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Oilgear Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. "Summer Internship"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oilgear as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, learned a lot

    Cons

    Dingy work environment - like working in a cave


  2. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    It was a great company when they did engineered systems work.

    Cons

    The plant in Milwaukee was closed


  3. "Engineering"

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    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Development Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful history, products, and customers. At one time, one of the elite systems integrators in the US.

    Cons

    Current Management (and that in recent history) clueless on the history, products, and customers.

    Advice to Management

    Move forward but don't forget about roots.


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    "overview"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nice benefits, lots of travel, meet a variety of people, challenging work

    Cons

    lots of travel, poor training and support

    Advice to Management

    pay more attention to your employees needs to succeed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Worst project management, new management not competent"

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    Former Contractor - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Contractor - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oilgear as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Engineering group had movie theater popcorn machine in the main design room. Serious lack of updating engineering tools, just turning around, but buying equipment off of EBAY. They were still paying for custodial services.

    Cons

    Office furniture and engineering equipment was from the 1980's. Most engineering records were still on paper. Electrical engineering schematics were difficult to find due to high employee turn over. New management was not from a hydraulics background, not technically competent in Industrial Networking technology and embedded processor designs. Complete lack of project management, no written project plans, no awareness of resource allocation,poor follow up on project scheduling problems, no ability to adjust project planning due to design specification errors, and constantly changing and extremely poor technical specification definitions for products.

    Advice to Management

    Your engineering group needs detailed scrutiny. Previous mismanagement of this group was never addressed and has left important employees demoralized. Listen to your employees, you may learn something.


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    "Middle Managment"

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in West Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Middle Management in West Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A few nice people and legacy company

    Cons

    Fear of change. Nepotism and political jockeying is very high and gets in the way of any sickness. Legacy employees are extremely afraid of change. The company is on the last leg of life and a shell of what it once was.. Lack of investment. Poor desists ion making.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a vision and embrace change. No finger pointing, no blame, no politics. Allow employees to work hard enough to make mistakes, identify them and learn from them. Embrace continuous improvement. Lean works if you use it the correct way. Take the time to educate yourself and self in the true form of lean and embrace and invest in technology and modern techniques of business Managment. Free yourself of fear and blame.


  8. "Controls Engineer Intern"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Oilgear as an intern

    Pros

    Very welcoming and productive atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack on projects and heavy amounts of downtime


  9. "Still no vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the moment, it seems like the business is starting to get control of its losses and turning a profit, or atleast no longer giving away product and services.

    Cons

    It's been a year since some very major changes had started taking place, and while it's understandable that it would take some time to recover given the tactics that were used, there is still no well defined direction for the business which only seems to be holding out for the oil and gas market to return. Despite the last 6 months being some of the toughest, including loss of benefits and compensation, a number of new administrative positions have been created and the easy going but ambitious attitude in Traverse City has been poisened with the business as usual mentalities of outsiders.

    Advice to Management

    It's hoped that there is actually a plan in place and that it has been for a while, but that is not the impression made.

    Stop being reactive and put an end to emergency mode.

    Stop thinking oil and gas will return to close to the same levels as before, tomorrow is not the day, and a year from now isn't either.

    Use this time to develop real products that work and back them up with unfallible testing.


  10. "In a state of transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oilgear full-time

    Pros

    Actively searching for new talent

    Cons

    Long term business plan is murky


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and solid reputation in the hydraulic marketplace."

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diverse product offering across the worldwide hydraulic marketplace.

    Cons

    Top heavy management structure; management that lacked cohesion.

    Advice to Management

    Focus of new-product-development. Rationalize the component products offering.