Emerson Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
169 Reviews

3.4
169 Reviews
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Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr
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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 9 reviews)


Cons
  • work - life balance is not so great (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Nothing but overtime

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator  in  Elyria, OH
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Elyria, OH

    I have been working at Emerson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great pay for CNC machinist.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work everyday of your time. When you are at work you are expected to skip lunch and your breaks. Since the pay is based on production every time you stop the machine you lose money. Most people last about 4 years before they can't take it anymore and have to quit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sending manufacturing jobs overseas!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lousy....

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    approachable leaders, decent pay/benefits, time off policies are okay

    Cons

    old-fashioned, top-down company, unreasonable workload, lack of development/mentorship programs, lack of support, lack of training

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

    Boring and unnerving

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Career 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 ManagementAdvice

    Management 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Cooling CE

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    It 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.

    Cons

    For 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.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    I worked at Emerson Corporate for more than 4 years.

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    Former Employee - IT Staff  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Staff in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They 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).

    Cons

    Corporate 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wake 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Emerson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

    just like any other big company

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Profitable Company stuck in 1980s

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Low 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.

    Cons

    Very poor compensation. 1980 technology and management philosophy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emerson 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.

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

    fun work - well under median pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Emerson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    fun 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth.

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

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

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    Current Employee - Corporate  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Corporate in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Despite 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 ManagementAdvice

    Thinly-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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diverse, large, variety of things to do

    Cons

    Operation oriented, no diversity in management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove old-school technology executives

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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