Baldor Electric Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
33 Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Long-Term Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Finding employees at Baldor with over 40+ years is easy. Upper management is in tune with everything going on and they want to be involved. Benefits are great and you get that "family" work feeling that is hard to find. Salaries are higher than most in the Fort Smith area.

    Cons

    Starting vacation time is lower than most companies, but it's a small price to pay for solid employment at a superb company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Stable Company, Great People, Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you were to walk into any Baldor facility, it would not take you long to run into an employee who has been here over 10 years. In most of our facilities, you'd likely run into many employees with 20, 30 or 40 years of service. That sounds hard to believe but it is very true. Baldor promotes a great culture where employees are encouraged to work as a team to make the company more successful. And then the company offers money back to employees who contribute to that success through profit sharing. There are many job opportunities available within the company and programs like our educational reimbursement program that help employees reach that next goal. The culture, the people and the company's focus on continuous improvement make Baldor a great place to work and I'm proud to be a part of it!

    Cons

    I believe that everything we do can and should be improved. With that said, there are some processes currently in place that could be more automated. Manual processes take a lot of unnecessary time away from other productivity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall Good Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production  in  Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Production in Fort Smith, AR

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good salary, good experience with fellow employees, and good steady work with no lay-offs.

    Cons

    The company has had a change in company values concerning departments relocating due to lower cost labor. Also, I was denied a promotion that was awarded to me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow employees to be promoted and not to be kept in the same department/area because the employee shows greater work ethic than others in the department.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It isn't what is used to be!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pros of being an employee used to be the longevity, integrity, and devotion of the corporate officers towards their plant employees. But this has changed and not for the best.

    Cons

    Having knowledge isn't what management wants in their new hires. If you are an employee with seniority and you earned a degree, you will be told you do not have experience. Then you are asked to resign, or you are terminated. I have personally seen over thirty long time employees terminated upon completion of a degree.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    good company but.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Ozark, AR
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Ozark, AR

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good equipment, clean work environment, stable work, company has stuck to no layoff policy in past

    Cons

    takes years to get on day shift, and work too many weekends during summer to keep up even though machines and building stations are just sitting and not being ran for entire shifts during the week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    people need 2 nights a week at home with family. Schedule overtime to keep areas fully staffed during the week, don't let machines, building stations sit unused and then have to work Saturday to make up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good company but.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator  in  Ozark, AR
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Ozark, AR

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    good equipment, stable employment, they stand by their no layoff policy no matter how economy and demand is.

    Cons

    takes years to get on day shift, too many weekends during summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    schedule more overtime during the week and keep machines running and building stations staffed on all three shift. Employees should have 2 nights off on the weekend to spend with family.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Baldor is a good company to get started but not long term

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Flowery Branch, GA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Flowery Branch, GA

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good culture, benefits, good benefits

    Cons

    Compensation low and not much room for growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Information Services Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IS Manager  in  Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - IS Manager in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Baldor Electric for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Able to take care of family issues and work from home on occasion because I have a company laptop and phone.

    Cons

    No authority but all the responsibility of maintaining a plant infrastructure. Upper mgt sees IT as a liability not a business benefit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in upper management that has degree other than engineering. Different perspective is good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Racism, Favorism, & Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production  in  Kings Mountain, NC
    Current Employee - Production in Kings Mountain, NC

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great salary in this economy.

    Cons

    Hire relatives, church members, hunting buddies, children, friends and neighbors children if they are friends with the supervisor. Blacks with college degrees are overlooked in hiring process. Just recently hired a black male in the office. No Hispanics or people of color in leader positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Major reason for the problem. When senior production blacks leave or retire the Kings Mountain facility will self destruct.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Operator  in  Ozark, AR
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Ozark, AR

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits on par with other employers in the area. Manufacturing plant is air conditioned.

    Cons

    Recent pay raises have been very small, barely keeping up the the increases in the cost of living (if you believe the governments numbers). In fact, when you factor in inflation and the increase to our insurance premioums, our pay has less value in 2012 than it had in 2011. This was especially disappointing given that Baldor posted record profits in 2011 and the local Ozark facility had a record year on several fronts as well. If you cannot get a real pay raise in that environment, you never will.

    Management has developed a habit of being "less than honest" with employees. One specific example of this breach in honesty is managements treatment of new hires. They have hired people through a temporary service with the promise of being hired full time in six months or less. As of the date of this review, there are several "temps" who have been at Baldor Ozark for mare than a year with no idea of when they might go full time.

    The competence of management is suspect. A specific example is the decision to rearrange equipment so that it will look nice for visitors. The function of a work area now takes a back seat to aesthetics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should refocus thier efforts on the long term success of the company. Small pay increases and large numbers of "temps' will no doubt make this years numbers look a little better. The long term effect will be (1) a sharp decrease in your ability to hire and maintain the highest caliber employees, (2) damage to Baldor's reputation, (3) increased difficulty in meeting customer expectations.

    Baldor's culture has long been one of "treating employees so well that they do not want outside representation." Management should recommit themselves to this culture before the Teamsters get a foothold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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