Gleason Reviews

Updated September 30, 2014
Updated September 30, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Hiring manager wanted to hire this contract engineer, but got turned down.

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gleason as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Global sales, well known in their industry (machine tools) a leader in their specialty (gear-cutting machines), a reputation for quality and precision, dedicated talented workforce, a great sense of pride in their product and their reputation, manufacturing floor is king, lots of attention on customer delivery schedule

    Cons

    Machine tools business is cyclical with the manufacturing industry and vulnerable to economic downturns, the company recently experimented with Lean and Six Sigma and other initiatives but results were spotty, top management shakeup in 2012

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what your strategy is, communicate to your employees, stick to your plan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Talented workers; Dysfunctional Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gleason (more than an year)

    Pros

    Bright, educated workers. Rich company history. Okay benefits. Free parking. Nice neighborhood.

    Cons

    Horrific management practices. The worst treatment of employees I have seen in 30 years of working. Senior management reward big talk and not substance and hard work. Culture focus on self-survival and not team work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in developing ALL employees on effective people skills.

    Stop repeating the same mistakes decade after decade. "If you keep doing the same things, you'll get the same results." You're innovative when it comes to technology. Consider a different people-approach.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inability to Recognize Talent Needed to Compete in Today's Industry

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    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent engineering team with passion and a desire to succeed in new technologies

    Cons

    Management is clueless in understanding new technologies and the ability to recognize good management talent that is desperately needed in the company.
    Very poor recruiting abilities, dragging candidates on and not selecting ones that could make a difference. They seem to not want to change the existing culture and keep the same old approach that aren't working hence an inability to compete in today's environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management really needs to restructure and get new management with today's skills and experience. The consequence will be the inability to compete and loss of revenues. There customers are more technology astute. It's a shame that such a historic company is headed in the wrong direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Generally satisfactory but could not learn much and lack of ambition throughout.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are good and helpful. Lack of organization helps you to work independently and teach yourself.

    Cons

    Lack of organization with many plans but very poor execution. No general focus on where the company is headed in future. No long term plans. Micromanagement on daily operation which has caused no attention to inefficiency in processes. Generally, people do not know how to use newer technology to improve internal and external operations and also a lack of ambition in doing so. Very poor resource planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to focus on internal issues and resolve them with results instead of validating everything and questioning everything. Only then profitability will increased. Define and train employees in customer relations. Make sure internal processes are flawless integrating newer technologies in Manufacturing, Industrial Science and IT. Focus on how to expand the business and capability rather than micromanaging actions of every employee. This simply adds waste in time for both.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    To bad management does not care.

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    Former Employee - Bevel Cell Operator in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Bevel Cell Operator in Rockford, IL

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

    Pros

    Only Pros is you do start out at a decent wage, and you get a bonus for working nights, weekend days, and weekend nights. And they do have decent benefits for health care and 401k. That's it.

    Cons

    OK so here are the cons. Max raise is 3%. Most of the time you will be lucky to get that 3%. Management there is to micro manage and to screw over anyone no matter if you are working hard or not. Night shift is terrible. At the time I was there, we had three night supervisors that literally kept walking around and kept looking to get someone in trouble. Apparently the rule there for night supervisors is if you do not get someone in trouble you are not doing your job.

    Back to the raise part. No one cares how hard you work because there will always be something you did wrong or did not accomplish. Whatever that one item you did not accomplish will be held against you during your raise.

    I was told by my department manager that 3% is max. So what that means is if some employees that were favored because some how they sucked up to management got more then 3% then someone will get under 3% to keep the balance for the department. These are my ex-manager's words not mine. This is unacceptable.

    Also do not try going to someone higher up then your departments manager if you are not satisfied with your review, even though they tell you that you can, it will cause bad blood between you and your department manager which means you will get probably a worse review the next time around.

    Night shift supervisor's are there to make you think you are worthless. At the time I was there, we had a night supervisor that actually told an employee that he was worthless and then the employee quit because he did not want to deal with that anymore. Also this same night supervisor had multiple complaints to HR about him but he was still kept around as a night supervisor, so that shows you how much they care about employees compared to any kind of supervisor/manager position.

    The way the employees are treated trumps anything that you can have that is a positive from it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually show some appreciation to your employees. And when they are actually busting there butt off give them a good raise at the end. If you think 3% is enough you are insane. If you are under the impression that .42 cent raise (assuming the manager gave that 3%) is enough then you are sadly mistaken.

    And please listen to your employees. If there is a complaint about how night shift is being treated by multiple people, do not ignore it actually go and see what is going on. Do some investigation or you will keep losing good hard working employees and continue to have to hire in new people and have to train them and worry about the amounts of scrap they will create during the first 6 months of employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    A Fulfilling learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

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

    Pros

    The leader in Quality and Manufacturing of CNC Machines.
    Relatively small company
    Very Veteran Friendly
    Good Pay and Benefits
    Company has a global reach

    Cons

    Business is very cyclical.
    There's always an uncertainty as to what tomorrow holds
    Here today. Laid off tomorrow.
    Things are constantly changing on the fly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your people they are your best critics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bad Management and non challenging work

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gleason full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay. People are nice but grumpy. Management is clueless so you can take easy advantage of that. Perfect place if you want a non challenging job and mediocre pay.

    Cons

    Too many old guys without college degrees who think they know it all. They are stingy with raises so get a good starting salary. Watch out for the grumpy old men.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They place feels like a dungeon. Please change work atmosphere. Fire the deadwood quicker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Gleason is behind times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY

    I worked at Gleason

    Pros

    Gleason is the leader in the bevel gear world, the tier one supplier of manufacturing, design and metrology systems for bevel gears. As an employee you get exposure to customers worldwide and first hand knowledge of the latest in gear manufacturing as well as gear research.

    Cons

    Gleason administration and management can be a little slow in picking up trends and new developments in the industry. As an employee, expect to be treated with respect but also with long working hours and few rewards for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee recognition needs to be improved.

  10.  

    Good experience with some great technology.

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work load. Great experience with some good engineers. Timely support form mother plants.

    Cons

    Always traveling. Some time delay in service communications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more exposure with new technology. More opportunity to learn. Needs Engineers forum to discuss different problems on site.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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