Parker Hannifin
3.2 of 5 231 reviews
www.parker.com Cleveland, OH 5000+ Employees

Parker Hannifin Reviews

Updated Mar 18, 2014
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3.2 231 reviews

                             

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Parker Hannifin Chairman, President, and CEO Don Washkewicz

Don Washkewicz

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And the layoffs just keep on coming!

Quality (Former Employee)
Anaheim, CA

I worked at Parker Hannifin full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI enjoyed some of my assignments at Parker. I was paid ok and the benefits were not bad.I learned some technical skills that will help me in the future. Some of my coworkers (fellow EEs) were good people.

ConsIts funny how Parker desensitizes itself from it's employees. At Parker you are not an Employee or a Coworker or an Associate. You are an "EE" or "Headcount" or "EE to Sales Number" or a "Self Selector". The joke at this Parker location is that the place is so great that you will "end your career here"! And that's a very true statement for a lot of people!!! Some careers have been ended there for sure. There are three categories of employees (EE's) at this location; 1) Employees that are on the Parker fast track or are someones pet at the Div or Group level. 2) Employees that are subject to RIF (aka: reduction in force) at any time. 3) Employees that are classified "self selectors". If your not a "yes man" to Parker mgt, braggert, self purported know-it-all or a bulley you are just an "EE" subject to "RIF" on any given Friday. If you keep your head down and stay below tree level you are an "EE to sales ratio" work mule. If you quit for any reason you are a "Self Selector" and are considered persona non grata and basically become the person that people can cast blame towards since you are gone! I have never been so personally dehumanized as I was at Parker in Anaheim. My association with the organization may have tarnished my career and I have to live with that for a long time. And the place is a sweat shop in the summer. Mgt sits upstairs or down in the AC all day and it's rare to see any of them. You might see some of them running to the morning meeting. God help us if we were not at the morning meeting. And they are all running for the door at 3pm! They say they come it at 6am so they can leave early? LOL. This division does NOT understand the difference between a business plan, short term operations metrics, long term planning and lean manufacturing. They roll it all together into a cluster of boards (for show) and waste a tremendous amount of time only to fail. Short term metrics belong at the operations level to monitor and evaluate efficiencies (OEE), quality levels and overall plant floor performance. The division staff should be executing a business plan that involves interface with customers and participating in our customers market space.But they are caught up in fire fighting and the operational metrics of the business and dedicate a minority amount of their time to customer facing efforts. There needs to be a traditional business plan in place and some accountability to executing said business plan. Running the business on short term operational goals and metrics is like driving and watching the rear view mirror. You can only see where you have been. There needs to be "someone" looking forward (business plan) and the metrics become the accountability for the business plan execution, or lack thereof. I have seen division staff running to the morning meeting, packing in shipping, getting caught up in various lean and operational activities, etc. Its like everyone is in operations and weighted down to these short term metrics. I often felt as if we were forcing our customers to accept what we had to offer? Like we were making pink shoes in 8 weeks and the market was demanding red shoes in 3 weeks. We always were one tooth on the cog out of time with customer expectations. But I was a nobody and not in a position to really change anything. I just have my personal observations.

While my review may seem harsh, its just my own feelings and observations. CAUTION: beware of FAKE reviews on this site that are being posted by certain employees (EEs) and HR people. These are not unbiased and honest opinions, which Glassdoor is all about. You can spot these FAKE and PLANTED reviews as they are all titled in the same way "Great atmosphere" - "Well managed and many advancement opportunities" - "Like a family" - "Great team spirit", etc. Read ALL the reviews (220+) for this company to get a good feel for the balance of the reviews (good and bad) and make your assessment if this company is right for you. There is no question that there are pockets within Parker where someone could fit in well and be challenged and enjoy coming into work each day. This review is just my opinion and how I felt. Others may have had a better experience. Read ALL the reviews and you'll know what questions to ask and what to look for when considering a position at Parker.

