Quad/Tech

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Quad/Tech Reviews

Updated November 8, 2014
Updated November 8, 2014
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Yah

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    Former Employee - Product Manager
    Former Employee - Product Manager

    I worked at Quad/Tech as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's great, nice pay, excellent.

    Cons

    Too many breaks and things of that nature.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Funny Money

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Sussex, WI

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Part of Quad Graphics, A few decent hardworking engineers Fairly good balance of work and personal life

    Cons

    Poor managers and directors, company politics abound, dying industry -- equipment for newspapers and magazines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customers and employees. Stop with propoganda

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Enjoyable work, lack of vision

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sussex, WI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Sussex, WI

    I have been working at Quad/Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are many challenging engineering problems to solve. Pay and benefits are average, and the people I work with are very talented.

    Cons

    Our leadership continues to hinge their hopes on a dying industry. There are so many untapped markets that we could move into with the talent and knowledge we have, but there doesn't seem to be any desire from the top to try something different.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It feels like we're on the Titanic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    This used to be an incredible employer.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Sussex, WI

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Obtaining firsthand knowledge on how a truly dysfunctional and mismanaged company operates. However the company does offer a decent benefit package.

    Cons

    The problems with Quad Tech all share the same common denominator that would be Karl Fritchen. Since taking the helm the facts of his legacy are:
    1) More than half of the workforce has been laid off.
    2) Quad Tech’s product lines have been reduced to only Press Controls.
    3) The Company has never posted a profit during his tenure.
    4) The Company has never broken even during his tenure.
    5) The Company has not launched any new products only made changes to existing products and labeling them as new.
    6) The closing of Quad Tech divisions in Europe and Asia.

    His biggest drawback is his enormous ego. He has surrounded himself with a group VP’s and Directors that tell him what he wants to hear in order for their survival. He is fodder for Consultants that continue to feed his ego and convince him to stay the course. This is the course that has led to shrinking market share and a dwindling customer base.
    Very sad to see people that have given 10, 20, 30 years of their lives to what used to be a great Company that has been destroyed by this man.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign or retire. Enough lives have been ruined by your inability to comprehend the basics of how to operate a business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    High Levels of Work, Low Pay

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    Former Employee - Staff Project Engineer in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Staff Project Engineer in Sussex, WI

    I worked at Quad/Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Constant new technologies and opportunities.

    Cons

    Below average pay, long hours, lack of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Tough economy for this industry; good people, great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quad/Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    International company, interesting product line, many smart people, solid support from parent company, tuition reimbursement, Quad/Med, 401k, ESOP, freedom, hands-off management, understanding of family priorities.

    Cons

    Industry contraction, not much career advancement opportunity, barely adequate salaries, the benefits package was once the best you could find but has slipped to being ordinary, corporate goals are repeatedly way off the mark, grossly understaffed for what they're trying to do, gradually removing more experienced employees for younger (cheaper) workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful about eliminating older employees at layoff time, and bringing in younger. It's a pattern that is starting to become obvious. Valued employees will bolt as soon as the economy offers opportunities, if you don't compensate them for the vastly increased workload.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It's the industry dummy, not the company

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    Current Employee - Latin America Sales in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Latin America Sales in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Quad/Tech full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Adopted and implemented Lean Management techniques to improve its efficiencies in these austere times for the print industry. The salespeople receive periodic training to improve their order closing skills. Employees that wish to take on new or greater challenges are given the opportunity so long as it makes sense for the vision and goals of the company. Good quality of work-life balance. It's product line is first-rate with strong brand awareness and high customer loyalty.

    Cons

    Here is where this review's title comes into play. The print industry has been in upheaval since 2008 with demand for web offset equipment diminishing not only for new presses but also for modernizing existing presses. It's a double-whammy for any press auxiliary manufacturer and, unfortunately, the industry has not seen any such supplier close their doors. This makes for a very cut-throat pricing environment that the company must continue to navigate through for 3 more yeas at minimum.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course with the product improvements and feature add-ons that have been pursued and in many cases brought to fruition. If funds become available, purchase a competitor.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Entertaining watching management act like they were running a real company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Sussex, WI

    I worked at Quad/Tech

    Pros

    Generally nice people work at Quad Tech. A lot of individual freedom is given and teams are genrally supportive of one another. Enjoyed the people who focused on work, not playing politics. Some folks are totally focused, others want to look and act busy (the majority) without doing any real work.

    Cons

    Management is totally incompetent. These guys have gotten fat and lazy from not having to do any real work or acheive anything. So they always take the easy way. All the employees recognize this, and it all flows down from there. Nobody wants to really do anything. Not sure how this seems like a real company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It seems like a old boy network. They never had to accomplish anything for twenty years when Quad was buying equipment. So many bad habits were formed with many bad decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good people, poor vision

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sussex, WI
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sussex, WI

    I have been working at Quad/Tech

    Pros

    There are many great people to work with, a lot of opportunities for travel, almost everyone has the ability to be 'hands-on' and to have their new ideas heard, outstanding IS support, health care, fitness and daycare available on site.

    Cons

    The corporate vision changes so much, it is impossible to keep up. If the business process was working, you wouldn't need so many corporate goals to supplement them. If the business process isn't working, fix it, instead of confusing everyone with so many annual corporate goals.
    The creation of business units created silos and divided the resources, making it impossible to go 'full speed ahead' on any singularly important project.
    Being a subsidiary of a much bigger parent company, thee people in this division are treated like a printing company, not a technology company.
    There is no singular vision for the sales, engineering and service groups. Becuase each division answers to its own goals, there is no sense of 'how do we pull together to advance the business?'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everyone has to start pulling one rope and pulling it all in the same direction. You like to model a tiny fraction of your work after Steve Jobs, but you overlook the fact that he had a vision and communicated it to the entire Apple organization extremely well. Until there is one vision at QuadTech and everyone sees it, it won't matter if you can create or deliver a Steve Jobs presentation, you will never grow the way he and his business did.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great people, Inept senior Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sussex, WI

    I worked at Quad/Tech

    Pros

    Friendly knowledgeable staff, Flexible work schedule, Good benefits.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side, Senior management style is flavor of the month (depending on what self help book is being read). No vision or looking to the future. Lots of fire fighting and crisis management. Bleeding money (hasn't made a profit in years). Frequent reorganizations downsizing / layoffs (company has reduced staff by 50% in the past 10 years) Very limited growth opportunity / security due to frequent reductions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain vision, make a realistic plan to actually make money. Stop making the worker bee's pay (layoffs) for inept senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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