Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)

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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Reviews

Updated 6 February 2015
Updated 6 February 2015
34 Reviews
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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher
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  1.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    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)

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just "Eh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) (more than a 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
  8. 3 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

  9.  

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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