Nortek Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. great company

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    Current Employee - Designer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Designer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Nortek full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    management
    great benefits
    new building
    great location
    great life balance and after work activities

    Cons

    not much
    a little bit too conservative
    open to inovation

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work and great being associate

  2. Not a place for long term employment.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers in the cube farm were decent. The country club location in St. Louis was very nice to drive through everyday. .

    Cons

    One word . . . management. The management was horrible, very self centered. Middle management would lie, cheat, and throw anyone under the bus just to save their behinds. The social make up of the staff is introverts, especially those that jump at their own shadow. On the rare occasion when management actually makes a decision, they can flex the muscle, to have all the worker be afraid of loosing their jobs.

    If you go to work there, negotiate a fantastic salary, you will only get 1-3% after that. Don't let them fool you on promotions, it won't happen.

    Advice to Management

    Get it while you can. The job market is getting stronger and your employees will continue to leave. Take a good hard look at your middle management . . . they are the worst of the worst.

  3. Helpful (2)

    It keeps getting worse.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO

    I have been working at Nortek full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees, work pace, freedom to take on responsibility

    Cons

    Pay & benefits (unless you're a President or on the board of directors). Three weeks ago, our president receives 1,949 shares of stock for free (worth over $150k) as a bonus for doing a good job. Two weeks ago he cashes in $49k worth of stock, and one week ago cashes in another $17k worth of stock. Today there is an SEC announcement about the upcoming board of directors meeting. There are over 13 pages dedicated to the compensation changes for our executive officers (of which our president is one). Of course, their salaries and bonuses are doing nothing but going up.

    Meanwhile, when accounting for inflation and cost of living, I am making no more than when I started here. That's just looking at the salary. When you account for my insurance going up every year, I'm losing ground.

    The company is doing well as evidenced by the stock price and the bonuses and stock options awarded to the executives. Are the people doing the work seeing any of this?

    Then, to top it off, today we receive a memo about how the merit cycle will be delayed 3 months. Of course, that's if we get one at all ('subject to business and economic conditions').

    Advice to Management

    As the economy improves, you're going to lose valuable employees.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Politics and not even very good at it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortek

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are decent -
    The CEO is decent and making a positive impact
    Legal team is strong and knowledgeable

    Cons

    Lack of organization - Non competent executive leadership (IT, Finance, HR) - lack of caring about employees

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the skills of your executive leadership team specifically in the areas of IT, HR and Finance these areas are a mess. Hire more people to help with workload. People are overworked and no appreciation is given.

  6. Wow. A great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortek full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Good management. Perfect line of bussiness

    Cons

    Not much against
    Maybe a little too conservative

    Advice to Management

    Take some calculated risks

  7. Helpful (1)

    Promotes on ability with in house training. HR dept very crooked immoral and conduct illegal practices - uneven unfair

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    Former Employee - Utility, Quality Auditor, Line Lead in Poplar Bluff, MO
    Former Employee - Utility, Quality Auditor, Line Lead in Poplar Bluff, MO

    I worked at Nortek full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Ability based promotions with great in house training. Vacation and insurance great. Attendance policy great. Ot when needed for additional $. Supportive supervisors who mentor staff and offer great encouragment. Great pay.

    Cons

    Hr immoral, shady, and illegal treatment of employees. Consequences for actions were very inconsistent with race, disability, sex, health, and company interests all playing major factor of degree of punishment per person.

    Advice to Management

    Consequences for employees should be consistent. Sex, age, health, race should not be the deciding factor-it is illegal and immoral. I quit after over 5 yrs due to seeing the hr dept do exactly this time and again.

  8. Supply Chain Intern

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    Former Intern - Intern in Providence, RI
    Former Intern - Intern in Providence, RI

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

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

    Pros

    Great culture and I liked it a lot

    Cons

    Disorganized in many ways. People don't care about their work

  9. Helpful (2)

    Nice people but low pay and minimal opportunities for advancement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Nortek

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

    Pros

    The people that work there are great. The hours are somewhat flexible. Good location right off highway 40.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement. Pay is well below the average.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees that have been dedicated and put in there time.

  10. Helpful (1)

    A company with no mission, no culture and no leadership.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Nortek full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    My salary is good compared to similar positions, they have Kaiser (medical insurance), dental and vision at a reasonable rate, 11 paid holidays, 15 paid time off days and company matching 401K plan (50% for the first 6% of your income). As much as I dislike the lack of a mission and lack of direction, I do enjoy the freedom.

    Cons

    There is a total disconnect between department heads. The executive team has not created any mission or direction for the company leaving everyone up to their own discretion. This has created a chaotic environment without any controlled or managed systems. Some of the brands that were merged into creating Core Brands lost their culture - cultures that kept loyal motivated employees. Core Brands' culture is that it has no culture. The worst part of all is that all of this is translated to their customers. Unfortunately, the customers are being affected the most and have to deal with late orders, service issues, customer service issues, and more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Hold open session meetings and ask for opinions and ideas. Create a company culture - one that creates loyal and motivated employees. Especially create a culture that all of the leaders fully understand and implement so there is consistency among all of the departments. Pay attention to your middle management and don't just take their word for it. Ask your customers. Check the numbers for every department.

  11. Helpful (3)

    less about people and all about profits

    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    average pay with decreasing benefits

    Cons

    Parent company is running the show
    Changing from a pro people company to a corporate profit driven company
    Movin plants to mexico

    Advice to Management

    Show some backbone and take care of your employees

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