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Acuity Brands Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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Found 279 reviews

3.1
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61%
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61%
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Acuity Brands CEO Vern Nagel
Vern Nagel
143 Ratings
Pros
  • "4 day work week and the people at the bottom are fantastic(in 18 reviews)

  • "Good pay and benefits, good people to work with(in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President, Software in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great culture. Rooted in caring about one another, but also a clear passion for success. Creativity, continuous improvement, customer focus. Eager to evolve but humble about asking for help to get there.

    Cons

    Somewhat slow to change. Need to spend more on IT and facilities to enable employees to do their best work

    Advice to Management

    Get in the Gemba as much as possible

    Acuity Brands2019-05-21
  2. "Good place to work"

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      Current Employee - Software Engineer 

      I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      4 day work week, remote work options, good work/life balance

      Cons

      Changes in management occur regularly

      Acuity Brands2019-06-03
    • "Get in, Get out"

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      Current Employee - Engineer 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time

      Pros

      • As a design engineer, you get to play with various manufacturing processes within one particular mechanical design (e.g. die cast, extrusion, plastic injection, sheet metal). If you’re wanting to build out this experience or pivot industries, I would recommend getting in, learning from the old hats who’ve been around, maybe design a bit, and then bounce. • Decatur location gets 4-40 schedule, occasional free food....

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      Cons

      • The company is reaching critical mass and not able to grow without implementing actual legit processes. Upside is you could potentially be a part of that transition. Downside is dealing with the inefficiencies. • Big management and leadership vacuum between the middle and upper levels, which leads to several problems: o No time/resources to dedicate to training o Limited career growth after a while o No time/resources...

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      Advice to Management

      Retire

      Acuity Brands2019-06-13
    • "Progressive Work Culture"

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      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer/Lead Engineer 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for more than a year

      Pros

      -Company empowers employees in continuous improvement process -Good work is rewarded with promotions and salary increases -Director-level management is very good at empowering and supporting employees -Great work facilities -Very well-connected layers of management; new engineers will rub shoulders with highest levels of management -4 day work weeks

      Cons

      -Engineers have a very large amount of responsibility, perhaps beyond what is typical in product development -Expectations for project cycle time can be unrealistic; one size does not fit all -Suppliers have difficulty keeping up with component release cycle times and/or inadequate capabilities for component requirements

      Advice to Management

      -Lengthen project cycle times where appropriate -Mandate stringent analysis lead design into new product development cycle -Devote more resources to high priority projects with demanding timelines -Test validation groups should take more ownership of validation and regulatory test plan creation and should also be more involved form factor finalization -Find a larger pool of component suppliers and/or more capable...

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      Acuity Brands2019-05-26
    • Helpful (1)

      "Worst Experience of my Life"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Acuity Brands full-time

      Pros

      Fancy building with nap pods, food, and an arcade.

      Cons

      Literally everything else was a con. If you're a female, look elsewhere. This is a very "good ol boy" driven business. I've watched managers make female engineers cry and try to physically scare them. Personally experienced yelling and cursing every day for about a year. For all I learned, it wasn't worth the torture. And be prepared for yearly layoffs.

      Acuity Brands2019-06-14
    • "Product Manager"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Good pay and good bonuses.

      Cons

      Constantly reorganizing which creates continued uncertainty of job security.

      Advice to Management

      Be more transparent with impending changes

      Acuity Brands2019-05-14
    • "Great Place to Work"

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      • Senior Management
      Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Conyers, GA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Well run company which is growing rapidly in the lighting market

      Cons

      Low level management can to be a little weak on management skills.

      Acuity Brands2019-04-23
    • Helpful (2)

      "Bad, really bad- from a 21 year veteran"

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      Former Employee - Manager in Conyers, GA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Some perks. The work schedule is a Mon-Thu 4-day week for most but don’t count on it. It is not guaranteed. The dress code is casual and there are some good people there at the lower levels

      Cons

      The reviews that are positive should be taken with this perspective. It looks like Sr mgt took notice that the avg rating was low and sent an edict out to get some good reviews from current employees to raise the avg. Here’s how you can tell if they have been forced written or suggested by their manager. They are very short. Most are one sentence reviews and even then, some of them have valid cons. If you have a true...

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      Advice to Management

      Get rid of the SVP's and Managers that have created their Fiefdoms.

      Acuity Brands2019-05-15
    • "Great place to work"

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      • Compensation and Benefits
      • Senior Management
      Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer in Atlanta, GA
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for more than 3 years

      Pros

      Work life balance Salary and people

      Cons

      Not always clear WRT targets and strategy

      Advice to Management

      Stay focused on one things and finish it

      Acuity Brands2019-04-09
    • Helpful (6)

      "Avoid at all cost"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawfordsville, IN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Acuity Brands full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      It's a paycheck but not much else

      Cons

      Somehow it is regarded as a "Lean" company, but they are anything but. They maintain the type of business leadership which led to the creation of unions, so it's no wonder they are a union shop. I've been in numerous non-union operations which treat employees FAR better, with almost NO turnover, better performance, and better benefits, but they think they are actually competitive. Operations is ran like it's the 1950s...

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      Advice to Management

      There is no point in giving advice to management at this company. Their culture will continue to dive and turnover increase because management themselves are the problem with zero real leadership abilities and no care for employees. Remember, leadership creates the culture through their actions, behaviors, etc. or lack their of. If you want to change the culture, start with changing leadership and putting real leaders...

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      Acuity Brands2019-05-03
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