Baldor Electric

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Baldor Electric Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
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  1.  

    A good place to work from the outside.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Operator/Machinist in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - CNC Operator/Machinist in Fort Smith, AR

    I have been working at Baldor Electric full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Baldor is one of the best factories that I have ever worked at (above: Rheem, Whirlpool, Riverside, Planters). It's climate controlled and pays well and if your a robot that never gets injured, tired, sick, asks a question, and you want to live there then your employment will be looong and enjoyable. Guaranteed to work 45 Saturdays a year and often times you go to work and just stand around because no one can keep supplies coming in on time, finding matching components within the departments to assemble a complete motor, or because one or several machines sit idle for half to an entire shift that should be running to keep everyone else down the line in parts. Makes for an easy day or night.

    Cons

    What used to be a family friendly work environment with 45hrs of sick leave renewing every 6 months now renews one year after the date you missed (this is also used for inclement weather, unforeseen events, and tardyness). Before a person could either come in early or stay over to make up time lost for doctors appointments and the like as long as it was on the same day without it counting against them.

    The management used to be on a level plane with the employees, keeping them humble, which was nice and made us feel more like a team. The open door policy was nice and was actually true (I went myself to the former CEO one day and there were no locked doors; everyone was very welcoming), this is no longer even though it's still on the books.

    I have noticed hard working temps (who were not friends of mine nor that I had feelings for one way or the other) fired for reasons that were more along the lines of they didn't look right or maybe rubbed upper management the wrong way, so were terminated at the very suspicion of wrong doing without appeal. One after working 3 years as a temp and on the day before he was to be hired.

    They buy cheap machines that perform poorly, but expect the best quality from them at a fast rate (I run a cnc and our customers should really check their parts to make sure they are getting what they are paying for), the micro-finishes unless they are burnished are hard to achieve with the doosans because of chatter and some don't have burnish tools in them. Balancing should be checked as well; basically, make sure you're getting what you pay for because alot of times the attitude is "oh well it will pass, maybe". I do the best I can to make excellent parts and sometimes get scolded for a low count for the effort but that don't really bother me that much (I have never been written up or caused trouble for my bosses and I love and get along well with my fellow employees; nothing in the form of scrap or bad parts ever comes back on me).

    Baldor employees can expect at least a moderate stressful environment with the ABB acquisition depending on where you work in the plant, more so on first shift. The management do not care about concerns that you have about safety or work processes unless you have a degree and aggressively put down people with ideas contrary to that of white-collar intelligence. We are constantly forced to sign papers for "training", constantly threatened with our jobs and although the company is stable a person can be ran out for anything...ANYTHING! Injuries are something to get written up for because it's always your fault; I eyewitnessed a man earlier this very year (2014) get injured by the turret inside his machine rotating with the doors open. His finger or thumb was broken to the point that bones had to be screwed together, but instead of being sent to the doctor, he was "talked" into working with his other hand until lunch which was at least for two hours. The 10 million hour no lost time record might look good but it's far from accurate. Folks were either fired or forced to come in and just sit there post surgery to avoid it being recorded, but that's no more than everyone else does. Whirlpool did it too, it's just Baldor used to be honest about it.

    It's also hard to advance unless you know someone, the buddy system is very strong here and experience takes a back seat at times. The reason people stay at Baldor is because it pays well and it's climate controlled. It's good, I suppose for a factory because I've worked alot worse but it used to be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hey guys, we all love our customers (or you're supposed to) so stop being snotty and having puffed up chests about your high positions, love and listen to your employees; we do the work and are the one's that have to endure some of those bad ideas from people who have never done the job. Leaders should be the best servants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 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 (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
  3.  

    lot more to learn but least salaries

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GET in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - GET in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Baldor Electric full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    resources to learn are plenty

    Cons

    ctc , recognition is very bad

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    recognize the employers

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  5.  

    Good Solid company. Great atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Baldor Electric

    Pros

    Great co-workers, family-like atmosphere. Good benefits. Room for advancement. There are a lot of older senior employees. Great place for a young person to start their career.

    Cons

    Salary for engineers is not good. Getting "promoted" sometimes just means you get the privilege of performing two jobs instead of one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more engineers and managers

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Manufacturing Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing EngineerMi
    Current Employee - Manufacturing EngineerMi

    I have been working at Baldor Electric

    Pros

    Excellent work atmosphere. Coworkers are great. Great Benefits. Company has a "no layoff" strategy during down times.

    Cons

    Salary is not very good compared to other companies. Employees are often overburdened with too many responsibilities. "Getting promoted" simply means you add a slash to the end of your current title and assume additional responsibilities with a modest raise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to hire more engineers in key areas.

    Disapproves of CEO

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