Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Reviews

Updated 19 December 2014
Updated 19 December 2014
28 Reviews
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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
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  1.  

    Just "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) (more than an year)

    Pros

    Corporate office was a friendly and relatively relaxed work environment. Associates were generally open and approachable. Great location close to downtown Cleveland. Decent opportunities and flexibility if you are looking to build a career in sales. Not a bad place to be if you are just starting out.

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism! A large portion of managers are both unqualified and unable to lead the departments/projects they are responsible for because they were promoted by "friends". This leads to a really uncomfortable and often frustrating work environment. Associates are the type to complain but never actually raise concerns or issues to the people in charge - most departments are full of "yes" men who then rant about how difficult everything is during happy hours or lunches.

    Nearly impossible to get new ideas/projects off the ground. There seems to be an unspoken understanding that most associates just come to work to collect a paycheck, so if you are an energetic person with ideas and drive you will run into roadblocks...constantly.

    Very "old-school" in the way the operate. Benefits and salaries are not at all competitive with other companies in the area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promoting from within is a great thing as long as the employees are qualified or at least properly trained to take on their new roles. Lackeys will only get you so far.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    IT Department is mostly filled with clowns

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Pros

    Free Parking, Good Cafeteria, Transportation

    Cons

    Office Culture, Office politics, Corrupt managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kick out the useless parasites leeching the company for decades

  3.  

    IT sweat shop with clueless management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time

    Pros

    Nice facility. F.ree downtown parking

    Cons

    They pay the low end of the salary scale regardless of your experience. If you like working evenings and weekends then this is the place for you. I moved on and am making $40K more per year now and haven't woked an evening or weekend since.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Pros

    Great benefits low turn over, Nationwide employer, upward mobility, education with different industrial products

    Cons

    Bonus based off of center performance, not individual efforts,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Don't Try To Be Exceptional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's good for a paycheck. Two weeks vacation a year isn't too bad. I got along with people I worked with. It's almost impossible to get fired, you really have to try.

    Cons

    Don't try to be exceptional. Don't go above and beyond. Don't do favors. Once you start doing more than anyone else, they'll expect it of you on a regular basis. They won't pay you for it either. These people have never heard of merit based pay.

    They consistently get behind in the receiving department, then try to coerce everyone else to pull overtime to catch up, even threatening mandatory overtime.

    They have a pay increase (yeah right) once a year. They say you can get up to a 5% increase but they cap it at 3%.
    You can't get a raise any other way. I asked for a raise once, and with my numbers and accuracy (highest in the DC) I thought that I was worth a little more than what they were paying me. The response I got was "We don't do that here."

    Same goes for advancement. If you want a promotion, you have to wait for someone to die.

    The benefits are dwindling steadily. The new CEO Neil Schrimsher, has decided that if the sales departments don't meet corporate's projected numbers, everyone else gets screwed. They made Millions in a fiscal year, but not as many millions as they wanted, so they took away profit sharing.

    The people who do the grunt work in the sweltering DC's are the lowest on the totem pole and the last group of people that anyone considers. Most of these people show up every day and work hard for pay that is not equivalent and little to no respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people for what they do. The guys doing the highest numbers should not be making the same as the guys who stand around and watch them work.

    Treat your employees with respect. Show that you appreciate them. DO NOT take them for granted. YOU WILL lose them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Awesome company - very customer and employee focused

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time

    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
  8.  

    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)

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 10 years)

    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
  9.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  10.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 3 years)

    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
  11.  

    It was a great experience and I learned a lot.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 8 years)

    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

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