Sauer-Danfoss Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Great opportunities for college students

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA

    Pros

    I noticed that they work with college students' schedules very well!

    Cons

    I didn't have any complaints


  2. Production Planning Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very generous. You start with 4 weeks vacation plus holidays PTO.

    Cons

    Very bad communication between various departments.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  3. Great place to work in and interact with people from different levels (production floor to office)

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    Former Employee - Technician in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Technician in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, medium sized company which is good to know people you interact with better

    Cons

    Pay might be low at the beginning but increases happen with good performance


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  5. Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, good leadership for the most part. You want to learn they will teach you. Good advancement if you put forth the effort. I started as temp on assembly line and when I left I was a process tech. Technology is advanced. Most leaders are great at getting input and involvement from the whole team. If you have an idea for improvement support staff will look into and implement if idea is a good one. Flexible with family issues. (Had health problems in my family and my leader always tried to accommodate me)

    Cons

    Pay scale could be better. Better bonus program. There was a few issues with HR following up an complaints. Especially rude behavior from other employees.

    Advice to Management

    HR to be more vigilant in following up on employees concerns.


  6. Too internally focused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, nice people. Most are trying hard. Compensations and benefits seem to be in-line with industry standards. Good internal training programs. Some departments can be great learning platforms for young professionals.

    Cons

    The organization spends too much time planning for unrealistic objectives. Since they never reach those, leaders have to create new, more aggressive, objectives and reorganizations. Leaders are rewarded for trying hard instead of delivering the results. This favors spending hours making powerpoints that looks great instead of satisfying customers. Probably due to the internal focus, Sauer-Danfoss products and services are not keeping up with competition and they lose market share. As volumes decrease, profits decline and the sales force has to go out for price increases which keep alienating customers.

    Advice to Management

    1) Steady that ship. Stop reorganizing the departments every six months. A lot of us can help this company but keep being interrupted because a new reorganization is suddenly decided. 2) Create a culture of accountability. Most leaders spend their time creating unrealistic objectives because they are asked to do so and they are not punished when they don't reach them (because everybody knew they were unrealistic in the first place).


  7. Stocker

    Current Employee - Stocker in Loves Park, IL
    Current Employee - Stocker in Loves Park, IL

    I have been working at Sauer-Danfoss part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Will work with your schedule, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Work starts too early, but at the same time you get out early.

    Advice to Management

    Starting wage should be higher


  8. Plays favorites

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent amount of vacation time that increases with seniority.

    Cons

    You can only advance if you are in with the office personnel. Below average pay for the type of work performed. Self-insured insurance would hardly cover anything.

    Advice to Management

    If you make promises to the workers, live up to it.


  9. Amazing company...I learned so much from working for them and they provided me so many opportunities to do more.

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    Former Employee - Cell Expert-QA/QC and Safety in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Cell Expert-QA/QC and Safety in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineering experience; the ability to achieve goals with different interests.

    Cons

    Small issues with communication and leadership, but really nothing that was a big deal.

    Advice to Management

    Work with time diversity among the shifts, i.e., if you are a first shift facilitator on a line, be open to working with and/or advising those on the other shifts-no hierarchy.


  10. Dysfunctional Foreigners

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is 20% over the market.

    Cons

    They employ Americans for < 10 years.

    Advice to Management

    Change your citizenship if you want long term employment.


  11. Very technology advanced and forward thinking company.

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    Former Employee - Navigator in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Navigator in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, great people and competitive pay

    Cons

    Excessive travel but ability to maintain your own schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! :)



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