active engineering companies as well as large oil and gas companies

    Cons

    Does not reward employees well despite a great benefit package.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Atlas Copco

    Pros

    The company culture is friendly, open, responsible, high-achieving yet fun. People are helpful and team oriented, which leads to a pleasant work environment and high performance. Also, the company works well with corporate responsibility, and there are great career opportunities. Changing position, business area, country etc is encouraged

    Cons

    The wage is mediocre, and at some points the big organization can get a bit bureaucratic and slow. Offices seldom situated down town

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work

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    Current Employee - Support Engineer  in  Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Rock Hill, SC

    I have been working at Atlas Copco as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are hard-working and intelligent. The work is interesting and the company works hard to take care of the employees.

    Cons

    I have not yet experienced any cons in working for Atlas Copco. Even though Atlas Copco is a global company, they allow local management enough leeway to manage their people with care and respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing well with interactions with employees and the end customer will continue to be well taken care of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Caring place to work but catching to many issue

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    Current Employee - Welder  in  Garland, TX
    Current Employee - Welder in Garland, TX

    I have been working at Atlas Copco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They work with your family needs!

    Cons

    No focus moving forward, safety is talked about but never followed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of Travel for Field Service Engineers

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at Atlas Copco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    As a Field Service Engineer, I was probably on travel over 70% of the time. Travelled to Portugal, Mexico, many US locations, and was slated to go to China and Russia before I resigned to pursue other opportunities.
    Pay was great, on top of travel expenses.

    Cons

    So much travel, some times you didn't have time to breathe before you're off to the next site.
    Company made the transition from JC Carter Pumps to Atlas Copco, so the company started to cut expenses.
    Travel policy remained unchanged for Field Service Representatives and it stated that all international travels, or travels greater that 6 hours, will be in Business or First Class.
    After 10 days in Portugal, working over 15 hours a day, the Company changed my ticket to Coach without notifying me (to save $300). Not a good way to say thank you for a job well done, by sticking your employee in cramped travel arrangements, especially when I would do a turnaround to China in a couple of days after returning.
    Before becoming a part of the Atlas Copco team, I normally travelled First Class on my own dime, so I paid the $1200 charge to get me back into First Class. Needless to say, I resigned the following day that I returned, to pursue other opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budget cuts are understandable, but don't sacrifice the morale by trying to save a few dollars on travel. In the grand scheme of millions of dollars, the difference is just a small piece of the pie.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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