Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland)
2.3 of 5 16 reviews
www.appliedindustrial.com Cleveland, OH 1000 to 5000 Employees

Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) Reviews

Updated Apr 04, 2014

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Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) CEO Neil A. Schrimsher

Neil A. Schrimsher

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27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Very supportive company

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Eastlake, OH (US)

I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than a year

ProsTeamwork is very appealing with Applied, if you are looking for a company that will work with you and support you the field. This is a great choice!

ConsContinuously changing roles within the organization, I changed locations twice and reported to 3 different mangers with a few months.

Advice to Senior ManagementMay want to consider account retention for the sales force, I noticed that the accounts were consistantly being changed.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Struggle to get by

Management Associate (Current Employee)
Cleveland, OH (US)

I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for less than a year

ProsVery relaxed work environment, not difficult or stressful work. It varies from branch to branch, but friendly people for the most part.

Finally switched to an ERP that works, but the average age at this company is 60 years old and no one has a clue how to use it.

ConsVery few people are motivated at this company, namely inside sales. Without strong leadership, the lack of motivation from the people on the inside really hurts outside salesmen.

They do not pay cost of living, it is a serious struggle to get by. The incentives/bonuses they tell you to expect each month are never close to what they estimate they will be. The fact is that this company pays terribly and unless you are given accounts to cover your base salary (which is extremely rare) you are going to go into subsidy for the first few years of working here... making it very difficult to get into the black. Outside salesmen who have 20-30+ years experience are still making under 75k. The pay structure is horrendous, they market the job as a salaried position, and you come to find out it's a draw after being there for 4 months.

Terrible culture, awful relationships between employees, embarrassing in front of customers.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere's a decent work-life balance, but pay employees cost of living at a minimum. I've been working here almost a year and haven't been able to put a dime into savings, and wasn't able to give my family presents for christmas. If it wasn't for some investments I made before working here, I'd be on the streets right now.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A job, not a career

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I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSteady work with solid company. I am allowed to take care of personal issues when needed.

ConsI have virtually no chance of advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be more training and value placed on what lower level employees have to say.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pass on AIT

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Cleveland, OH (US)

I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than a year

ProsBenefits package i.e. health insurance, retirement was good. Company vehicle for Account Managers, company credit card for AM's

ConsMicromanaging nightmare. Tons of paperwork for sales when selling not office work should be the focus.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you can't trust your sellers to sell then you're GMs and RMs aren't doing their jobs to facilitate the field personnel or they aren't good evaluators of talent. Seems that the culture is that all sales people are lazy and unless micromanaged they aren't capable of tying their own shoes. Please drop the sales funnel if you already haven't. Good salespeople know how to qualify and work through a sale or opportunity.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Awful company to work for

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Cleveland, OH (US)

I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat customers. Good benefits. Very good products.

ConsVery poor training for new account managers, very lazy disfunctional attitude throughout entire company. No accountability for cssr's, gm's & even rm's. Every branch seems to have it's own business model & the roleout of SAP has been a disaster in every way. There is no way to track sales, quotes & orders take 2 to 3 times longer than before, misships, wrong quantities, etc.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay your people more. Competitor's pay much better & a lot of employees are leaving-just take a look at all of the job openings.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Out Side Sales (Current Employee)
Cleveland, OH (US)

I have been working at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for less than a year

ProsGood company if branch is solid and hard working.

ConsIf inside staff is not motivated it hurts outside sales

Advice to Senior ManagementHigher base salary for sales reps.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Trade Credit Intern (Former Employee)
Cleveland, OH (US)

I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) as an intern for less than a year

ProsI got entry-level experience with both Oracle and SAP.

ConsTerrible company environment. Trade Credit is the worst. They hire interns to do the same job as their full-time employees at a slave-rate of $10 an hour. Their is no communication within the Trade Credit department because the Manager is an anti-social, slob. There are no opportunities for learning, and no chance for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to teach your interns, and employees how to become leaders, rather than using then for cheap labor. Make your employees want to stick around.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Utterly the most depressed company in Industrial Distribution. Taking good people and making them sad.

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than a year

ProsI'm at a loss to think of one reason to work for this company ? Other than you need a pay check for now. But, plan on leaving as soon as you arrive. And I mean plan, play chess. Take the job and search for the next one on your way in the door.

ConsAs a sales pro, working for Applied Industrial technologies is the most depressing experience I can think of. If you want to maintain a positive focus on success avoid this company. This was the saddest work environment I have ever been exposed to. Beyond words.

Advice to Senior ManagementThis is the question in a vacum ? What management ? The implied and or apparent involvement of skilled, informed, forward think leadership is utterly devoid at this company. This is truly a rudderless ship heading for corporate abyss.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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For Outside Sales/Account Managers, a Micromanaging Nightmare

Account Manager (Former Employee)
Farmington Hills, MI (US)

I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than a year

ProsThe inside sales staff, especially the former Detroit Ball Bearing people in Detroit, are nothing short of awesome. Great "got your back" type of people, great support. Benefits with Applied are very good.

ConsIt started with great promise, then turned into nothing but a paycheck. When an inside sales person, with two decades of experience, says that they would NEVER take an account manager (outside sales) with these guys, that should tell you all...

Fundamentally dishonest company, advertising the outside sales/account manager position as salary plus bonus opportunity, when in reality,it's draw against commission, the Detroit/Michigan managers do not tell you that until you're months into the job, and it would take tripling the sales of your territory to just break even on the salary/draw. Compensation - advertised one way, reality a whole other, unattainable mater.

Massive amounts of micromanaging everyone.

Outside sales/account managers should plan on having at least half of their time set for them, making "joint" sales calls with any one of at least ten vendor sales people.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of abusive general and service center managers. Management by intimidation is counterproductive. Stop micromanaging your sales people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Large company that has no clue of what goes on at the branches

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Applied Industrial Technologies (Cleveland) full-time for more than 5 years

ProsSome large company Benefits through small branches

ConsFrivolous law suits by upper management when employees leave. Human resources does not help with complaints. Things are swept under the rug. They are duplicating their efforts on sales with subsidiaries completing with the same products. The subsidiaries make a better margin because AIT is not a technical company they are now like a catalog house.

Advice to Senior ManagementWake up! Ask the little people what is really going on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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