Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Reviews

Updated 7 August 2014
Updated 7 August 2014
24 Reviews

2.5
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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
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  1.  

    Awesome company - very customer and employee focused

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Customer focused, Employee focused, Supplier focused. New ERP system a big investment and a very good choice.

    Cons

    Large company with typical red tape. New ERP system a plus but also a learning curve. Lean run and managed company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An entire life career... Many positions.... I am looking for a new job now!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service  in  Deer Park, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Deer Park, TX (US)

    Pros

    Can get good experience if you apply yourself and learn on your own. Great products. A for "attempted" effort with new SAP system. Really good inter-company logistics.

    Cons

    No accountability, no one makes sure associates are given timely reviews and compensation for performance. Poor performers continue to adversely affect service to the customers without consequences. Too much playing. No higher management involvement. Outside sales do not sell because of lack of support from inside sales. No training available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really? Not even worth the time. Thats why they get the big bucks. Its not rocket science.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    OK

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Cleveland, OH (US)

    Pros

    very good manager. made a lot of close friends at work. could work a pretty traditional 7am - 4pm day with very little overtime.

    Cons

    I had a very good manager, but many of the other high level folks in IT were very average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they placed very little value on employees trying to better themselves (Graduate school, for example). In fact, one former CIO once said in a mtg...and I am paraphrasing here....'Tell all your employees that just because they get an MBA, does not mean they get a raise'. he was missing the point entirely. those individuals that get those advanced degrees are exactly the people you want to keep. many of them (although, not all) are the leaders of the future. I have seen so many companies take talented people for granted. In fact, when I left Applied Industrial, I got a raise of more than 20%. This was not an anomaly. Many other folks that I know, who also moved on from AIT, had the same experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    As an account manager, you are given the keys to manage your territory as you see fit. As long you are filling out sales reports and keeping your numbers up, no one will hover over your shoulder.

    Cons

    Very hard to build a territory from scratch. When competition is at your prospective customers' doorsteps, you need to add value to your product. It is very difficult to open, secure, and lock an account in if you just have price on your side. Price can always be beat by someone else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I recommend to pay employees industry standard salaries or you will lose essential personnel keeping the company afloat.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Typical slum employer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    Pros

    Benefits were decent considering how in the hole health care has gone.

    Cons

    Management has their noses stuck far up the hind ends of regionals. Company only cares about who is kissing whose rear end. No loyalty. Longevity means squat. Watch your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Those in corporate should pay attention to what really goes on at branch level. Might get happier employees who care about their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a great experience and I learned a lot.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are very professional in their approach to business.

    Cons

    Politics and bureaucracy. A bit elitist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little less talk and a lot more action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    AIT provides a job, not a career.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Sales Representative

    Pros

    It is a decent entry level job that exposes you to working first hand with customers and provides you with a concept of business as a whole.

    Cons

    Management rarely does what they say they will do. The company often pays less than the cost of living. They give you a plan for your future upon employment, but the plan slowly deteriorates as time goes on. There is a huge disconnect between corporate and branch levels as well as poor morale among employees, which leads to customers not being taken care of. After seeing multiple branches across the US, it is a common trend to see both veterans as well as new employees completely dissatisfied with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your employees by letting them know when they are doing a good job and show them that they are valued (every day encouragement, incentives, etc). Management needs to work on standing behind what they say. The customers will be much better taken care of if Applied employees enjoy where they work and know they are working for a company that values their efforts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good Company but could be great!

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - General Manager in Cleveland, OH (US)

    Pros

    Company is in transition with new senior management and has great potentials once those 5 & 10 year plans are put in place. Great people around the country working in the field. Great product lines to compete with competitors.

    Cons

    Senior management needs to improve strategies and make changes so it can maintain current associates, loss of too many strong associates has made it difficult to develop accounts and markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO & CCO should take a look at current senior officers and strategies, need to open their minds to new business opportunities. Look into the reason why so many strong associates are leaving to competitors. Need to come down from the glass tower and speak with field to hear and solve problems. It is very difficult to grow business when you can barely manage current business with so few staff members at the branch level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very supportive company

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    Former Employee - Account Manager  in  Eastlake, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Eastlake, OH (US)

    Pros

    Teamwork is very appealing with Applied, if you are looking for a company that will work with you and support you the field. This is a great choice!

    Cons

    Continuously changing roles within the organization, I changed locations twice and reported to 3 different mangers with a few months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May want to consider account retention for the sales force, I noticed that the accounts were consistantly being changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Struggle to get by

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Associate  in  Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Management Associate in Cleveland, OH (US)

    Pros

    Very relaxed work environment, not difficult or stressful work. It varies from branch to branch, but friendly people for the most part.

    Finally switched to an ERP that works, but the average age at this company is 60 years old and no one has a clue how to use it.

    Cons

    Very few people are motivated at this company, namely inside sales. Without strong leadership, the lack of motivation from the people on the inside really hurts outside salesmen.

    They do not pay cost of living, it is a serious struggle to get by. The incentives/bonuses they tell you to expect each month are never close to what they estimate they will be. The fact is that this company pays terribly and unless you are given accounts to cover your base salary (which is extremely rare) you are going to go into subsidy for the first few years of working here... making it very difficult to get into the black. Outside salesmen who have 20-30+ years experience are still making under 75k. The pay structure is horrendous, they market the job as a salaried position, and you come to find out it's a draw after being there for 4 months.

    Terrible culture, awful relationships between employees, embarrassing in front of customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a decent work-life balance, but pay employees cost of living at a minimum. I've been working here almost a year and haven't been able to put a dime into savings, and wasn't able to give my family presents for christmas. If it wasn't for some investments I made before working here, I'd be on the streets right now.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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