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Columbus McKinnon Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too many Directors, no direction

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Money and benefits are good. Location and facility is convenient and well maintained. Technology is good and improving. Good people to work with that care about the company.

    Cons

    Too many directors with big egos that treat middle management poorly and in a disrespectful manner. Company direction changes often. Poor implementation planning for plant divestitures and or acquisitions. Long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with the respect they deserve. Take responsibility for your mistakes and learn from them. Check your egos at the door.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Terrible leadership and morale with no desire to improve. Getting out as soon as I can!!

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    Current Employee - MACHINE FLOOR in Lisbon, OH
    Current Employee - MACHINE FLOOR in Lisbon, OH

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay for easy work. Feeling that I can count on the other guys on the floor. Semi-stable employment

    Cons

    Union contract means nothing when management doesn't follow it anyways. Instead of doing what it says in the book, they will go by "past practice" - aka what makes them look best to corporate.

    Mindset is not about the employees at all, only what will make management look best!! I would even call the treatment towards employees abusive. I know some of the past practices violate federal laws. And they wonder why employees are confrontational!

    Management doesnt have a clue what is going on. This goes from Engineering to Human Resources to Operations. Wrong information is given if and when you get any information at all.

    No praise or incentives for doing good work or more work than required. No reason to try to do well at all. I truly think both salary and hourly employees would flock out the door if given the chance to.

    The list of bad things about working here is never ending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dont listen to management when they tell you everything is ok in Ohio. It's not. This was a short list of the things that are not ok in Ohio. To learn more things, come to Ohio when you say you are going to and actually talk to the employees without management around.

    Employees dread coming to work for the terrible management in place, and they will do anything to stop you from seeing this, including firing the only salary employee who cared about us. Next time, fire the problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you are a "yes man", you'll do well here - just don't have any ideas or opinions of your own

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lisbon, OH
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Lisbon, OH

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for easy work and great coworkers that you can actually count on. Easy access to supervisor since he is on the floor with you

    Cons

    New ideas are not welcomed. Having opinions of your own will not get you anywhere with management. The way to succeed is to "just say yes!" Don't bother trying to actually improve a process or even make a legitimate complaint - it will fall upon deaf ears.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Management "team" is your problem. There is no desire to improve the horrible morale, and even if there was desire to, management lacks the people skills and knowledge to improve it. Your best workers are driven away by inconsistencies and favoritism shown to the "yes men". Stop the favoritism and actually improve lisbon before you have no employees left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Where there is smoke, there's fire... And smoke is thick in Ohio

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Lisbon, OH
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Lisbon, OH

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance and decent compensation. Breakfast or lunch served at least once a month. Beyond that, I am not sure!

    Cons

    Terribly expensive benefits
    No accountability for anyone - I would compare it to the Wild Wild West
    Inept leadership - you can't even have a conversation without being threatened to be written up
    No relationship with the union, and no plans to build a relationship
    No communication from management to even other managers or supervisors, leading

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at Ohio Operations management... you have a great chance to make a real difference with your employees but don't have the right management in place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Doing the right things

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon

    Pros

    Investing to make the business stronger and better. Great colleagues who are always willing to help. Tons of charity work which is a testament to the hearts of the employees.

    Cons

    Like any publicly traded company, decisions for long-term business health can sometimes be sacrificed for short-term investor gains.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to praise GOOD work and accomplishments often.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is the problem!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The money isn't bad. Benefits about average for today's working world.

    Cons

    Management!! They are the whole problem. They have bad directors hiring bad managers who are then put in charge of the business. Corporate flies by the seat of their pants on a daily basis. No one knows what they're doing.
    Middle management treats the worker bees like they're children instead Of adults!! They keep completely incompetent people in positions when those same people should have been fired or never hired in the first place. They promote people into management just because they have been there forever instead of looking for the right people to do a good job.
    When I started there CM was a leader in the industry now we're a JOKE!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire all the directors and managers across the company...Chattanooga included and start over.....including the CEO, be cause obviously he's blind deaf and dumb if he doesn't see the problems right in front of his face.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst job I ever had

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Lisbon, OH
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Lisbon, OH

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I will have to think about this one!!

    Cons

    Total lack of respect to salaried employees. Lack of concern of safety and quality. Hourly employees make more money while working less hours. Reviews are constantly 4-5 months overview.
          Re elvaluate your pay scale to enable you to retain good employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at how you treat salaried employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Complete lack of credible management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - MACHINE FLOOR in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - MACHINE FLOOR in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay potential

    There are no other viable reasons to work for this company.

    Cons

    Carousel of management leads to carousel of policies

    All promotions are contingent to relation to a handful of people

    Lack of scheduling capabilities lead to extensive overtime for hourly employees

    Middle management is filled with deceit and blame without ever providing constructive thoughts or solutions

    No reward for hard work, high production rates, low scrap, or advanced education

    Management is allowed to mistreat employees verbally

    Complete lack of professionalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RE: Chattanooga - Take care of the people who specialize in making you money. Cutting benefits, firing good managers and promoting bad managers, and not providing advancement under the guise of "we dont have a system in place" leads to horrible morale and high turnover. Chattanooga is blowing up with job opportunities, so managers can no longer treat employees bad while challenging them to "find a better job" if they can. Identify capable employees and give them a reason to make CM their career instead of letting managers scared of talent run them off. Stop allowing failure to exist!!!! First cuts? Current Chattanooga Ops Mgr and the Tool and Die supervisor.

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

    Could have been better

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

    I worked at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There was pretty much no one looking over my shoulders over analyzing everything I did which does help the stress level

    Cons

    They don't seem to be big on providing good training and are one of the most un-transparent companies I have ever worked for

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your people are your strength..nurture them...train them...treat them well

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

    Money hungry, power grab!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Wadesboro, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Wadesboro, NC

    I have been working at Columbus McKinnon full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you don't like a policy or supervisor, just wait! It will change soon!

    Cons

    Apparently ambition is the only trait needed to supervise here. Hard workers are not compensated enough and lazy workers are protected, promoted, and get to top pay quickly. The most backwards company I have ever worked for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With a CEO that makes 1.23M a year, I would advise him to cut his salary by 75%, give all the hourly workers a raise, fire plant managers and above, then quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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