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Eaton Reviews

Updated March 4, 2015
Updated March 4, 2015
64 Reviews
2.0
64 Reviews
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Alexander M. Cutler
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Pros
  • Reasonable benefits, work life balance depending on team, reasonable compensation (in 47 reviews)

  • Good benefits and room for professional growth (in 26 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can become an issue in most departments because of understaffing (in 24 reviews)

  • If employees are working such long hours they at least need time away with their families (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    No Trust in Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Technical Support in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, a lot of community involvement, promotes health and wellness

    Cons

    poor training, no room for growth, good ole boy network...it's all about who you know, management and HR are friends so no trust in them, poor compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take an active interest in your employees and be more personable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    The "good ole boy" system takes care of its own.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Peachtree, GA
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Peachtree, GA

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, excellent pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very political, it's who you know and "not" how much you do. Oh, did you work at GE .... Then You're part of the good ole boy club. Marketing holds the power to fire, never say "no" or "disagree" or you will suddenly be offered an "or else" transfer to Siberia. Product engineering and operations will not stand behind you if you go against marketing by trying to enforce their own company policy.
    If you have an opinion you better keep it to yourself and if you're over 50 your too old to be trainable and you'll be lucky if you make it more than 3 years.
    Be careful with relocation, they may cry recession and change the reimbursement rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper engineering and operations management needs to stand up to marketing and get behind their people rather than cower down. Over 50 should never disqualify a qualified candidate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Talks of change but nothing changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Shipping, Receiving and Inventory Manager in Vicksburg, MS
    Former Employee - Shipping, Receiving and Inventory Manager in Vicksburg, MS

    I worked at Eaton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Eaton seems to be a very good compnay to work.

    Cons

    To many of the old Cooper management still in place. True changes never last.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implament the changes and put the resources in place to support them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it seems--or was

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    Nice culture on the surface
    People are very helpful to each other
    Growth goals are challenging
    Always changing and adding products via M&A

    Cons

    No commitment to organic growth--talked about, but not really supported
    Executives are ego maniacs and insensitive
    HR dept only cares about cutting costs and looking good--fake people
    Very short term thinking and acting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire less jerks into executive levels
    Get rid of the top two layers of HR leaders- they are useless.
    Focus on the long play

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great potential but lacking the leadership to attain it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation. Not the best, not the worst.
    Great opportunities advance to new internal employment opportunities.
    Some good business processes as part of the Eaton Business System.
    If you are good at corporate politics this division can be a real winner for you!
    Decent training.
    Some great people in the trenches

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics.
    Eaton ethics and values are excellent but not consistently practiced at Hydraulics.
    Consistently underperforming financials. The result is frequent cost-cutting and restructuring initiatives.
    Leadership is not progressive in their ideas. Seem to be stuck in the past. Lack a credible vision.
    Lost sight of work/life balance. Oftentimes difficult for families with children to meet demands. For a company this size, surprising lack of child care facilities and benefits.
    Way, way too many meetings and Powerpoint presentations. No time to get the work done except after eight to five.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the Eaton Vision and Ethics. It is more than a poster or slide in a presentation.
    Develop a plan to grow the business and you won't spend so much time and money on restructuring.
    Keep top and mid level managers in a role for more that two or three years. Get some continuity.
    Stop recycling top and mid level managers. Some consistently fall short of expectations yet always seem to have a new role -- politics, politics, politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for if you are part of a buyout.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, but could be better. Good Training.

    Cons

    My company was part of a buyout(Powerware). Eaton's idea of running the business is to run it in the ground. They do this with poor management that's idea of increasing revenue is through cutting employees salary and commission.

    Needs to implement a Roth 401K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your field engineers are the key to your business. Quit treating them as they are your enemies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Self serving management. Very stingy

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    Only manufacturer in the area

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Could be run better by employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees a living wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fine if you're at a legacy Eaton plant. If you're an acquisition, not so much.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

    I worked at Eaton (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good professional development. Decent benefits package. Competitive salary. There is a heavy focus on continuous improvement. There are many sites across the country that you can relocate to fulfill career goals.

    Cons

    Acquisitions are hung out to dry. Former Cooper sites have an identity crisis. The legacy employees tend to look down on former Cooper and other acquisition sites. At my plant, supervisors were given too many outside projects to adequately supervise there area(s).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you aren't going to take real interest in a business, don't buy it! It's bad for the employees to see Eaton come in, hang a sign on the building, and not give any support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unsure of future here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Only one I can think of: In my experience there, people displayed good behavior. It was refreshing to experience that.

    Cons

    Eaton is gradually changing its porfolio mix from old biz to new biz. Depending on what business unit you are working in, future could be very uncertain. Company does not like to lose money, ever. Management will cut staff or pay very quickly to avert that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Safety 1st, Just for image not truly Employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay and referral bonuses are offered if you refer someone for an open position. A very Ethics and safety driven company.

    Cons

    Benefits are Bad, and Work Life Balance doesn't exist. Management does not seem to value employees unless they get a little brown on their nose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees they are more than a machine. To the site manager, he should try looking the employees in the eyes not look past or through them. They deserve that much!
    Promoting people into supervisory positions with out guidence that has never supervised a person in their life is a bad idea. Try training or mentoring with someone that is a good supervisor. There are only a couple at this site but you could utilize them before they either quit or retire. Most don't have any idea how to supervise with respect to get respect back. It's pretty bad.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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