ifm Efector Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Excellent Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Exton, PA

    I worked at ifm Efector full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic culture with a work hard play hard mentality. Everyone from the Sales teams, marketing managers, etc. are all friendly. The company treats you really well. The CEO is exteremly innovative and has a really good vision.

    Cons

    Compensation wasn't great and when the industry was struggling there were several layoffs.

  2. Decent Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Exton, PA

    I worked at ifm Efector full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great work/life balance. flexible time and good benefits, good 401k matching and vacation and sick time.

    Cons

    little room for advancement, some heavy turnover in select departments but very few cons.

    Advice to Management

    none really, keep doing what you are doing

  3. Great culture that prides itself on continous improvement of it's people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Sales in Exton, PA

    I have been working at ifm Efector full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No matter what position you start in, as long as you apply yourself and have a thirst for learning, you can earn new opportunities throughout the organization. Great ethics, family environment, open door policy to the Directors and fun.

    Cons

    No real cons here except to say that the pace of working is not for everyone. As I read some of the negative reviews on here I can tell they are the folks that could not handle it.

    Advice to Management

    Conitnue to listen to the upward pressure, and keep that open door policy. Transparency is one of the great benefits form the Owner, CEO and Directors. They are all engaged in satisying both internal and external customers.

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  5. Great family Environment with Long Term Potential

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

    I have been working at ifm Efector full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent support structure - Inside & out, Continuous training, Rewarded for your work without feeling the need to be a work-aholic

    Cons

    Personal growth potential may be considered limited, depending on your long term goals. Product development and innovation could improve at the corporate level.

    Advice to Management

    As the company grows, continue to add opportunities

  6. Showing serious signs of a failing company.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ifm Efector

    Pros

    Great medical plan, strong relationships within your branch.

    Cons

    The corporate office is very disconnected from employees in the branch offices, which causes poor, unjust judgements. If you make any mistakes in the beginning they will discount you as being less than an "A" player no matter how well you preform later. The company appears to be going through some bad times but are not speaking to their employees about the issues.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of your little boxes and realize that what makes a great company is having many DIFFERENT talents and personalities. People are not robots, being all the same and only one way of thinking is not what will make you grow. Talk to each of your employees and understand where their talents are and grow on that instead of expecting an impersonal, personality test to tell you who they are.

  7. Great close knit family culture; consistent exceptional performance is rewarded.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Sales Engineer

    I have been working at ifm Efector full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is a definite small family feel to the culture, despite being mid-sized. Accountability across all areas of the company is increasing, which is good. This is coupled with a relentless drive for growth, also positive. Product development is customer centric, and strives to simplify the complex.

    Cons

    Flat organizational structure can seem limiting to some. Project management processes and employee communications could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with your customer facing employees to truly understand business needs.

  8. Nice place to visit.....you won't build a career there!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Exton, PA

    I worked at ifm Efector full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The pay for sales was decent for a while when they brought in qualified, experienced sales professionals. I liked my colleagues- we could commiserate over beers together.

    Cons

    The last few years the best sales people have left and they replace them with younger less experienced college grads. Management and HR have little clue what motivates people and they prefer younger sales engineers that they can mold and make them believe this is how it is everywhere. Growth every year is difficult based on their commission plan. Ask them to explain IN DEPTH the "delta" commission plan before signing on- most good sales people leave after a good year because the self defeating plan makes consecutive successful years nearly impossible. This is the definition of "Old Boy Network"- if you don't want to brown nose you are best getting out.

    Advice to Management

    Develop some guts and explain to Germany the differences in the North American market and sales force motivation. Reward success not just those who say and do what you want. The emperor has no clothes there because they don't want to know the truth.

  9. Great potential and brilliant CEO, but serious upper-management problems.

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

    I have been working at ifm Efector full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with helpful and encouraging people. Strong sense of family amongst the sales team.
    The company produces excellent products.
    Benefits are fantastic.
    Fun social gatherings that really help to bring everyone together as a team.

    Cons

    Employees are encouraged to share their complaints and are then shunned for it when they do. Negative feedback is seen as the employee not being a "team player".
    Very far behind in technology and slow to adapt to the times.
    The IT department is extremely painful to deal with due to controling and manipulative management. Takes forever to get anything from them and even their staff seem disgruntled with management.
    No room for advancement in most departments.

    Advice to Management

    Some people who have been with the company for a long time are no longer providing significant value and are in fact causing discord and an unwillingness to change. These people should be sorted out and removed. (Payroll and IT come to mind).
    Stop relying on upper management for all decisions. You have a lot of bright people in the company with a lot to offer, LISTEN to them.

  10. Generally a great place to work

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

    I worked at ifm Efector full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Really strong family/team atmosphere. Compensation was decent, my manager was great.

    Cons

    Management does not deal with slackers - at. all. Instead they get rid of people they don't like and don't fire people that should have been gone long ago - who contribute nothing and even create a hostile environment.

    Advice to Management

    Keep and reward dedicated, high performing employees. If an employee needs to be spoken to about their performance and/or attitude more than a couple times, it's time to go. Also, create a working-from-home policy that benefits everyone, not just favorites.

  11. Not an organization for highly-motivated / career minded individuals...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Exton, PA

    I have been working at ifm Efector full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    ifm manufacturers some of the best sensors and controls in the industry.

    The employees at ifm create a true family atmosphere.

    Continual safe growth

    High level of job security

    Benefits are on par with the industry

    Cons

    The majority of the mid to upper management team have not worked outside of this organization, resulting in a lack of perspective when it comes to the 'reality' that employees and customers have to deal with on a day-to-day basis.

    Professional development is not encouraged, in fact, professional development is discouraged in some departments.

    Under performers are not encouraged to increase performance, nor are they ever removed from their positions.

    Compensation is very low compared to the industry, merit increases are not common / if ever. given.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage open communication amongst employees and management.

    Work hard to retain your "A" players and further their professional development.

    Put plans in place to develop under performers, or remove them from the organization.

    Analyze compensation plans before you lose your "A" players.

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