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Eaton Reviews

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
508 Reviews
3.6
508 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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
  6.  

    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 an 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Better past --unsure of future.

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

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

    Pros

    Values, nice people. Leadership model. People are very helpful. Lots of processes that help guide newcomers. Multi product lines that people can move and learn.

    Cons

    Multiple levels of politics- try to please the king. Too many dumb Short term decisions that have impacted future. Poor choice of leaders that make bad decisions-too many executive bullies with control issues. No development of people. People over reaction and make short sighted decisions, no creative thinking or acting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be Future focused not short term. Develop current people instead of focused on outside hiring. Address the senior executive issues, get real people, not out of touch, reactive, over paid bullies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are better locations to practice engineering. Eaton in Jackson MS, not a good environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Jackson, MS

    I have been working at Eaton full-time

    Pros

    Salary and flexibility...that's about it.

    Cons

    Old helicopter management style, need supplies and equipment to do your job, forget it. Facility is very old and outdated and not in a good location in Jackson MS...but that's most locations in Jackson.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mature a little and trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Ick

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburg, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pittsburg, CA

    I have been working at Eaton as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very little to write home about. This isn't a review you want to read. So much stuff they make you do to say they don't want you.

    Cons

    They are no good and I hate them. I wish I never event went to the interview. It was a wast of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being shitty

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Company going down

    • 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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Opportunities to advance career

    Cons

    Unfair labor practices. Expect 60 hours per week if your function is not well supported.
    Work-life balance at both extremes, depending on your boss or department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sandy Cutler, CEO, knows Wall Street, but the organization has layers which are not providing stability and reliability. They seem to coerce performance out of dead horses by changing roles of higher managers.. My plant manager was fired a month after I quit, I quit because he did not support me. My functional manager had to be political and aligned with plant manager, knowing his lack of support. Facility performance imploded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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