Eaton
3.6 of 5 424 reviews
www.eaton.com Cleveland, OH 5000+ Employees

Eaton Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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88% Approve of the CEO

Eaton CEO & Chairman Sandy Cutler

Sandy Cutler

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74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Very Ethical Company

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Pittsburgh, PA

    ProsGreat prospects for growth if you are willing to relocate often. Great management team with a very serious focus on doing business the right way. Emphasis on a culture of Safety at work place.

    ConsWork life balance is tough. Personal growth is sometimes dependent on the type and location of the business unit. Past experience is not valued as much as your experience in Eaton.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSimplify internal processes to be more nimbler and faster. Empower the sites to make larger decisions. There should be more emphasis on growth through introduction of newer products and services.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Company to work for.

    Cash Applications Specialist (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsThe company offers opportunities for advancement, and will promote from within. The company is always hiring and there are plenty of opportunities to move around within the company. Senior management is excellent and very helpful when needed.

    ConsMuch overtime required for this position, jobs being sent overseas to Pune, India, contractors are compensated poorly for the amount of work they are expected to complete.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider keeping more jobs in the US.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood promotion opportunities, great training, family oriented. Most of the people here are good to work with and truly care about you.

    ConsCooper integration is beleaguered with issues. Some of the roles are overworked and some are less so. No analysis of workload..

    Advice to Senior ManagementWithin Cooper, more communication is needed. There is a lot employees don't know about what is going on within the company that, if known, could help them do a better job.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great opportunity

    Marketing Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsOrganized, ethical engineering corporation and treat employees very well.

    ConsCommunication was difficulty with every department.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCirculate projects faster.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Revolving Door

    Field Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mountainside, NJ

    ProsOpportunity for advancement in learning technical processes and procedures is awesome.
    Great benefits and living wage salaries.

    ConsSafety seems to be a major focus, but processes purposed to help actually increase job stress and hazards.
    Lack of clear direction as to where to recieve technical support from.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you depend on the FSRs you should provide them with compensation that will keep their attention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong company that's well-positioned for the future.

    IT Analyst (Current Employee)
    Moon Township, PA

    ProsIn the time I've been with Eaton, it's gone from a 7 billion dollar company to a 21 billion dollar company. Sandy Cutler and the executive leadership have a proven track record of knowing which areas of the business to focus on in order to maximize growth. Eaton has moved away from trucks and automotive in order to focus on electrical products and services, data centers, and energy efficiency.

    All companies will claim to be honest and ethical, but Eaton is dead serious about this. The corporate culture is one of integrity and respect. If you think you can get ahead by lying and treating people poorly, think again. Eaton will not tolerate bullying and you will be terminated. Even when disagreements arise, I've never felt disrespected by any manager or coworker.

    You will be treated like a responsible adult, and you won't be micro-managed. Depending on your job responsibilities, you may be allowed to work from home at times. There is more of an emphasis on getting the work done, and less of an emphasis on where or when you do it. Work-life balance has always been pretty good, but you can expect longer hours if you want to move into upper management positions.

    The company is very charitable, and will encourage employees to donate time and money. They will match employee donations to approved charities. In some cases, I've been able to get the day off to participate in volunteer work.

    It really depends on your family situation, but benefits are average to good. They are trying to move everyone into a high-deductible health plan, something that can save you money if you can anticipate your medical needs ahead of time and have the savings to cover the full cost of office visits and prescriptions until you hit the out of pocket maximum. Eaton has done a very good job of being creative in an attempt to keep everyone healthy. From healthier foods in the cafeteria and vending machines, to on-site gyms, fitness classes, and farmers markets, they've really gone out of their way to make employees more aware of the role they play in keeping healthcare costs down.

