Pentair

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Pentair Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
115 Reviews
3.0
115 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good People to work with and good products ensure you the ability to sell materials (in 11 reviews)

  • good pay and better benefits, direct dposit with 24/7 computer access to payroll and benefits as well as employee discounts (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Very corporate which is good if you like this structure you must enjoy very limited work life balance to succeed (in 4 reviews)

  • Don't ever expect to spend time with your family, unless you are upper Management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Laid off

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    Current Employee - R&D Laboratory Technician in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - R&D Laboratory Technician in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Pentair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    OK place to work if you are on the bottom of the pay scale.

    Cons

    To many to list here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Making change for the sake of change

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Anoka, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Anoka, MN

    I have been working at Pentair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clear defined processes, great history

    Cons

    Poor morale, too many changes for the sake of changes, focused on chasing metrics even if they are the wrong ones

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Short Term Focus Management. More concerned with the month end results vs. completing the quarter.

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in North Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in North Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Pentair full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation was good along with stock options. Ambitious senior managers but lacking overall vision and proper capital investment is ERP

    Cons

    1960s culture;JDE ERP system. Got kicked out of so many suppliers because the souring quantities were so low that we could not make the supplier minimum. Delivery of inventory would suffer because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Manage the supply base vs. letting it manage the company. Remove the old line Aurora pump staffing. It doesn't get the vision to move the business into the 21st Century.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Was a remarkable place to work. It has gone downhill bad. Management changes have ruined all employee morale and pride.

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    Former Employee - Teamleader
    Former Employee - Teamleader

    I worked at Pentair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The coworkers are wonderful people. You won't find better friendships

    Cons

    HR department has overtaken authority. They are not their for employee support. They are there to weed out the old and bring in the cheaper paid new. They manage the company by fear and humiliation. It is no longer a resource it's a fear to enter. Very sad from where it once was. A place you were proud of. Now a place everyone dreads going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look back and see where that place use to be and how respected and well spoke of. See now what you've created. Theirs no respect and definitely nobody that works their will ever recommend anyone to sign up. There's a terrible feeling that fills the air as soon as walk through the gates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    White Bear Lake location

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    Current Employee - Value Stream Manager in White Bear Lake, MN
    Current Employee - Value Stream Manager in White Bear Lake, MN

    I have been working at Pentair full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people working there. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very Engineering centric, extremely high turnover especially of Value Stream Managers and very poor Safety controls in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a manager in place that drives Operations, Sales and Engineering... not just listen to Engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Pentair full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management has changed again. Maybe these people are more professional and are waking up to how to run a large company like this one. Communication is opening up on what the company is doing as a whole. That hasn't filtered down to local management yet. Old habits are hard to break.

    Cons

    There is no chance for advancement there. Not one person was promoted in the four years I worked there. People are considered expendable. Benefits are not good. The location I where I was working was very cheap. Even let the receptionist go to save money. Even though we met or exceeded booking projections consistently. Processes in my department were not well documented. Which leads to too much tribal knowledge and confusion for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing the department name every year or so. Employees don't even know how to answer the phone. Update your website/websites. There are several. And all of them are difficult to navigate. How do you expect your customers to find out what location to contact for the product they need if the employees find it hard to do? Promote people internally instead of firing existing people and hiring new ones to replace them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Focused on the business and not the customer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brookfield, WI

    I worked at Pentair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation was competitive for management.

    Cons

    Began hiring executives that where overly assertive and did not understand the business. Continually espousing taking risks, without true data to make an informed risk analysis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to the true culture of lean, thinking in terms of adding value. Understand that it is through serving the customer that you serve the business, If you continue to fail to serve the customer, someone will. Look inward.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disorganized management at best of times.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Pentair full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the people and the groups I dealt with.

    Cons

    Politics became the main objective and not the customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves.

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

    Could be better

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    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pentair full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    OK place to get exp.

    Cons

    too rigid which takes innovation away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once was a Good Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager

    I have been working at Pentair full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A legacy of good people being reduced rapidly. Older employees try to give knowledge transfer

    Cons

    Once every product was through the QC. One in a thousand now. Internal market and product knowledge is sliding. Upper management going for image not reality. With a first to market first to fail (regularly), Luckily a lot of legacy people (retiring or going to other companies now) are still in place but are being replaced with short term youth who see the issues and also are leaving once a good CV is in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO needs to reevaluate the management below. Or, if that does not work then the board need to reevaluate the CEO. The buck stops here.
    Do not blame the union or employees. Which is the current process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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