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Ideal Industries Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Mechanical Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Sycamore, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Sycamore, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome company, great supervisors who will give you a project that is yours to work on. They allow you room to think for yourself and let you manage your own project. Plenty of experience to be gained. Very flexible with hours worked.

    Cons

    Supervisors sometimes can be very busy and not be able to assist right away.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.


  2. "Regional Account Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great product, great support, great sales tools.

    Cons

    none at this time to report

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  3. "team leader, shipping & receiving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - What Ever You Need Me for in Sycamore, IL
    Former Employee - What Ever You Need Me for in Sycamore, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Best company around the area. Worked for them ambitiously for 32+yrs.

    Cons

    Don't really want a full time job , but would consider it.

    Advice to Management

    Remember i was a faithful employee with a good work ethic & had a great attendance record.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great Family Owned Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for that has a lot of old traditional and recognition on their industry. They have a good working environment and are family friendly. It is a conservative company financially which has its difficult times to work with but overall they are very financially strong. The management is committed to new innovation and growth going forward.

    Cons

    Some have been concerned about the new CEO's direction but overall the profitability of the company, innovation, and investment in the people has continued to be on the rise.
    The company is fairly flat and it can be hard to promote.
    The new focus on innovation has lead to some loss of market share on key markets.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about what made IDEAL great!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to work if you are a begineer

    Cons

    No negative reviews. You have to start from scratch


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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

    Pros

    Pay is average to above average.
    Some managers seem to care.

    Cons

    Commodity products and lack of innovation. The product line is similar to what it was 10 years ago.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good company, brand, and people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Sycamore, IL
    Former Employee - Product Marketing in Sycamore, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Encourage lower level decision making but can be tough to justify moderate investments. Work/life balance is possible although higher workload encourages more work hours. Aspirations for growth.

    Cons

    Very high expectations to grow with too few tools provided to achieve it. Higher level of changeover. Bonus scheme difficult to hit as it's tied to high expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Need to engage with the market at all levels as company direction is leaning more operationally focused. Change should be an evolution so investment in the base business should continue while next big opportunity is being identified.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Moving pieces, management silos"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    coworkers, family culture, visible leadership

    Cons

    constant change, development of employees and benefits could be better


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Decent internship, stepping stone after college for experience. Not recommended long term."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Engineering Designer in Sycamore, IL
    Former Employee - Engineering Designer in Sycamore, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Small but international company with professional hand tools, lots of exposure to different professional disciplines from supplier relations, manufacturing, sales, marketing etc.
    -Upper Mgmt. devoted to domestic American manufacturing, which is rare today.
    -Crank out very decent product with anorexic resources (also a con).
    -Some divisions are better run than others.
    -Decent benefits, still have somewhat of a pension system.
    -Excellent CEO but he's saddled with inept managers under him, surprised he doesn't see that.
       - Robert Lane is no longer CEO. He was ousted in 2009.

    Cons

    Virtually no respect for engineering. They want to be innovative trailblazers in hand tools, but don't allow engineering to play much of a roll in that, nor do they pay competitively for it.

    Middle/upper mgmt. seem blind to the needs for personnel resources and the need to travel if you're going to actually conduct business with China. All talk but no action.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes or leave. Competition is hiring people where they need them in order to grow. IDEAL is coasting on a stellar name from the past. There's great pride in the company, but it's quickly running out.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "There are better places to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sycamore, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sycamore, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Telecommuting is possible. There is reasonable supervisory and technical support. Being a private company means it's not quite as bottom-line oriented. Good no interest loans available for personal technical equipment, e.g., PC, cameras, phones. There is a 401(k) match. Headquarters is just outside the Chicago suburbs. Supervisors are flexible with work hours and days. There's 4 10 hour days in some work areas.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't easily share direction. Their health insurance is poor. There is no profit sharing or bonuses for rank and file. Very little chance for advancement beyond supervisor. There are below average wages. Morale is lower than most places I've worked. There is very little management recognition for workers. It seems as if there's a great divide between management and supervisors, much less rank and file workers.

    Advice to Management

    Be less secretive and let us know what's going on. We live in fear of RIF's.



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