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  1. a big sham

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    Former Employee - Welder in North Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Welder in North Canton, OH

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great company great benefits decent pay

    Cons

    management is not honest with its employees, they talk a good game about safety but overlook serious safety issues for the sake of production. Their "tribal knowledge" makes it hard for new employees to learn quickly. IT IS EXTREMELY CLIQUE DRIVEN!

    Advice to Management

    Retool your planning because its awful, relate better to your employees because your terrible at it.


  2. They talked a good game during interview, but it was just a dog and pony show.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Canton, OH

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The job is very simple and easy.

    Cons

    They did not want to improve their efficiencies at all. They were content running this like a mom and pop shop. There is no experience leadership in the entire facility.

    Advice to Management

    They need to step their game up, and learn how to improve attitude in the facility. They need to drive some large changes to make them elite in their product line.


  3. Very Dysfunctional!!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Powell Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - They have work - 10% of people are talented

    Cons

    - Poor uneducated management - Poor uneducated labor force - Too many people want to keep the business like it was in 70's even though it's growing - No room for advancement unless you are a yes man or friends with an old school employee - More and more benefits are being taken away - Salary is at the bottom for Houston - Poor quality! No lean or SixSigma thought structure - Overworked people to the point of mental and physical break down - Safety program is a joke - Engineering and Operations management is a joke!! - Company is divided internally - The good and educated people are leaving - HR group is horrible to work with and don’t have a clue! - Very micromanaged environment - No communication

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue! Upper managment needs to hit the reset button. Listen to the outsiders who are trying to save this business!! Powell is on a path of failure!


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  5. “Sucks look else where”

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in South Houston, TX

    I have been working at Powell Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The co-workers were nice I guess

    Cons

    Companies a mess,backbiting, too much politices.Lot of H1B's in company. the interviewers (Mech dept manager and supervisor) were confused since what they wanted and what was posted on the job board was different. Manager expected that I know everything from day one even though I clearly stated during the interview I was a recent graduate. Wanted extensive unpaid overtime. Salary is abysmally low. Manager did not bother to train. Overall a crummy experience. Weak technically. Little interest or priority given to distributing knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Don't come to conclusions without collecting the facts and managers & supervisors are not always right ,Keep an eye on them they are not being productive. for mech dept supervisors----Value your employees. Open the lines of communication and be receptive to feedback. Don't be afraid to hire someone who knows more than you their performance can make you look good


  6. Former Senior MFG ENG

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Powell Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Generally good people to work with - Has loyal customers - Products are in a nitch market

    Cons

    - No lean processes or a good understanding on lean - Very micromanaged. From Ops manager and especially the MFG ENG Manager. You will never have your own thought - Lead times on projects are way to agressive and are set-up for failure. - Old business with no room for internal growth. You can move in the company if you are friends with upper managment. - Most managers should not hold there position. Most are uneducated for the task and dont have the social skills to deal with people. - No work life balance (Your world is heavly micromanaged!) - HR is horriable to deal with. - Internally the company is very divided and looks to past instead of the future. - Labor force runs the shop which leads to process issues that effect lead times and process flow.

    Advice to Management

    I have given loads of advice to managment......They dont listen. The only advice I have is for the new CEO......Look at your current managment staff. Get rid of it! You and the company will be better off.



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