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Dayton Superior Reviews

Updated June 2, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A long-standing industry leader."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dayton Superior full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great history and great people. Despite what others may be saying; this company can't help but thrive if their employees put in the time and effort!

    Cons

    Too many employees with bad attitudes expecting things to be handed to them without putting in the work. Those bad apples will be weeded out and things will turn around!

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the little people necessary for the upper class mans success, too!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Do not work here if you want to be valued and treated like a human"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Potential to impact
    The toxic culture and nearsightedness taught me exactly what I didn't want in a career

    Cons

    Company is owned by a bank and is for sale so all decisions are made for short term impact. Near zero care is taken for employees and the benefits beyond medical care is essentially zero. The corporate culture is toxic and there is no sense of camaraderie. Do not be fooled by the facade of professionalism that it gives off. Upper management is a closed door and communication is abismal. Take your talents to a company that actually values you and wants to invest in your future. Bonuses won't pay out again for a second year. Lofty goals that go against market growth will ensure you aren't paid a bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a sense of social responsibility. There is more to life than abusing your employees and customers for short term monetary gain. Dayton Superior will never be a great company you all think it is until you value talent, invest, and treat people like humans. That's the difference between a million dollar company, and a billion dollar company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Dayton Superior"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people at the facility. Great product offerings

    Cons

    Corporate did not value people. Their actions did not back up their words. They forced metrics to look the way they wanted them to.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Area Sales Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great customers and fellow front line sales employees

    Cons

    Commission plan and current management

    Advice to Management

    Quit treating people like you own them


  5. Helpful (4)

    "On a downward spiral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Lead in Mount Morris, IL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Lead in Mount Morris, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dayton Superior full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The individual employees at the non-corporate locations. Benefits are geared towards families.

    Cons

    Top level management has spent the last few years running off generations of skilled talented employees that knew the business. Their competitors and customers have benefited greatly from this talent bleeding. The people who have replaced them don't have the knowledge necessary to carry on. Pay is far behind the other opportunities in the areas they operate, which leads them to attract less then the best applicants. Management has stripped so much actual value from the company in attempts to please the holding company before the company can be sold. The positive reviews are written by corporate HQ staff not the actual staff.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, there isn't anything to be said.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Invigorating Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dayton Superior full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to be challenged and rewarded. It seems there is always something new on the horizon. We celebrate our successes regularly. We have meetings where employees can ask candid questions. Great training and employee development programs.

    Cons

    It can feel intense at times and not for the faint of heart. People that don't know how to react to daily accountability will struggle.

    Advice to Management

    Have more gong ceremonies rather than letting them build up for several weeks. Perhaps recognize more than 3 employees each quarter with the Diamond Awards. We have so many good people that it will take forever to recognize the stars.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Growing, changing, fun, challenging"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Corporate in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dayton Superior full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great environment for talented employees to be recognized and to be suitably challenged. Exciting change and leadership have helped transform this organization from stagnant to blossoming. Great opportunities and discussions on talent and "A-players" around the whole organization.

    Cons

    not a con, but some may not like the high level of accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share the vision of success and encourage all do be their best.

  8. "Keep up the great work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dayton Superior full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    We are growing! Always striving to do more, thinking outside the box, doing things differently. Having fun!

    Cons

    Some employees are opposed to change, and negatively impacting others.

    Advice to Management

    Share your vision and excitement with broader employee base.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "IMPLODING (Don't Be Fooled By the HR Reviews)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miamisburg, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dayton Superior full-time

    Pros

    Great, hard work co-workers. Not much else that's positive about this place.

    Cons

    The new CEO & his minions have made so many bad decisions that the company is now imploding. From the low moral, angering of customers with outrageous price hikes, scare tactics to force employees into questionable situations & cutting of corners it's no wonder there has been a mass exodus of good employees leaving & those of us left behind are looking for our way out. Upper management is out of touch with the day to day operations & lower level management will say anything just to appease them. Hard working employees are now just doing the bare minimum to get by due to the low moral making it difficult for anything to get done efficiently or effectively. There is very little team work between departments & minimal communication which in turn causes this company to be reactive instead of proactive.

    Advice to Management

    Gain the respect of your employees instead of ruling by fear. Quit playing games with your customers which causes your sales force to have to continuously apologize for you.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Just a bathtub outfit"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dayton Superior full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There aren't many pros....the employees that are fearfull for their job are nice. If your fortunate enough to realize that your career will go nowhere and you leave...that is a pro.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, they put up a good front but the company is falling apart. The plants are falling apart and they run a skeleton crew with minimal pay. The front is to make the books look good for potential corporate buyers. The company is owned by an investment firm and is looking to sell. The products produced are nothing special and the company is extremely disorganized. Turnover is high because they don't value GOOD employees and any experience that is brought in quickly leaves because they see through the smoke screen.

    Advice to Management

    Time to get new management that actually cares about the employees that are actually productive and can actually manage.


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