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Ideal Industries Reviews

Updated October 10, 2017
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  1. "Long Term Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ideal Industries full-time

    Pros

    Ideal is a family owned company that is focused on many generations of ownership. Ideal is focused on US manufacturing.

    Cons

    Revolving door in management positions. Constant changes of project focus and market focus.

    Advice to Management

    Decide what the company is and move forward full ahead.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Another One Bites The Dust"

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    Former Employee - Molding Operator in Sycamore, IL
    Former Employee - Molding Operator in Sycamore, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Local company with Civic Pride
    Nice New Facility
    Some long time employees are good people and have a good work ethic

    Cons

    No new management will stay with company. Completely dysfunctional. What they appear to be from the outside is not what they are on the inside. It is all about money and nothing else matters. They literally have one Supervisor for 5 buildings and 3 shifts and they could not care less because Supervisors cost money. Mandatory OT for 3 years and broken promises at every turn. They have Leads as cheap replacements for Supervisors and not one could step up and be a real Leader. They are lazy or unprofessional, in come cases both.

    Advice to Management

    This company could be great. Unfortunately, current leaders cannot get it done. Better shake it up or you’re doomed.

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    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with a great management team, some are still there. Had a lot of input into daily decision making from a top down perspective, there is a lot of opportunity

    Cons

    Doesn't seem like Ideal really wants Western Forge to be successful. Plant GM turnover is high, same with staff management. HR managers they bring in are liberal windbags which drives turnover as well. Just never got the sense of "winning the fight" always seemed like we were chasing our tails.

    Advice to Management

    The whole business model either needs to change or significant investment needs to be made to turn a profit. Otherwise its just a massive tax write-off for the rest of your businesses.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ideal Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are no pro's working for this company

    Cons

    Management reinvests all of it profits into the main facilities in Sycamore, IL where upper management all resides. Management has always treated this company like the red headed step child. This company will be closing the doors due to poor management and no vision for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Re-invest in the Colorado Springs facilities and its people. Hire local management team who actually have a vested interest and a vision and drive for the company to succeed.


  5. "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.


  6. "Regional Account Manager"

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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


  7. "team leader, shipping & receiving"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Family Owned Company"

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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!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "review"

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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


  10. 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.


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