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Rittal Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
23 Reviews
2.3
23 Reviews
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  1.  

    A German based company with focus on the industrial market

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A continuous wild and crazy ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Urbana, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Urbana, OH

    I have been working at Rittal full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Rittal full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging...

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

    I worked at Rittal full-time

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Anonymous Employee

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, OH

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

    Pros

    Good people and good benefits

    Cons

    Borderline hostile work environment, low compensation, management lacks leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A real health hazard and probably in violation of OSHA regulations

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production in Urbana, OH
    Former Employee - Production in Urbana, OH

    I worked at Rittal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent starting pay with excellent benefits. Friendly employees and great comraderie

    Cons

    No raise after starting full time - actually made less/hr. after paying into health plan. The air quality forced me to resign from the company. Improperly ventilated acetone mixes with the air causing burning of the tongue, mouth, throat, eyes, lungs and burning and redness of the face. I observed this on other employees as well. After working an 8-hr. shift you can taste this chemical in your mouth and you take it home with you. I finally resigned after developing episodes of slurred speech and other neurological problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some money and improve the air quality in the plant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Sales in Urbana, OH
    Current Employee - Sales in Urbana, OH

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Weak and inconsistent leadership

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor company, no teamwork, always looking to find fault, and as a company employees are held in little value.

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

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

    Pros

    There are no good reasons to work for this company. The benefits used to help compensate for the terrible work environment but the new changes have shown how little the company cares about it's employees.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    Safety is not a concern. Fork trucks are often used to move product several hundred pounds greater than the recommended maximum.
    There are procedures for everything, yet you are trained that you must do it differently or you will not meet your quota, the catch 10 however is that if caught, the person(s) that instructed you to do it in such a way will deny it and put your job on the line.
    No job security, your job is always on the line.
    6 point system
    Less than 30 minutes late is 1/2 point, more than 30 minutes late is 1 point. Only F.M.L.A. pre approved events are a valid excuse. If you get deathly ill and are in the hospital for 6 days, you have just earned 6 points and lost your job.
    Quality seems to also not be a concern as product is sold as being e-coated (a form of primer) yet even if that process fails the product is painted and sold without it.
    Expressing concerns about anything is frowned upon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to the Owner, do a random inspection without anyone at all knowing ahead of time. Or, better yet hire someone else to do so while posing as a temporary employee to see how your company is being treated and how the people at the bottom are also treated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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