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Actuant Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Pros
  • There are a lot of opportunities if you fit the build (in 3 reviews)

  • People within the business units are good people, working long hours to make an impact (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Shared Services
    Current Employee - Shared Services

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    Very knowledgeable and friendly people. Do fun activities. Treat employees well.

    Cons

    The Leadership team moves into / rotates positions. The new CEO isn't very friendly and never looks happy. There seems to be a lot of hidden agendas.


  2. "Mixed feelings"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many hard working employees. Advance within. Always trying to improve.

    Cons

    Underpaid hourly and salaried employees. Current management does not seem to hear the employees voices. Bonus program seems unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your employees. Be leaders not bosses. Close the wage gap with hourly and salaried employees. Commended employees and boost moral for increased productivity.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Company is changing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    ability to add value through projects, creative solutions
    company wants to use my knowledge and expertise
    company is making difficult but necessary changes in order to rebuild

    Cons

    people are struggling right now with the changes happening in leadership
    some people are stuck in their ways
    we're beginning to move towards truly being a global company, but not quickly enough


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Listing Ship - Lacking Direction"

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

    Pros

    down-to-Earth and hardworking bunch of folks (overall); some people have been with the company their entire careers; interesting products and diverse business units; some people are truly dedicated to making the company a better place.

    Cons

    3 CEOs in 3 years; management leads thru fear and intimidation; routinely pays below market and fails to deliver on bonus promises; HR team needs significant improvement from the top down; fitness center at the corporate building costs money to use; even when people don't get bonuses they are pressured to donate to UPAF and United Way.

    Advice to Management

    Employee engagement would improve significantly if leaders treated people with dignity and respect. HR team needs to be upgraded with individuals who have more experience and have a higher degree of professionalism. The current atmosphere is toxic.


  6. "Career Growth"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    Actuant is a company that recognizes high performance and creates opportunities for employees to achieve. As with many larger companies it is not a political organization and if you have an idea someone is always asking what are your ideas. If you give 150% and drive results doors will open for you.

    Cons

    Being a smaller organization resources are always limited so you have to learn to do more with less.

    Advice to Management

    Continue recognizing high achievers and moving out low performers


  7. "Vice President General Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - General Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    Great company to work for

    Advice to Management

    Solid outlook for the near term, great funnel of opportunities across all segments, recent senior promotions strengthen the outlook for the medium term. Overall the company is in a great position for growth


  8. "Human Resources"

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

    Pros

    I have been provided with the opportunity to use my intellect and experience to drive continuous improvement in our processes and procedures. I have learned and grown more with Actuant than I have over the previous 15 years of experience in HR.

    Cons

    It is a matrixed organization so it is not for everyone. You have to be comfortable working with and for people with different departmental and divisional goals. However all of the goals feed into the company's overall objectives. It builds your networking and relationship building skills but, you have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone in order to make it work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company will provide a lot of opportunity for personal growth. Individuals performing the work are not always given credit. Solid place to begin a career.

    Cons

    There is a lot of turnover. Quarter driven business whose highest priority is cash flow. You will learn about how to deliver results. If you do not deliver your employment will be terminated.

    Advice to Management

    Given the amount of turnover presents an opportunity to ask themselves why. What is it about the company culture that creates so many short term employees is a question worth answering.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Incompetent Management"

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    Former Employee - Vice President of Commercial in Anderson, IN
    Former Employee - Vice President of Commercial in Anderson, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Actuant (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a diverse offering of Products and Solutions, properly managed this company could grow twice and three times its current Revenue level.

    Cons

    Executive Management does not understand the difference in managing a Holding Company versus an Operational company. Actuant grew to current levels through M&A, most Executives at Actuant think and behave as if Actuant is still a holding company. In addition, Executives at Actuant do not understand the difference between Managing and Leading, the gap in salaries for mid and upper level management is to wide with obvious self serving management decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to lead, learn the difference between Managing and leading, invest in the future of Actuant...in people, innovation and mfg.


  11. "Training Program has potential"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MDP
    Current Employee - MDP
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    -Network with peers and create some friendships along the way
    -3 rotations in 3 different locations

    Cons

    -No communication between Actuant and Business unit
    -Little support to the trainees

    Advice to Management

    Focus on being honest with the trainee's up front, that way they know what to expect in each role.



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