    ConsThe company structure is full of middle managers, and getting anything done requires multiple levels of approval. At any time, one manager can change his mind about something and put an entire project in limbo. If a project requires a large capital appropriation, expect that process to take a year or more. I've seen cases in which it took so long to get going on a project that the initial idea had to be scrapped because the underlying technology had become obsolete by the time funding was approved. Even when no money is necessary for a project, the company is very slow and conservative. If our competition ever figures out how to move more quickly, we'll be in serious trouble.

    For certain functions (engineering and IT in particular), Eaton will try to save a few bucks by hiring in India. Some of this is out of necessity, we are a global company with a large presence in that part of the world, and American workers don't like getting calls in the middle of the night when something goes wrong over there. But in other cases, they've reviewed the cost of American workers and have chosen foreign contractors instead. The turnover rate is very high in India, and I know of several examples where we've dedicated a resource to training employees in India for months at a time, only to have these employees leave for another job as soon as their training is finished. The skill levels of these workers ranges from totally incompetent to decent, but even the best ones I've worked with do not have the skills of the typical domestic candidate. They might cost less, but not when you consider that they take months to complete a project that should take weeks. Management needs to look at opportunity cost, not just financial cost. I've also received a lot of negative feedback from coworkers outside my group, who are used to calling me for help and now have to call India.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe need to cut the red tape, remove redundant processes, and be prepared to move more quickly if we hope to remain a leader in our field.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Benefits - Horrible work life balance

    Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    ProsGreat compensation, 401k, pension, health, dental,

    ConsSacrifice over production - meaning the amount of hours you work is just as important as the end result. This leaves you working extra hours because of obligation, not because you have not finished you are behind on things. I work roughly 65 hours a week.

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    Many great opportunities!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe company is an international diversified manufacturer with many opportunities for those with talent and runway.

    ConsIt feels like the company is becoming top-heavy, with too many Directors and VPs pushing pet projects and not enough resources supporting the manufacturing sites.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAging equipment and infrastructure at the plants needs investment. The Corporate and Group facilities are very nice, but the plants are scraping by with too-few resources. I recommend strengthening your financial support of the manufacturing sites and scaling back the HQ positions and initiatives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Intense and exciting product development

    Senior Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    Moon Township, PA

    ProsExtremely strong upper management, through the hard economic times in 2008-2010, Eaton opted to force a majority of the workforce to take 4 weeks of unpaid leave throughout the year rather than implementing broad spectrum layoffs. While this was a bit painful for everybody, it was a much better alternative to losing talented staff and having to rebuild after the economy picked back up. You get a sense that employees and especially long term employees are taken care of, rather then thrown on the dustbin to hire younger, cheaper replacements.

    Work life balance was stressed, if extra time off was needed for family reasons, management was understanding and flexible. Our engineering group feels like family rather than a cold corporate workplace, particularly in the Cherrington, PA office.

    I was on an engineering team responsible for new product development of meters and relays, and we were always very busy with new product development. The hours could be long, but you were never worried about running out of things to do. Talented engineers could expect to be able to grow with their abilities within the company.

    ConsThe biggest worry I have is a stubborn streak in upper management to outsource to India small to large portions of new product development. I spent about half of each year working long hours to pick up the pieces of outsourced work product and refactor it into something that could be released to customers with pride. There is a culture of inertia in staffing up internal engineering resources to handle the demand for new product development. Senior engineers will find themselves spending 30-50% of their time on conference calls in the early morning with Indian outsourcing companies, and late hours in the day trying to improve the output of these companies into something that can pass quality inspections to be put into end products. If you can manage to get your foot in the door and are a highly capable engineer, you will be valued and find a long term place in the company, but getting in can be difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReduce your reliance on outsourcing! Spend more time building internal engineering teams to a critical mass to be able to deliver world class products in a timely manner.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place to work

    CNC Machinist (Current Employee)
    Athens, GA

    ProsSalaries are fair,working conditions good,benefits outstanding

    ConsOver abundance of college degrees,lack of common sense,double standards when dealing with personnel issues,favoritism

    Advice to Senior ManagementCheck feasiblity or practicality before implementing policies

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

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