Sauer-Danfoss Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. I have worked at Sauer Danfoss for over 20 years.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Family Friendly, Great Culture.

    Cons

    Not many, just little petty things that every company has.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Sauer-Danfoss degrades below Eaton's corporate culture.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hydraulics Product Manager in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Hydraulics Product Manager in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sauer-Danfoss full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sauer-Danfoss offers a competitive salary, even though its benefits package has been cost optimized over the last 5 years to bolster profits.

    Cons

    After the merger in 2002 Sauer-Danfoss had a great culture, respected employees and family, but since then has spiraled down to a financially based machine in 2012 that uses employees, chews them up, and spits them out at any cost for bottom line profits. As they become a Danfoss only brand in 2013 to satisfy owner Mr. Clausen, this corporate machine will only progress as centralized functions are absorbed into Denmark, and non-centralized good employees and families will be left in his wake.

    Advice to Management

    Care about employees.


  3. Overall great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, challenging work, and opportunities for advancement. Salary was fair for Ames,Ia. Technology systems were current. Good work/life balance with the company - long days were the outliers.

    Cons

    Politics were obvious in some areas. Poor middle management for reviews, performance feedback. Some areas did not pull their weight with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Erase middle management politics.


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  5. An organization that lives continuous change

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive environment, forward thinking management, committed to continuous improvement, decent benefits. Internal talent is nurtured, though sometimes opportunities are limited.

    Cons

    Drive for change sometimes leads to decisions that may not meet long term best interests of the business, occasional penchant for flavor of the month programs handed down by upper management.


  6. Good beginnings, bad endings

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to learn and grow - Lean, Six-Sigma, ... Travel to other countries Leadership roles and interface with Sr. Management Direct contact with customers

    Cons

    Salaried employees expected to work a lot of hours overtime with little to no compensation. Not a good a family oriented mindset (company comes first). The Sauer-Danfoss way or the highway. The company is more is important than the person. Not transparent

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are the most important asset of a company.


  7. Good company with some great people. Much of my family has worked there over the years and many still do.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Operation Technician (Assembler) in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Production Operation Technician (Assembler) in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -High value on personnel safety -Lots of great, quality workers -Can be a fun work environment if you like manufacturing

    Cons

    -Some lower level management isn't the greatest -Some Engineers think they're better than the assembly workers who work on the product for 10 hours a day and won't bother to hear good feedback

    Advice to Management

    Review your lower level management once in awhile. Some of the Facilitators care more about boating and golf than their employees.


  8. Excellent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Lawrence, KS
    Former Employee - Production Planner in Lawrence, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefit friendly place to work Efforts are recognized

    Cons

    Limited employment opportunities outside of Ames, Iowa

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  9. A great place to work with excellent leadership, excellent opportunities, and excellent professional development.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, Leadership style, Leadership mindset, Career opportunity, quality of work.

    Cons

    Compensation targets are set at Industry average.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and benefits should be targeted higher.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyed the people but not so much upper level management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Produciton in Ames, IA
    Current Employee - Produciton in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are great to be around

    Cons

    Management doesn't act quickly when an issue comes up.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with floor better.


  11. Helpful (1)

    good company with great potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ames, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. very dedicated people on production floor 2. capable engineering team 3. the company finally solved Germany-Denmark share owner problem

    Cons

    1. the company says a lot of "right" things, but doesn't always walk the talk 2. some managers have no trust in other people 3. too international for its own good

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking BS since nobody is a fool. Focus on the good product in the right market, which is the only thing to guarantee jobs. Don't waste time and money just to look good.



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