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Sullair Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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  1. "Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New management with good direction. Streamlining new product launches. Sullair also developed a system to work very closely with customers. It is working very good so far.

    Cons

    remote location and not much to do in a city. It is on the border of Indiana and Michigan. it is not too far from big cities like Chicago.

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more open on how business is doing and how Sullair is doing in comparison. What areas Sullair need to improve and how


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Inconsistent Vision"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Tough times"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Worked for sullair 10 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Not sure about this place..."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The new Dallas team is shaking things up. New sales teams are bringing in good momentum.

    Cons

    Executive in the Michigan City office preys on women. One individual slept her way up with the executives. The conflict of interest simply feels wrong to all of hard working employees.

    Advice to Management

    The unethical executive must be replaced. Need a written Ethics policy on workplace relationship.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Questionable Culture"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Reorg is taking place. A step to the right direction...

    Cons

    Former executive assistant/office manager was promoted after having relationships with the executives. Sexual favoritism is apparent. A glaring red flag to the current and future female employees.

    Advice to Management

    Need a higher ethical standard for executives to create a fair and healthy work environment.


  9. "Sales manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    In process to bexpress competitive again

    Cons

    Work- life balance could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work - life balance.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Current Employee - Manager in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good products, strong industry reputation. Above average leadership. Average employee benefits/health coverage.

    Cons

    Many organizational changes. Growth below average. Location in Michigan City, IN.

    Advice to Management

    Improve benefits. Remember you have to attract and retain top talent to Michigan City, not San Francisco, Chicago or Atlanta. You can't do that with average wages, benefits, working conditions.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Sullair"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Michigan City, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary
    You can use the experiences at Sullair to broaden your resume for your next job search.

    Cons

    Toxic culture
    Management Team doesn't understand the company, the culture, or the market
    Huge employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    I don't believe the current management team is receptive to any advice.


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