Da-Lite Reviews

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Richard E. Lundin
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    Bait and Switch, Small company has few positives

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer

    I have been working at Da-Lite full-time

    Pros

    Production changes day to day so that each day is a little different from the next. There is great camaraderie between co workers.

    Cons

    The company is overall a penny pinching company. There is a 3% annual raise allotted per employee. If management would like to give more than that to an individual, the extra percentage is taken from their coworker. The technical equipment is out of date as are their production techniques. There is little investment in technology and research. Management is difficult to work with and human resource are there to completely represent the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in technology which will save time and money. Keep realistic expectations for employees. Give employees their due, such as pay increase for increased work load.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great product, terrible place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Partner  in  Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Partner in Warsaw, IN

    I worked at Da-Lite

    Pros

    Da-Lite really does have the best product in their business. I have yet to see anyone make a projection screen as well as they do, and that includes looking at their competitors like Stewart, Draper and Elite. Elite has the potential if they can work out a few quality issues to give them a run for their money though.

    There is also a good training program, when it is done properly. They seem to understand that almost no one goes into this industry knowing about their products. When done properly they have a tight 10 week training program that covers all products and processes in the office. Unfortunately the trainers have many other responsibilities and can rarely do it properly, dragging it out months longer.

    Cons

    Completely unrealistic expectations and absolutely no regard for the employees at all. They expect you to do anything a customer asks and then get upset at you for costing the company money.

    It is expected that you put in all overtime necessary - as long as you are salaried. Hourly employees are allowed no overtime but once I was salaried a 70 hour work week became the norm. When I questioned a schedule that had me working 12 hours a day, plus weekends I was just told that we needed to work hard and that they needed people that "bleed the Da-Lite Blue". Burnout is common and turnover is high meaning that they never get the levels of customer service they claim to have.

    Lastly most upper management has absolutely no respect for the people working for them, even though they are doing jobs they could never do. I once overheard the Executive Vice President walking through the office saying "..let them quit if they want to and see if they can find another job in this economy!"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that much of your staff is overworked, and that they do care and want the company to succeed. Take some basic communication courses so that, at the very least, your disdain for those working for you will be somewhat masked. And try to respond to the changing AV world by actually developing something new, instead of just renaming an old product and hoping people won't notice. If you don't, the company will not last another 100 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Job satisfaction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Da-Lite

    Pros

    Good independance in doing job, decent salary as of 2009, decent benefits

    Cons

    poor communication from management, poor attitude towards employees, poor way of treating employeees, poor decisoin making of management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to employees treat them better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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