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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Providence, RI
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    I worked at Mahr Federal full-time (More than a year)


    Mahr Federal is a well-recognized brand within Metrology. Most of the products sold are to world-renowned enterprises that span from aerospace to the medical field. Nearly all of the products within the precision gage category are still manufactured in Providence, RI--which is extremely rare. But the expensive systems equipment is made solely from Germany and assembled in the US. As for the work, it's great to see your direct impact on customer sites and how you can improve their lead times. The crown jewel of the office is the automated deluxe coffee machine (rarely used, but it makes you feel fancy when you have guests). Mahr's manufacturing floor is infused with state-of-the-art equipment and relic machinery; it is progressive and gives you a perspective of how production was like in the mid-1900s. If you are in engineering or metrology systems divisions, you'll receive powerful laptops, cellphones, nice dual screened office, company credit card, and the works. Mahr has since trimmed non-value adding executives within the marketing and vendor segments and honed in on becoming better within their respective market.


    My comments may be biased as I worked in precision gages (PG), but this division brings home the "bacon" and "keeps the lights on". The treatment of this small team is deprivating. PG is the stepchild of the company, when Mahr acquired Federal Products, it was obvious that metrology systems (MS) would be given priority. This mentality has permeated into the company culture, leaving the PG team as the primary scapegoat and MS team as the champions for the future. Employees within PG, both sales and management, are constantly tasked with setting up and working trade shows and doing the bidding for the company. This offloading of scut work has made MS employees, especially sales, feel entitled and look down upon PG. PG sales are often the catalyst behind MS sales because of the volume of prospects and leads they come across, and oftentimes a sale will be made from a PG referral, however, compensation for the PG pivot is zero. Bonuses between PG and MS are folly, too. In any given year, if corporate decides to allocate more resources to one division versus another, it's obvious that the larger budget will bring in more revenue. What shameful is the fact that workers eligible for the bonus from PG to MS is 1:4. If you are young and ambitious, this is not the optimal career choice.

    Advice to Management

    Give the PG group the recognition it deserves. Let PG and MS salesmen sell across the continuum. Unify bonus structure so it is a company initiative to do better, not divisionally based. Cut back on the number of trade shows and reevaluate the company's use of Salesforce, it is both time consuming and costly.

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