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Actuant Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Decent pay, reasonable bonus program, and good benefits (in 5 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)

    "okay"

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    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. "Mixed feelings"

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    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. "Training Program has potential"

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    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.


  4. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Traveling around the world is so beneficial to self development. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    Cons

    No vertical movement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


  5. "Intern"

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    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)!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Only Invests in Acquisitions, Moderate Employee Growth"

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Big company with advantages of a small one"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Actuant full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to executives in person is not uncommon for lower level employees. Several locations. Knowledgeable coworkers.

    Cons

    Restricted travel and spending when oil prices are low. Not much opportunity for growth. Bonus program seems attractive at first but never actually pays out. High turnover with people leaving the company for better opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Compensate employees for added responsibility. Promote organically when possible.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult to progress"

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    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.


  9. "Marketing Development Program"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    wide network, breadth of exposure

    Cons

    Lack of structure for development, Limited depth exposure for a project

    Advice to Management

    A good structure with increasing responsibilities for program employees


  10. "Its OK, could be better."

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the senior leadership team of Actuant from the CEO down are approachable and easy to speak with.
    The pay is OK, but does vary by business unit.
    Bonus system is very good when it pays out.
    Lots of good employees.

    Cons

    They look outside to fill leadership positions instead of filling them more from within
    The performance review system is terrible
    The bonus system drives short term thinking. This is a major problem for a company wanting to be more innovative.
    New managers from larger, outside companies are having a negative impact on the culture. Corporate politics are taking over.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be an innovative company, quit hiring outside managers from large corporations and let the employees from the smaller, innovative companies you purchase lead the business.


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