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Sullair Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Unstable and misled by previous and current executive management team.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sullair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is relative good, providing that targets are reasonable.

    Cons

    Senior management team outside of the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people with relevant experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sullair went from a great place to work to a place that treats you like a subhuman

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Michigan City, IN

    I have been working at Sullair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for the area and industry. Still a few people left who care about the product they produce.

    Cons

    When United Technologies owned Sullair, it was a good place to work. Values were high and they appreciated experience. Since the Carlyle group and BC partner bought them, it has become the place you hear about when private equity companies take over. There are only a few remaining people that know anything about compressors. Any employee that raises a question about quality, the policies, or decisions are openly told "if you don't like it, then leave". Only join this company as a for-now job. No longer an ethical company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your experienced employees as an asset and not a liability. Navistar and the automotive industry failed for a reason, but you choose to hire that industries rejects to lead the company.
    Sullair use to be the Mean Green, you are stripping the quality out of the product and riding on the legacy. Do not think that your customers and distributors are too ignorant not to see it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Many changes since becoming LLC

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Designer in Michigan City, IN

    I have been working at Sullair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Still one of the best companies in the area to work for. That is because there are so few other jobs in this area.

    Cons

    There are now offices in Chicago. This is where the president's office as well as marketing, sales, and some engineering functions reside. It is very hard to design with engineering being in two places and neither one talks well to the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would believe that management has to have seen how many positions have been turned over from long term employees. Changes need to be made to keep some of those long term workers or there will be no one left who understands the fundamental element of our business: The rotary screw air compressor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The Workplace at Sullair

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Human Resources Coordinator in Michigan City, IN

    I worked at Sullair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Sullair offers very fair salaries and top notch benefits. The atmosphere within its walls is one of ethics, pride and promotes a positive attitude throughout its workforce.

    Cons

    Being under the large umbrella of United Technologies, one never knows when the next change of management, ownership, or policies will take place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to keep the morale at a high level, as that is the key to maintaining a productive, positive workforce. Continue the know-everyone-on-a first-name basis mentality. That speaks volumes to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical

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    Former Employee - Office in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Office in Michigan City, IN

    I worked at Sullair full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Close to where I live

    Cons

    Mediocre people making mediocre decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate should work with you not against you

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN

    I worked at Sullair full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Work in teams with mainly dedicated people.

    Cons

    Lack of consistent production materials results in too much standing around and increased work hours.
    Don't go there if you are a person of faith. The language in this plant is worse than the army. Most of the personnel can't put a sentence together without making a foul comment.
    They promote safety and ignore what goes on on the floor.
    Supervision is lacking and fears for their job.
    Rather Gestapo like environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enroll your top level management in some classes to upgrade their personnel skills.
    Attempt to make a more hospitable environment and teach, if possible, the management, shippers, and employees how to be civil. I doubt if they really want that since the number of contract employees is so high.
    They and Kelly Personnel don't really care too much about the contract people.
    In reality, it is a jungle out there. The most unsophisticated place I have ever worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Always there" only applies to bottom line

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good retirement benefits and good non-exec people to work with.

    Cons

    Very little to no chance of internal promotion. Employees are viewed as disposable. so much so they longer give exit interviews because they dont want to hear the truth. Executive team works from a mindset of failed automotive culture and fails to understand the true compressor business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on employee satisfaction and be open to honest feedback. Your scare tactics of "if you can't do it we will find someone that can" ( actual quote from vp) are sad. You have created a team of people looking for another place to work. You should ask "what do you need to succeed?" You should also evaluate the true cost of your outsourced parts not just the sales margin and total inventory cost reduction. Cheaper is not always better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Could be a great place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sullair as a contractor

    Pros

    Steady work for someone that works hard.

    Cons

    Working hard will not get you hired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the full time employees that are taking advantage of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A once good place to work gone downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN

    I worked at Sullair

    Pros

    Integrated into the community; good people to work with; laid back.

    Cons

    Incompetent management; slavish devotion to the bottom line; no concern for employee welfare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since 2000 the company took a turn for the worst and never looked back. Began with twisting ACE around "the Sullair Way" (which was the wrong way; they figured it was better to do it easy instead of right) and then pushing their workforce to do more and more with less and less. With the layoffs of 2008-2009 they managed to rid themselves of those who they saw as troublesome but whom, in reality, did a lot to keep the company moving forward. My advice: fire the majority of the executive staff and their underlings, stop bragging about how much money is being banked and return to bringing in people who are going to bring about actual change. I hold out little hope this will ever happen, however, since UTC is really doing all the shot calling, and their debased culture is the real villain.

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

    In need of a cultural shift

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

    I have been working at Sullair

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Good reputation. Global company. Conservative

    Cons

    Horrible compensation plan for ASM's

    No opinion of CEO

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