UCI-FRAM Group

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UCI-FRAM Group Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disarray

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    Former Employee - District Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - District Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people, good name in the business, but losing credibility. Vacation and compensation is good for certain people, but not all.

    Cons

    There is a serious disconnect between management and the customer base. It is sad to see what they have done to Champ/Luberfiner. The upper management positions went to Fram people and politics and power is in place. Great product lines are suffering due to lack of leadership and management. Only hope is if Rank sells to someone who understands the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have a separate Heavy Duty sales force. It is a different animal from automotive. Luberfiner sales will continue to suffer until this is done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great people to work with/for - challenging with multiple BUs with different initiatives

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Good work life balance
    Tries to keep company morale up by having tailgate events, holiday parties - despite challenges
    Has a free gym for employees to use
    Good insurance (benefits)

    Cons

    Bonus is a joke
    There are some management who aren't sure what exactly they want or do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on employee's performance growth and increase incentives (bonus) for employees who deserve it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Far from the finish line

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, and good benefits.

    Cons

    No advancement plan, do not count on your bonus, and business direction is scattered at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    No organization, no communication, no future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCI-FRAM Group

    Pros

    The health insurance is great.

    Cons

    UCI-FRAM group has no direction or mission. It seldom communicates with its employees. The business units don't interact, there's no collaboration. Employees stick to their work spaces because there is no culture. There is also no room for advancement -- or an org chart! The company simply exists instead of planning for the future. Leadership is not open to new ideas. Supervisors don't care about the issues you face.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw out your egos. Listen to your employees. Talk to your employees. Consider entering the 21st century. Build culture. Put a business plan together and share it with employees. Develop a mission and values and share it with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    In the correct way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The Honeywell Consumer products group was sold to a private company named Rank Group. New values, more straight forward leadership, and fast decision making

    Cons

    There is no carrer plan for any employees, poor evaluation to employees. There has no been merit increase for many years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on people, evaluate them fair and need to sell the company better to the employees. These are very known brands and the people is not feeling proud of them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Current leadership is running the company into the ground and destroying employee moral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place to work under previous ownership. Hard to even think of anything good to say now. Great co workers at lower levels.

    Cons

    Leadership withholds information, frequently makes very poor "shoot from the hip" decisions, is clueless about who their customers are and what they want. Self serving all about me leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and get someone in there who has a clue what they are doing. The entire culture is extremely toxic and nothing more than a old boys network of people who have no experience in auto parts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Running Lean

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    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Perrysburg, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Operations in Perrysburg, OH

    I have been working at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees on the lower levels are all very friendly and want to help

    Cons

    Upper management can't see what they're doing, auditors are just plain on staff....how much money is that costing to keep them on salary year round ?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please talk to your employees for a clear picture of whats going on....marketing doesn't talk to the other departments....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dysfunctional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Close to the highway, good cafeteria, covered parking.

    Cons

    pay is entry level grade. Not a forward thinking business model. Most of management is not from Chicago but rather commute (via plane) from areas outside of the state. Pay raises are laughable and inconsistent. No culture, the office and management structure leads to an every man for himself mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-organize company and place a management team in Chicago ready to lead a charge into the future with great brands and an intelligent driven workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    UCI=Fram, and Autolite specifically, is in need of an intervention

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    Former Employee - Minion in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - Minion in Lake Forest, IL

    I worked at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria, covered parking, decent offices

    Cons

    This is an organization in need of an intervention. Not only the UCI-Fram leadership, but specifically Autolite. The company CEO runs his staff through so many activities that they cannot focus on making the organization better. He forces, through his emotional swings, his staff to work unimaginable hours and cannot prioritize. Everything is a priority, so nothing ever is fully accomplished. Those that do not burnout and leave, are let go. Like was mentioned before, the turnover is unreal and unlike anything ever experienced. In his two years, he is on his second VP of marketing, third HR director, third CFO, and third VP of Operations. He would be on his fourth sales director but the position has remained unfilled for seven months. You would think that this would become apparent to UCI-Fram leadership, but it continues. Many interview for positions that are offered, but smartly turn the positions down. They must see what UCI-Fram leadership will not acknowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more authority to the managers, directors, and VPs. They are great professionals and can run the organization well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Scary that upper management cannot see the problems associated with this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UCI-FRAM Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice cafeteria- Is that a reason to work somewhere? There are few pros to working at this company while the current management of the Autolite division remains in power. Yes, "In power" is a well spoken analogy.

    Cons

    The current President of Autolite is an incredible narcissist. It is definitely his way or the highway in all aspects of what he does. You are not encouraged to have an opinion or disagree unless it is his. The revolving door has revolved so many times, with so many people that one cannot keep track of whom works there and who no longer does. The people hired to replace the people fired have quit multiple times over and the saga continues almost daily. It is truly scary that the upper management cannot see what is going on nor can the owner himself. I guess his yacht is too far out in the New Zealand waters for him to care that he is losing money hand over fist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do everyone a favor who remains employed there and take your golden parachute and bail out. Those who enjoyed working for the company are sickened by the continued bloodletting of the brands, especially the degradation of the historical brand known as Autolite. It is sad to watch the toilet bowl swirl...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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