Cooper Industries

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Cooper Industries Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2014

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3.0 93 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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

Kirk S. Hachigian

(52 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Shaper Lighting, a division of Cooper Industries

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Richmond, CA

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

    ConsManagement was disorganized and constantly vying for power.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlay nice and cultivate growth opportunities.

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    Things are looking up with Eaton

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementTALK 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.

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

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    1 person found this helpful  

    legal

    Legal (Current Employee) Washington, PA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementno thanks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just OK

    Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Peachtree City, GA

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

    ConsLarge corporation with poor employee moral.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop internal talent

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too much turnover, too little substance

    Operations (Former Employee) Highland, IL

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementDecide 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.

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

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Stressful and overbearing

    Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee) Houston, TX

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

    ConsJob 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 Senior ManagementThere 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Very Adverse Atmosphere

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Pearland, TX

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

    ConsShameful 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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Painful!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Tualatin, OR

    ProsStable company with multi-facetted business approach.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Go.od concept, but lacking in execution

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Sarasota, FL

    ProsRegarding 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.

    ConsRegarding 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 Senior ManagementRegarding 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Place to be Put-to-pasture.

    Staff Employee (Current Employee) Milwaukee, WI

    ProsJob 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.

    ConsFractured 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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