WIKA Instrument

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WIKA Instrument Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
24 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great People & Culture, Fair Practices

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, extremely fair and well rounded employee practices, AMAZING team of people, many who have been with WIKA for 10+ years. The company truly cares about their people and is investing a lot into making it a better place to work all the time, from manufacturing to sales. Work/life balance is awesome and managers really understand that you have a life outside work and will work with you to accommodate that.

    Cons

    Some people find it challenging to work in a constantly changing, continuously improving environment. I do not personally view this as a con per se, but it could be and is challenging for some new people who have not been exposed to such a change environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company - top management in denial

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company with huge growth potentials. Intelligent and knowledgeable workforce. Majority of the people in many position are friendly and will offer helping hand when needed. Most of us felled welcome. Great benefits. Outstanding and clean work place. (we just opened our new building) Yey!!!

    Cons

    When we were purchased by WIKA we had high hopes for finally establishing structure and fairness in our organization, something that has been lacking for a long time. Year and a half later it has been a total disappointment. President of WIKA in Houston appears to be in a complete denial of his own ineffectiveness to run this place. From praising employees, then firing then and calling them lazy in employee meeting, to deflecting the blame for the decisions he makes to others. It seems that everyone is an idiot to him.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In general management is OK. Few great, few ok and few as we had before...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Excellent company, great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time

    Pros

    Treats its people very well, great products, industry leader, outstanding culture

    Cons

    Difficult to progress if you are not German or protected by German management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that you are an international company, not just a German company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Unless you know someone don't look for any kudos or advancement, lots of playing favorites across the company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Office Employee in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Not a whole lot of pros, and it sticks that I have to come up with 20 words but let try. Benefits, co-workers and
    holiday party

    Cons

    Advancement of women only one woman in upper management
    Glass ceiling for minorities and women
    Protection if you are German, you can more or less do what you want and get away with it.
    New President not in touch with the employees, doesn't get out and talk with the manufacturing employees, comes across as too good for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are leaving left and right, figure it out! That why you all make the big bucks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    If you want to make any money, you will have to be willing to give up 20 years of your life in here

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - An Idiot for Being Here in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - An Idiot for Being Here in Lawrenceville, GA

    I have been working at WIKA Instrument full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great, the cost of such have increased over the years lately,company is trying to keep a fair share of the cost but they increase it every year to employees.People are the main attraction of this place, a lot of diversity in this place, the manufacturing floor constituting of mainly foreign asian workers and bosnians.

    Cons

    Foreign German Company, unless you actually speak any german you will not get to be an executive in here, Most Directors and Managers are german.The biggest thing to move up the corporate ladder in here is politics, you have to kiss someones butt or be friends with people in certain positions. Company believes they appreciate their employees when most of them feel underappreciated. Furthermore managers in this place run the floor with terror and instilling fear in the foreign workers.Upper management has no knowledge or interpersonal skills, no interaction with regular employees whatsoever. The words promotion or raise do not exist in this company unless you know someone otherwise you will spend a lot of time in just getting a mere 3% or 0.25 cents of a raise at the end of the year.They dont even know how to spell the word training, they just throw you to the pool and you will learn how to swim eventually, but at the same time we want you to execute in a productive, quality manner.Forget weekends if you work on the floor because you will be here on saturdays and if you can't come or you don't want to, supervisors and managers will threaten you about losing your job if you are not "willing" to work overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I doubt they will read this, but my advice to the German crew, would be there is a lot of smart people out there than just germans. Interview people not just to follow company policy, but to actually give them a chance. Furthermore the whole management team from manufacturing to executives just need to be re- trained as they like to call it. A word used to patch things and move along, because afterall the only people in here who are indispensable are the German managers and directors with their broken english, and that one polish. oh wait they have a few caucasians.
    CEO WAS JUST REPLACED BY A CANADIAN SO I HAVE NO OPINION ABOUT HIM, DON'T KNOW HIM

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good company, great people,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Manufacturing environment doesn't get any better than this
    Friendly people
    Company with a rich history of success
    Largest operation of it's kind in the world
    Benefits
    New CEO - but management has been stable

    Cons

    A lot is changing - causes unexpected stress on employees
    Long hours on occasion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to your employees - they provide the best feedback about what should change and how things can be improved.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Always changing, never secure with the direction from year to year.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at WIKA Instrument full-time

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, terrific product offering.

    Cons

    The culture has been on a roller coaster. Constant changes in the marketing and sales departments. Hiring & promoting people to a director position w/o field success, w/o any leadership skills = distrust by subordinates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you do best. Stop trying to be "like" Ashcroft. Their ex-employees have not brought the success you had hoped for. Cut your losses and strive for success using your best assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I am not sure why I stayed there more than 6 months

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

    I worked at WIKA Instrument full-time

    Pros

    There are lots of caring, dedicated, hardworking employees there. The push to create standard work is notable. Quality department documentation and knowledge is great. Good quality products.

    Cons

    Promotion is based on who you know. Politics is the name of the game and if you don't like kissing butt, you will only make lateral moves. They pay is poor and the workload is high. The pay for most positions are 25% less than comparable positions at other companies. The focus on improvement is for the process not building the people. The culture has a "good old southern boys" feeling to it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For promoting people: Look beyond the select few who are the "friends" of those in your inner circle
    For showing people that you value their work: Increase the pay instead of handing out parking spots and plaques. Openly recognize the effort and out of the box ideas from all people not just those in your inner circle.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent company in some respects... Pay is low in comparison to other companies doing similar work.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Welder in Lawrenceville, GA
    Former Employee - Welder in Lawrenceville, GA

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

    Pros

    The benefits are good... and the camaraderie among the workers is usually good too. It's a very diverse workforce too.

    Cons

    Manufacturing is run with a culture of fear and intimidation...Lots of punitive action playing off of peoples' fear of losing their job. Many foreign nationals work there and they are afraid to lose their job because of their english skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encouragement works better than punishment. People are human beings not human doings. A lot of waste occurs when workers are forced to rush past their excellence zone and they cannot do their best job. Germany was once known for quality, but greed is forcing your quality down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Seems good from the outside but once through the doors you will get screwed!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Lawrenceville, GA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales in Lawrenceville, GA

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

    Pros

    The only reasons to work here is you need experience and the benefits are decent. Some of the people are nice and easy to work with.

    Cons

    All the upper management care about is themselves, they do nothing to support you or the other employees. They lie and convince you to take on more promising raises and promotions that will never come. God forbid you disagree with their way of doing things! They will through you under the bus and make up reasons to fire you. TRUST NO ONE in this company. Most of the employees thrive off drama and act like nosey children! There are way better companies don't waste your time!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, and train your people don't ignore them or treat them like nothing. Micromanaging gets you no where!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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