Acuity Brands Lighting Employee Reviews in United States

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Great company overall, groups in the company could use improvement
Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) –  Conyers, GAMarch 2, 2016
Acuity Brands is a awesome company that is growing at a rapid pace. The pay is competitive and the facilities are nice. The culture and consistency within management and certain leadership positions often leaves a bad taste in the mouths of the employees along with a lost sense of direction for growth within the company.
Pros
Great pay and benefits
Cons
Lack of direction from management. No sense of job security.
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Good place to work with an abundance of different people.
Residential Tech Support/Warrant Advocate (Former Employee) –  Conyers, GANovember 23, 2015
A good place to work with supportive management. I worked the for the company for many years, excellent pay, benefits and room for advancement.
Pros
Excellent pay and benefits.
Cons
Fast pace, must be willing to except change.
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productive and fun
Material Operator/Customer Care/M.A.T (Former Employee) –  Crawfordsville, INAugust 2, 2016
A typical day at Acuity would always make sure the line was set and ready to run. I've learned that you have to be organized in order to run properly. Management needs a little work. The hardest part of the job was to make sure all the parts where in to clear orders to stay running and the co-workers stay busy on the line. I enjoyed my job and the co-workers.
Pros
working with great people
Cons
the management needs work
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Large company still working like small company
Customer Care (Current Employee) –  Conyers, GAJanuary 27, 2016
The company is too focused on LEAN and where they want to be that they are not staffing for where they are. Focus needs to be shifted back to quality and meeting the needs of their customers. There are too many meetings to be effective.

The people are nice to work with.
Cons
little work life balance
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Not a great place to work if you value a good work/life balance
Buyer/Planner (Former Employee) –  Crawfordsville, INApril 24, 2016
This company has taught me so much. The demand is incredible though.The hours are long and there isn't a good work/family balance I'm thankful for the opportunity that I had but this was not the company for me with small children. My career is very important but my family will always come first.
Pros
Compensation and benefits
Cons
very long hours and very low job security
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A well appreciated employment opportunity
Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Cochran, GAOctober 30, 2015
The Acuity Brands Lighting Production Facility, located in Cochran GA, is the site of the former,"Lithonia Lighting", facility. Lithonia Lighting is now a division of Acuity Lighting Group, Inc.. For almost forty years, this production facility offered fair employment opportunities to hundreds of middle Georgia residents, over a thousand employees at peak expansion. Management and labor sustained a strong and well structured relationship.
Pros
overtime opportunities, breakfast and lunch cafeteria
Cons
Plant closing
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Horrible Organization
Warehouse Supervisor (Union) (Former Employee) –  Ontario, CAAugust 26, 2016
Upper management got rid of managers to have incompetent group leads to run the floor. Trying to save money. Company discriminates against African American people.
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Lots of overtime
Assembler/Quality Control (Former Employee) –  Conyers, GAApril 23, 2016
Steady place to work great dayshift hours, however management changes very frequently... meaning new and different rules all the time... employee opinions really never matter. GREAT PAY THOUGH!
Pros
GREAT START OUT PAY
Cons
STRICTIGANT BREAKS
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A great company in the process of expansion
Group Leader (Supervisor) (Current Employee) –  3 Kilmer Rd Edison NJMay 26, 2016
A great company where I grew up as a professional and help in its growth, I feel honored to work and lead my teammates, with some problems
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Good place to work
Solutions Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Conyers, GAJune 1, 2016
Lots of organizational changes and consolidations
They try their best to make it a good working environment.
Not much else to say.
