Baldor Electric
2.7 of 5 30 reviews
www.baldor.com Fort Smith, AR 5000+ Employees

Baldor Electric Reviews

Updated Jan 19, 2014
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2.7 30 reviews

                             

54% Approve of the CEO

Baldor Electric President & CEO Ronald Tucker

Ronald Tucker

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43% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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management problems, bad temp to hire policy

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Westville, OK

I worked at Baldor Electric full-time for less than a year

Prosclean work environment, decent facility

Consmanagement has a basic lack of understanding scheduling, manning and tooling. they also lack people management skills. takes a year or longer to go from temp to full time hire, pay for a temp is marginal. lots of overtime due to poor scheduling. no basic knowledge of parts per hour or other basic industrial production. temps get treated very poorly by management (temps are easily replaceable therefore they are not considered any kind of asset regardless of their knowledge and experience). they also don't care if a temp gets hurt on the job.

Advice to Senior Managementstart from scratch with your management team. revise your temp to hire policy. stop the good old boy way of thinking. the company could be very successful with the right leadership but will only make due until things change.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Racism, Favorism, & Family

Production (Current Employee)
Kings Mountain, NC

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

ProsGreat benefits, great salary in this economy.

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

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

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Company Does Not Have Hourly Employees In Mind

Machinist (Former Employee)
Old Fort, NC

I worked at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 5 years

ProsIn this economy, it's at least a paycheck to keep you going until you can find a better job.

ConsAt the location I worked at, pay is extremely low for the type of work being done. They have a hard time hiring machinists with technical degrees because they would not work for the wages Baldor paid. Despite setting record profits the last two years, Baldor refuses to give a raise that keeps up with the cost of living. Morale was low among the senior hourly employees. This is due to the fact that they are passed up for promotions that they were easily qualified for. Most all of the jobs posted have inflated prerequisites. To the employees I worked with, it seems this practice was adopted to shut them out of a promotion. In most cases, the people given promotions had not worked there long enough to reach top pay on the entry level job they were hired for. An example of this is a temp that was hired full time and promoted to salary a week later over people with years of seniority that were just as qualified. Another example is an employee who could not get moved to a higher pay grade because of poor job performance, but was promoted to a salary position a couple of weeks later. Favoritism is also a concern. An example of this is a friend of a member of management that was hired in full time over temps that have been there a number of months, some over a year. Those temps were told they would be hired in after six months, and now some have worked close to fourteen months with no job offer.

Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not exactly sure that any advice will be taken seriously, since the things I've described have been going on for a long time and it seems there's no intention of stopping it. Baldor has let middle and upper management put the location I worked at on this course, and it would take drastic and immediate changes to convince senior employees that this is the same place of employment that they came to so many years ago. It seems that the culture that management covets so much is only expected to be practiced by hourly employees. Management needs to take a look at those surveys that workers fill out. When people put on them that they are dissatisfied with pay and agree that favoritism is a problem, you better believe that there's actually a problem. You can bet if something doesn't happen soon and the economy picks back up, all of your experience and productivity is going to walk right out the door.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Baldor Electric " A place to work"

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Fort Smith, AR

I worked at Baldor Electric

ProsSalary was reasonable and there was job security. Has a laid back culture. Colleagues were nice to work with. Cost of living was low.

ConsThis is a sales driven company and sales people have more clout. Sales person who started yesterday can override a decision made by a senior employee.

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No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It's Not What It Used To Be.

Hourly Employee (Current Employee)
Fort Smith, AR

I have been working at Baldor Electric

ProsThe pay is great and the benefits are great probably the best in the state.

ConsSome of the downsides here it goes. Every other tuesday we are forced to have a meeting with management that repeat the same thing every time over and over and we are treated like its their way or no way. We are not allowed to voice our opinions that doesn't agree with them especially since the aquisition of Dodge/Reliance. We have been told not to sign anything for fear of a union coming in but yet they treat us like crap by bird dogging and pushing and pushing for more production every second. We have absolutely no say so about our jobs or any safety issues or how we are treated no matter what corporate would like to believe. It does not do any good to tell our supervisors, including our plant manager nothing gets done about anything. We/hourly employees are treated like dirt especially with the new management that came in with Dodge/Reliance and Russelville Ar.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive us room to breath. We know our jobs we do not have to be treated like 2 year olds. Also implement real meetings with each department individually with corporate leaders not with plant leaders and listen to your employers. Give us a say so when you want pay day changed or anything else. Remember we are share holders too. We are treated like we have no ownership in our company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Sales

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time

ProsFast paced environment. Ability to work with market savvy business men

ConsVertically integrated decision making very cumbersome.

Advice to Senior ManagementLet your people grow by creating an environment were they understand the business goals, can take responsibility and make decisions.

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

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Waste of My Time

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 3 years

ProsA paycheck(albeit, a small one).

Cons"We promote from within" is a joke. I have a 4 year degree in engineering and 3 of the last 4 engineer jobs were filled with new hires. Pay, along with raises, is extremely low. The location I worked at bragged about setting profit records each year, only to reward the people that make the actual money very little. Bias directly from the top is also a concern. As soon as they feel you don't represent their "core beliefs", you will be sent out the door with no consideration of your work record. Fear of losing your job is exploited to the max.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere's no advice you can give these people that would make a difference. They have a vision, and hourly employees aren't in it.

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

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Terrible

Utility (Former Employee)

I worked at Baldor Electric full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe only pro is that the job is easy as long as you pay attention.

ConsMy college degree and seniority were meaningless. A promotion is impossible unless you are friends with or go to church with management. Pay is low compared to others in the industry.

Advice to Senior ManagementHeadquarters need to visit plant locations and actually talk with hourly employees. The location I worked at lost a lot of good people and will continue to do so. It's almost as if they're shooting themselves in the foot.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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