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Manitou Americas Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "Amazing place to work for"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Manitou Americas as an intern

    Pros

    Very positive group, I enjoyed going to work everyday.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons towards this business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Missing Potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Manitou Americas full-time

    Pros

    The company is trying to expand in North America so there is a lot of potential growth opportunities.

    Cons

    The company has a very broken organizational structure and is unwilling to invest in resources, which is retarding the growth sales in North America. Great products but no ability to support them here in the US and Canada.

    Advice to Management

    Get it figured out before the brand is so tarnished no one will purchase it in North America. Can’t keep bringing new products and looking for growth here without investing in the organization to support them.

  3. "Better opportunities out there"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The facility is very nice, access to an onsite cafeteria, and some nice people to work with. They try to come up with innovative was to increase employee engagement through health programs - million step program, wellness lunches.

    Cons

    The company will continue to be held back because of their inability to effectively communicate. Additionally, the company has a very old school way of thinking and doing things because it has always been done that way. I also hated coming into work with an email stating so and so is no longer employed with the company. When it is only 1 or 2 times that makes sense but it is extremely common for them to fire employees out of the blue giving them no reason at all.


  4. "sales support specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Bend, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Manitou Americas full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice facility. Had a cafeteria on site, IT support was great. Decent benefits, 401k plans etc.

    Cons

    The mundane drone of fellow employees was depressing. The lack of organization to be efficient was upsetting.

    Advice to Management

    Have employees in lower management lead by example.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Culture "Shocked""

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    Former Employee - Engineer in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Engineer in West Bend, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people "in the trenches." Most people that I dealt with were eager to assist you with whatever you needed. They have nice facilities and are willing to invest in technology.

    Cons

    Employee "surveillance" is a problem in this company. Too many people concern themselves with what others do while not managing their own time. BEWARE that all internet activity is monitored and logged! Even though your Supervisor will tell you that lunchtime use is okay, "personal" internet use can be used against you, if needed.
    Product strategy is almost nonexistent. Product responsible people don't understand their customer base and therefore continue to build products that do not meet customer needs/expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Management (upper) needs to disengage themselves from detailed day to day decisions and empower their reports to handle these. Upper Management needs to provide the Vision for this company and its products.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Was a very good company when Bill Gehl ran it (prior to the sale to Manitou), not so much now."

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Middle Management in West Bend, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They have vending machines with free coffee. Good local management at the SD facilities.

    Cons

    Nepotism runs rampant at HQ, along with inappropriate personal relationships with employees at the highest levels. CEO now has all his kids working there. Hard work and integrity is not a recipe for advancement at Gehl. French owners (Manitou) were not very involved while I was there, for better or worse.

    Advice to Management

    méfiez-vous de qui vous avez confiance


  7. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer-nvh in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer-nvh in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay, and benefits. Great people

    Cons

    Challenging, hardwork, lots of lifting

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not worth your time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Near competitive pay. Good use of technology. Nice facilities. Generally nice people to get along with.

    Cons

    They will screw you on vacation/paid time off. Nickel and dime you for every hour you're not there. Too much "old school" mentality. Too many old Gehl employees complaining about how Manitou is screwing the company. Too much of the "we've always done it this way" attitude. No new hire training. You're left to figure things out on your own. No policies/work instructions are updated or in writing at all. You have to fend for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    Get over the Manitou acquisition and start working to move the company forward instead of bragging how you're so great and Europe is crap.


  9. "Gehl is a great place to work."

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    Current Employee - IT Department in West Bend, WI
    Current Employee - IT Department in West Bend, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Manitou Americas full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Gehl overall is a great place to work with great people. The West Bend office is a relatively small corporate headquarters, but is full of the right talented people.

    Cons

    Gehl is a smaller company, which could be a con for some. In addition, sometimes it can be challenging communicating with the French parent due to the time zone difference.


  10. "Loved it"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    Good place to work enjoyed it a lot

    Cons

    Better pay more personal time