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Harsh environment ( what have you done for me today)
Director, Sales (Current Employee) –  USDecember 5, 2014
If you are a sales professional, the daily reporting processes will overwhelm you. The information you are required to download into Salesforce is merely your succession plan for the next person. Management more interested in collecting data for their daily beatings than looking long term.You will be required to participate in endless , meaningless conference calls that someone has scheduled because it is part of their goals and KPI ( key performance indicators) and their discretionary bonus depends on checking that box. With all the extra-curricular nonsense it is impossible to achieve your goals YOY. When you combine this with the lack of industry knowledge for the majority of new hires, especially at management levels, it is a recipe for frustration and finger pointing. If you are seriously considering working for this company, do yourself a favor and seek out a current or former employee and have an off the record conversation. You will likely hear the real "Acuity Way", as they like to call it. At some point the terrible culture outweighs the initial compensation package and you simply give up.
Pros
co-workers
Cons
management, high expectations with little to no support, listening to the sales agents constantly bicker and complain about acuity, lack of integrity by sr. managers, job security, training for new hires that are responsible for sales and product knowledge
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Great industry leading company
Sourcing Analyst - Sourcing & Procurement (Former Employee) –  Atlanta, GAJune 25, 2015
The company is the industry leader and continues to evolve. In the competitive lighting world, Acuity continues to shine and innovate.
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very mismanaged company
Group Leader (Current Employee) –  Crawfordsville, INApril 28, 2015
This company is misnamed , Acuity means to be clear and if there's one thing company don't have it's that. Management is the worse I have ever dealt with. Virtually it's a free for all in blame and accountability. They hire mechanical engineers but no electrical engineers. Buyer planners are left in the dark and Management sit in their offices and look how to blame failures on the buyer planners and group leaders. If group leaders have problems with operators they are told to deal with it or get disqualified. Group leaders and operators are both union employees and the group leaders cannot discipline or even tell operators what to do. Now the union is worthless. Stewards do nothing in protecting the union members unless they are friends. The union takes monies for dues and yet do nothing. Seniority don't mean anything and you are left helpless. The company went to lean manufacturing and skipped so many steps that it is failing and they are too blind to see it. The company blankets overtime and you are stuck working 12 hr days plus weekends. They don't care about families.I am looking to move on and out from this wrecked company.
Pros
Pay
Cons
No management bad processes
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Mis-Managed Greedy Corporation
Shipping/Rec Clerk (Former Employee) –  Conyers, GAFebruary 22, 2013
First 16 yrs=GREAT. Last 16 mgmt pitted employees against each other. Other facilities against each other. Manipulation of numbers to judge employees unfairly. Numbers replacing qualified management. Fair pay with OT. Ins. is expensive with less coverage. Great co-workers in a very stressfull & unfair environment. No advancement from blue collar level at all.
Pros
pays the bills (barely)
Cons
expect something new everyday
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I've learned a lot while I've working here.
current employee (Current Employee) –  Crawfordsville, INFebruary 27, 2015
There is always the chance to advance here. You just have to sign the bids. The problem is you have to be careful where you go because you want to watch where they are working the overtime. If you don't want to work the overtime then you want to make sure you get a department that isn't working too much overtime, but almost all departments work 10-12 hour days along with 6 days a week. Especially in the summer.
Pros
advancement
Cons
overtime - no time for family
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it was a productive place that you could learn alot from
Fork Lift Operator / Material Handler (Former Employee) –  Cochran, GAJune 12, 2012
a typical day would be to make sure that the line had set up before they needed to start the next order. I have learned to be punctual and a leader as well. The management i really didn't know anything about but the co-workers were always a joy to be around. The hardest part of the day is when we don't have the part when its keyed in the computer saying that it's there. Everyone involved with that line has to go and search for that part. The most enjoyable part of the job was the people. I got to know the people i worked with. Even though i was a forklift operator i did give them a helping hand on the line as well
Cons
healthcare
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HORRIBLE Place to work
F/A (Former Employee) –  Edison NJNovember 1, 2013
There wasn't an option for no stars so i had to give it a 1 star.i worked in the Edison office as a financial analyst consultant and it was a horrible experience. the accounting department is a small smelly disgusting hole in the wall much like a prison cell. took the incompetent IT department 2 weeks to figure out how to give me access to one accounting software and another 2 weeks for the other accounting software. i literally did nothing for the month i was there. there seems to be a lot of o/t involved which i am not interested in either and the pay sucked as well! and by this new post i see the turn over rate is quite high as there had been 2 other financial analyst before me that quit within weeks. this place sucks..stay away!!
