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Updated February 10, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great company, people, opportunities"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting work with smart and engaged colleagues means you're always learning.
    Fast pace keeps things fresh.
    Leaders are experienced, intelligent, and good people you want to follow.

    Cons

    The speed can be a little too fast sometimes, which makes it hard to have time to think vs. react.
    Training and development for people moving into leadership roles needs more focus.

    Advice to Management

    You're doing a great job keeping the business moving. Spend a little more time and energy developing employees to help everyone grow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly managed growth over the last several years hurt this company and its customers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people can be found across the organization.

    Cons

    Comparatively low pay. Senior management is all boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on being salary competitive.

  3. "Review of Dematic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Time off between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    Fast-paced and high demand environment


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dematic full-time

    Pros

    Benefits pay great people & great relationships

    Cons

    Travel a lot, time away from families

    Advice to Management

    Hear out employees


  5. Helpful (1)

    "I have been working with Dematic for 6 years. It a great company with great benefits and coworkers."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago Heights, IL
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Chicago Heights, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dematic full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits and bonus package

    Cons

    nothing that I can remember as a cons

    Advice to Management

    nothing that comes to my mind


  6. "Management needs a course in leadership, culture needs an overhaul"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great customers to work with, Leader in the industry. That’s about it. Company has a long way to go to gain employee engagement

    Cons

    Everything is top down, employees don’t have a voice and are never asked for your opinion as to how things are operating and areas for improvement. Heads up-if you ask, employees will tell you! You are a number assigned to the next project that is up, regardless of skill set fit or areas that are best for your development. Employee development-that’s a joke. In a project there is huge emphasis on budget, less emphasis on developing a strong bond with the customer. Within the projects, departments are siloed and concerned only with their tasks and not the project overall. Can’t fault the project team leads as this is what they are taught to do. It’s a “Look out for me” mentality. Some project team members can’t or won’t take responsibility for their mistakes, and no consequences occur. Work gets mundane and filled with menial tasks. Never really challenged. If you are someone that has great potential or is ready for the next step, don’t assume there is a path for advancement. Leadership in PM group is about tenure, not competency and proven leadership skills. Very little is done to develop these managers into leaders. I saw other reviews that mention an old boys club and that is very correct. It is disappointing the the company is not taking these reviews to heart and that Kion is not stepping in more.

    Advice to Management

    For top leadership-Talk to your employees, not just managers assuming they speak for individual team members. Put development plans in place and find ways to challenge employees. Don’t keep operating the way you have been because that is what you are familiar with....that is not a recipe for longevity of a company! Seek out some diversity....try and hire more that just white men.


  7. "Lots of travel but the co-workers could not be better."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people you work with a generally great to be around. Good opportunities if you look for them.

    Cons

    Everyone seems to be on the same track no matter how hard or little you work.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the effort some of your employees are putting in and reward that if you want them to stick around

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Poor Management and Politics Causes Lack of Collaboration and Does Not Support Innovation"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lower level employees are great to work with; benefits are decent

