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  1. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is a good company to work for

    Cons

    No major cons for this company


  2. "Material handling"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. great fellow employees. like family

    Cons

    Politics. Had the good ole boy network in some areas

    Advice to Management

    Get employees more involved in improvement


  3. "I truly enjoyed the last 7 years under their ownership"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Technician in Mossville, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HK Systems full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The 'genuine' people you get to work with on a day to day bais. Most of us were working toward the common goal of our company's success.

    Cons

    They tended to put faith in the wrong people to move the company forward.

    Advice to Management

    Look for honest, sincere people to move you forward - not the ones who are only concernred with themselves and their personal adjendas.


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  5. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Contractor - Project Analyst in New Berlin, WI
    Former Contractor - Project Analyst in New Berlin, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HK Systems as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, comfortable work environment, nice cafeteria, work/life balance.

    Cons

    Little to no training available.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Decent learning environment for those who are self directed and motivated, but not a place to have a career."

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    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in New Berlin, WI
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in New Berlin, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to numerous pieces of automation technology and how to integrate them into a functional system.
    Smart engineers (some too smart for the type of work they're doing) who share information and mentor younger engineers with their projects.

    Cons

    20-30% travel is a lie. It's typically 40%+ for any given quarter, where 16+ hour days are the usual day after day for 5-10 days, 2 days off and repeat. Then there's the holidays you work on sites and in filthy conditions.
    Engineers are not compensated accordingly with the amount of work they perform. Not financially, not with 1:1 time in/time off, no certificates of appreciation and not even lip service thanking you.
    Management doesn't care IS the problem. HK Systems (now owned by Dematic) is NOT an engineering firm that integrates systems. Instead HK Systems is a sales company selling things where any and all engineering is an afterthought. "Sell it and then worry about making it" is the company motto. As long as the higher ups and sales people get theirs they just dump all the issues on engineering and don't compensate them for the trouble.

    Advice to Management

    Press the reset button on the company structure and mentality. The company ought to be an engineering firm that develops material handling equipment and systems well from the smallest piece up. It ought not be a sales organization that is supported by what engineering does.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great job but beware of good old boy system"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Site Manager in Albany, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Site Manager in Albany, GA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, pay, acknowledgements, listens to associates mostly

    Cons

    beware of good old boy system

    Advice to Management

    promote those with the knowledge, experience and ability rather than the ones you like.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work in project engineering capacities if you do not mind up to 30% travel."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Hebron, KY
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Hebron, KY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Well known in the material handling industry.
    There are a lot of knowledgeable engineers in all locations.
    There are not a lot of office politics to deal with.

    Cons

    Travel can be extensive - especially when project issues arise.
    Not a lot of acknowledgment for a job well done - especially with all of the travel involved.

    Advice to Management

    Consider getting back to utilizing project Techs, who used to spend 100% of their time on a job site and were able to ensure that all installation activities were on track before engineers are sent to a site that is not ready.


  9. "HK Systems Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will work with some of the best engineers in the country. They work is very fulfilling. We worked with many emerging technologies.

    The facilities that HK Systems has for development are very nice overall.

    You will get to interact with many of the top companies in the US. Most of these companies are either fortune 100 companies.

    The benefits are pretty good.

    You get a lot of satisfaction when you take a project from greenfield to completion.

    H K systems has locations across the country so you do have some opportunity to move around. If you are really lucky, you might even land a project out of the country.

    Managements seems to "want" to take care of the employees overall.

    Cons

    Lot and lots of travel. The hours you have to put in can be overwhelming. I am concerned about the future of automation as many companies are leaving the area of automation and going back to more basic warehousing.

    Advice to Management

    Try to make travel a little easier for employees. Possibly compensate for time on the road better. Pay better when employees are required to be on call.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Potential Employee BEWARE!!!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Hebron, KY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Hebron, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The actual employees doing the day to day work. They are wonderful, hard working & dedicated people that make the workday a little more tolerable.

    Cons

    Working minimum 50 to 60 hours a week with travel. Very little appreciation for the time employees spend away from their families during the work week or the late nights / weekends working at home. Serious direction from senior and middle management is nearly non-existent. This company is totally reactionary to national business trends with very little vision or creativity of their own. No serious loyalty to older employees with a tendency to layoff employees at age 55.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to appreciate the people who are winning and executing the work / making you money and put a little less stock in your management team.


  11. "Great management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management are respectful of your work life balance and attempted to help you growth by giving you more responsibilities over the years. The people are amazing to work with.

    Cons

    The market and the industry are limited in growth. Not sure there's a lot of potential for career progression.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find new markets and create products for customers. Leverage the engineering talents.