PS management is horrible as well...
Cons
read above
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Good people, poor management!!
Production (Current Employee) –  Crawfordsville, INJune 28, 2013
Long hours, work every weekend as well. Pay is really good, but expect to earn that money, and never have time to spend it!!
Pros
pay
Cons
hours, weekend, poor management
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blood-sucking management but no recognition towards your hard-work.
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Sacramento, CADecember 2, 2014
Supervisors have no experience with product and are often hired for having military experience or other qualities not related to the job. There is zero official training for production line employees, yet workers are held accountable for mistakes. Management does ALL business behind closed doors, action is taken with no warning or explanation. Supervisors constantly complain about each other, intentionally misplace orders and complain to subordinates. deadlines are unrealistic. A disappointing amount of employees (some of them operate machines and forklifts) are caught drinking alcohol on the job. The company has fired people caught in the act but in my 3.5 years I have not seen a single random drug screen, the results would certainly shut down the company. there has been a number of incidents to include 3 fingers cut off by a saw, cuts from saw, nail guns shooting into body parts and electrocution. Photos are constantly taken by laborers, supervisors and management and have been used to black mail, terminate employees and construct law suits. Petitions and other propaganda are circulated by personnel with no affiliation and some with. The company recently fired the plant manager of 8 years, a few veteran buyer planners and numerous supervisors due to union intimidation. Under the new plant manager this company almost closed due to Safety violations.
Pros
positions are always moved around which will get you a diverse amount of professional experience
Cons
management
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FANTASTIC product, EXTREMELY poorly managed
Buyer/Planner (Former Employee) –  Buyer PlannerFebruary 20, 2014
- Typical day at work starts at 7:00am and runs until anywhere between 5:00 and 7:30pm depending on your completing your non negotiables.
- There is ZERO training program for salary employees. ALL training on OJT and poorly managed at that. Asking for help was harped on during the interview but Focus Factory managers are unavailable to help and coworkers are completely overworked/unavailable.
- The factory is located in a small town with extremely limited growth potential. While you're expected to want to move up, don't be surprised when you're fired for overachieving and your ideas are implemented after you go.
- The only people who work at this factory for more than five years live in Crawfordsville or have immediate family ties to the factory. Management culture is so poor that they can't keep imported talent. (Just look how often they're hiring Buyer/Planners and Product Engineers..)
- Everyone in the plant is related to someone else. You can't talk to anyone about interpersonal problems without it getting back to the person you're having problems with. Very annoying.
- Management Culture: Mentioned it before, but it sucks and deserves its own bullet to mention how bad it is. During the interview process, you're encouraged by the talk of coming in to help bring positive change. Once you're hired, you find out that your boss just wants you to shut up and work 10-12hr days. Make waves? Fired. Find another job and put in your two weeks notice? Fired.
- Management will side with labor over you. The union will even fight for their absolute worst hourly employees and the company
  more... will relent even when they have a strong case making them look weak and you like the a-hole.
- Production uses paper Kanban cards. When (not if.. when) these cards get lost somewhere along in production by hourly union employees who couldn't care less because you'll NEVER get them fired, it's YOUR fault.
- Hardest part of the job? Learning all of the aspects of what you're responsible for. Sure, you're the buyer planner but you're also responsible for ensuring shipping/receiving, reducing your inventory and lead times while improving your target compliance. And even when you do that? You'll probably still get fired.
- Most enjoyable part of the job? Getting off at the end of the day? The Christmas vacation days you're required to burn? Tough call.
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Pros
the pay is pretty solid for the area and they match your 401k.
Cons
pretty much everything else.
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