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Da-Lite Reviews

Updated January 18, 2017
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  1. "Decent Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DCS in Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - DCS in Warsaw, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great for starting your career. Although pay is extremely low for the job. The experience is worth it.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow. New management is all about numbers not the ppl.


  2. "Mangament is without a clue"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Warsaw, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Da-Lite full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with but some the company/ management has broke down and ruined them. Management stacks the work load on the salary personnel to the point you fail before you start. Your set up to fail from the beginning. Too many yes men and not enough yes and no men.

    Cons

    Management are clueless. And will set you up for failure before you can start. They think Quality comes from iron fest

    Advice to Management

    Listening to the work will go a long way. Stop thinking you can fix it over night. It took years to get as bad as it is.


  3. "Shipping Clerk"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Shipping Clerk in Wichita, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great working area, fast pace, good environment.

    Cons

    No team work with other co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    To have more hands on in shipping productions


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  5. "What a different job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Da-Lite (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Every day was a little different during my employment at Da-Lite!

    Cons

    Every day was a little different. There was good and bad to a different day every day....

    Advice to Management

    HR was a little odd.


  6. "Half/Half"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Processor in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Material Processor in Warsaw, IN
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Da-Lite (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working hours of 9-5. Friendly co-workers.

    Cons

    Low wages, unavailable upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Watch how you talk to your employees!


  7. "No Organization, Lack of Safety. No O.T. Pay for Salary and to many hours expected."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Materials in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Materials in Warsaw, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Da-Lite full-time

    Pros

    Love most of my coworkers

    Cons

    No work life balance, lack of concern for employee safety, unrealistic performance targets especially since they don't fix root causes. Expected to put in way to many hours for the pay. No organization, no quality department. Material data and BOM's are a mess and inaccurate.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your root cause issues, start treating and paying employees better. Close down and start all over from the ground up, especially in your materials organization and master data structure.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great product, terrible place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Partner in Warsaw, IN
    Former Employee - Sales Partner in Warsaw, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Da-Lite really does have the best product in their business. I have yet to see anyone make a projection screen as well as they do, and that includes looking at their competitors like Stewart, Draper and Elite. Elite has the potential if they can work out a few quality issues to give them a run for their money though.

    There is also a good training program, when it is done properly. They seem to understand that almost no one goes into this industry knowing about their products. When done properly they have a tight 10 week training program that covers all products and processes in the office. Unfortunately the trainers have many other responsibilities and can rarely do it properly, dragging it out months longer.

    Cons

    Completely unrealistic expectations and absolutely no regard for the employees at all. They expect you to do anything a customer asks and then get upset at you for costing the company money.

    It is expected that you put in all overtime necessary - as long as you are salaried. Hourly employees are allowed no overtime but once I was salaried a 70 hour work week became the norm. When I questioned a schedule that had me working 12 hours a day, plus weekends I was just told that we needed to work hard and that they needed people that "bleed the Da-Lite Blue". Burnout is common and turnover is high meaning that they never get the levels of customer service they claim to have.

    Lastly most upper management has absolutely no respect for the people working for them, even though they are doing jobs they could never do. I once overheard the Executive Vice President walking through the office saying "..let them quit if they want to and see if they can find another job in this economy!"

    Advice to Management

    Realize that much of your staff is overworked, and that they do care and want the company to succeed. Take some basic communication courses so that, at the very least, your disdain for those working for you will be somewhat masked. And try to respond to the changing AV world by actually developing something new, instead of just renaming an old product and hoping people won't notice. If you don't, the company will not last another 100 years.


  9. "Job satisfaction"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Fresno, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good independance in doing job, decent salary as of 2009, decent benefits

    Cons

    poor communication from management, poor attitude towards employees, poor way of treating employeees, poor decisoin making of management

    Advice to Management

    listen to employees treat them better


  10. "Bait and Switch, Small company has few positives"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Da-Lite full-time

    Pros

    Production changes day to day so that each day is a little different from the next. There is great camaraderie between co workers.

    Cons

    The company is overall a penny pinching company. There is a 3% annual raise allotted per employee. If management would like to give more than that to an individual, the extra percentage is taken from their coworker. The technical equipment is out of date as are their production techniques. There is little investment in technology and research. Management is difficult to work with and human resource are there to completely represent the company.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in technology which will save time and money. Keep realistic expectations for employees. Give employees their due, such as pay increase for increased work load.