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Actuant Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  • 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 (2)

    "Sad to see whats happened to this company after actuant acquisition."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Binghamton, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and coworkers.

    Cons

    Management does not listen to employees. low morale. Not enough employee coverage in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees .


  2. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Mishawaka, IN
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Mishawaka, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice employees and good management

    Cons

    long hours but very flexible to allow for days off

    Advice to Management

    More promotion opportunities and internship time


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


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  5. "Once a good company now a resume builder at best"

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

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

    Pros

    Your first 3 years you will be challenged and if you are good, you will be given a lot of opportunities. Eventually you will find that small group of managers at the corp level "pull all the strings" and if you are not in the "club" you will find that will not matter how good you are you will hit a wall.

    Cons

    Small group of "Leaders" run the show no matter what your title is.
    If you are bought by Actuant start looking for a new job or take the package.
    They are currently brining "Leades" from other companies, in reality failed Managers from GE, IR and other Milwaulkee based companies instead of growing the talent in the organizations they buy.

    Advice to Management

    Sell out the company to a Dover or it like as you are in over your head.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Don't trust HR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  7. "Corporate thinking at its worst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Napa, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Napa, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, reasonable bonus program, and good benefits

    Cons

    Very narrow scope thinking - everything was focused on cost reduction and not quality or customer service. Also, the over-riding sense was that even though they had bought a very successful company, everything that had been done in the past was wrong - the corporate entity was all-knowing and their way was the only way.

    Advice to Management

    When you buy a successful company, spend just as much time studying what made them successful as you do telling them how everything should be done. And also, become aware of the fact that low-cost country sourcing is not always the best answer to every question.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "They don't care about there employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  9. "Good learning experience in a process centric organization"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Process centric, really try to support continuous improvement
    Improvement events are part of the culture
    Good pay and benefits
    Acquisitions allow for interesting integration process

    Cons

    Constant restructuring in my segment
    Lack of fun, very clinical atmosphere
    Overall sense of larger purpose is lacking
    Quick to LCC source and close facilities in the US

    Advice to Management

    Learn to simplify and be more agile
    Deselecting is critical but not part of the culture


  10. Helpful (1)

    "High growth company invested in building its talent."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Management Development Program (Grad) in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing Management Development Program (Grad) in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, good work opportunities in a diversified company

    Cons

    Stressful job. Need to hire more people. Everyone is or becomes a workaholic.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people! And do something to improve work life balance!


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Pay/Benefits Good - Culture is Employee Unfriendly"

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

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Enjoyable Work and opportunities to move around

    Cons

    Company Culture doesn't know what it wants to be. I sat in a meeting yesterday where the director said to not talk with co-workers unless it's work related. Very bad for moral and made people want to work less, not more.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of old school style directors. You spend corporate time and money building teams that effectively work together yet your directors are clammoring that relationship building is just wasting company time and money. What do you want to be?


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