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ATS Automation Tooling Reviews

Updated February 6, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some great people who are working there (in 4 reviews)

  • get to see new products before they come out (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Unhappy employees and low morale (in 4 reviews)

  • Little to no time spent working on the shop floor (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "ATS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Hill, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Hill, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, interesting work, good people

    Cons

    unrealistic expectations from corporate with minimal support.

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Aug 10, 2016 – Corporate HR Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to post your review of ATS on Glassdoor. I am glad you found your experience with us good overall but am sorry that the opinion of Corporate was not favorable. We are ... More


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Controls Systems Design Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controls Software Design Engineer in Rock Hill, SC
    Former Employee - Controls Software Design Engineer in Rock Hill, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - The people are nice and friendly for the most part
    - Wide variety of potential projects and technologies used
    - Free lunches from customer or vendor visits
    - Some training is provided

    Cons

    - Almost all projects are behind schedule (I don't care if it's the industry standard, it's not acceptable)
    - Work life balance a challenge due to overtime
    - Company is headed in a downward spiral financially
    - Management does poor job communicating their needs to their teams
    - Some huge egos get in the way of cooperation
    - Overtime system really lets management take advantage of employees
    - Little incentive for raises at the end of the year

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more effectively. Voice your opinions to your teams and encourage any team members to come to you with issues. Encourage teams to have morning meetings to discuss daily progress. Weed out anyone who puts themselves before the project.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Top-Down Management Style"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is above average for the industry. If the project is going well management pays no attention to it.

    Cons

    Strong top-down management style means middle-management is constantly in the dark. Lack of support from upper management results in a lot of turnover and layoffs. Too many political games to deal with between different offices.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the input from the front-line staff.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects allow you to develop your technical skills.

    Cons

    management was very difficult to deal with. There was very low morale, and employees were often times not appreciated. The overall atmosphere was not the best.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to value your employees and treat them as professionals.

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Jan 26, 2016 – Corporate HR Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experience with us on Glassdoor. We appreciate your concerns and are implementing several leadership initiatives to deal with this fast-paced environment in a more ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Bullies"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ATS Automation Tooling full-time

    Pros

    Unable to think of any

    Cons

    This place used to be a good place to work, until new management took over. They have effectively weeded out all of the talented, experienced employees and replaced them with yes men.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. They don't listen.

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Feb 4, 2016 – VP of Sales

    This review doesn't make sense. We have no new management. We have had the same management team for nearly 15 years. Our retention rate for employees is outstanding and we have a culture that ... More


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Looks good from the outside !!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time

    Pros

    Great people and team. Good pay and Awesome benefits!!

    Cons

    Unorganized, projects under-bid, corporate micro management, PM's overloaded with projects. NO Mentor Program !!!! Lack of employee training from day-1.

    Advice to Management

    Support local project management teams !!! Train your people !!!!

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Dec 14, 2015 – Corporate HR Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Glassdoor. Although we appreciate that you liked the pay and benefits, the concern with respect to training, mentorship and project ... More


  8. "engineering technician"

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    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - R&D Technician in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at ATS Automation Tooling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    related with my work experience learn more advance technology

    Cons

    the company have variety of tools to used

    Advice to Management

    need more challenge work with advance technology

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Jan 26, 2016 – Corporate HR Manager

    Thank you for taking a few moments to share your experience on Glassdoor. We appreciate your positive feedback and look forward to continuing to seek out challenging work, using technological ... More


  9. Helpful (6)

    "One management blunder after another"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Automation Technician in Corvallis, OR
    Former Employee - Automation Technician in Corvallis, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ATS Automation Tooling full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Automation is a niche industry that can give a lot of variety, challenges, and experience.

    Cons

    It's either feast or famine. No ability to control workload of projects coming in. Lean times led to desperation to bid projects in an irresponsible way, leading to red projects, missed deadlines, and burned bridges with customers. Work schedule and structure did not allow for skill growth in the desired areas.

    Advice to Management

    You cannot give advice to a bunch of hedge fund cronies. The worst mistake made was gutting and selling off entire machine shop, which had the capacity to supply high quality custom parts to many ATS sites in North America. Outsourced it to China, which was a big hit on quality and lead time. Mismanagement caused local vendors to not want to work with us.

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Jan 26, 2016 – Corporate HR Manager

    I appreciate that your response is less than favourable as your location in Corvallis, OR was closing at the time of your review. There were many reasons for the Oregon closure, and I'm sorry I ... More


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Process Automation Solutions (PA Solutions) 300 Executive Center Drive, Greenville, SC 29615."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Software Controls Designer in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Software Controls Designer in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ATS Automation Tooling full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There isn't anything positive that can be said about Process Automation Solutions (PA Solutions) 300 Executive Center Drive,
    Greenville, SC 29615.

    Cons

    My review is solely based on having worked for Process Automation Solutions (PA Solutions) which is a subsidiary of ATS Automation, located 300 Executive Center Drive,
    Greenville, SC 29615. The company would utilize found means to entice and lure job seekers by assuring them of technical training , and above all, by claiming that they'd make a 6 figure salary in less than a year. The workplace culture and atmosphere , while disguised under a friendly approach, is one that is highly passive aggressive, oppressing , suppressing , and where rumors and reprisals are a frequent common.

    Advice to Management

    Stop abusing and exploiting people by having them impostor as Design Engineer and Controls Engineer position for $10, $12, $13 and $17 dollars.

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Jan 26, 2016 – Corporate HR Manager

    Thank you for sharing your experience at our Greenville, SC location. I am sorry your experience has not been a positive one. Please know that our Human Resources office is open to listen and ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting Projects / Managerial Incompetence"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rolling Meadows, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality, cam driven automation systems

    Cons

    High quality experienced employees leaving company at a steady pace. No way to replace this kind of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate Bubble Boys

    ATS Automation Tooling Response

    Jan 26, 2016 – Corporate HR Manager

    Hello... I'm hopeful with some of the leadership initiatives we've recently implemented at Rolling Meadows and other locations, there has been improvement to the work environment there. We are ... More



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