Delta Systems

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Delta Systems Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Long boring nights. Lack of movement will put you to sleep

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Streetsboro, OH
    Current Employee - Assembler in Streetsboro, OH

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay isn't bad for the little bit of work you do

    Cons

    They will tell you they are going to do something for weeks and never do it no matter how many times they tell you it will be done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to some of the employees. even though some have a temp badge doesn't mean we don't know what we are talking about. We are temps not retarded

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a great career choice for experienced, knowledgeable professionals!

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

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly employees working in production. (those employees below management)
    Lowest paid employees seem to work the hardest and take pride in their work. (Line assemblers, machine operators, supervisors, a few managers in production)

    Cons

    If you are looking for a career at an organization that will appreciate your knowledge and experience and listen to your ideas..... this is not the place for you. Sr. Management penalizes anyone who does not conform to their ideas and way of thinking. CEO and CFO put their ideas and agendas before the good of the company. President is clueless to what is really going on in her company. Great employees are leaving or let go because they don't fall into compliance with the management team. It is more of a popularity contest then a professional organization based on skills. There are several managers who are in positions of authority, but have no business being in their positions. They are not popular among the employees, they are part of a "GROUP" within the organization that is protected by dysfunctional Sr. Managers. They have no clue how to treat people with respect, integrity and professionalism. You go places in the company only if they "LIKE' you. Unless you are part of the "GROUP" and if you are, you can treat people with disrespect and not worry about losing your job. They are not held accountable for their actions.

    The Berry family has turned a once revered company into a failure. They are struggling to come up with new ideas to stay competitive in the market. Relying on old products to continue their success. Failure after failure with new product lines. They do not have a strong team within the management group to stand up for their employees and make the company a great success. They are struggling with ideas, concepts and final stages of production because Sr. Managers and Directors don't have the skills needed for success.

    What was once a place where employees felt appreciated, and their ideas were actually taken serious, is now an organization of dysfunction, failure and dread.

    Same employee appreciation activities year after year after year. How many times can you have the same stuff without getting tired of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest to the Berry's that they bring in a Sr. Manager that has no ties to the current management team. They should look at the skills, knowledge and experience of each manager to see if they are a good fit for their position.

    Look into the compensation structure. Make it fair across the board.

    The Sr. Manager that you hire to look at the company should also be forthcoming with the Berry's concerning the future success of the current organization.

    Find new people or form a new committee if you want your employee appreciation activities to be impactful and successful. Your current ones are not working.

    I would suggest restructuring the management team. That is just my opinion. Too many great employees have gone..... don't let any more go. Maybe consider rehiring employees who actually made a difference in the organization but were treated unfairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Educational

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career advancement, education promotion, good opportunity, small enough to make a difference yet large enough to offer career advancement and place to be.

    Cons

    Family run!!! Greedy and self serving children of the original owner do not have what it takes to take the company to the next level, or even sustain it for that matter. They have lost most all of the employee depth they once had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the Barry family and the company just may survive to continue to be a blessing to those who work there honorably.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Glory days are long gone

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical
    Current Employee - Technical

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay, technical experience, not much else

    Cons

    Cash register for family owners. They keep pulling $ out as fast as they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to sell. The best days of this company happened many years ago. The company isn't a piggy bank to support your lavish and greedy lifestyle. There used to be fun parties, happier employees, more team spirit. We won't even talk about what the owners have done with the sunshine committee. So sad. I wish we could bring back the best employees from years gone by.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    OK place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Delta Systems

    Pros

    Smaller company so changes can actually happen based on your input

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities. Very few benefits (just eliminated tuition reimbursement)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop new products and nurture existing top customers

  7.  

    Just Passing Through, Short Term Employement Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH

    I worked at Delta Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable Product Line. Standard Benefits. Small Company.

