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Updated May 22, 2017
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  • good culture, good people and benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Decent pay, Good benefits, Great co-workers (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Nortek full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, friendly people, overtime is rare

    Cons

    coffee sucks, salary could be more competitive


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Tough Crowd"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good and interesting products with good potential for growth. Interesting opportunities for Innovation/R&D. Works with big name clientele on interesting variety of products and applications; small and large scale. Good benefits and 401k options.

    Cons

    Two buy-outs in two years, four lay-offs in three leading to a lot of transitioning and miscommunication. Not a very strong identity (in terms of mission or vision compass) or culture. Lacked in communication. Leadership structure not very clear, direction was uncertain. Not very effective use of human capital. Uncertain expectations leading to poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Define the purpose.


  3. "Territory Sales Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits and fantastic culture

    Cons

    our division was a new venture and wasn't well thought out


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    "PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good people, decent pay

    Cons

    Poor planning, no communication with the top, poor planning meant long hours for periods of time and then layoffs in others.

    Advice to Management

    Poor decision making has made the company lose money over the past two years and lose many great people who were dedicated to the success of the company as well.


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    "Changing company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wentzville, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wentzville, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Nortek (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pros are that this company manufactures products (HVAC) which are consistently in demand, and great team members at the non-management level.

    Cons

    Top management structure has gone through many changes over the last year. Leadership has shown fragmented support to lower level employees during challenging times.


  7. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortek full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pro family, unlimited PTO, good work enviroment

    Cons

    No long term project plans


  8. "Cleanroom Design Supervisor/ Designer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cleanroom Design Supervisor in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Cleanroom Design Supervisor in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    An individual who is driven and self motivated can learn about many different facets of design and engineering disciplines. Structural trussing design, sheet metal design, mechanical and architectural design are all part of what is expected from cleanroom designer. Use of AutoCAD, Inventor, Revit, are the main programs that are used and encouraged. At times marketing material is requested, in which case, programs such as Showcase and Fusion are also explored. Development of intermediate/ high level parametric modeling skills are encouraged in order to increase speed and consistency of designs.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of the custom market conditions and previous top level sales growth approach, work load can be uneven for production designers which requires large amounts of OT in the clean room sector. Hopeful as new management is attempting to target more high profit segments in order to increase bottom line profitability and hopefully creating a more level work load.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in higher level designers, technicians, craftsmen and laborers as well as continue automation efforts in order to create a more lean office and factory. A knowledgeable employee is a more engaged and higher performing member of the team. That knowledge has to be built from within due to the niche and custom nature of the products sold.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Nortek full-time

    Pros

    Culture was good and close until changes occurred. People cared about each other until company got too large / spread out.

    Cons

    Everything was too secretive. Salaries were not proportionate and senior management had very high salaries and bonuses. No wonder why they didn't want to people to know how much they made compared to the average worker.

    Advice to Management

    acquisition by Melrose hopefully make the overall company better. Too bad everyone in corporate office was let go since most "little people" suffered and not the senior management.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Micro Management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Carlsbad, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are no pros. This is a horrible company. Senior Management and Director Level got constant promotions and a bonus when company told employees no bonus this year. One level up shared this info with some of us in the department.

    Cons

    Micro Management at its best. Professional relationship with this company is very abusive. 2 minute bathroom breaks. No flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    My advise is to HR, are you aware how people are treated? They can't come to you cause you are also a sell out. You shared confidential information with the upper management when it should have stayed between the employee and your department.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Petaluma, CA
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Petaluma, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Nortek (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great management. Very fair pay and treatment.

    Cons

    Lots of changes with the current acquisition.


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