Kollmorgen

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Kollmorgen Reviews

Updated December 26, 2014
Updated December 26, 2014
12 Reviews
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12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Industrial automation company based in Radford, VA

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

    I have been working at Kollmorgen

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    The culture needs to change massively, beginning with management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

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

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Lack of resources

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a standard interview process

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

    I worked at Kollmorgen as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Hands-on experience
    - Learned a lot about drives, motors, and the automation process
    - Worked on projects that made company money

    Cons

    - The internship program needs to be managed better
    - Should have more opportunities for interns to learn and grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great exposure but terrible politics

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

    I worked at Kollmorgen full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Try to see potential in non graduate workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Overall Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Danaher Motion and Kollmorgan were the same company

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Improvement is integral in the culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

    Flat Delegation structure; small hierarchy

    Cons

    Layoffs are corporate decisions; mandiitory vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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