    Cons

    Limited Talent at Senior Management Levels. Low Pay. Limited Growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the Bleeding. Stop thinking Delta is not for everyone.. Don't just take care of your top five behind the wall of the office, don't you think you have given them enough. Share with the rest of your teams, frustrating working for peanuts, no bonuses as promised.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Still a great place to work after 6+ years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Streetsboro, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Streetsboro, OH

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Pay/benefits are good
    - Work/life balance is great
    - Organization is "flat" - there's a org chart, but anyone at any level in the company can approach any of the senior managers or president at any time with questions, suggestions, etc.
    - Management welcomes feedback / input from employees
    - Work is interesting and engaging - small company atmosphere means getting to work on a number of different projects while making a meaningful impact on each
    - Culture is friendly and cooperative

    Cons

    - Company has high market share for its current products/customer base, so it needs to find new customers and new products for meaningful growth in the coming years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep listening to your employees and looking for good opportunities to grow the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Delta Systems, Inc. --A Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time

    Pros

    The work environment is pleasant; assignments are challenging and the people friendly.
    Education is taken very serious with ample opportunities to pursue company paid degreed programs or non-degreed continuing education. Many employees have gotten bachelor’s degrees and there are quite a few employees who have graduate degrees as a result of the educational program. The company prides itself on promoting from within and there are many examples of good people who have shown initiative and positive results and have been promoted to more responsible positions. Compensation is very competitive and the benefits are good. The company is 30% owned by the employees (ESOP). Every year the company deposits money into an ESOP retirement fund for each employee.
    The company has received national recognition for quality excellence. The family that owns the business has made large investments in plant equipment and a beautiful facility. They are committed to keeping manufacturing jobs in Ohio. This is a good thing in the age of off-shoring. The CEO takes a genuine interest in all employees. For example she makes visits to the shop floor weekly on all three shifts to talk with employees. Periodic meetings are held with all employees with an open forum to ask questions of the CEO.
    The company is not afraid to try new approaches, look at new markets and make changes that ensure that the company is well positioned for future success. Delta makes a very good product at a fair price which is a recipe for continued success.

    Cons

    The company sells into a marketplace that is seasonal by nature (outdoor power equipment). July is a slow month in the factory and certain parts of the factory do not work all or parts of this month. Advanced notice is given concerning slowdowns in July to allow factory employees to use vacation and personal time. Office and professional staff are not affected by the July slowdown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the family culture that has made this company a great place to work. Companies need to respond to changes in the business environment to ensure continued success. In order to improve and better respond to customers, change is necessary. Remember that some employees will resist change. I have sat on the sidelines and watched the few folks who hark back to the “good old days.” A few have chosen to leave the company rather than accept the changes that are necessary. Several of those who left the company because of the changes have vented their displeasures (frustrations?) on this site about the changes. It is ironic that the very changes that are being criticized were necessary, and have proven to be effective in supporting continued product and market leadership.
    This is an excellent company, well managed and financially strong. Continue to make decisions that build on the strengths of the company—excellent engineering, high quality manufacturing and strong customer relationships built over 40 years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Company where Incompetence Reigns Supreme! Applicants beware!! Elvis (aka "The Talent") has left the building!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Streetsboro, OH

    I worked at Delta Systems full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    An income for an undetermined amount of time.

