Dematic

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Dematic Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
50 Reviews
2.8
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Dematic President and CEO John Baysore
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Grand Rapids can be nice place to live (in 5 reviews)

  • There are good people who work really hard and want to do a good job (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Constant supervisor changes, at least once a year because upper management doesn't like them telling them how to improves production issues (in 4 reviews)

  • what you had told was what was sold and when the customer is upset, you, not sales or a project manager, will have to work it out (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good

    Current Employee - Simulation Consultant
    Current Employee - Simulation Consultant

    I have been working at Dematic as a contractor

    Pros

    Challenging projects with good pay

    Cons

    I was not with Dematic long enough to discover cons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice

  2.  

    A growing and fun company to work at.

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

    I have been working at Dematic

    Pros

    The company welcomes new people, you don't feel like a second class citizen because you are new.

    Cons

    Benefits for reserves/guard are terrible - company policies are hostile to current deserve or guard. Deployment? You'll go bankrupt if you use their benefits. You will also need to apply for your job when you return. They keep to the minimum requirements of the law.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company's reserve/guard policies are just wrong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company, Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer III in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Lots of professional people and very satisfying to see a successful project.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of redundancy, slow to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time with training and standardization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Heavily Structured Environment and Practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New Berlin, WI
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in New Berlin, WI

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

    Pros

    A decent environment for new hires out of college to gain exposure to automation, however it's not a great learning environment long-term. If you enjoy or need structure, or want to become an institutional employee that learns the corporate way and only does the one thing then Dematic is a good place to work.

    Cons

    The company is heavily partitioned (or silo-ed) such that two people sitting next to each other in the same department don't know what it is the other does, nor does each person know what happens with the work product she/he receives or produces.

    Dematic wants soldiers or robots. Don't question why, just do and die. Don't expect to make a significant impact or exercise your brain. Dematic may be a good company for "business" people (i.e. those supporting roles such as accounting, finance, management), but for those whose job it is to execute projects for customers it's not a good atmosphere; not creative, not exciting, not requiring much brain power. Example, Dematic has removed (pre-engineered) much of the engineering from its conveyor product lines. In practice engineers take pre-engineered "blocks" to create drawings, code etc. It's not all this way, but it speaks of the Dematic culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management, you're: not flexible, not understanding, don't seem capable of learning, not interested in listening to employees, not interested in streamlining or making processes or tasks more efficient. Perhaps the biggest problem is that you don't care, mainly about improving anything. Dematic management's position is "that's how it's done," "we've always done that," or "just do it (this way)."

    You're employees, aka the soldiers, don't understand how Dematic makes money and those same employees are frustrated that you don't listen to them, and don't consider changing... anything, particularly when they are trying to propose more efficient and/or less expensive alternatives to current practices.

    Bottom line: listen, actually listen to your employees AND communicate back what you'll do with the new information AND follow up with them by communicating why it can or can't be done, and if it can be done how it will be accomplished. The company, as large as it is and embedded in processes and standards, must become more flexible and adaptive when it comes to change of any kind. That is, unless your business model doesn't require thinkers to execute projects but merely soldiers to do as instructed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Dematic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Located in Grand Rapids,, global Michigan. The pay is what you expect for entry level employees, Health care benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Poor management. Lack of Foresight. Inconsistencies in operation, policies, and standards of quality. Little or no consideration for employees. Shipping many of the jobs to Mexico.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This was once a great company, with the present management I expect Dematic will not exist in 2 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall great experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    As an engineer, you will learn a ton and can apply it to many other industries. You will also learn a lot on how to be a strong project leader.

    Cons

    The travel can be a bit much at times, but it is a nice way to break up the monotony. A lot of the jobsites are out in the middle of nowhere though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep leading by example. The upcoming younger generation needs to continue to see that type of leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is terrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    There are some good people left. The salary and benefits are competitve by West Michigan standards. Grand Rapids can be nice place to live.

    Cons

    The magagement is out to turn a buck regardless of consequences down the road. They do not seem to care about employees or customers. For a career here, you will either have to 'lay low' and get below level cost of living raises or try to excel and be given tasks that are either impossible to do or will take all your waking hours to do successfully. If you succeed, you may get promoted to work more until yet more work is loaded on until you fail . A new horse is then found.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pool up and start a hedge fund.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Confusion and total mismanagement.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hourly in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Hourly in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    When you punch out for the day.

    Cons

    Where should I begin. Production operators are totally left in the dark on everyday information. Machines are basically obsolete and constantly down. With a grand total of 3 maintenance guys to tend to the issues on 2 ten hour shifts with absolutely no clue how to actually fix the problems because management refuses to spend a dime on updating the machinery. Bottom line of this company is step over a penny to pick up a dollar. Constant supervisor changes, at least once a year because upper management doesn't like them telling them how to improves production issues. Showing the owners they can make a profit at ANY cost to employees is the way of this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay in your comfy AC office and collect your checks because your irrelevant here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Like stepping back in time to the confusion of the 80's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Project Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Project Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Dematic full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The administrative portion of the company (HR, Payroll, etc.) was great.

    Cons

    The organization was a mess. Management was weak and self serving. Upper management instituted policies designed to screw salaried employees out of compensation for mandatory, company scheduled, overtime performed at customer jobsites that the company was billing for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trying to address overtime issues with office dwellers, resulting from poor management, with a blanket policy affecting those that MUST work overtime because of customer schedule, indicates that you do not know the difference between support staff and those that are the means of production for your product. Wake up!

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

    Great co-workers --- Poor management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    My co-workers are the best I have had at any job. Line managers are flexible to employees needs when a family situation arises. You can choose your start and end times within reason. The pay and benefits package is comparable to other local employers. There is a year end bonus. Promotions seem to happen on a regular basis.

    Cons

    Sr. Management seems to be completely removed from the day to day reality of life outside their bubble. R-D has had mandatory 50 hour work weeks for 4 months now and no one really seems to know why or when it will end. When the executives are actually in the office, they will go out of their way not to talk to us minions when you pass them in the aisles. Management only seems interested in the all mighty dollar and self promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are getting burned out. People are not numbers tossed around at management's whim, we have families and children who need attention too. The CEO went in the local paper a while back to talk about how great he was, this is NOT motivational to the employees doing the work to make Dematic successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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