Advice to Senior ManagementParker Corporate Mgt in Cleveland and Div Mgt in Anaheim: 3 comments.
1) TREAT YOUR EMPLOYEES AS YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO TREAT YOUR TOP 10 CUSTOMERS-THIS WILL LEAD TO BOTH HAPPY EMPLOYEES AND HAPPY CUSTOMERS. 2) GIVE SOMETHING BACK-PARTICIPATE IN THE MARKETS YOUR TOP 10 CUSTOMERS ARE IN. STOP TREATING CUSTOMERS AS A SALES NUMBER ON A REPORT. 3) INVEST IN THE FUTURE AND SUCCESS OF THE DIVISION BY ALIGNING WITH CUSTOMER EXPECTATIONS AND THE MARKET. THIS REQUIRES LONG TERM VISION AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH CUSTOMERS. NOT SHORT TERM OPERATIONS METRICS AT THE BUSINESS PLAN LEVEL. (Organizations that do not embrace these fundamentals are considered old school and soon find it difficult to maintain relevance with customers and employees) I hope my advice is taken in the spirit in which it is intended. Best of luck to everyone at Parker MSD.

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

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No thank you!

College Program (Former Employee)
Otsego, MI

I worked at Parker Hannifin full-time for less than a year

ProsFresh out of high school it is hard to find a job that would pay better and give you full time hours.

ConsI participated in the summer program for college students. It was terrible. I was told I would be in the de-burring area but was actually thrown from area to area depending on what was needed. This ended up being anything from weighing and boxing parts and cleaning restrooms to monitoring the machines. When I was on the machines the men back there called me princess, they had no respect at all for a young woman trying to earn decent money.

My employment ended with Parker when I got sick one night from a new bathroom floor cleaner they started using. It made me very ill to the point of vomiting and nearly passing out. I had to go home. When I came back in the next day I still felt nauseous so asked to be in a cooler area (I worked third shift so as long as I wasn't on a machine I would be ok). My supervisor put me in de-burring and a half hour later I was told to go home, don't come back until I was contacted. The next day I was informed I was terminated because I didn't listen to my superiors. What?!

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't take your hard working employees for granted. Especially the ones you are paying half as much as your full time permanent employees.

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Understaffed and overworked employees

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Irvine, CA

I worked at Parker Hannifin full-time for more than a year

Pros1) Co-workers are very friendly, helpful and supportive
2) Irvine company location is attractive
3) Alternative work schedule is available (9/80)
4) No micromanagement

Cons1) Work life balance is terrible. Even when you take a day off work, you can't truly relax because of the overwhelming workload
2) Compensation is on the low side.
3) Very high turnover and consequently low morale
4) Incompetent management
5) Interviews are highly misleading as they sell you on a vision of the job that you think you're getting only to find out later that it's far less interesting, challenging, or stimulating.

Advice to Senior ManagementInadequate staffing levels contribute to stressed and overworked employees. Offer more competitive salaries to attract and retain top talent.

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

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In a slow decline

Manager (Current Employee)
Cleveland, OH

I have been working at Parker Hannifin full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat people who care and work very hard

ConsDisconnected management that rides the back of it's loyal employees. lean at parker equals do more with less

Advice to Senior ManagementToxic chemicals and bad food are not killing us! Stress from overwork is! Management is loaded with friends of big shots and political types. The real work is done at the plants. All the money, too much money is given to the executives who were so smart, drafting a plan that requires everyone to work the equivalent of 2 to 3 jobs. Sure it helps your wages/sales figures and the bottom line, but it kills the work force. I hear the phrase "you should be happy to have a job" way too much at Parker these days. Program of the day rules here. Everyone in management is always coming up with a new program they bought or saw somewhere else. Parker talks about safety but has had several deaths and large fines in the past few years. Probably from overworking the employees. The lean efforts have probably made profits in the white board business soar! Parker has a board to help you plan the next board! There are more white boards in some locations than finished goods. I used to love working at Parker and now it is just a job. I guess that is just how it goes now days.

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Observations

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Irvine, CA

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

ProsGreat exposure. Everyone is so overworked that everyone gets moved around just to meet deadlines.

ConsLong hours due to inexperienced management.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease plan ahead and learn from previous mistakes.
People shouldn't be asked to come in at 1am over the weekend for something that could have been done on Friday because of bad planning. Be grateful that workers were available to work over the weekend, but don't make it standard practice.

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

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The most demotivating employment experience I have ever had

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Anaheim, CA

I worked at Parker Hannifin full-time for more than 3 years

ProsNot many good things to list as "Pro"? But I guess the education in how NOT to run an organization was worth it's weight in gold!

