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Actuant Menomonee Falls Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent pay, reasonable bonus program, and good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • There are a lot of opportunities if you fit the build (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "okay"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some great people and many of different types of businesses

    Cons

    The culture that is preached is different than what it is really is like.


  2. "Intern"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Intern in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great position if you're in college.
    -Room for self improvement

    Cons

    -top/down management approach
    -Don't expect to get an offer after graduation.
    -Tedious work

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to have a continuous conversation with employees to understand their needs. Continue with bringing more fun to work (the events so far have been really successful)!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Global Travel Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Professional and personal development is important to Actuant and its employees. It is up to you as an employee how much you get back from the company from the effort you put forth. The well-being of the employees is important, Wellness is promoted through activities and a gym/training facility on site. A personal trainer is on hand to conduct classes, 1x1 training sessions, coaching, and nutrition and exercise counseling in helping us to find work/life balance.

    Cons

    Sometimes expectations are considered to be unrealistic.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Only Invests in Acquisitions, Moderate Employee Growth"

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

    I worked at Actuant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Stellar work / life balance. They understand that things can go wrong with personal life scheduling and make an effort to make work flexible for employees. You work until you work is completed.
    - Corporate gym a major benefit, but no gym incentives for employees at different sites.
    - Office politics are very low, except during layoffs (which happens annually).
    - Most employees and execs are extremely friendly and approachable, but some are polar opposites and can be very intimidating to approach.

    Cons

    - They invest little in any actual research data or website licenses. Most of the research is from "googling" and not from actual reports. However, the information is very secure and they had very few problems with viruses or trojans.
    - A lot of programs are out of date (they were using IE 7 when IE 10 was out). This is because a certain percent of employees are using programs that are older and not compatible with newer IE.
    - Getting anything done through IT can take awhile.
    - Little organic growth, mainly through acquisitions.

    Advice to Management

    - Get up to date when it comes to research reports, applications, and provide better incentives to employees not in corporate locations.
    - Annual performance reviews are almost always inaccurate due to how frequently changes in projects. In speaking with other employees, this held true. Suggestion would be for quarterly or half-year reviews instead.


  5. "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most of the employees are very friendly. Management is very approachable and will take the time to meet with you if you ask. The company has a great global presence.

    Cons

    The vision of the company is flawed. There is no focus on making a difference in the world. The vision of the company is to double the company every 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Management should spend more resources on developing and engaging their people instead of acquiring other businesses and integrating them into the company.


  6. "Difficult to progress"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - IT Project Manager in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, nice new building with cafeteria services and workout gym on site.

    Cons

    IT seen as cost to business rather than improvement, lack of employee engagement, get stuck in job role.

    Advice to Management

    Need to have higher salaries and flexible work environment to attract and keep great talent.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Political and Finance Driven"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People within the business units are good people, working long hours to make an impact. Good name recognition with Enerpac, Hydratight, Cortland and Weasler. Good learning experience
    for those that want a corporate experience in a global organization.

    Cons

    Corporate is a extremely political and those that are "yes" men and tell the leadership, especially the CEO what he wants to hear are fast tracked. Recent promotions are an indication of this. Bonus system is based on financial goals that are unattainable, hence the employees gain little value. Additionally, poor performers receive the same bonus as the top performers. No incentive to go above and beyond. They speak of a growth company that is operationally excellent: however top line grown has shrunk year over year and the operations are failing: quality, delivery, safety issues due to lack of investment. Motivated by financial numbers only.

    Advice to Management

    More so advice to the board: Look hard at senior management starting with CEO and replace.

  8. "It's an exciting time to be part of Actuant - good growth and positive changes"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people and teamwork; it's a collaborative environment; strong company values

    Cons

    we are a lean company and fairly flat - people tend to wear many hats (which is also positive - gain great experience);

    Advice to Management

    continue to seek feedback and ideas from emloyees and include them in the decisions and solutions


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't trust HR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are great. HR is not.

    Cons

    HR Managers are very untrustworthy. Don't believe recruiters. Ask to speak with future co-workers regarding management, especially if you plan to work with. Trust is very important in supporting user engagement. No wonder engagement is low. Don't be fooled. Talk to current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Review exit interviews. There are some serious issues with HR Management, however they are the ones who do the exit interviews. Unethical behavior is supported and encouraged. Hard for upper management to see that there is an issue if the reviewers are the problem. Hire independent investigators to look at high talent turnover in the last 2 years. It is NOT because of the economy. How much talent must leave before this is addressed? They are ruining what could be a great organization but nobody is aware. Internal Audit or 3rd party investigation is recommended.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "They don't care about there employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menomonee Falls, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Areas of growth within the company
    Bonus Program
    Continous Improvement

    Cons

    Work hard and not compenstated enough
    Dishonesty in upper managment
    Could care less about there employees


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