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Emerson Reviews

Updated Apr 3, 2014
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3.4 159 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr

David N. Farr

(91 ratings)

72% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • In general work / life balance is good for most people(in 15 reviews)

  • Stable company, well organized, decent work-life balance, good training(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Career Growth and Work life balance(in 3 reviews)

  • just like any other big company(in 4 reviews)

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    Boring and unnerving

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStable company, well organized, decent work-life balance, good training. Also good products

    ConsCareer opportunities non-existent. If you work in a satellite location, management in St. Louis or Austin will forget about you. Benefits are so-so. Pay rises rare. No bonuses. Work load is unpredictable, so you might end up doing nothing for months and then suddenly work 12 hours per day. Management style is very old fashioned and structure is very hierarchical. There is no way to influence the way things are done. Technology tools are obsolete and time-wasting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should realize that we live in the 21st century, not in the Fordist era. Obsession with profit should give way to a broader view about the Company's future and long-term goals. Also, communication with employees should be real, not just presenting numbers and achievements carefully selected to mask the reality of business environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Cooling CE

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt used to be a great and very stable company that would invest on their employees big time. There was almost no stress because the company provided the right tools to make it comfortable and stable at almost every conditions.

    ConsFor such a big company with such a magnitude, they extremely under-pay their employees. A lot of people guessed my salary to be almost twice of what I made. It has become very unstable that everyone that I speak to that is still there seems to be miserable and worrying that they're going to be on the next round of layoffs. They're shipping their "American Made" equipment factories overseas to make a penny in profits. When you think you're doing an amazing job, all of the sudden they lay you off or move you to another department.

    I won't recommend this company to any person I care for, because I don't want them to be worry about getting laid-off every day.

    Ralph Liebert did not envision this happening to his employees when he sold his company to Emerson.

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    I worked at Emerson Corporate for more than 4 years.

    IT Staff (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsThey offer a relatively stable job environment(regular paycheck), reasonably good tertiary benefits (not medical though), and opportunities for some advancement (if you are willing to sacrifice your own integrity).

    ConsCorporate management looks down on the Divisions. They have a serious good-ol-boy network and nepotism running rampant in the entire company. They say they hire diversely, which is true, but do not require nearly the level or amount of work out of more diverse employees. They have performed cost-cutting by hiring overseas, or transferring jobs overseas, but still require those left in the US to perform the majority of the work. They have let perfect job candidates leave the company, and generally hire new untalented, or un(der)-trained new recruits, to save a few dollars. Those same recruits generally learn just enough to find another job, and then leave as well. Salary is mediocre at best (note: this is not necessarily true for the divisions). As for politics, every person that has said low or no politics within these reviews, is lying. This is one of the most politically oriented environments on the planet. The executive area of the company purposefully intimidates each and every employee with their personal (outside the company) political views (which lean very far to the right). As for internal politics, that has everything to do with making yourself look good to your superiors, at the total cost of truth, fairness and making those around you look bad to bolster the higher ups view of you. Understand that this is a business, and making money is the point of business, but they do it in a way the belittles all, and benefits very few. The "massive" number of turnovers in just the IT department alone would have been enough to remove most of middle management and all of HR in most companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up, and start dealing with your massive turnover rate problems. Get a valid method of performance appraisal in place, and start acting on them. Stop playing favorites for family members and those in the good-ol-boy network, and allow your company to thrive appropriately. Some of the founding board members and upper management in this company were family friends, and they would be appalled at what you have done to their once proud company.
    When asked, I do not recommend this employer to my friends, or to those who are not. You should fix that kind of outlook on your company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Electrical Design Engineer (Current Employee) Eden Prairie, MN

    ProsIt's great working with people that cares about the job and have fun on the job.

    Consjust like any other big company

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    Profitable Company stuck in 1980s

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsLow stress a relatively good benefits. Overall fairly supportive management if you don't rock the boat with improvement ideas of your own. Go to work there if you want to cruise into retirement or want to learn how US management used to operate before lean principles were adapted and design was done in 2D.

    ConsVery poor compensation. 1980 technology and management philosophy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmerson could make even more money if they adopted latest improvement technologies and actually used 3D modeling tools. Upper management has no clue as to the money that is wasted that could go to the bottom line. Stop being so cheap and pay for employees who will get the company to the next level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    fun work - well under median pay

    Lead Engineer (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    Prosfun work environment, clout of the corporate, good edu benefits if you want to stay long term, one of the few companies that still has a pension, reasonable working hours, rarely any overtime

    Conswill not match median pay, pay depends on division, so this may not be true for your division.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay people what they are worth.

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

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    Often bizarre internal culture due to the influence of incumbent senior management

    Corporate (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsEmerson has robust internal procedures, especially with regards to acquisitions. Impressive track record of successfully integrating acquired companies into the main Emerson business.

    ConsDespite the very unique collection of characters in senior management, Emerson favors the "Stepford employee" who does what they are told and do not have much in way of personality.

    Secondly, management watches their employees very closely and any supposedly suspicious behavior (eg. taking or making (very brief) calls in unused meeting rooms) - have led to the employee in question being accused of job-hunting. I have never seen such extreme, laughable paranoia on the part of senior management at any of my former workplaces. Emerson offices are open-concept and some employees have the decency not to subject their coworkers to the gruesome details of their / their children's medical or personal issues, hence their decision to make such calls in private.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThinly-veiled threats of kicking employees off the "high potential" list if they refuse to move every two years as decreed by management is the best way to lose your most talented pool of employees. Don't just pay lip service to "work-life balance" and then expect employees to uproot their families and move in the interest of "career development" every 24 months.

    Also, learn to respect employees' choices where their personal life is concerned - I have heard stories about how women who are divorced or have chosen not to marry (for various reasons) are called names and insulted by senior management. Ironically, no one questions or makes fun of the single / divorced men. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

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

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    Not a good place

    Strategic Planner (Former Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsDiverse, large, variety of things to do

    ConsOperation oriented, no diversity in management

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemove old-school technology executives

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

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    Overall beneficial work experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO

    ProsFortune company
    Good learning experience
    Company reputation

    ConsNot a lot of opportunity to move up

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should get into plants to better understand how they are run and to insure Emersons goal are met.

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    Emerson pretends to an innovative company, until real innovation threatens one of the larger divisions.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is a financially sound company, which is very important. If they stick to their core values, they will be around for a very long time. Emerson is probably a better company to invest in than work for.

    ConsBelow average compensation.

    The corporate culture makes it very hard to solve problems, because the problem solving process has become more important than solving the problem itself.

    Although Emerson Process Management touts itself as an innovator, you'd better make sure your innovation doesn't make one of the big divisions (PSS, Rosemount, or Regulators) look bad, because your innovation will be killed.

    Emerson Process Management also has a reputation for being very arrogant, especially outside of the U.S. Emerson seems to have the opinion that customers will buy what we tell them, because we know what's best.

    It was announced just recently that Emerson Process Management was going to start talking to customers before developing new products. How innovative. How fresh.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep managing the company financially the way you have been for the last 100+ years. You are doing a great job. Realize, however, that to develop truly innovative products and services requires an open mindset that just does not exist in the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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