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Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of great people to work with (in 9 reviews)

  • Good Benefits and the company is interested in helping the employees get training (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Travel and work long hours when you do travel (in 8 reviews)

  • Upper management needs to listen to employees (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Positive"

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

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

    Pros

    Make an effort to communicate with employees and improve our level of job satisfication

    Cons

    Changes are a work in progress

    Advice to Management

    Consider various work from home scenarios for certain positions.


  2. "Perfect for right out of college."

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

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Dematic, I would have to say is co-workers. This is a great company to work for and everyone is very helpful and laid back. The company is also very flexible and very understanding.

    Cons

    The only thing I can say is the company has a lot of products and it can seem overwhelming in the beginning.

    Advice to Management

    I would have to say keep doing what you are doing. So far I have no complaints about management.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Experience counts and Dematic is where you will get a whole lot of it."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Systems Engineer II (SDG) in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Mechanical Systems Engineer II (SDG) in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dematic full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I've been with the company for 8 years starting out in Sydney, Australia and have been at our American HQ in Grand Rapids for a year now and there are definite pro's for working at Dematic. Working as an engineer in a sales support role has a lot of variety in design work, and I have been given the opportunity to try out other positions for a week or two between peak workloads. The company pays well and will definitely look after you if you consider taking a position temporarily abroad (Australia, China, UK, Germany, for example where we have Regional HQs). The after hours social interaction is great too and there are a lot of opportunities to meet new people via the Grand Rapids Sports and Social Club, lunching in the cafeteria on site, working out in the fitness centre, or just socialising with work friends for happy hour. The company responds to employee suggestions proactively and does some great work with local charities. People are willing to help if you have questions (which you will have a lot of when you first start out).

    Cons

    With the size of the company, there is a large hierarchy, which while it gives you a lot of growth opportunities, it does have a little bit of a disconnect from top to bottom, but i have seen some definite improvements with this over time. Some deadlines with customers can get ridiculous and you get stressed out occasionally, but that is really the joys of full-time work.

    Advice to Management

    Make yourself visual to the employees by working in some of the groups from time to time and seeing the stresses, the pro's and con's to processes, and then build up visions, strategies, targets and processes from that. (eg: go out commissioning, build some conveyor in the shop, go on the odd sales call to customers during planning and design phases). I've heard this has done a lot for A) employee morale (as it looks like management cares about every role in the company and you can get direct feedback), B) process improvement (because with a company this large, change is easier to be made when it comes from the top down) and C) Gives management better experience to back up the numbers and feedback that you get through standard lines of communication. Back in Sydney office we had an issue with silos between different groups and I can see a bit of that happening here (even between different middle managers). Sydney seems to have worked through a majority of those issues there and it made it an easier working environment. In the end we are all one big team and we can all make each others lives easier, it's all for the better.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "This is a review coming from someone straight out of college. Worked as an applications engineer."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Dematic has great people and not to mention Grand Rapids has to be one of the nicest places to live in michigan.

    Cons

    Travel is mostly the only down side. Don't get me wrong traveling is nice occasionally but it can get to be alot. But traveling = money.


  6. "Great Company, Great People"

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of professional people and very satisfying to see a successful project.

    Cons

    Long hours, lots of redundancy, slow to change.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with training and standardization.


  7. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI

    Pros

    Given responsibilities to handle projects

    Cons

    Frequent travelling back to back weekends


  8. "Good Company, Exciting Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    New and exciting products to work with and projects to work on. Agile process is being implemented in several departments.

    Cons

    A lot of work to complete but not much help since there aren't many qualified engineers available.


  9. "Enginering Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Growing company, great people, excellent reputation. Customers know Dematic is the best and will not walk away.

    Cons

    Travel required for most positions


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company who cares about their employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spare Parts Research & Documentation Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Spare Parts Research & Documentation Specialist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dematic (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to look for better ways of accomplishing tasks. Good management. A lot of employee events like lunch, ice cream, donuts, and other fun events. Salaries are good. There is a lot of growth in the company and they promote from within often.

    Cons

    Not all managers are as good as others, depends on the department. It can be frustrating when hours are cut due to lack of work and then it is mandatory OT due to too much work. It makes it hard to budget.

    Advice to Management

    Be considerate of employees if possible when it comes to OT and cut hours. Continue to listen to employees and try to make it a good environment.


  11. "Interesting projects with good people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Advanced capabilities of people and equipment
    Pay contractors on time
    Pay rates are competitive
    Communication was very explicit, no vague or misleading directions
    Good crew on off site installations
    Good accommodations while on the road

    Cons

    Considerable time away from home


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