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Applied Industrial Technologies Reviews

Updated January 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good company, great management and co-workers, Highly organized (in 5 reviews)

  • Some good people at the branch level (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for advancement or promotion (in 4 reviews)

  • cheap company, poor incentive program, won't spend money to make money, negative work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Account Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for the sales person

    Cons

    Not very organized, lots of turnover


  2. "Cssr"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CSSR
    Former Employee - CSSR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent pay and bonus programs...

    Cons

    Was hoping to be my dream job upon returning to customer service. Not so much.. unfairness and favoritism...no training just throw you into a very complex SAP system.. you are on your own...and they work you to the point of silly. Warehouse person was mean and customers they delivered to did not like them either. Money was decent but you earned every penny of it. Too much management in one office.. Account mgrs are spread too thin .. keep looking...better jobs out there. ..

    Advice to Management

    Treat the people on the front lines a whole lot better. We just put out fires all day long....understaffed for volume of work you require.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Upper Management Needs to Go"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The perks, nice starting salary, great experience, and you meet a lot of great contacts.

    Cons

    Depending on where you are, you will have mid level management killing your efforts trying to get you to complete all the extra nonsense they send you to do other than sell. Hopefully, your inside crew does not have a "pass the buck" attitude and has initiative to make money.

    Regardless, management from the top needs to change. This company is in the stone age when it comes to technology and innovation. Its still holding on the the success it had in the past.

    Also, they seem to say anything to get what they want, and then flip the script whenever they want without regard for personal (financial) sacrifice. I'm not really speaking about myself as much as I'm speaking in regards to what I seen happen to other employees.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I can say will save this company from the disaster that is SAP


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  5. "Old school vision"

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

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some good people at the branch level

    Cons

    Management by intimidation above the Branch level.
    Organic growth sounds sounds good but in reality the only growth appears to be through acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    People are your greatest asset. Time to evaluate the culture you cultivate. Time to look at your future and how will you stay relevant in a rapidly changing industrial marketplace.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - CSSR in New York, NY
    Current Employee - CSSR in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is employment. The pay is slightly above average in our area. Steady, normal hours. Benefits are fine, not amazing, but not bad.

    Cons

    Extreme disorganization and lack of training.
    SAP allows corporate to monitor everything and they produce endless reports that take up time that is better spent actually working. Instead of allowing employees to have some responsibility, everything is micromanaged which seriously hinders productivity. Corporate creates agreements with large customers at very low margins and then they push you to increase margin. This is not possible when the prices are predetermined and cannot be changed. The stores are run as lean as possible which creates issues when someone is sick or on vacation and customers cannot be served in an acceptable manner.
    VERY high stress position. Company does not stand behind their employees when issues arise.
    Very disappointing company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Reevaluate managers and offer them training on how to lead people instead of using stress, impending doom to make their employees "mind".
    Reduce reporting. It reduces the amount of time employees are able to work, instead, they have to clean up reports in case someone sees they are behind.
    MORE training. Noone at the store level knows how to use SAP as it should be used. There needs to be standard operating procedures for all basic daily transactions that are readily available for everyone instead of winging it and then getting in trouble for it when no one knows the correct procedure.
    Upper management needs to be more visible to all employees. The most positive interactions I have had were with my regional and absolutely NOT with my GM.


  7. "Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training programs, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Market rivalry is very high, Applied has had to lower their margins to compete.


  8. "Good luck in Sales. You are going to need it!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    AIT has a decent pay structure for Account Managers, but you need help to get there. Unfortunately, you won't get the help you need because the company is stretched so thin that everyone is overworked and can't help you or even keep up with their own jobs. The company has great benefits. That's the best thing I can say.

    Cons

    Rolling out SAP in 2013 was a disaster. The company took a giant step backwards. The challenge was not getting orders, it was saving orders from being cancelled. Hopefully things are better now. Too much paperwork for sales guys.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people at each service center or you will never get ahead of your competitors.


  9. "Inside Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Flexibility, Work life balance

    Cons

    Pay rate, Personal Growth, Changed bonus structure after the fact.

    Advice to Management

    Create personal growth with your employees.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "A company in transition."

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

    Pros

    Many of the people who work there are really nice. great benefits, location and free parking.

    Cons

    Old school boys club. Poor work life balance. Way behind in the cutting technology race. Management doesn't encourage feedback from their people. The company just converted to SAP and the transition hasn't been easy. Poor training opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure management gets continuous leadership training. HR needs to implement and anonymous pipeline to management where feedback can be given without fear. Better training across all lines of business. Encourage work life balance with working remotely and flexible hours.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "IT Department is mostly filled with clowns"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free Parking, Good Cafeteria, Transportation

    Cons

    Office Culture, Office politics, Corrupt managers

    Advice to Management

    Kick out the useless parasites leeching the company for decades



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