Kollmorgen Reviews

Updated June 9, 2015
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  1. Good Core, some polish needed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Salary in Radford, VA
    Former Employee - Salary in Radford, VA

    I worked at Kollmorgen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to learn if you are willing to raise your hand and volunteer. Decent Pay Great People, very family atmosphere with occasional picnics and bbqs Nice facility with AC in the factory (unheard of!)

    Cons

    There are a few managers with a cutthroat, political attitude but they are few and far between, if you don't get stuck in a division with one (or managed by one) you will be fine. Be ready to leave to get a raise or promotion - they won't recognize folks who have improved themselves internally until they leave and are needed back. Some underlying negativity at all levels - it doesn't come from any one place, some is disgruntled older workers, some is brad new hires but there are just a few bad apples there - stay away from them! It is a good place to work but to hear them tell it the sky is falling but it isn't (i think a few of them wrote reviews on here!) Listening to them re-hash every little problem is the biggest con on this list.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of a few self-serving managers and a few negative-nellys lurking in the woodwork and you've got an A+ company


  2. I worked at Kollmorgen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Those less upper-management are amazing people, very much the family. These people have led me to stay as long as I did. Great benefits and pay. I have learned much about DBS; however, too much DBS at Kollmorgen does not make sense.

    Cons

    Politically motivated upper management. Cut-throat, over-worked as too lean. Upper management very unapproachable as there is zero trust between OPS and them.

    Advice to Management

    Speak to ALL employees, get to know them personally. Ask what motivates one to stay BEFORE they look elsewhere and consequently leave. As stated with those who have left, "the grass is not always greener"... They need to reflect on why people are looking for greener grass. Trust your staff and it leaders in place, not just "managers". Leaders at Kollmorgen are too few, managers who don't lead are plentiful.


  3. Industrial automation company based in Radford, VA

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kollmorgen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work-life balance, personal time policies are great,

    Cons

    No on-boarding to speak of, very little training of substance on the job (other than DBS), location in Radford!! Poor strategic decisions prevents any meaningful growth


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  5. Archaic, cut-throat, politic-driven company crippling itself from the inside out.

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

    I worked at Kollmorgen full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great exposure to job sector and the corporate world, good benefits, challenging opportunities in which to learn and grow your skills.

    Cons

    Demotivating, cut-throat culture. Berating, negative leadership. Lack of resources. Insufficient strategic visibility; lost in the details. Culture reinforces going through the motions to 'check things off a list' instead of doing things right the first time. Management more concerned about personal image and metrics than dealing with the real issues at hand.

    Advice to Management

    The culture needs to change massively, beginning with management.


  6. Not the company it use to be. Too much politics played.

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

    I have been working at Kollmorgen full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    We have good work teams that work great together and take ownership of the work that they do and care.

    Cons

    Too much micromanaging by sub plant manager. Does not let operations do the jobs they were hired to do.

    Advice to Management

    Move sub plant manager out.... Moral is bad.


  7. Lack of resources

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

    I have been working at Kollmorgen full-time (More than 5 years)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible, good pay, tries to implement immediate improvements

    Cons

    Misdirected use of resources, lack of resources/understaffed, political, high pressure, always on call- cannot leave work at work and find good balance for home life.

    Advice to Management

    less micromanagement, trust the talent you hired, continue to be flexible, allow more bugdeting for proper staffing to correctly balance work load


  8. Great exposure but terrible politics

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

    I worked at Kollmorgen full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company has a great deal of prestige. Benefits were excellent. Excellent exposure to new ideas and systems. There was a lot of opportunity for OT as an hourly worker. Will help pay for classes if you are full time.

    Cons

    Terrible politics. Management fails to see potential in anyone unless you have a 4 year degree. Hourly pay is decent for the region but raises arent great.

    Advice to Management

    Try to see potential in non graduate workers.


  9. Great Overall Place

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

    I have been working at Kollmorgen full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are above average for the area. Good Engineering team and laid back atmosphere which helps promote work life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management is located in their own separate office area away from the general public with doors always shut. Would be nice to interact with them and to share ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Make promotions fair and allow competition with the people that kiss "butt:"


  10. Danaher Motion and Kollmorgan were the same company

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

    I worked at Kollmorgen full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I worked in the customer service area, Danaher Motion and enjoyed it while I was there. It is a large customer service center that assists companies in purchasing industrial parts. Employees need to learn four different computer operating systems and a large stack of parts catalogs. The management does try to do things to encourage a sense of teamwork and community among the employees. The overall work environment is a good one. I enjoyed my time there and learned a lot about the industry.

    Cons

    They seem to cycle through hiring a group of employees and then do layoffs and then a few months later hire again. They also seem to do this without regard to the employees being let go. I know of one man who worked in the factory for over 17 years who had a family and young children and he was let go three weeks before Christmas without any warning. So they don't seem to have a "heart" for their employees. They seem to hire and layoff frequently.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend having more areas of specialized customer service regarding the parts being ordered than having employees needing to know stacks and stacks of catalog parts and different systems to enter the parts.


  11. Improvement is integral in the culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Applications Engineer in Radford, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Applications Engineer in Radford, VA

    I have been working at Kollmorgen full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flat Delegation structure; small hierarchy

    Cons

    Layoffs are corporate decisions; mandiitory vacation

    Advice to Management

    N/A



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