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Applied Industrial Technologies Reviews

Updated December 27, 2017
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Applied Industrial Technologies CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
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  • No room for advancement or promotion (in 4 reviews)

  • Upper Management in certain regions from the Regional Manager up to the President needs to be changed out (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "OK employment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In house gym good employee discount perks

    Cons

    Poor communication from management.

    Advice to Management

    Elaborate problems instead of making employees tremble in their boots


  2. "COMET- Management Trainee"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - COMET Management Trainee
    Former Employee - COMET Management Trainee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Applied was a great entry level job for me. They provided excellent training and support in the industrial distribution industry. They really try and get you up to speed into the workforce at the expense of their suppliers. The key manufacturers that they represent pretty much pay for the majority of the COMET program because they want you to sell their product.

    Great training, great support, and great insight into the manufacturing industry!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the COMET program has an extremely high turnover rate. This is from an unclear path of what happens after the 10 month program. Once you finish the COMET program you are supposed to move into another role such as an Account Manager or Service Center Manager. However, some Comets stay inside as a customer service rep for several months, even years after finishing! This state of limbo is what causes comets to leave.

    Secondly, they mislead you to think you are going to make a base + commission after finishing the COMET program and becoming an account manager. This is definitely not the case! They do a "draw" against commission. This means that depending on your base you have to make that much in commission first before you start making actual commission. If you do not make enough to pay off your base pay for that year then it goes as a negative for next year. This essentially means you owe Applied money, and you have to pay them back the next year on top of your current salary if you want to make any commission. If I would have known this in the interview process instead of thinking it was base + commission, than I would have never accepted their offer.

    Advice to Management

    Please explain what the commission structure is to the Comets in the interview process so they know what they are getting themselves into after the program ends.

  3. "Overall a great experience"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP SD Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - SAP SD Analyst in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent and supportive team, great work life balance,
    Interesting and challenging projects, great infrastructure and facility, very helpful upper management

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is no work from home policy which makes it little difficult in terms of being flexible.
    Also the number of vacation and sick leaves can be improved


  4. "Customer Service Sales Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The management at my branch is top-notch. Though I am not a fan of the decisions made corporately, my manager and co-workers make working at Applied worthwhile. Free shirts and Yeti cups from Vendors were a plus! Solid benefits, annual performance reviews can lead to raises.

    Cons

    You have to work with SAP--which is a nightmare. Corporate is constantly coming up with new processes that tend to complicate day-to-day operations.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify processes. It feels like no one up top consults the frontline employees. Also, please make Applied.com user friendly.


  5. "mostly a good place to work"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    cafeteria, free parking, mostly friendly

    Cons

    people skills need improvement in some areas

    Advice to Management

    be more aware of how some areas are being managed


  6. "Not a bad job, but can be stressful"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Expediter & Driver in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Warehouse Expediter & Driver in Pasadena, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay isn't bad, plus you get monthly bonuses if the monthly profit margins are good.

    Cons

    The job can be stressful, and the management doesn't understand the nuances of your job or why it takes so long to accomplish certain tasks. Management will play favorites... I was a hard worker and fired for a small mistake, while they overlooked larger mistakes or slacking by people they favor. Bottom line, if you are not "liked" you'll get crucified for mistakes others can get away with.


  7. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is opportunity for growth in the company if you take initiative.

    Cons

    High-level stress; Sink or swim type of industry

    Advice to Management

    Instead of managing people, try leading them

  8. "good company"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    advance opportunity good people to work with

    Cons

    poor communication, lost direction that made company good


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Sales and Service Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CSSR
    Former Employee - CSSR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great product to work with, computer system easy to use. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management was corrupt, allowed to damage a persons career and blackball good employees for life.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention when you start loosing multiple employees due to a manager and don't make a person un-reinstate-able, or allow a manager to have that much power. Look at the employee's record.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Applied Review"

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

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Industry leader and well established company

    Cons

    System processes keep us behind competition


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