    Cons

    When I joined Delta Systems, the company had just undergone a change with the CEO. The change involved replacing the incumbent CEO, whom had been in industry for a number of years and had incremental success with growing the company, to the daughter-in-law of the company founder as the new Chief executive officer. A person who is void of any business or manufacturing past experience, but rather draws from a past part time executive recruiting job as qualifications to run a once thriving company. This change in leadership has unsettled the staff’s confidence in the company’s leadership, and has led to a mass exodus of really talented people. During my time at Delta, every senior management member (very competent and driven talent) have been forced out and replaced with lesser talent. Since there is a lack of any business knowledge on behalf of the new leadership, the newly replaced COO and CFO are consulted and used as advisors on every aspect of the business. Both of these individuals arrived from a now defunct automotive supplier where they worked in similar capacities. Additionally, neither of these two individuals exhibit any knowledge of the product development process or product line life cycle, and innovation. Since the CEO has chosen these two management members as the chosen trusted “advisors”, they have managed to road block and undermine other Delta “heads of state” resulting in progress stalemates and ultimately departure of those management members and thus resulting into a constant land grab for them within the company. For example, the COO who was once responsible for just “operations”, has over time acquired various departments such as Quality, Design Engineering, Program Management, Sourcing, Human Resources after departure of certain strategic management members, and continues to encroach into the sales department. Currently, the COO and CFO have the largest influence on any new personnel appointed to any department head position, and in doing so, tend to select people who have lesser qualifications than the predecessor and little competency for the type of work they are hired for. This hiring strategy allows both individuals to appear as the top performers within the senior management structure ensure their own political importance and power of influence over the CEO.
    Since the CEO change, and the constant flight of talent from the company, the culture within Delta has changed drastically from an “everyone works towards a common goal” to a very “toxic” environment, having a multitudes of infighting/finger-pointing between groups. As evidence of the company going in the wrong direction, innovation had come to a grinding halt, and their products are slowly being phased out of new and upcoming OEM products. The overall business is on the decline due to lost market share, shrinking profit margins and the lack of keeping up with changing technology. Additionally, the company’s once vast patent portfolio has started and continues to expire leaving the company’s products exposed to Chinese copycats.
     The sales department (another huge problematic area within this company) is headed by another unqualified individual who has no mechanical or electrical aptitude/ knowledge of how Delta’s products function. With that in mind, this individual is not only responsible for maintaining the current customer base business, but also generating new business with technical products and Delta’s innovative experience (that has since left to go elsewhere). There are no sales engineers who can carry a technical discussion with potential customers, but mostly a sales force that sells the existing products like parts out of a catalog. The current sales force cannot hold a technical discussion due to their inability to understand the systems they are selling into, however, ironically is the same sales force that are the first point of contact with customers whom can clearly see, that Delta’s knowledge base has depleted.
    The middle management layer within this company is overfilled with incompetence as these positions are usually won out by a popularity contest and not qualifications. Most all middle management lack any management experience and are certainly not mentors for their subordinates. Most of the middle management lack a level of post high school education (with few exceptions), but yet are placed in these positions that they in no way would be considered for at other companies. This strategy ensures a lesser risk of these individuals leaving the company for something better, in addition to Delta providing a lower scale salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was really disappointed and frustrated at how the company deteriorated, as I had initially planned to stay longer. The toxic atmosphere created by senior management’s hunger for some level of power and personal gain has taken a toll on this business. The CEO has been approached by several members of the office staff on actions needed to change the culture and make the business prosperous once again, however a deaf ear is turned and lip service is paid. The turnover of staff should be alarming to any applicant inquiring about working for this company, as it is over 50%, despite how the company tries to spin it. A company’s greatest assets are its people, and the three main decision makers of Delta Systems haven’t figured this out yet. The leadership hosts quarterly “Propaganda” state of the business meetings meant to inform all the associates of how the business is operating, however I have attended most of these (while I was there) and its always the same positive spin on a grim outlook. I could fill a series of novels (and perhaps will someday) with some of the ridiculous politics that takes place within this company and how it affects the overall performance of the business. I am sure by then, the ship will have gone down and the senior leadership will have cashed out and moved to another ship to sink.

    My advice to the ownership: If you are not going to sell the business (which is my first suggestion), wipe the senior management staff clean and start over. Do not hire senior management members that are company “throw aways” and tend to agree with your every decision as those types of people are not working in your best interest, but rather their own. Be leery of anyone that continuously tries to hire past associates, as they are more interested in empire building than helping the business prosper. And last, quit hiring the fast talker, as that is all they know how to do. Once you put the right individuals in charge, they will filter out the incompetence in all the lower levels. Until that day comes, the hemorrhaging will continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    On a downward spiral...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Streetsboro, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Streetsboro, OH

    I have been working at Delta Systems full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice modern plant facility. They have spent money to build a nice building and offices, and some equipment. Unfortunately, it's all lipstick on a pig.

    Cons

    From an SBN Online article, dated 4/1/2011: When the CEO "came into Delta Systems Inc. as president and CEO, the company was in good shape." Now, unfortunately, it's in a downward spiral due to inept management with no insight or creativity to properly position the company for a changing times and to hold on to their existing business. The CEO, a family member by marriage, is not a leader, by any stretch of reason, but simply a listener to the 2 VPs that are actually in charge. And those 2 individuals are completely lacking an understanding of how to steer this company to capitalize on its potential. All of the intelligent managers and staff have left in disgust.

    In the same SBN Online article, the CEO states, " I was looking for those who were ready to work and help us grow to the next level.” In reality, those type of people were chased away in the engineering and technology areas of the company, leaving them without a vibrant competent staff. The CEO entrusts 2 people in the company, and they're not capable. The board must be blind.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell, sell, sell. While the stock has value, sell the company to a company that will know how to run the organization. Please, for the sake of the employees that have stake in its ESOP program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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