Cooper Industries

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Cooper Industries Reviews

Updated April 28, 2014
Updated April 28, 2014
95 Reviews
3.0
95 Reviews
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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
Kirk S. Hachigian
53 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.  

    Shaper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, CA

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time

    Pros

    Manufacturing in the Bay Area is rare, and there are some skilled people working here in the trenches.

    Cons

    Management was disorganized and constantly vying for power.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play nice and cultivate growth opportunities.

  2.  

    Things are looking up with Eaton

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooper Industries full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really has some great people to work with - benefits are good for the industry - pay is decent for the area

    Cons

    Very poor work/life balance - Many people get burned out quickly - It seems like you work all the time - I have seldom even taken all my vacation because it would take me too long to catch up. Managers are abusive , use foul language, and show little to no appreciation for hard work. Many have worked for years with a constant fear of being terminated when layoffs come and have watched many of their co-workers walked out when it should have been the poor performers or upper management. The company is very "top heavy" - There are way to many managers or directors and not enough people to actually do the "work"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TALK to your employees - all of them - ask their opinions - Show them respect - Get to know them - earn their trust and respect. They don't mind dedication and hard work - but they would like to be appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    legal

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Legal in Washington, PA
    Current Employee - Legal in Washington, PA

    I have been working at Cooper Industries part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    were really nice, organized, helpful, I liked how they were always willing to do whatever would make you feel the most comfortable

    Cons

    were very rude and very imposing on your life and did not accommodate you or care what your opinion was, always selfish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no thanks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Peachtree City, GA
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Peachtree City, GA

    I have been working at Cooper Industries full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There aren't a lot of positive words that describe Cooper.

    Cons

    Large corporation with poor employee moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop internal talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much turnover, too little substance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The work is fairly easy and there was always a lot to do. Most mid-level managers are good to work with and have a strong work ethic but need some development. The work environment is very customer driven.

    Cons

    There were too many open positions that management either did not want to fill or were unable to fill. Seems like it was a shell game trying to cover all of the openings with the same people. Very surprising that they could not attract people given the state of the economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what you want your business to be and build your team around it. Most people want to be a part of it but are tired of the sudden direction changes and last minute ultimatums.

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

    Stressful and overbearing

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Good and competitive compensation, stable job if you desire it, medium-large company with opportunity for growth or promotion to management position

    Cons

    Job is stressful, they overwork you sometimes 60-70 hours a week with very demanding orders, management does not satisfy workforce and their desires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be more incentive to listen to employees and work with them, they need to be more understanding and be less demanding of workload

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very Adverse Atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearland, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pearland, TX

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    It’s a strong and growing global company that is safety and environmentally oriented.

    Cons

    Shameful treatment of employees. All level of management has a tendency to cuss, scream, and yell creating an atmosphere of intimidation. Too many F bombs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This goes for all tiers of management and senior management. “You don't show admiration to your employees when you curse, scream and rant, even if its’ not directed at them. Calm down and communicate with respect and stop cussing like sailors. Declaring that it a just a New York way of communicating is not excuse, it poor professional behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Painful!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Stable company with multi-facetted business approach.

    Cons

    Shameful treatment of employees. Management has a tendency to shout, scream, and yell creating an atmosphere of intimidation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You don't show respect to your employees when you cuss and scream, even if your not directing your comments to them. Calm down and communicate with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Go.od concept, but lacking in execution

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Regarding Cooper Notifications side of Cooper Industries.

    Lots of responsibility and a lots of work for those type of individuals who like control. Very fast moving envirnoment, with changes happening every hour.

    Cons

    Regarding Cooper Notifications side of Cooper Industries.

    Management

    Unrecognized engineering/manufacturing design problems resulted in project management night mares that management didn't know how to respond to, other than throwing more of it's staff under the train.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regarding Cooper Notifications side of Cooper Industries.

    Management's answer of having the staff to continously improvise and coming up with alternate work around solutions took up more time than putting the rigth resources on the problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great Place to be Put-to-pasture.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Staff Employee in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Pros

    Job security. If you can put up with the bureaucracy, deliver reasonably acceptable work, not complain and keep your head down, you can stay as long as you like.
    Flexibility. The organization is so fractured and decentralized, you can come and go on your own schedule and no one will ever know you were gone.
    Easy. Your managers and peers are all "B" players. You never feel like you "cannot keep up". Easy to "wow" management with things that would be standard work procedure at other companies.

    Cons

    Fractured structure/poor communications
    Poor leadership
    No challenge
    Static environment
    Horrible facilities (cinder block buildings with no windows). Note this excludes corporate which is perched atop an ivory tower in Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running the company as if every division were no more than cash cows. Find ways to kindle a culture of ownership, accountability, involvement and entrepreneurship. CBE offers its employees nothing more than a paycheck and reasonable job security. While this is good, it does not cause employees to view the company as anything other than a feeding trough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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