Midmark Corporation

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Midmark Corporation Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
20 Reviews

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  1.  

    Good culture, good people - stable company

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  Versailles, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing in Versailles, OH

    Pros

    The CEO is not only a top leader in the healthcare manufacturing industry, she is a physician so she understands the customer.

    Most of the people who work for Midmark are very concerned and caring people. They care about the customer and about each other. Most come from an environment in or near Versailles, Ohio that is a close community and a very hard-working community.

    The company has shown change and growth over the last 100 years. That says a lot about its innovation and how its been able to reinvent itself.

    Cons

    Because the CEO pushes personal development, which should be a great thing, many times employees step on each others' toes. Growth and new tasks should be up to a person's manager, not up to an individual to take on tasks simply because they want to. Objectives and tasks need to be placed where they belong. Otherwise, this causes confusion about who is doing what, and friction between departments and between people. End result - bad morale.

    As the company grows, not everyone grasps the culture. The company, known by its tagline "Because we care" included caring about internal and external customers. With more focus on numbers as well as many being overwhelmed and overworked, internal customers needs were not being met. Many do not take responsibility for their actions or show a huge lack of communication, again causing poor morale and poor working environment.

    The move of the headquarters to Dayton was a good move for the growth of the company; however, they should have moved more employees or not moved it at all. Communication within and between other departments became a struggle and no one was leading the change. People were feeling displaced, having to work both in Versailles AND Dayton each week. It didn't make any sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management - communicate with each other. Make sure your colleagues understand what your departments do. Make sure your teams are communicating with each other.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Too many changes, not enough focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Versailles, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Versailles, OH

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, safe and healthy environment

    Cons

    System-wide instability with too many people doing continuous improvement projects and problem-solving with insufficient training. For the average shop floor worker, this kind of environment interferes with daily production and decreases morale. Also, Midmark has undergone a plant expansion and is in the middle of moving departments around, so this also contributes to instability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid micro-managing. If you have support staff and team leaders working for you, let them do their jobs with minimal guidance.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Pleasant research work, with no interference

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Torrance, CA

    Pros

    ability to work at your own pace, low stress, active research allowing for growth of personal knowledge at varied technolgies

    Cons

    lower salary compared to many competitors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Ol' Boy System Run Amok

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Versailles, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Versailles, OH

    Pros

    The people down in the trenches are good natured and hard working.
    The company is privately held and the market is insulated from many pressures facing most of the rest of corporate America - this has resulted in a lot of stability...and quirks.

    Cons

    1. There is a religion at Midmark and it is called the "Midmark Production System" - patterned on the Toyota Production System. We were taught this religion by a high priced consultant who refused to write anything down and who only taught us part of it from what I have seen in action at other companies. Those that question it - and there is plenty to question - are cast out. And by that, I mean that you are silently put on a list not to advance and you are politely ignored, worked around, not included. All of this happens with a smile on their faces.

    2. There has really only ever been one cohesive group in the entire company - the Manufacturing Department. All of the other departments have either not had a strong leader for a long enough period of time or they have been divided among the business units. Marketing, for instance, is Divisional, as is Engineering, Customer Service, etc. But not Manufacturing. They have been one gigantic monolithic silo since before the nineties. They have hundreds of people to draw from and they can move people around at will without really feeling any loss. And let's not forget that religion - your level of faith in the religion indicates your level of prestige in that department not necessarily your skill or level of accomplishment. It is no coincidence that they are able to spread their people into leadership positions over other departments even when they have no proven skill there. This is called "People Development". It is wonderful for them and a spectator sport for everyone else.

    3. There simply is no accountability. If you are well liked, you can get by with actually achieving very little as long as you appear to try really really hard. If you are not or if you are an outsider you have to paddle twice as hard to get half the recognition regardless of what you actually accomplish. There has been big growth but very little bottom line to show for it by comparison to other companies. This is what happens when you put Manufacturing personnel over every department in the company regardless of their actual level of competence. To a hammer every problem looks like a time study.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to learn again. Get hungry again. Hire and promote based on capability and accomplishment. Cut down the C-Team - too much expense all at once with too little benefit to show for it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep looking

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst  in  Versailles, OH
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Versailles, OH

    Pros

    * Small company atmosphere
    * Executives know their markets well
    * Company is cash strong, little to no debt
    * High margin medical/dental/health products
    * Work/Life balance was good - best part of working here

    Cons

    * Nepotism (lots of people in Versailles are related)
    * Not a lot of good employers in the area to compare to - so this mediocre company looks stellar locally.
    * The area is dying - this company has about 1400 employees (1000 locally) and is in the top 20 largest employers in the Dayton area.
    * High margin products (with scrutiny in medical costs and the consolidation in the medical field away from individual doctor offices, this too will end)
    * Frantically looking for a future revenue stream for when the high margin durable good they make are no longer their cash cow. 'Services' is the target.
    * Protectionism - the locals protect the locals. They all know that when a local loses their job they have at Midmark, there is very little chance they will find another one in the same field in the commutable area.
    * Job experience from Midmark is not liked by other local employers, they know about the bad management and the way it works there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executives: Get qualified managers. You are not GE and do not have the ability to create good managers from the new graduates that are consistently put into management positions. Bad managers and poor leaders create bad managers and poor leaders. BOP (Business of People) training will not make them good managers or leaders. You are creating a bunch of bad managers who all have the same way to approach and communicate to employees. Entry and middle management lack the ability to do the jobs they are managing, they lack the ability to make good decisions, and the ability to lead employees to want to succeed and follow. Many only have experience at Midmark. I knew the management was bad while working there, but it became far more evident when I left.

    Upper management gets watered down information. I have seen first-hand the ability to hide important data that you should have taken action on for the good of the company. The locals are too afraid to lose their local jobs to provide all of the data accurately. CYA is the name of the game. The best employees leave because of the frustration of working there - with such low turnover, look at how many of those employees are actually 'good turnover' of ineffecive people and how many were regrettable loses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive environment

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    Current Employee - Casework Designer  in  Glasgow, KY
    Current Employee - Casework Designer in Glasgow, KY

    Pros

    Continuous improvement, development in growth

    Cons

    branch salaries are different amongst the same positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The atmosphere is family-like. The company has a laid back attitude that is slowly changing as they become more aggressive in their search for growth. I feel the company is generally a nice place to work.

    Cons

    Almost the entire workforce is related to another member of the company, making for some conflicts of interest and more nepotism than you will find in the average company. The location in Versailles creates some hardship for the company in finding higher skilled workers for some key positions. Harmony between teammates is prized sometimes at the cost of performance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Up and down but overall have enjoyed my time here. Self development is lacking or only geared at pre-determined employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Relatively good people to work with and the company is doing well.

    Cons

    People development is not as defined even with it being a core value. Major growing pains. Feels like many days things are out of control.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People Development...invest in your employees and be surprised at what they can do.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Engineering Glasgow Facility

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Glasgow, KY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Glasgow, KY

    Pros

    Personal development. Close knit team.

    Cons

    Pay was not competitive. Not much room for career advancement.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Coasting atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Versailles, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Versailles, OH

    Pros

    Very little micro management seen.

    Cons

    Culture of no accountability or responsibility unless hard line decisions made which makes decision making difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clearly define department R&Rs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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