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Avery Weigh-Tronix Reviews

Updated January 16, 2017
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  1. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Owned by ITW which allows for a stable environment

    Cons

    British owned which makes decision making a long process at times


  2. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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

    Pros

    It is owned by ITW which offers great benefits

    Cons

    Products are developed in a bubble with no input from the people who interface with customers. Small town mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to your employees.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A company stuck in the past"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fairmont, MN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fairmont, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Excellent work/life balance
    - Competitive pay considering living costs around Fairmont
    - Engineers are given nice tools and equipment

    Cons

    The engineering department is stuck in the past. Many of them have been there 15+ years and have grown very 'comfortable'. The lack of good engineering talent around Fairmont means it's hard to find quality people and they don't fire anyone unless ITW decides to cut a department and then 20 quality people are laid off with no warning.

    Awtx has some great opportunities for new development but are shooting themselves in the foot by giving priority to the old GSE distributors. Something is wrong when over half your work is spent on legacy systems instead of new products.

    Many engineers are not up to date with current trends/ideas.

    Zero opportunity for upward advancement unless you work there for 15 years.

    Advice to Management

    There is a complete lack of trust in management for the direction of the products and tbe legacy GSE work is killing motivation. Explain why this investment is worth the time and cost.

    Shake up the development process. Too many people work in a vacuum without communication and the remote workers only compound this problem. Increase inter-discipline communication by having daily stand up meetings.

    Energize and motivate your teams, the current development culture is terrible. Hanging more 'motivational posters' on the walls don't count.


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  5. "It's a pretty good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Shipping and Receiving Clerk in Stockton, CA
    Current Employee - Shipping and Receiving Clerk in Stockton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The schedule is great. Monday through friday

    Cons

    I wish I made more money

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "easy money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    easy way to make a lot of money, easily trained, great employees

    Cons

    it's hard to use your vacation time when theres a lot of overtime


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not a place for high achievers or the upwardly mobile!"

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

    I worked at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Great rank and file colleagues who make working in a difficult environment somewhat manageable.
    -Brand has a long and storied history.
    -Certain positions provide opportunities for international travel.
    -Opportunities exist to transfer to other ITW business units.

    Cons

    -Avery Weigh-Tronix does not invest in employee development.
    -Company fails to follow through on their own commitments (tools and resources) to get the job done. (You are left hanging to navigate the impossible - leaving customers upset, colleagues in confusion and creating a very embarrassing situation for the project leader).
    -Compensation at Avery Weigh-Tronix is generally below market standards and less than what equivalent positions at other ITW business units pay.
    -Poor leadership who are essentially draining company resources for personal gain and perks
    -Recent layoffs and retrenchments.
    -Closing and consolidation of plants with zero forethought on whether the plan is viable.
    -Some newly promoted business leaders have no formal education beyond high school.
    -Questionable management decision making is hurting employee morale.
    -Many people work here because there are limited employment options in the area.
    -Fairmont, MN can be a challenging place to live for those accustomed to larger urban areas.

    Advice to Management

    Avery Weigh-Tronix is on a downward spiral. ITW's CEO needs to reign in the current management at Avery Weigh-Tronix before they wreck this company. The leadership at Avery Weigh-Tronix seems to be out of touch on how to run the business as numerous questionable decisions have been made over the past 18 months.

    The business needs to view employee development as a critical investment rather than another overhead expense.

    Follow through on the commitments you make. If priorities change, make a conscientious effort to communicate these changes to the appropriate parties. This serial pattern of not communicating this information is damaging the credibility of those charged with leading these initiatives before customer groups and internal stakeholders.

    Develop a well thought out plan, consider implications and ensure global outsourcing plans are viable by thoroughly vetting and qualifying vendors before discontinuing internal production and moving to outside sources. This would prevent and mitigate some of the recent problems and frustrations experienced by both employees and vendors as a result of hastily conceived outsourcing plans.

    Avery Weigh-Tronix's leadership needs to practice what they preach. The company has been significantly limiting important business travel for some while other leaders and their cronies boast about racking up Delta Diamond Medallion and Million Miler status through non-impactful business trips.

    Senior leadership needs to be more inclusive and embrace diversity. Stop shutting people out when the solutions provided does not come from a member of your inner circle.


  8. "Corporate Leverage needed to sustain position"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Affiliate of ITW allows higher compensation

    Cons

    Affiliate of ITW that is over valued

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to leverage the P&L


  9. Helpful (2)

    "I would not work here"

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

    I have been working at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company. Products are needed

    Cons

    Top management has no idea what's going on. Sales people are held to unrealistic goals. No support is given to outside employees, very cliquish. Seems like a few management people run the whole business, and upper management does not step up. It's the unfriendliest HR team I've ever worked for; Your pay is NOT dependent on your performance, so you could go all out, and get the same pay increase as the guy doing nothing all day. New industrial products were never user tested. New products are not well liked by the customers, but somehow, sales is crucified for not selling a product that isn't wanted. Lots of micro management. So much, that a lot of us have given up trying to do the "right thing" for the company and the customer.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your company. Don't just breeze in and talk to upper mgmt. Learn what is really going on. trust your people to do their jobs.


  10. "Wonderful Company Awesome Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairmont, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone at this company is extremely friendly and there are many opportunities to advance within the parent company Illinois Tool Works (ITW). There is a wonderful benefits plan and a focus on continuously improving employees at all levels. This is an exceptional company that is not only moving into the future, but also cares deeply about their employees.

    Cons

    Fairmont is a smaller but beautiful town which can prove difficult for individuals used to a larger city.


  11. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avery Weigh-Tronix full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Varied and challenging role.

    Cons

    Too much restructure and not enough clear direction



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