ConsAt Parker, managers seem to "fail" upward? It's an odd thing to watch in practice. But once you get to the level of GM and up you are pretty much set for life within Parker. No matter how bad you fail or are proven inept you can count on continued RONA payouts and upward promotions. It's interesting to see all upper management with huge years of employment at Parker. It's not uncommon to see managers with 30 years of service, or more. This would appear to indicate a low turnover? But these are the ranks where we NEED turn over! We have managers with college degrees earned 30+ years ago. What use is a degree in computer science from 1977? Are you kidding me! Managers at Parker have been here so long that they have no clue how a modern business is ran. Most upper managers at Parker could not even interview for a basic department manager position at another company because they don't have the modern skills required to even interview. So they remain at Parker as dead wood all covering for each other and these ranks are all stagnated. At MSD where I worked they had managers there that all had failed themselves into a promotion. I don't recall a single promotion at MSD where someone earned the promotion because of skills or successes in their previous position. They all arrived in their positions as a result of someone leaving the organization and they were moved "up" so the company did not have to hire someone. I can't speak for all of Parker but only what I saw while at the MSD division and I can say that it was a very demotivating atmosphere for me and Parker never came to the rescue and cleaned up the place. It was a surreal experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet some new management blood in the pipeline and get rid of under performers and failures and bring some new people into the organization that have some industry experience and verifiable successes at running a modern company. And enough with the charts and metrics that are all short term focused that take an army of people to maintain with an antiquated MRP system that is a joke even at Parker! You can run a catalog company with short term metrics and drive via the rear view mirror, but at MSD we had a different business that required smart people who were involved in the industry and our reputation and the people from the industry were everything. Now everyone has left the company and your still driving in the rear view mirror, and all you see is a slow motion train wreck of people leaving and customers unhappy! I now work at a real company with the proper combination of people, systems and metrics that keep the customers happy where the turnover is near zero! It's a bit of fresh air. I wish Parker MSD and all the employees still there only the best.

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

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A Slow Death Spiral - but never gets there!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Anaheim, CA

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

ProsYou are exposed to a different way of managing day to day issues that you will make you a more rounded person when it comes down to decision making. The company has a hierarchy which is interesting to review and see the inter-relationships on how a big company works.
This is only my third job, first in a big company and I wish those other company's had some of the tools / discipline you see at TIMES in this company

ConsYou will never use the methods you learned 100% and going to another company you quickly realize the waste thats in Parker. If they held a lean meeting on their lean systems, they would quickly see that they are a waste and put in new systems - actually take advantage of ideas created in THIS century.
The company's management is only concerned with their personal PPP's and will drive the company's long term goals off a cliff to gain personal profits.
Management in the company is all old Parker employees who are not qualified in their positions and know next to nothing about our industry - but are applauded with plaques and awards for nothing more than being friends with Cleveland. Workers are ignored who get the work done while these leaches who take away opportunitys for someone who can do the job are never hired and the expertise is never gained.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook at the company's management structure and do one of those Kaizen events to figure out how a successful company was driven into the ground, became a joke in the industry and has its biggest customers tell us to never step foot in their company again!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A Saturday Night Live Skit

Engineer (Former Employee)
Anaheim, CA

I worked at Parker Hannifin full-time for more than a year

ProsI now have the name Parker on my resume.

ConsAs an Engineer here I always felt as if at any moment someone was going to jump out and say "smile your on a secret camera show"! The company masquerades around as a med device type of place but it would appear that, at best, it's a run of the mill black rubber molder with 30 year old technology that has been burdened under the weight of Parker. Perhaps back in the day the company had some relevance but it has grown stale of late and seems to be struggling in a sea of mediocre competition and it offers little in terms of value to customers or employees. My time here was somewhat brief but I was able to see that it was taking on water faster than it could be pumped out! This company is mearly a storm in a tea cup and is not looked upon with high hopes.

Advice to Senior ManagementClose all the individual units and put it all all in one small single location and stop the Mexico nonsense and stop fooling yourselves that your going to have a multi billion dollar medical device company from this location called MSD. Then you may either manage it as a small business or sell it to some unsuspecting schills that you can get to over extend for it and then just run like your hair is on fire!

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

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An honest opinion.

Machinist (Current Employee)
Elyria, OH

I have been working at Parker Hannifin full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay. Great co-workers. Clean plant.

ConsCant trust management. They have no idea how to run the plant.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone. They are clueless.

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

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Working as a temp.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Parker Hannifin as a contractor for more than a year

ProsManufacture Engineer internship available. Plenty of overtime

ConsNo internships in the IT field, no benefits, standing all the time.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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