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Sullair Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Assembly line work"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Assembler in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for non union shop. They make your resume look good for future jobs elsewhere.

    Cons

    Back biting & snitches. HR dept. helps management & screws labor force. Coward supervisors that won't stand up for their own labor force against management. Non union shop. Bosses & Supervisors that don't even know their own products. Mechanical Engineers that show no support for the labor force. It's their way or the highway, no room for criticism, or advice. Jealousy among ranks and everyone fears for their job, unless you're a brown noser or a yes man.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. They know their job, let them do it. Don't micromanage your labor force. Learn about your products before you make fools of yourselves in front of those that do know your products.


  2. "VERY poorly managed."

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    Current Employee - Shop Floor
    Current Employee - Shop Floor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sullair (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and vacation benefits.

    Cons

    Management has no clue how to run a company. The purchasing department can not keep parts in house. Many compressors sit around half built sometimes for weeks. Blatant favoritism between supervisors and select employees. Management allows an angry little man to supervise and he runs things by intimidating people. No appreciation for hard work. Employees that consistantly cause a hostile work environment are left unchecked. HR refuses to help shop employees with any issues encountered on the floor with fellow employees or supervisors. HR and supervisors have been known to belittle and insult employees. The only incentive to work currently is fear of losing your job. Management does not comply with ISO standards and cheat their way through the ISO process. No engineering or quality support whatsoever. Any time theres a quality issue with a part or machine its automatically the fault of the assembly team whether it actually is or not. Employees are told at the end of the scheduled 10 hour day that they are to work an uknown amount of time past the scheduled stop time and if they leave before allowed to do so they will be punished. Morale is incredibly bad among employees.

    Advice to Management

    I personally have never worked at a company with so many angry, bitter, disgruntled employees and the people that manage this company are 100% at fault. I firmly believe that the current management is not capable of changing the environment of this company and will need to be replaced with a mangement staff that knows how to run a business and take care of their people.

  3. "service"

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    Former Employee - Service
    Former Employee - Service
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid product with legacy, and a name for reliability. The employees who work there are the important piece that keep the company alive

    Cons

    Will not take your suggestions, will not train you to the level needed to be successful. No training plans for in house operations. Mechanical engineering teams will not assist on product development and knowledge sharing. The development of product is done with out input from those who work in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work in the field. Listen to those who actually work in the field. The service department knows more about what is going on in the field and those designing new product need to listen to us.


  4. "Senior Facilities Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sullair full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Solid company to work for

    Cons

    New management shows little direction


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Bad management"

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    Current Employee - Assembler
    Current Employee - Assembler

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Great vacation time!

    Cons

    Management treats you like you have zero intelligence.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees they may have great ideas.
    Treat your employees with more respect and they will work harder for you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent Vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is good for the area. Lower level management in non-product development and manufacturing engineering areas is dedicated to improvement and willing to listen to new ideas. The people on the manufacturing floor are easy to work with and are striving to produce a quality product despite poor designs and questionable quality. Fitness center is a definite plus. Sale to Hitachi, Ltd. gives hope for a brighter future and is the only reason to recommend to a friend.

    Cons

    Very cliquish. New product development is very closed minded and oppose any ideas but their own while rehashing and perpetuating existing problems in future designs. Upper management is isolated and snobbish while making decisions that make little sense because of their lack of knowledge of what's happening on the manufacturing floor. The benefits have declined since the sale to Carlyle Group and BC Partners in 2012, but with the recent sale to Hitachi, LTD maybe hope is in the way! Severe shortage of necessary staff means that most are stressed and overworked while be rewarded with no pay increase since 2015. We've been promised a raise for over a month but have yet to see it. I can't comment on Henry Brooks as CEO since he was removed after the closing of the sale to Carlyle Group and BC Partners in 2013!

    Advice to Management

    Listen to those closest to building of your products and maybe, just maybe repeating the same errors for many years can be addressed. Tear down the walls of division between the departments and reward good performance with pay not barbecues and hot dog lunches. (Timely merit increases would be nice.) Make suppliers a partner in the development process instead of undercutting those who have supplied quality products for years for overseas suppliers whose quality and reliability is severely hampering the building of quality products on time.


  7. "Service Tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Sullair full-time

    Pros

    Work from home however management does not like that. Also if you actually want to make money, this is your only option because you will be underpaid and overworked it stationed in MCI.

    Cons

    Unclear direction and goals. Management sets a marginalizing tone and does not provide the tools for success and refuses to listen to employees. There is a serious disconnection between service, quality, and engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the employees that you have. Understand the employees plight about training and advancement. Management needs to be educated in management and leadership. There is a culture of cronyism deeply embedded in this organization.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Tough times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sullair full-time

    Pros

    - Nice people trying to do the best they can with little to no resources given

    Cons

    - New president of Sullair is a tyrant. Gives zero thoughts or concerns about already overextended employees
    - Owned by private equity. $ is all they are worried about
    - No raises or bonuses for years. Just more work for same pay. Everyone is doing job of 2-3 people for the pay of 1
    - Scandal plagued company in 2016. Administrative asst/office mgr slept with executive and received promotion to a position she was not qualified for. Was talk of factory floor for months
    - Low morale
    - High turnover
    - No communication


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Company in transition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Still some very dedicated and hard-working employees trying to keep things together.

    Cons

    New ownership does not care about employees; community; or long-term health of the business.

    Advice to Management

    Make the necessary investments for long-term growth; follow through on commitments to distributors; hire leaders of character who understand the industry. Also, you need to update this site as Henry Brooks has not been with the company since 2012...unfair to associate his name with the poor reviews since that time.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Worked for sullair 10 years"

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    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Sullair (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The only pro I can say that sullair has is Pay. Any other item listed as a pro would only be a lie.

    Cons

    Unethically ran, company allows one very unhappy employee bully other employees all because this person put a hand in the fan of a running machine This person is disrespectful to everyone.
    Violates many ISO standards until it's time for the audit then it's a mad dash to fix everything..
    Serializes machines at the end of the month whether they are finished to make the numbers.
    Lays off all the good employees and keeps the lazy ones.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management and HR needs to be re staffed. Bring back the good employees


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