Cooper Industries

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Cooper Industries Reviews

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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
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55 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits, great location, average pay, friendly atmosphere, balance with work and personal life, things are good between union and management (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits (besides time off) (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance often lopsided (in a bad way) (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management makes decisions without understanding all of the consequences of their decision (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Company sinking after losing subsea

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    Former Employee - Operations in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Camarillo, CA

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay, the employees on the floor are great to work with.

    Cons

    4 companies merged, still 4 separate companies with managers arguing in front of employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late- the recent removal of employees due to reduction in force- people still there are going to leave and are very disappointed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Survey Indicates Lower Performers Rate Their Companies as Great Paces to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leadership IQ surveyed workers and found those with lower performance rated their employers as a great place to work. Looking at the ratings for Cooper, this explains the positive ratings

    Cons

    Cooper management puts a lot of work on high performers and lets the low performers off the hook. No wonder the lower performers are happy.

    You can exceed expectations for awhile and receive recognition (which always brings more work), but you eventually get fed up and question why you're so stressed out and don't have a life outside of Cooper, then you can either burn out, decide to leave on your own or stay and try to bring some balance into your life (management frowns on this). This can result in being put on the "blocker" list which isn't a good thing and almost assures that you will get pushed toward the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This fire drill has run it's course.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hurry Up Eaton!

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Cooper Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cooper brands are well known, giving credibility to sales and marketing
    Heavy investment in commercial resources and strategies
    Make your sales targets, get a bonus and not worry about profitability

    Cons

    Strong emphasis on "innovation" without rationalization and support of profitable legacy products.
    Not much cross communication and collaboration between functions, silo mentalities. The sales people can pretty much do what they want and everyone else is left to pick up the pieces.
    Favoritism is rampant, constructive feedback and criticism is not welcome, independent and critical thinkers will not prosper, management is very shallow and doesn't see far beyond the current quarter.
    Sadly, the comments about executive leadership profanity, tirades and outbursts are true. Very much a shoot the messenger mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eaton should assess all senior management and survey the business units about top issues. The Cooper approach sweeps anything we don't like to hear under the rug, or we punish the person that provides the feedback. Take the feedback head on and deal with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to do a pharmaceutical study for any new anti-depressant and anxiety medication!

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Real concerned about safety and the environment to the point of always being concerned about being sued all the time.

    Cons

    A strong armed management style that is relentless in making a person feel two inches tall with constant but subtle verbal abuse tied with strong profane language. Lead relentlessly complaining over issues

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a top down change?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not recommended, highly unstable company with no future vision

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    High learning Curve, nice office location and decent pay.

    Cons

    Pathetic senior management, no technical knowledge/insights from management, you are expected to know more within first few days of joining , compared to everyone who has been in the company for 10 yrs!

    They hire people and fire whole teams after 3 months, saying that leadership has decided to move the entire team away from this location...is that a sick joke or HR has too much free time in conducting interviews for candidates, as they know that everyone just wants to leave the company soon?

    In one word, run away, and join if you have no other option, as they will make you work like machines, pay like clerks and managers don't care about you, your life or shows any kind of respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible experience.

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    Current Employee - Operations/Support/Lean in La Grange, NC
    Current Employee - Operations/Support/Lean in La Grange, NC

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Learn how to grind a business and people for the highest profits.

    Cons

    No acknowledgement for a job well done. Nothing is ever good enough. Morale is as low as I have ever seen a company be. Everything is falling apart. Every nickle spent has to be justified for immediate payback or it is no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think beyond the quarter. Invest in the business and in the people. Try to build a team.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unhealthy place to work under any circumstances.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Live within a mile...otherwise, don't waste your gas.

    Cons

    Freeze pensions. (notified by email)
    Termination of matching funds to 401K accts. (Again, by email)
    Many layers of useless management. New titles created for management while hourly workers are screwed, overworked and fired to save management bonus.
    Hourly workers held accountable even when following direction of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback? Myself and hundreds of others have done that for years. Useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    SWEAT SHOP

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Machinist in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    The only thing worth while at cooper industries is that the 401k is descent.

    Cons

    Management runs company on a thread and no capital reinvestment to help with performance on the
    job. Employees are treated like the lower echelon in life. And the consistent revolving door of employees leaving the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that cooper should have a team concept instead of kick the dog mentality.
    Then the efficiency and productivity would increase.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    burned out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other than the paycheck I can't think of any. If I could maybe I would still be working there.

    Cons

    I've read the other reviews and some of them must be from another planet. In a big company there are going to be problems, but I was treated better in Army basic training than Cooper management treats a lot of their people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm glad I fired you and left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - In Sales
    Former Employee - In Sales

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Large company, known product divisions.

    Cons

    Company bought a smaller company Wheelock Inc and changed the name to Cooper Notification. Cooper then brought in their own people and fired most of the existing employees. They did not care about what individual employees had contributed to company's sales previously. Downgraded titles of salesmen. The Sales Director micromanaged them and took away even their one office day, used for follow ups and appointments. He plays favorites and hires and promotes his own people. He did not have any suggestions on how to increase sales in a bad economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the Sales Director and other middle managers meet the technical requirements required of salesmen. They should be competent in product knowledge as well. Hold their feet to the fire and do not allow them to blame salespeople for all their own faults and shortcomings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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