    Cons

    Management does not listen to experts they hire; they value their own opinion over facts to make decisions especially when they have a poor understanding of the topic. There seems to be a great deal of politics and the intent, direction and strategy is often kept very secret although the information is necessary for employees to complete their job. Employees must walk on eggshells in order to not accidentally encroach on these political topics which seem rather silly and greatly reduces collaboration across teams and innovation. There is a great deal of preferential treatment for the Canadian office and employees hired through there. Grand Rapids based employees are not afforded the same upward mobility or treatment as the Canadian employees and the company will hire talent specifically from Canada in lieu of local talent for distributed teams and/or move entire fields of responsibility to the Canadian office. This is likely due to cost vs intrinsic value to the company or skills. Employees' talents are greatly underutilized which often leads to boredom, performing mundane tasks or tasks which have nothing to do with the employees' expertise or reason for hire. Dematic has lost many very intelligent and technically diversified employees because of this and continues to lose them rather consistently. Unless you are a junior programmer who just needs some experience for the job market, Dematic is probably not the place you will grow your unique skills; on the contrary, you will likely begin to lose them since they likely will not be used. You will be told you have to work overtime because you are an "exempt" employee although the tasks performed do not fall under exempt law; employees must work 50 hours per week without additional compensation. Dematic Executives have created values and goals consistent with innovation and continuing to evolve Dematic's knowledge/expertise/products through new processes; in practice, this does not happen as management relies on the "it's how we've always done it" mentality. The direction and practice of management is in direct opposition to what the Executives state in this respect. Complaints about combative management and poor working environments will be ignored and left unaddressed. Outside of a laptop, employees are generally not provided with the necessary tools in order to do their job (i.e. keyboards, head-sets, software etc.). Management will say “I don’t know where to get that” and effectively leave the employee to their own devices. Dematic says it is “Agile”, but in practice, they simply use Waterfall methodologies and utilize software generally associated with Agile (i.e. Jira). Employees are expected to take ownership of poor management estimates, direction and job decisions despite employees voicing concern; jobs are often in an overrun status which management responds to with mandatory overtime which is not compensated for. The financial structure of Dematic inhibits the employees' ability to go above and beyond in their job functions. Those employees who must charge to projects and have unique skills are not afforded R&D hours to perform research which would benefit the company as a whole. This financial structure leads to silos within the organization between project based and R&D employees effectively creating barriers to innovation and collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to employees and the experts hired; they often know better than you do. Taking a single online course in specific subject matter does not make you an expert over employees who have practiced in that field for decades. Start treating your employees as assets instead of replaceable labor. Start listening to new ideas even if you don't understand the technical details; have confidence that your employees are providing expert guidance and stop being intimidated by concepts you don't have intimate technical knowledge of. Improve on organizational support if you are going to be Agile; don't just say you are Agile and not practice the intent as it leads to a great deal of confusion and frustration. Actually implementing Agile will likely greatly reduce overruns, help set expectations to a higher degree and improve productivity through transparency and collaboration.
    Advice to Executives: Trim your middle and lower management - you have a lot of good, self-motivated, highly intelligent employees that end up doing the job of middle and lower management while those same managers fill up their days attending unnecessary meetings so they can seem busy and important. These same managers are preventing the company from moving forward in terms of innovation through collaboration and bringing new ideas to the table by stifling ideas and playing politics. The politics being played appear to stem from a need for those same individuals to strategically climb the corporate ladder and remain relevant vs. the best interest of the company as a whole. Start talking with employees that actually do the work and have unique sets of skills and get some of their ideas and introspection - these employees will inspire you to make the necessary changes or provide the innovative ideas to move the company forward, enhance current solutions and create new solutions. These same employees do not have the motive of purely moving up the corporate ladder, rather they passionately want to create the best solutions for the sake of the company and for the sake of creating exceptional solutions; learn who these employees are. Do not rely on management to provide this information - after 5 years of being employed with Dematic, it is obvious the ideas provided to management never reach you or management claims the ideas to be their own and poorly communicates them leaving others uninspired. There is a great deal of frustration among employees regarding the ideas they have, management ignoring them, management politics stopping innovative ideas and management effectively letting the power “go to their heads”. Please start being trail blazers yourself and get to know those employees whose best interest is moving the company forward and creating amazing and novel products vs allowing filtered information to funnel to you by management who often only has their own best interests in mind.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management need vision and clear set of goals"

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

    I have been working at Dematic full-time

    Pros

    Location. Relaxed environment. Benefits are average

    Cons

    Management practices. Raises are small.


  10. "Excellent company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dematic full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, good management utilizing Scrum style group project work, nice office conditions, working on the latest computers and software.

    Cons

    Too much travel for business, product engineering CAD and PLMe difficult to use, no scheduled work, mostly all product development is done by third party outside product engineering, and design CAD vendors.

    Advice to Management

    More frequent group information meetings, don’t treat engineers as only numbers of employees in seats.


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