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Gardner Denver Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits but could treat employees better (in 6 reviews)

  • Good people and decent managers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • It is directly related with the oil and gas market so when things are good, they are really good (in 4 reviews)

  • Talking about "work-life balance" but do not taking care at all (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Gardner Denver Mechanical engineering Co-op program"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-op Program in Sedalia, MO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-op Program in Sedalia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gardner Denver (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Managers allowed co-ops to make high level decisions on their own early on, high level of trust was great
    - Lots of hands on experience

    Cons

    - Poor work life balance
    - Location is not the best
    - Management discouraged open communication, constant fear of stepping on toes


  2. "Machinist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gardner Denver full-time

    Pros

    Good pay....thats about it.You do get so much overtime you begin to think you live there and a christmas party with dry corny jokes.

    Cons

    A circus...Never know if you have a job or not.
    A job of more,more,more with less people and supplies.Lots of overtime,no family life.
    Hard on your health.Very stressful.
    You are a number.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of the ones who take care of you.


  3. "Sensitive to oil"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    When things in the oil business are going good it is reflected here as well as far as available work and overtime

    Cons

    When things in the oil business are bad it is reflected here as well as far as available work and overtime

    Advice to Management

    Don't add so much fluff of employees when you don't need it so you don't have to lay-off people when things get tight. Also don't tell employees things are good, then in a month later have a big lay-off


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  5. "Do not waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Inside Sales in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gardner Denver full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of, was supposed to do inside sales ended up asking me to do yard work
    I left

    Cons

    Company will lie to you constantly, told me I would do sales and it took a month to get a laptop, they asked me to do yard work, after I got computer they laid me off
    Liars and deceitful

    Advice to Management

    Wake up


  6. "Office Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Office Coordinator in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gardner Denver full-time

    Pros

    casual, laid back environment, the people are friendly

    Cons

    lack of communication, if you're not personally liked you won't move up, skills don't matter


  7. "Anonymous for fear of being targeted"

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    Current Employee - No Way, Would BE Targeted in Sedalia, MO
    Current Employee - No Way, Would BE Targeted in Sedalia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Gardner Denver full-time

    Pros

    Normal pros, pay, insurance, 401k

    Cons

    Pure train wreck, group leaders and supervisors have no leadership, efficiency is not a priority, be liked or be looking for another job.

    Advice to Management

    Throw the Code of Ethics handbook out along with the employee handbook. Incredibly hostile environment.


  8. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gardner Denver full-time

    Pros

    They are extremely flexible with scheduling and expose you to the leading edge of that field. I really enjoyed my employment.

    Cons

    There are no cons except for the location. The town is poor and lacks some amenities that small towns won't have.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on keeping on. Management left you to do your work and would help advise on problems when asked for assistance.


  9. "Lay off Lie"

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

    I worked at Gardner Denver full-time

    Pros

    At this point I can not think of any pros

    Cons

    Direct Manager did not understand my position but was quick to judge.

    Advice to Management

    Do not tell employee you will call them back when the inventory cycle count starts back up and then don't call the employee back. Human Resources is not returning my calls. Very unprofessional.


  10. "Regional Account Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Gardner Denver (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary

    Cons

    Too big with limited support for smaller divisions


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Beware! No direction, high turnover, low moral"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Gardner Denver full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There was a time when you felt your co-workers were family and that management cared about the well-being of the masses. Middle-Management, ironically, is actually good for the most part. Being a global organization looks good on your CV.

    Cons

    - Owned by private equity firm, so meeting "budget" is a monthly routine and anyone can/will be fired to meeting whatever the shortfall is for that particular month

    - Unbelievably high executive turnover. A new CEO over year. New CIOs. New VP's/Presidents of divisions. Fired executives. It's a revolving door of C-Level leadership. Every one that comes in is even less in touch with those down the food-chain

    - Layoffs. Lots of them. Often. It doesn't matter which department you work in you'll be cut. HR and Finance have been gutted.

    - No Direction. New direction every other month or it changes depending on how the budget is for the month. It's a nightmare.

    - Cost cutting has made everyone take on the work of the 5 co-workers that lost their jobs.

    - Europeans basically dictate how the company runs. This isn't a US company other than where the headquarters are located.

    - Company seems to enjoy closing sites or moving them and then closing something else. It's musical sites. They waste more money building new facilities and then closing them than you can imagine. Open this year, closed the next and everyone is out of a job. Oh, we'll move a site down the road... then close it. Again, everyone loses their job.

    - Benefits for this global company cost about double as comparable companies. The medical coverage will put you in the poor-house if you ever use it. High deductibles, high premium, and you have to pay 20%.

    Advice to Management

    Just sell this mess of a company to someone who will actually invest in it and make it great again. KKR doesn't care. GD leadership only cares about their paychecks. How about some compassion? Save money when times are good so you're not firing 3/4 of the corporation when the numbers don't look great. Weed out your worthless directors/VPs that keep making the same mistakes and get some seasoned professionals with fresh ideas to take the reins. Stop letting Europe make the decisions and for the US to abide by what they insist.



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