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Gleason Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Good Company to Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many learning experiences, great people, salary and benefits good, opportunities abounding.

    Cons

    Many meetings - hard to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - they have valuable insight and want to help


  2. "Management is an absolute mess."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Assembler in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gleason (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, on site cafeteria, good location,

    Cons

    Long hours and mandatory overtime (at times) despite not being necessary for some departments, horrible company culture,

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your low-mid level employees/managers. They know much more than you think. Also, make better efforts to show you appreciate them; do more than throw a pulled pork sandwich at them once a year.


  3. "Dumpster Fire"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, easy work hours.

    Cons

    Management is in their own world devoid of reality.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your talented employees and fire the others.


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  5. "Good old boy club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CNC Programmer/Machinist in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - CNC Programmer/Machinist in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some OK people who know what they're doing, but unfortunately that's on the decline as the years pass by.

    Cons

    They almost went out of business in 2010, so don't plan on going to work there, and expecting to retire from there some day.

    Chummy in some of the management, territorial in other ways, and it was like that both times I worked there. Like any place, it leads to an adversarial environment, and one which is resistant to change.

    The area I worked in had terribly antiquated equipment, for the most part. The company should have invested in equipment decades ago,and merely maintained a level of commitment to procurement befitting a world class manufacturing firm. Instead, some of the machines are barely able to keep tolerance, and the people who run the equipment are some of the unsung heroes of the company.

    They have a reputation for hiring during boom times, then laying off and firing people when things go badly in the machine tool industry. There really isn't any job security there for people with not much time on the job.

    Advice to Management

    Build a new factory, and start over.


  6. "Might be a decent place to work. Someday."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are probably OK. 401k match and HSA contribution are good. Pay is acceptable for salary people, not so much so for hourly.

    Cons

    Arrogant, vacuous, and disingenuous management. Frustration and futility creating miserable people. Constantly executing the same inefficacious process and expecting different results. Too much work, too little time, doing things badly to a ridiculous schedule and hoping someone else cleans up the mess. Antiquated equipment, infrastructure, processes, management techniques. And lots and lots of managerial territorial marking.

    Advice to Management

    Quit acting like it's all about you. Figure out that the management model of progressively improved results through progressively louder yelling has never worked anywhere, for anything. Figure out that appreciating your people takes a lot more effort than putting up a tent and slopping food on their plates once a year. And put a couple decent bathrooms in the building.


  7. "Production cell operator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Cell Operator in Capron, IL
    Former Employee - Production Cell Operator in Capron, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gleason (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very clean, safe work environment.

    Cons

    Inconsistent with treatment of employees.


  8. "Production Cell Operator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shipping/Receiving Clerk in Loves Park, IL
    Former Employee - Shipping/Receiving Clerk in Loves Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I worked second shift, the employees smile at each other and we communicate well together.
    Just about every other week there was donuts or someone was cooking something eat. The
    of all was if you work for five years, you had three weeks vacation.

    Cons

    Work got real slow, you come work and try to keep busy. Finally I got move to first shift and miss the first lay-off, but didn't survive the second.


  9. "Going downhill!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work, interesting and involved.

    Cons

    Management has gone downhill. Demeaning towards workers. Raises based on made up guidelines like working overtime even if there is no work. Raises have been 1%- 2% when they used to be 3%.
    Hostile towards workers. If you are an hourly employees. Some care more about what you are wearing than the quality of the work.
    HR department is worthless. They are there to back the management when they are at fault and nobody even trusts them!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's, that open door policy only gets those who have tried to help a bad situation suffer retribution at the will of those in charge!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Inability to Recognize Talent Needed to Compete in Today's Industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NY
    Former Employee - Management in Rochester, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gleason full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent engineering team with passion and a desire to succeed in new technologies

    Cons

    Management is clueless in understanding new technologies and the ability to recognize good management talent that is desperately needed in the company.
    Very poor recruiting abilities, dragging candidates on and not selecting ones that could make a difference. They seem to not want to change the existing culture and keep the same old approach that aren't working hence an inability to compete in today's environment.

    Advice to Management

    Management really needs to restructure and get new management with today's skills and experience. The consequence will be the inability to compete and loss of revenues. There customers are more technology astute. It's a shame that such a historic company is headed in the wrong direction


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Generally satisfactory but could not learn much and lack of ambition throughout."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager/Business Analyst in Rochester, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are good and helpful. Lack of organization helps you to work independently and teach yourself.

    Cons

    Lack of organization with many plans but very poor execution. No general focus on where the company is headed in future. No long term plans. Micromanagement on daily operation which has caused no attention to inefficiency in processes. Generally, people do not know how to use newer technology to improve internal and external operations and also a lack of ambition in doing so. Very poor resource planning.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus on internal issues and resolve them with results instead of validating everything and questioning everything. Only then profitability will increased. Define and train employees in customer relations. Make sure internal processes are flawless integrating newer technologies in Manufacturing, Industrial Science and IT. Focus on how to expand the business and capability rather than micromanaging actions of every employee. This simply adds waste in time for both.


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