Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

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Updated 29 March, 2015
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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Better learn to bark because you will be treated like a Dog

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting field . Would be a good career with a better company.

    Cons

    You arent respected. If the company loses an SA account because they bid it too high be ready because the hammer will fall on you to make it up. Forget homelife. For the small commissions and shrinking benefits they offer they will bother you at home at night and the weekends for information on your accounts. They will give you so much to do in the way of plans and more plans. Reports and more reports. Meetings and more meetings.. They keep the inside staff so shorthanded with the very labor intensive new computer system they have to work through lunch with no breaks to keep up. Management are a bunch of "Yes" men who are more concerned with staying out of the spotlight than making a difference. Most over managed place I have ever seen. Routine decisions about things like price are made at the regional mangers level. Selling a $15.00 bearing has to go through 3 layers of management for approval in a price competitive situation. If they make a mistake you will be blamed for it in your review. The company is ran by number crunchers who do not have a real clue what happens on the base levels of the company because everyone has to front for them to protect their managers who will gladly throw you under the bus to protect their own rear ends.

    Advice to Management

    Grow a set.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Fluid Power Specialist

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    Former Employee - Fluid Power Specialist
    Former Employee - Fluid Power Specialist

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Solid Company with reasonable employee benefits. Product specific training is available.
    Company car is provided, with a personal use deduction. Cell phone use is reimbursed and a company laptop provided.

    Cons

    There is a trend that is spreading among corporations to keep vital information from their own sales staff.
    In my opinion AIT appears to be implementing this strategy with the goal of preventing information leakage.

    During my tenure, Upper Management was laying the blame on the change over to SAP as their information management system globally for the reason that sales reports gave no product detail, only sales dollars by branches or by product group. No itemized product sales by account was available.

    When you're tasked with keeping and growing sales for a company you need accurate sales reports, they are your compass and sometimes the only real eyes you have on your customer.
    You need to see not only current trends, but past history as well.

    If you're calling on a customer for the first time and your sales report shows that their purchase of pumps has dropped from buying twenty a month to only 1 every four months, you'd want to know why.

    Are they experiencing a slow down?
    Did you lose sales to a competitor?
    Did you lose out on a new design and are only providing replacement parts sales business.
    (This last one is really bad, but It can happen)

    The scenario above pertains more to what you'd experience as a recent hire; which I was, but even senior employees with solid customer relationships are going to start dropping the ball at some point without detailed sales information.

    From recent interviews with current AIT Fluid Power Specialists sales reports still provide little detail to the Fluid Power Specialists.

    Advice to Management

    You can't grow by keeping people in the Dark.

  3. Intern

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    Current Employee - Corporate Communications in Cleveland, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Corporate Communications in Cleveland, OH (US)

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment and great company to work for. Everyone around the office wants to help you learn about the corporate world.

    Cons

    The work for my specific department was tedious at times. When I did finish things rather quickly, they did not have other things line up for me to do.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good luck with this dump.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You have a job. Although, it will look horrible on your resume.

    Cons

    Flat organizational structure keeps you in your place. Annual raises capped at 3 percent per year. High turnover and they drag their feet to replace them, sticking you with a ton of work to cover for it. Seriously, it takes a minimum of six months to replace someone. If you do get suckered into a management position, prepare to have no decision making ability. Also, you will spend most of your time filling out spreadsheets to give something to upper management to talk about. You will be overworked and under paid for your entire career, unless you are the most skilled tail sucker. If you are salary, you are looked down upon unless you work insane hours. There are tiny bonuses. Year end bonuses are put so far out there that you will never obtain them. My branch only reached it once in fifteen years. If they ask you to take a position, do not take it with the promise of better compensation later. GET IT IN WRITING or it will never happen. That and "applied hires you and someone else pays you" are mantras that every employee knows. I was there a very long time. You can believe every word that I write. Run from this company and do not look back. Lies, lies, lies and more lies. If you enjoy this crap, never mention the lies...You will start to mysteriously be written up for random things and ushered out the door. Good luck!

    Advice to Management

    Stop worshiping Satan.

  6. Helpful (3)

    A company in transition.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the people who work there are really nice. great benefits, location and free parking.

    Cons

    Old school boys club. Poor work life balance. Way behind in the cutting technology race. Management doesn't encourage feedback from their people. The company just converted to SAP and the transition hasn't been easy. Poor training opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure management gets continuous leadership training. HR needs to implement and anonymous pipeline to management where feedback can be given without fear. Better training across all lines of business. Encourage work life balance with working remotely and flexible hours.

  7. Very good company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Spartanburg, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Spartanburg, SC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits; decent pay; excellent co-workers; good schedule.

    Cons

    Not for everyone. You must like slower paced work environment that sometimes can be stressful.

  8. Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    This is a great organization with many options for career growth and diverse learning experiences. The facility is clean, provides free parking, and has a cafeteria onsite. I work with friendly people who always offer assistance and advise. The company has a customer service focused culture and promotes the wellness and family values most people seek. The work is challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    The location is downtown in midtown.
    The industry is very competitive.
    The brand is not well known outside of industrial segments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to share direction and strategy to all levels of the organization

  9. Helpful (2)

    Just "Eh"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Helpful (3)

    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 Management

    Kick out the useless parasites leeching the company for decades

  11. IT sweat shop with clueless management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

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