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Colfax Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroe, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are a few very talented and professional employees in accounts payable and collections!
    Overtime for some hourly employees is allowed.

    Cons

    This company is unprofessional and unethical.
    Management does not tell the EMPLOYEES or CUSTOMERS the truth about many things. You will rarely (almost never) have any promotions from employees in Colfax! Almost all lower and middle management positions are filled from new hires and not from qualified Colfax employees.
    There is entirely too much favoritism within this company!

    Advice to Management

    Upper management must get involved in making positive changes and not just continue to use "smoke and mirrors" in an attempt to cover up the problems.


  2. Helpful (11)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Monroe, NC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Monroe, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, people, was close to my house when I worked there. I Had to write at least twenty words to submit this review.

    Cons

    Worked as an engineer there for 6 years, and it was really enjoyable place until it went Public in 2007. From that point forward, corporate cronyism took over, and working there became an awful experience. More and more VPs and executive management were added, no raises, no bonuses for anyone in less than a plant management role, no advancement opportunities unless you were in the 'network', was made to feel inferior and unworthy. It was management's unpublished philosophy to treat people poorly- 'if they don't like it, they can leave.' Upper management chased off anyone who could actually think and challenge status quo. They brought in people to run the company who had never set foot in a manufacturing company before. The people were the best part of the job, lots of nice people working there (management excluded), and I still keep in touch with today.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the workforce, promote from within, stop the cronyism.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Absolute Leadership Incompetence - stock down 60%!"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Manager in Annapolis, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you like train wrecks - this one is a fun one to watch. Like a Shakespearian tragedy, you can get wrapped up in the story - the sound and fury, if you will.

    Cons

    If you're on the train - not so fun. They have one way to appease wall street - cut people, close factories and move manufacturing to China.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to customers, and employees. Quit the politics and backstabbing.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid the drama!"

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    Current Employee - Technical in Monroe, NC
    Current Employee - Technical in Monroe, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Colfax full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colfax builds a solid time-tested product that maintains its market demand.

    Cons

    The stock price (CFX) has dropped steadily and significantly since July of 2013. In response to this, middle to upper management have made considerable changes; some of which appear non-logical. They have enacted two rounds of layoffs with little regard for maintaining much of the product knowledge or technical expertise in the individuals that they are sending away. They are also bringing on new-hires just before and just after their layoffs. Colfax, for now, seems to be a very unstable place for which to work.

    Advice to Management

    I do not believe that they would heed it.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Local company great, corporate doesn't care about people."

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Palm Coast, FL
    Former Employee - Specialist in Palm Coast, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colfax full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, decent benefits/pay, safe work environment, local people are great.

    Cons

    Corporate lays you off at slightest sign of losses. Cuts higher paid employees to hire cheep labor. Upper management changing a lot lately, everybody feels jobs are not secure and looking for other employment.

    Advice to Management

    Care for people, less about a slight dip in profits.


  6. "Vice President"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colfax full-time

    Pros

    Decent Vision, Global footprint, good opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Disengaged management team, "work hard for me" type leadership


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Upper management always knows better."

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

    I have been working at Colfax full-time

    Pros

    Better than average pay. Better than average benefits.

    Cons

    Be prepared to wear a multitude of hats.
    Better than 10 hour days without further compensation.
    Mid-management is placed in positions of responsibility without authority.

    Advice to Management

    You should place as high an importance on "V.O.A."(voice of associates), as you do to V.O.C.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Colfax full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced environment, good pay

    Cons

    Danaher -- those who worked there are favored. If not keep resume up to date


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Professional"

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

    Pros

    Used to be a great company that cared about its employees. Benefits were good but slowly going away.

    Cons

    Do not expect to be promoted based on your knowledge and ability. The newbie that comes in and knows the buzzwords of lean are promoted and it doesn't matter if they know manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the people that made this company great and quit worrying about how big of a bonus you are getting.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Results Driven"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Colfax full-time

    Pros

    Dedicated to relentlessly improving the business and actively pursuing acquisitions.

    Cons

    Culture is really bland and only about hard driving for results with no real sight of work life balance, and no real positive reinforcement to employees.


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