Manitou Americas Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. sales support specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice facility. Had a cafeteria on site, IT support was great. Decent benefits, 401k plans etc.

    Cons

    The mundane drone of fellow employees was depressing. The lack of organization to be efficient was upsetting.

    Advice to Management

    Have employees in lower management lead by example.


  2. Culture "Shocked"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in West Bend, WI

    I worked at Manitou Americas

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

    Pros

    Great people "in the trenches." Most people that I dealt with were eager to assist you with whatever you needed. They have nice facilities and are willing to invest in technology.

    Cons

    Employee "surveillance" is a problem in this company. Too many people concern themselves with what others do while not managing their own time. BEWARE that all internet activity is monitored and logged! Even though your Supervisor will tell you that lunchtime use is okay, "personal" internet use can be used against you, if needed.
    Product strategy is almost nonexistent. Product responsible people don't understand their customer base and therefore continue to build products that do not meet customer needs/expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Management (upper) needs to disengage themselves from detailed day to day decisions and empower their reports to handle these. Upper Management needs to provide the Vision for this company and its products.


  3. Was a very good company when Bill Gehl ran it (prior to the sale to Manitou), not so much now.

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Middle Management in West Bend, WI

    I worked at Manitou Americas

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

    Pros

    They have vending machines with free coffee. Good local management at the SD facilities.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant at HQ, along with inappropriate personal relationships with employees at the highest levels. CEO now has all his kids working there. Hard work and integrity is not a recipe for advancement at Gehl. French owners (Manitou) were not very involved while I was there, for better or worse.

    Advice to Management

    méfiez-vous de qui vous avez confiance


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  5. Great

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer-nvh in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer-nvh in Detroit, MI

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, and benefits. Great people

    Cons

    Challenging, hardwork, lots of lifting


  6. Not worth your time.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Manitou Americas

    Pros

    Near competitive pay. Good use of technology. Nice facilities. Generally nice people to get along with.

    Cons

    They will screw you on vacation/paid time off. Nickel and dime you for every hour you're not there. Too much "old school" mentality. Too many old Gehl employees complaining about how Manitou is screwing the company. Too much of the "we've always done it this way" attitude. No new hire training. You're left to figure things out on your own. No policies/work instructions are updated or in writing at all. You have to fend for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Get over the Manitou acquisition and start working to move the company forward instead of bragging how you're so great and Europe is crap.


  7. Gehl is a great place to work.

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    Current Employee - IT Department in West Bend, WI
    Current Employee - IT Department in West Bend, WI

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Gehl overall is a great place to work with great people. The West Bend office is a relatively small corporate headquarters, but is full of the right talented people.

    Cons

    Gehl is a smaller company, which could be a con for some. In addition, sometimes it can be challenging communicating with the French parent due to the time zone difference.


  8. Loved it

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Manitou Americas

    Pros

    Good place to work enjoyed it a lot

    Cons

    Better pay more personal time


  9. Lots of potential

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    Current Employee - N/A in West Bend, WI
    Current Employee - N/A in West Bend, WI

    I have been working at Manitou Americas

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of potential to be a big company. The company is slowly grabbing market share, and the buy out by Manitou appears to be a step in the right direction. Management is conservative, but does know where to put the focus in tough times. The town is also a very nice place to live.

    Cons

    There are lots of "friends from old jobs" being brought in. Tends to be lots of favoritism towards those people. The company is conservative to a point that sometimes it becomes hard to get the job done affectively and in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Things are looking very tough due to the economy, and the process of trying to weather the storm appears to be very thought out and executed very well to this point.



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