Rittal Reviews

Updated June 17, 2015
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Rittal Owner & CEO Friedhelm Loh
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  1. IT

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rittal full-time

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

    Pros

    This company has been around for 60 years and has a very bright future. I know the Owner personally and he has made this company what it is today. If I ever move back to Ohio It would be an honor to work there again.

    Cons

    This company is for the people in all aspect. It has thrived to be better and better and employee services. I don't have anything bad to say about them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work/.


  2. Zero Job Security

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Urbana, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Urbana, OH

    I worked at Rittal

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

    Pros

    Adequate insurance and that is about it. You can have an opportunity to advance, they have a current Supervisor who is barely literate and is in charge of millions of dollars of equipment. It is truly about being close to the right people.

    Cons

    Very poor pay. Job security based on politics not performance. I left of my own accord after 10 years for a better paying position and because even with stellar reviews and no discipline or coaching, I heard I was to be replaced by a newer managers choice from previous company.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management changes constantly, cannot advise who may not be there.


  3. A German based company with focus on the industrial market

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Urbana, OH
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Urbana, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Financially stable with long history in the market. Lots of opportunities for advancement over time. International company. Good middle management level. State of the art manufacturing technology with continuous investment.

    Cons

    There a lack of understanding for the U.S. market in this German directed company. Numerous turn over in U.S. leadership and multiple changes in direction and strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the German directives and work within their guidelines. Build they strategy with them and do not go in your own direction.


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  5. A continuous wild and crazy ride

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Urbana, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Urbana, OH

    I have been working at Rittal full-time

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

    Pros

    The best thing that Rittal has to offer is the company benefits.

    Cons

    There is no unity with the managers and above, for any significant decision making. Each department operates in their own world, with minimal care or concern for another department. Management is not focused on any specific or clear goals. They have no employee engagement opportunities and I often see other supervisors and managers talk down to the hourly workers or talking poorly behind other peoples back.

    Advice to Management

    Get a unified goal, get a shared vision. Stop blaming others for problems and start working together. Stop fooling yourselves into believing that you are working together, it is obvious to us that you are not. We need positive direction if we are going to be successful.


  6. Technical Sales Group

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rittal

    Pros

    The benefits are amazing! Opportunity for career advancement

    Cons

    Pay was relatively low, lack of job security


  7. Helpful (1)

    Could be a great place to work if only....

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package, some really good people, decent compensation, manufactures great products, embraces new technologies, sensitive to family/life issues, fair paid vacation policies.

    Cons

    Typical German owned company: simplest decisions must go through multiple approval levels, severe lack of customer focus, thrives on micro-management, must maintain FULL control at all times, focuses on fixing everything but the REAL problems, unrealistic growth expectation, lacks leadership and infrastructure, poor contingency planning, very little opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    You have great products but need to get to know and understand what your customers and partners truly want, need, and care about, not what you think they should want.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Anonymous Employee

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, OH

    I worked at Rittal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and good benefits

    Cons

    Borderline hostile work environment, low compensation, management lacks leadership

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk it if you are not going to walk it.


  9. Challenging...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rittal full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Leadership is very visible and accessible.

    -Employees genuinely decent people.

    -Offers the opportunity to interface with people from all over the world.

    Cons

    -The company is privately held and that can be seen in some of the decisions that get handed down from on high. That being said it is far better than being beholden to a stock price.

    -Current amount of turnover at leadership positions.

    Advice to Management

    Give ideas time to mature, Rome wasn't built in a day or even a year.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Sales Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Sales in Urbana, OH
    Current Employee - Sales in Urbana, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Not sure if there are any other than a few select people that work there now. Outside of that, if you're looking for a job - RUN!

    Cons

    One word = UNETHICAL!!! They just let go long time, "seasoned" employees that are in their 60's and telling them that they're eliminating their jobs - FALSE, they're being replaced by the "younger" generation. Also, if the president of the company doesn't like the way you look, watch out.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Uwe Keller back! The only good leadership that supported the US is no longer there thanks childish games by the president.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Weak and inconsistent leadership

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

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

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

    Pros

    Low cost benefits but can be hard to find specialty fields that accept.

    Cons

    Weak exec/senior leadership. Inconsistent strategy. Says one thibg and acts another. If you want to be handed an anchor and told to learn to swim...this is the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    Mentorship, coaching, succession planning, and investing in professional development are good building blocks for a strong and lasting business.



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