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Horrible backwards place to work
Buyer (Former Employee) –  Dasmascus VirginiaJanuary 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.
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Everything
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Columbus McKinnon Corporation (Lexington, Tennessee) has always been a great place to work for me.
Worker (Current Employee) –  Lexington, TNJuly 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.
Pros
Very strong management team.
Cons
Advancement slow due to time of service of current employees.
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Great company to work for and great people
Manager (Current Employee) –  Getzville, NYJuly 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?
Pros
Amazing coworkers, learning on the job
Cons
Health benefits
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Looking to the future
Associate (Current Employee) –  Getzville, NYJuly 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!
Pros
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
Cons
Somewhat complicated structure for its size
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Not Great Products, Terrible Management
Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Getzville, NYMay 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.
Pros
Good benifits
Cons
Just about everything else.
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Changes frequently
Internship (Current Employee) –  Amherst, NYMarch 14, 2017
There is constant change. High turnover of staff, systems are changing, processes change, the only thing that does not change is your vacation PTO as well as your salary
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Great products and excellent field sales team
Director of Sales (Former Employee) –  Getzville, NYMarch 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.
Pros
Great people in outside sales force, great product portfolio
Cons
Constant change, upper management out of touch with customers
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Poor Management, no job security and the union is a joke
labor (Former Employee) –  Salem, OHJanuary 21, 2017
The management team has no idea what is going on. No job security at all for the last 2 years they have laid 5 to 10 people off every year in January.
Pros
none
Cons
to many people in management, weak union
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A good company that could be Great
Global Supply Chain Manager (Former Employee) –  Amherst, NYOctober 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.
Pros
Cash Cow Products that keep the company's balance sheet in nice condition
Cons
Poor Engineering deliverers sub-standard, non-competitive products that will make CMCO loose market share
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Good Pay No Life if There is Work
Heat Treat Technician (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNSeptember 29, 2015
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.
Pros
Money and great coworkers.
Cons
Management and human resources.
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Rigid Micromanagement
Customer Account Analyst (Current Employee) –  Amherst, NYSeptember 22, 2015
One way to do each task - no room to make your own successes or be creative. Very micromanaged. Zero trust and low respect for employees.
Pros
Fair compensation
Cons
Micromanagement - Low morale
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Horrilble establishment
Reciving and storage (Current Employee) –  Damascus VAJuly 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.
Pros
None
Cons
Very poor management
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Bad place to work!!
Materials (Current Employee) –  Damascus VAFebruary 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.
Pros
None
Cons
Too many to mention!
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Some flexibility but no project focus
Sales Team (Former Employee) –  NYJanuary 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.
Pros
Doctor Appointment Flexibility, Teams, Many Good People
Cons
Healthcare Options, Management, Resources, Slow Hiring, Poor Internal Communication
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Amazing Culture and people
Tax Accountant Intern (Current Employee) –  Amherst, NYDecember 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.
Pros
work life balance
Cons
could not stay full time
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terrible upper management
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Damascus, VaJuly 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.
Pros
ok pay
Cons
management
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Very demanding schedule
CMCO - Forging Production/Plant Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNMay 23, 2014
The work was hard. A lot of hours with very little time off. Revolving management with very little focus on goals and objectives.
Pros
Good pay and benefits
Cons
Too many hours and not enough time for family and outside interests, your job always seems to be in jeopardy
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Great People to work with
Heat Treat Technician (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga TNMarch 31, 2014
Its a factory job with factory problems depending on you department.
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Pointless Projects
Credit/ Collections Intern (Former Employee) –  Amherst, NYJanuary 15, 2014
Typical day as an intern... Come in and work on assignment or project, if you're done with a project, you'll wait for the supervisor to assign you something to do or you'll work on something trivial like faxing or indexing. You get to communicate with people from other departments which is cool. The management does not communicate well with the interns and there is little to no formal training conducted for the intern.
Pros
Some nice people to work with. Not much work to do as an intern. communicate a lot
Cons
Not much work to do as an intern, poor management and communication. Unhappy workers
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Team Membership in all areas of work
Machine Operator/Assembler (Former Employee) –  Chattanooga, TNAugust 31, 2012
Productive and very Interesting place to work. Lots of machinery experience
Pros
incentive bonus
Cons
cost of insurance
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