Powder Coating Systems Technician (Former Employee) – Damascus, VA – January 9, 2018
It use to be a great place to work until they sold out to foreigners. Then everyone started losing their jobs after years of being there. Also I cant tell you the people who have died from cancer that worked there!
Buyer (Former Employee) – Dasmascus Virginia – January 6, 2018
This company has dinosaurs as corporate management with old school thinking. Very cut throat enviroment to work in. Excessive overtime and wasted money due to poor management and poor planning. High turnover in management. Very backwards.
Company was a mid level company as to treating employees fair and in a supportive manner. There was no room for growth within the company, but it was constant work. Management was not employee friendly, but the benefits were great.
Great tools to learn with. i.e, different softwares used to do job
No promotion possibilites and pay raises were at minimum if any
Administration (Current Employee) – Corporate – November 6, 2017
Things are slowly changing but there is still a lot of clinging to the old ways and the senior management team shows favoritism to their chosen few and this still affects morale. Many senior managers are also out to promote their own agendas and they have no desire to be part of a great team. This means turnover will remain steady.
Some nice people at corporate office
Senior management does not seem to have any desire for a better culture
Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Lexington, Tennessee) has always been a great place to work for me.
Worker (Current Employee) – Lexington, TN – July 25, 2017
I have worked for Columbus McKinnon thirty nine years, all at the Lexington, Tennessee location. I have found this company to be a great place to work, obviously by the years I have been here. The current management staff is honest and seems to respect the hourly workers and their opinions.
Very strong management team.
Advancement slow due to time of service of current employees.
Manager (Current Employee) – Getzville, NY – July 18, 2017
I've worked at CMCO for over 15 years and actually enjoy coming to work because of the people who work here -- they are the reason why this company is great, and they are the best part of the job.
The hardest part of the job is balancing all the work I have, you never lack for work here, but coworkers are glad to help and management is understanding if you explain why you are having problems getting tasks completed and will help you manage your work load.
Health benefits could be better, we only have one provider and they are not very good, I have to go on my partner's health plan to get any coverage.
I've learned a lot during my time here, and some of it is outside of my job description; I really enjoy that I get to do new things often and am not stuck doing the same task over and over. I'm getting paid to learn new skills -- how is that not a good thing?
Associate (Current Employee) – Getzville, NY – July 5, 2017
There have been a lot of opportunities for improvement in the past but management and the new CEO are focused on the right things. Changes happening are making it a stronger organization with a better global outlook, leveraging the product portfolio and setting higher expectations of everyone including management. Great time to join if you want to get a variety of experience and have an impact on results on a medium-sized global, public company. The people here really do care about the company and each other, which is so refreshing. The work is challenging but the pace is just right for quality work/life balance. I truly feel like I've accomplished something valued every day. I'm glad I joined this company!
New CEO, new vision, great products, challenging work and opportunity to have an impact, competitive salary and benefits, some departments offer opportunity to work from home and flex hours as needed
Sales Manager (Former Employee) – Getzville, NY – May 18, 2017
If you like incompetent management, no customer service back up and less than quality products, then CM is the place for you. Don't expect any loyalty form above, because you will get none. When you get hired, make sure everything is in writing as you will be hung out to dry. On the good side, they do have excellent benefits.
Director of Sales (Former Employee) – Getzville, NY – March 7, 2017
CMCO has a great product portfolio, excellent field sales teams and great distribution. Their executive level management is weak and their constantly changing strategy is confusing to customers. Customer service is poor.
Great people in outside sales force, great product portfolio
Constant change, upper management out of touch with customers
Global Supply Chain Manager (Former Employee) – Amherst, NY – October 26, 2015
Columbus McKinnon is a company trying to expand a business culture into its global subsidiaries that typically operated autonomously in the past. The company is implementing SAP in the European businesses and is depending to use that software as the basis for how the domestic businesses will run in the future. It will have many great growing pains in the near future as it deals with the constraints of the software that will be in conflict with the varying operating scenarios that the subsidiaries now are allowed to operate under.
Cash Cow Products that keep the company's balance sheet in nice condition
Poor Engineering deliverers sub-standard, non-competitive products that will make CMCO loose market share
Dangerous work that pays well. Company is finally trying to fix safety issues but are too slow. Zero communication between management leads to many unnecessary problems. When hired for my last position was suppose to be 5 8-hour days but ended up being 60-68 hours a week for 6 months straight then back down to 58 hours.
Reciving and storage (Current Employee) – Damascus VA – July 30, 2015
No future at this company I have worked there for four years with a very good work ethic and there is no opportunity for advancement. Four years of my professional career gone. I wouldn't recommend this type of environment for anyone. Hire people off the street in better jobs that has no idea of operations and it is killing the company.
Materials (Current Employee) – Damascus VA – February 1, 2015
Worked there in Materials and the materials manager was very unorganized, spastic, belittling, and dishonest! She would tell you one thing and do another, her story changed depending on what day it was. General Manager was a nightmare, micromanaged and people hated to see him coming towards them not knowing what to expect. There was a revolving door for the General Managers, HR Director and Materials Manager - almost a new one every year or so. Morale has went down in the plant. People who have been there for years were ready to leave and retire.
Sales Team (Former Employee) – NY – January 8, 2015
Poor work-life balance - long days, long weeks, minimal personnel resources. Hiring is slow, 6-months or more at times, good prospects get frustrated and move on, company ends up settling for who will take the job. Hiring this way adds more stress to other individuals in the teams that must pick-up the slack. Projects lack focus, too many irons in the fire.
Doctor Appointment Flexibility, Teams, Many Good People
Healthcare Options, Management, Resources, Slow Hiring, Poor Internal Communication
Tax Accountant Intern (Current Employee) – Amherst, NY – December 28, 2014
This corporation is one of the best places I have had the honor to work. They treat their people well and understand that happy and healthy employees results in optimal performance to which the company benefits greatly. their work/life balance schedules and encouragement in continued education enhances their culture.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Damascus, Va – July 18, 2014
the company is run by intimidation. a revolving door of managers either being fired or leave because of executive management. many good people are used and abused. terrible working conditions, very unsafe work environment.