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Worked over 10 years

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Edmonton, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

I worked at SimplexGrinnell full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Family environment; vacation time increases every 5 years; belief in what the company supplies to customer

Cons

Old boys club; no staff to cover you when your vacation time increases; company doesn't care if staff has to work 7 days a week to try to keep up. No koodos for good work but lots of crap for not meeting expectations

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Much more thorough investigation of management, listen to the dispatch, support, IT staff more - take into consideration what they have to offer

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rollercoster`

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Hamilton, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Hamilton, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at SimplexGrinnell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company car and incentives for getting your quota. Great products to sell. Good holiday plan.
    Like the people I work with.

    Cons

    They have let a lot of knowledgeable people go.
    Don't seem to realize we are slowly losing business because we don't have suport staff.
    More interested in bottom line than customer service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back people who know the industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Profitability through 'head count'.

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at SimplexGrinnell full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company vehicle, decent salary, good local people to work with. People at the district level are committed to their jobs and customers.

    Cons

    Increasing distrust of senior management, originating with the CEO. If the company has a bad month or quarter, the answer is to reduce head count. Hiring freezes are pretty much the norm, even if a district is sorely needing in field staff to keep up with current backlog. Good luck trying to convince whatever bean counter is in charge that particular day you need the manpower. Management doesn't understand the implications of getting to a project late. They preach growth, but only growth on the bottom line, done through staff elimination. Stress is unreal, because you have to do 3 other people's jobs since they've been let go. This company is setting itself up for failure - experienced people are being replaced with accountants. This is a company run by spreadsheet, not by innovative leaders. Profits cannot possibly be sustainable, there aren't many people with any field knowledge left! Tons of corporate 'support' though. The problem is, no one at the district level has any idea what all these corporate managers actually do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Every company needs accountants, sure, but use common sense and trust the people you've put in charge at the district level. Had a bad month? Quarter? Rather than getting rid of people, why don't you try to find the root cause? Every person you remove takes years to recover from. When will managers actually outnumber sales/design/admin/field staff? Layers and layers and layers of management make getting anything done in this company nearly impossible. Hire some IT staff too.. We're still running on XP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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