Donaldson Company, Inc. Employee Reviews

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Good job
Production Welder (Former Employee) –  Nicholasville, KYJanuary 12, 2017
Excellent pay,benefits, and work environment. Work is hard but pay is great. Upper management is a little distant but group leaders and supervisors are great.
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Large company with small company culture.
Corporate Employee (Current Employee) –  Bloomington, MNJanuary 2, 2017
A 100 year old, large international company that feels small and non-corporate. People are generally very nice and cooperative. The down side is that the company has not been doing well in recent years.
Pros
Good overall culture
Cons
Old fashioned in many ways, pay is okay, but the benefits are truly 1970's
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Downhill quickly
Production Worker (Former Employee) –  Stevens Point, WIDecember 24, 2016
This used to be a place you would have pride in telling your family and friends you worked for...not any more. Management treats you as replaceable, supervisors have no training, HR tries to deny you benefits that you are entitled to because of who you are. Too many pizza parties in the office and not enough management on the floor. The place needs a clean up crew to come in and take over. All of the great supervisors have left for better opportunities.
Pros
None
Cons
overtime, no supervision, harassing employees
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ok place
machine operator (Current Employee) –  Dixon, ILDecember 19, 2016
ok place to work ...pay not so great and benefits are ok ...wish there was more opportunities there..its a small company with very little opportunities
Pros
close to home
Cons
short breaks ..not so great pay
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Used to be a stable company that paid below average
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Bloomington, MNSeptember 20, 2016
I was an Engineer there for almost 10 years. Long ago, it was a decent place to work.

Donaldson likes to think it is a technology company. Unfortunately, their customers view them as a commodity. As a result, margins are always being pushed lower.

In order for Senior Management to try to keep the share price up, they have cut benefits, had layoffs in four of the last 5 or 6 quarters, eliminated the meager pension plan, and increased the workload on those who are left.

Since the cuts disproportionately, affected the workers, not managers and Senior managers, there now seems to be one manager to every three to four employees. Micromanaging seems to be the favored method.

Project development has been changed from smart engineers who understood when there could be issues or complications, to using a standardized process, with in-experienced workers.

They have a few patents that have not run out that are worth something. As soon as those expire, watch their competitors eat their lunch.

In short, STAY AWAY! Unless you like being micromanaged in a company with declining sales and regular layoffs, while wearing jeans.
Pros
they adopted casual Friday dress, five days a week
Cons
no real raises, no job security
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Has become an absolute horror to work for.
floor worker (Former Employee) –  Stevens Point, WIJuly 11, 2016
A very toxic management structure. While there are a couple of decent supervisors the majority prefer to do whatever they want regardless of what is in the contract. If you file a grievance against them for a violation expect possible repercussions. It is also not uncommon to hear from them if you don't like it take a point or be threatened with the pulling of your scan card if a disagreement occurs. While it is preached about respect and decency there are a few supervisors who regularly fly off the handle and scream at group leaders or anyone else they decided upset them off. Hopefully the new Plant Manager will be involved on the floor and turn things around otherwise it will continue to degrade in quality. It has gotten so bad that people that have been there 5, 10. 15 years are leaving to go other places to work. Giving up benefits and seniority for a more pleasant work environment. It is really sad that a company that was once so great to work for has degraded into what it is and from what I hear from those still working there continues to degrade to. If you take a job here good luck and do what most of the new hires do watch for something better while making decent pay.
Pros
the pay is pretty decent for the area
Cons
mandatory overtime days/ long shifts, poor management.
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Great work and life balance.
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Bloomington, MNSeptember 24, 2015
Processing orders, answering inbound calls.
Great co-workers and very educated in what was being sold.
Positive experience in working in a manufacturing company.
Talking and helping customers.
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Productive and influential workplace
Engineering Intern (Current Employee) –  Stevens Point, WISeptember 9, 2015
Since working at Donaldson Co I have gained much experience in the manufacturing field. I have Learned about processes of ordering to designing new machines, gettting projects approved, quality improvement, Cost Reduction and much more. I learned that some ideas may not work the first time, modifactions may need to be made, and that jobs may not be completed as soon as I would like. The best thing I was able to take from this company was the experience. Working with the other engineers and learning of what my duties as a manufacturing engineer were, was the most benefitial thing I had recieved from this company.
Pros
Fleible work schedule, Great coworkers
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Donaldson is a Secure Company and it is a pleasure to work for them.
Office Services Supervisor (Current Employee) –  Bloomington, MNMay 3, 2015
I have worked for Donaldson Company, Inc. for 35 years and enjoyed it to the fullest. They are a good company to work for and treat their employees respectfully. I would have to say the co-workers are what make the job fun. It is great to get along with everyone and be able to work together. I believe management is what helps to keep the Company moving in a positive direction. They are a very conservative company and the people they hire are an example of that.
Pros
Great benefits
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Questionable Corporate Culture
District Sales Manager (Former Employee) –  Bloomington, MNMay 9, 2013
I worked for the “Industrial Air Filtration Division” of Donaldson for almost 15 years. For the first five years of this time, the job was pretty good, actually enjoyable. Even though working for Donaldson did not perceptibly become less than good until about 6 or 7 years into my career with them.

In the first couple of years, medical insurance went from a 90/10 split to an 80/20. Ok… They just came into line with most other companies, but then later down the road, they started pushing High-Deductible Health Insurance Savings Plans (which were aimed at younger employees), while making traditional plans (chosen by older employees) much more expensive.

I watched as management turned over from people who lead, to pencil pushers who could care less about the people they managed (or their customers) as long as stock prices where good. Field support dropped to almost nothing, as the company kept reducing head count in the support departments. I have watched as many good people, hard and productive workers, have been terminated or punished because they voiced their opinion of the company’s direction

Making sales was more important than meeting the customer’s needs. Equipment which had not been adequately tested for performance was pushed onto the customer with little to no concern of the expense the customer would face. The only customer complaints that were truly followed up with were those customers whose purchases were large and valuable. Smaller customers were generally left to fend for themselves.

In closing, I feel that if the Donaldson Company does not take
  more... steps to address its current corporate culture, it will soon start to see an exodus of employees and customers to their competition.  less
Pros
Interesting line of work
Cons
Poor Corporate Culture
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