Milestone AV Reviews

Updated January 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    MIlestone Da-Lite, Grateful for my job but there is a lot of room for improvement

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

    I have been working at Milestone AV full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Milestone Da-Lite offers a lenient family friendly and fun work environment. The upper management team seem like nice well intention-ed people. Management is not afraid to loosen the purse strings on strategic ventures. Great employees and good people to work with.

    Cons

    Since the Milestone AV technologies acquisition of Da-Lite in 2011. The new management team has basically driven a good company into the ground. They don't seam to understand manufacturing. There is almost no promoting from within. Experienced employees and management have basically been brushed aside and replaced with new employees hired from outside industries who have been put in charge of products and a business they don't understand. Serious lack of leadership within the facility. The CEO's drop in about once every 3 months for a management pow wow then hop on their plane back to there fancy new offices in Eden Prairie, leaving a confused mess behind.

    Too many chiefs and not enough Indians
    Health Insurance is sub-par
    No bonus program to speak of

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to run the company via remote control from 500 miles out. A permanent strong upper management leader based in Warsaw is desperately needed.

    Try to better understand the Da-Lite brand. We are not a stamp it out and repeat automotive big box store type of business. We deliver custom fit high value products with great service. Focus on that.

    Promote from within, there are plenty of talented experienced people willing to step into new roles that understand the business and products.

    Listen too your experienced employees and management.

    A bonus program would be nice, Throw a dog a bone every now and then!

  2. Helpful (2)

    Moral and outlook is not good

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

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Laid back environment (too laid back in some areas)
    Great HR people to work with (most of them anyway)
    Fun, innovative products to work with (most of the time)

    Cons

    Lack of communication from upper management
    OK benefits
    Culture needs to be changed. Can't seem to happen with current upper management. Moral is deteriorating because of this.
    Lot of people have great ideas, but don't have the backing to push them up the ladder and get things implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out why people are leaving and do something about it. Hire more people as needed and fire the bad people!
    Communicate
    Communicate
    Communicate

  3. Changing priorities has led to a challenging outlook.

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

    I worked at Milestone AV

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It used to be very innovative

    Cons

    It has been purchased by 2 private groups and the management has continually shifted its priorities making it difficult to make any progress.

    Advice to Management

    Don't loose any more people.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Disappointing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Engineering in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Milestone AV full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great place to work until leadership change. Since then it has been on a doward spiral.

    Cons

    No sense of direction. Leadership does not stand behind employees. Zero chance of advancement in certain departments.

    Advice to Management

    Get a sense of who you are and start giving your employees the direction they need and stand behind them or help them grow in the areas they are deficit. When times get tough instead of cleaning house really try to understand why something happened.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Too little direction, too much stress

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

    I have been working at Milestone AV full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The facilities here are very suitable. It is a fast-paced environment so if that is your work style, this will be a good fit for you. Nice co-workers.

    Cons

    Benefits are very below average. It is difficult to maintain a work-life balance as everyone is working fast and under short deadlines. Little promotion from within.

    Advice to Management

    Evolve with the times and change benefits plan (pay, medical, vacation, etc). Also, there are some great people working here so promote from the pool you have.

  7. Fun, fast paced environment with strong core team of motivated individuals.

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

    I have been working at Milestone AV full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a fun and fast paced environment. Innovation is core to the organization, and everyone is motivated to drive the company and its products forward into the future across all functions. Great people make the days fly by. Family-first attitude with good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Everyone has to wear a lot of hats, which isn't the right fit for everyone. Lack of structure also isn't right for everyone. Below average medical benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Keep finding great people, and motivating your team members to take on new challenges.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work

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

    I have been working at Milestone AV

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people are great. The new building is nice.

    Cons

    They don't promote from within.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Used to great, now in downward spiral

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

    I have been working at Milestone AV full-time

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

    Pros

    Great facilities, fun co-workers, engaging industry, innovative. In the beginning this company had a great entrepreneurial spirit and gave employees a lot of responsibility - with change in management and growth this company is having a serious identity crisis and everyone is questioning their role and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Literally zero work-life balance, high-stress, underpaid, lack of focus and direction from anyone in management or in a leadership position. The lack of resources balanced with amount of projects is seriously lopsided. Employees are being worked to the bone with no promise for the future.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs more focus, balance priorities - give realistic goals to obtain, create a fun and engaging culture, and listen to employees.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Culture-shocked company due to slowing growth

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

    I have been working at Milestone AV full-time

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

    Pros

    Friendly employees
    Opinions of everyone are taken into consideration and valued

    Great building

    Cons

    Trying to continue previous growth by expanding in too many directions
    Poor communication between departments
    Adding cumbersome process and micro-management

    Advice to Management

    A good company to work for. Continuing to allow innovation rather than getting stuck in building processes and micro-management will help keep this an exciting place to work. Focus on growing strong products and future technologies rather than purchasing companies focused on old technologies to show greater revenues.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Office politics is becoming the norm here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Milestone AV full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They offer decent pay and benefits. Great people employed here.

    Cons

    The office environment became more and more about office politics as the years progressed. It used to be more like a family/team.

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