Donaldson Company

www.donaldson.com

Donaldson Company Reviews

Updated January 15, 2015
Updated January 15, 2015
65 Reviews
3.0
65 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Donaldson Company Chairman, President, and CEO Bill Cook
Bill Cook
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I like to work for Donaldson because it has good work life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Strong, global company, with good benefits (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Not much room for career growth (in 3 reviews)

  • Senior Management does not value employee development (in 3 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty standard corporate position

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

    I have been working at Donaldson Company

    Pros

    Very conservative.. Have to wait your turn to move up. Expect you to stay it same position 2+ years before moving up in the company. Great workplace environment. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Very conservative. Won't spend money to upgrade offices/buildings.. Takes awhile to move up in company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Getting worse

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

    I have been working at Donaldson Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I used to think it was a good conservative company that cared about employees. Hard to find any Pros at this point and many people are leaving and many looking to leave.

    Cons

    Good old boy network. Not what you do, but who you know. Benefits continue to get worse every year, pension is gone, environment is no fun at all. Wooohooo we are getting fitness center with annual raises of 1.5% to 2.5%. Oh and Exec claim low salary, but they sure do get paid in options, stock, benefits, etc... This is not anything other than another get the rich richer complany.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wonder why people are leaving!!! Are you going to do anything about it?
    Open your eyes before you lose what was a great company. Oh and the new CEO in waiting will not improve the environemtn for sure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    A great company. Solid brand and global operations.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Donaldson Company full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Majority of employees have been with company 15 plus years. Best training and values I have seen in a company. Great advancement opportunities mostly in the US but internationally as well.

    Cons

    salary was low for the position. Benefits were standard. Company was a bit over structured for my taste. Felt that a 50k position should be paid closer to 70k.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase saleries a bit to retain new employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Valencia, CA

    I worked at Donaldson Company full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing, no respect for the employees, the company looks like a prison, all people in the management actuate like big boss , they make you feel like useless and disposable

    Cons

    Awful people they show not respect for nobody, you are disposable

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check the policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Offer great products but disappointing a minority make it rough for many.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Sales in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Donaldson Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Develops and manufactures world leading filtration solutions, historically a very stable business, currently achieving accelerated growth, serves customers with integrity and expertise, lots of kind, dedicated and intelligent employees, corporate is located in the Twin Cities which is a nice place to live and raise a family, pay and compensation is good.

    Cons

    Not only does Upper Management and HR management turn a blind eye to serious harassment and bullying, they promote and encourage its continuation against the unwarranted recipient. This has set a precedence for an environment where employees contemplate between doing what the company's sponsored ethics training asks them to do while potentially losing their job or go with the status quo and live with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don’t assume that because an individual is a top performer in sales they're capable of effectively managing and leading sales people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is OK, stay away from Gas Turbine Systems

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

    I worked at Donaldson Company full-time

    Pros

    Strong, global company, with good benefits. I especially appreciated their great support of numerous charities.

    Cons

    Within the Gas Turbine Systems division, emphasis is on getting product out the door cheaply. Up front investment in R&D only happens for the filtration media - not any other part of the product. Mid level management micromanages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in R&D in GTS. Get managers who are familiar with their area, rather than just the theory of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very positive experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Donaldson Company as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with Donaldson mainly because of the corporate culture there. All the coworkers I interacted with are friendly and helpful. I learned a lot of technical skills from them and they are always willing to share their knowledge. Donaldson also has many fun events going on throughout the year, such as picnic and amusement park trip, etc.

    Cons

    The work can be slow, just like many other corporate jobs. But it also depends on your position and the of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience and people to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Purchasing Intern
    Former Employee - Purchasing Intern

    I worked at Donaldson Company as an intern

    Pros

    Good company values and good experience. Always had work and felt appreciated by coworkers and some management.

    Cons

    There was some micromanagement and was given responsibilities of several jobs without any pay increase. Pretty negative work environment. Not much room for career growth. Was not properly trained in the position and for the most part taught myself necessary skills to do well.

  10.  

    Stock Price More Important than Ethical Treatment of Dedicated Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Donaldson Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn the operations of a global corporation and their manufacturing methods and observe numerous and humorous management styles.

    Cons

    Cronyism management that steers individuals into being in a good old boys club by acting like a college party. Alcoholism is prevalent, you need to attend work drinking lunches to prevent a bad review from younger coworkers. Two hour sport talk sessions every morning by people who are not accountable for their work. Mechanically bereft engineers who paid for their degree instead of earning it are causing product recalls by professional incompetence. Disagreeing with favoritism and nepotism will put you on the bad review list despite your hard work and dedication. Not attending a blood drive will put you on a bad review list, even if you have a disability that prevents you from doing it. Pack rule and job loss fear are in store for you if you decide to come work here. Lower your expectations if you do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lavish hotel parties, annual tent food bash, lavish trip to Rodondo Beach and cruise, and every department has outings with drink tickets; and then hiring a VP to cut jobs so your stock price stays high puts you in the lead of Unethical Corporate Greed.
    You should have random drug testing for ALL management and leadership. Then try to value your dedicated employees.

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

    Great stability, Slim chance to advance...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Manager in Bloomington, MN

    I worked at Donaldson Company full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Conservative culture and slow decisions make for a fat balance sheet. International footprint creates opportunity for travel. Budgets are ample for large initiatives if you are patient with the selling process. Polite and friendly people. Easy hours unless you are in a known stress project.

    Cons

    Innovation, speed, and risk of any kind are discouraged. Systematic reverse discrimination active in certain support organizations. No room to make decisions below the unattainable Director level, and then micro-managed at the C-level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an average diversity model that targets diversity as a norm for all, instead of allowing for pockets of good ole boy, and reverse discrimination to create the average.

    Actually accept some risk by allowing some funded innovation in every department.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Work at Donaldson Company? Share Your Experiences

Donaldson Company

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.