Eaton Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
449 Reviews

3.5
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Pros
  • Reasonable benefits, work life balance depending on team, reasonable compensation (in 41 reviews)

  • The company offers opportunities for advancement, and will promote from within (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can become an issue in most departments because of understaffing (in 18 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  

    Worst experience with HR relation within 30 years career in Canada and U.S. combined !

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Assembler in Sarasota, FL

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    If you already got a job there well hang to it because this is hard to get a better one now and if your conditions are fair enough to stay why change.

    Cons

    The HR department hire staffing agency from Texas (because no other agencies want them as a customer in Sarasota/Bradenton) for as low as $8.28 per hour to fire them out 4 days during a work rush in front of everybody for no good reason because they state they have a problem with the agency and after contacting the agency they say that the employee does'nt work out there !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a briefing to HR people on new corporative policies for agency workers or else kick these unprofessional HR senior and HR junior clerk who act like kids out for good.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be cautious. This environment is very political.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Good Pay

    Cons

    lack of fair promotions. HR looks the other way instead of solving problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize when you have a good employee; don't throw talent away

    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    Eaton offers decent benefits and training

    Cons

    It's a huge revolving door

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat employees like crap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Eaton top management lacks creativity to be a true leader, follows other companies policies and practices.

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    Former Employee - Technologist  in  Marshall, MI
    Former Employee - Technologist in Marshall, MI

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    For the right person that came from the right schools and/or the right connections, career opportunities are very good. As you move up the career ladder, the salaries and benefits get really good, after a certain level, it's TOO good.

    Cons

    Long hours, piss-poor management planning, no real chance for career growth for the majority of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying so hard to make the company "look" great instead of actually making it great. Forget about all the fake company videos forcing employees to put on a big smile for the camera when in reality there's little to smile about. Deal with real issues facing the little guy and they'll bend over backwards to make the company great for everyone. And quit forcing all this bogus ethical training on the little guy, they're the only ethical people in the company, if you want ethical behavior, better start sending people to training from the top down.

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

    Avoid like the plague

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    None
    Zilch
    Nada
    Ddim
    Nowt
    Nothing
    Zero
    N/A
    There are no Pros. I have to use 20 words but i'm just going to finish by saying. THERE ARE NO REASONS TO WORK FOR EATON

    Cons

    Everything.

    Managers are spineless and are only out for themselves

    Pay is not what it says on this site, it is about 10k lower

    Corporate structure is favored against progression through the company

    Unrealistic expectations and complete lack of understanding of the job from management

    Managers who have it in their title but don't actually manage anything

    People placed in positions because they have higher friends as opposed to actually able to do the job

    Crap atmosphere within the office

    Sales driven engineering, as opposed to engineering driven sales

    Specials are more common than actual products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit

    Make life easier for people who actually work by doing your job

    Make it at least possible to progress and not have to lick the sweetcorn from your crack to do so

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only bhaashan, nothing true

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Eaton as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is slightly higher than most in industry
    Nice work life balance
    "Bhaashan" about ethics and encouragement to innovation

    Cons

    None of their ethics related rules apply when the perceived culprit is an american and the victim happens to be indian

    innovation according to eaton India is "field application engineering" where you put together bunch of existing eaton products. this combo forms a new "innovative product". no encouragement is given for fresh thinking. extremely stable company (read 'static')

    all work has to be generated and driven from US. they dont need employees in India to be thinkers, they should only be good followers (i dont want to use the word "slaves")

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    grow up, americans are not Gods

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Office Politics @ it's worst! Power Struggle and plenty of collateral damage!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eaton full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Organized system. Good Benefits. Ample opportunities to move around the different divisions of the company, be it within the same facility or others.

    Cons

    As mentioned, politics and power struggle at high levels, GM has no relevance and does not command a presence due to constant change of GMs and also politics of their higher management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Luck continuing looking in all the wrong places and ignoring existing problems. For employees that have been with the company for over 10 years and their position can be merely shifted like it doesn't matter proves and shows how you treat loyalty and effects how your employees should treat you in future!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Management at the Eaton India Engineering Center

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Eaton full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Eaton India Engineering Center is financially strong. Has a lot of employees.
    Geographical location is at a good special economic zone.

    Cons

    Incompetent and professionally impotent management. Will support growth of only incapable people – since capable and courageous people cannot be controlled by a incompetent and professionally impotent management. Are keen on capable, talented, knowledgeable and initiative taking employees to leave the company. Management wants to make the Eaton India Engineering Center a swamp than a growing and flowering filed. So – only people who can do this are encouraged. Do I need to say more?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake Up. Get better or get beaten and be thrown out. You cannot survive this way for long. You cannot keep on promoting a swamp – because a swamp only breeds disease carrying insects like mosquitoes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for people who want to work very hard and are able to travel and/or relocate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    Compensation was fair-bonus program was appropriate
    Yearly performance and merit reviews
    Training and development focus at al levels
    Senior leadership in the US is quite competent and spends time understanding business issues

    Cons

    Heavy politics in the EMEA region
    Personal differences kept individuals from being promoted; competence ignored
    Often the method of communication took precedence over substance.
    Process oriented; took a long time to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Truly practice being an Equal Opportunity Employer worldwide
    Focus more on results and less on process documentation
    Review impact of offshoring on quality and individuals

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    former electircal engineer

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    Benefits were good. Clean and safe working environment. Did not have any problem getting computer equipment or software. Free coffee makers throughout the building.

    Cons

    Management by the bean counters. Much in-fighting by the mid level management. Little to no lab support such as engineering techs and supplies. Much of the development prototypes were outsourced and I had to do spend many evenings in the lab reworking circuit boards. Trying to deal with design centers in India and China was very counter-productive and had included late night teleconferences at odd hours due to the time differences between Suzhou China, Mumbai, India and the U.S. I was given the 2 minute notice on my layoff last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the in-fighting, Redefine what the Chinese and Indian design centers roles are as they don't really get it yet. Hire some lab technicians who can solder and fabricate. Tell the accountants that this quarters' results don't mean the end of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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