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Rockwell Automation Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
346 Reviews
3.7
346 Reviews
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Rockwell Automation Chairman, President, and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The culture, people and work life balance is something that excites me to come into work everyday (in 30 reviews)

  • The work environment was very driven by ITIL documentation (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of whack - hours can be demanding (in 12 reviews)

  • Senior management seems to be intentionally ignorant of the situation (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good business is based on Ethical Behavior toward

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Richland Center, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Richland Center, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Compensation was very good,

    Cons

    but you had to earn it through long hours away from your Family and Friends and many compromises that management decides you shouldn't do. Alot of cliches and being left out of communication you need to do your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk, example speaks louder than words. Ethics are suppose to be a company priority, but it appears it is only situational ethics that are practiced. Have your employees rate their managers to find unprofessional, unproductive, narcissistic managers.and hold them to a higher standard are they represent RA to our customers. People who are treated well are very productive. That is key to getting your Productivity Goals met.

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

    An enigmatic facade

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a very large and well known company. There are tons of different departments, and they were re-doing sections of the already enormous building while I was there. Everyone *seemed* so nice and friendly from the beginning, and eager to help me get situated and learn my job requirements.

    Cons

    The truth about this company is that they are looking for people who they don't have to pay very much to do their job. This is why they almost always have a huge influx of interns, because they can work the interns a certain amount of time without "hiring" them so that they don't have to pay benefits, etc. My friend worked here for the maximum allotted period of time for an intern and then they abruptly fired him, only to re-hire him as an intern again after the mandatory amount of "time off" had passed for them to be able to do so. During my brief stint here, I was given literally no direction whatsoever. They didn't train me or explain the position or give me tasks to do and then they wondered why I didn't understand the position. They asked me why I hadn't completed tasks that I didn't even have access to and had never heard of. The interesting and puzzling thing is that nobody said a single negative thing to me the entire 2 weeks I was there, but then they called the temp agency that I had been hired through and completely threw me under the bus saying I didn't care about the job, I was always late, and a number of other statements that were complete lies. Thanks to them I couldn't work through that temp agency again, and nothing that they said was even true. I honestly can't say that I've ever had another work experience like this.
    They treat the engineers and higher ups fairly well from what I saw, but the new hires and interns are basically ignored. I have a very short learning curve, I am certain that if they would have trained me AT ALL I could have easily completed the tasks at hand. However, that was not the case. The "stabbed in the back" method they used to get rid of me was needlessly brutal as well. Do yourself a favor and stay away from this corrupt corporate giant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was given no instructions and no training whatsoever. They called a meeting and asked me why I hadn't done a specific part of the job process that I had NEVER EVEN HEARD OF. To act like it is a new employees fault for not being trained is unacceptable, especially to lie about the reasons they didn't want me there. I was NEVER late, not once, yet they said I was late every day and had "no concern for my job." This couldn't have been farther from the truth. I am not a disgruntled employee or anything, I wasn't even there long enough to consider myself an employee. I just want to get the point across that there was an awful lot of unnecessary dishonesty and backstabbing when they could have simply said that I wasn't a good fit for the job that no one showed me how to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Rocky place. . .

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The pay is somewhat decent. Technology is decent but high end and expensive. A lot of smart, technical people in the engineering departments.

    Cons

    Healthcare is horrible. Job stability is not very good.

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

    Not what it used to be

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is decent for this area of Wisconsin.

    Cons

    Zero work/life balance in some BUs. Ops is notorious. Ops loves to run understaffed and have their employees leave their personal life behind. While other BUs have deadbeat employees who don't even work a full week, amd produce little or nothing while they are at thier desk. VERY uneven treatment. And they trumpet healthy this and healthy that as management pushes the employees who actually produce, to a work life of constant stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a break from giving yourselves bonuses and cashing all those stock options like winning lottery tickets, and start showing the grunts who do the real work that paid for your gravy train lifestyle, the respect they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unfair and unjust treatment of employees that questioned company policies, procedures , and practices

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ladysmith, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ladysmith, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time

    Pros

    gained experience and could use as a stepping stone

    Cons

    very low pay, No opportunity for advancement, very poor employee incentive practices,payroll department can't pay people properly for overtime hours, in general a very poor company to work for!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review and improve employee relations with upper management.Raise wages to industry standards. Investigate preferential treatment to some employees over others. Send supervisors to real management training instead of "in house" training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    likes to churn jobs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time

    Pros

    seems to be going for a younger workforce and doing more with technology to outsource and globalize many of its functions

    Cons

    nowadays, they like to keep people for about 5-7 years and then churn to new population at lower wages and reduced benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Old school company with too much fat in the middle

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great health benefits.
    Leading technology for the industry.
    Lots of FaceTime with customers with all levels of management.

    Cons

    Felt like so much activity with no actual impact. Process could be streamlined a bit along with proper training for employees and management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many middle managers with no proper management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demonstration of DO NOT CARE attitude

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Big company with potential to develop the software solutions based on the accumulated experience in industrial control. Huge depository of the legacy code.
    The position is good for the full time if you already work for several years.

    Cons

    Unclear software design.
    "You do NOT want to know it" attitude.
    Huge corporate culture :(

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Asses the existed code and values.
    Create clear software design.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    NOT an Employer of Choice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation

    Pros

    The cafeteria has some good selections and the people are hard working and care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    Company processes are borderline unethical, promotion decisions are laughable, unless you are a white guy born in the midwest. No work/life balance,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If I trusted management in the first place I would not be writing this review.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Really poor senior leadership

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    Former Employee - Leadership Position  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Leadership Position in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation

    Pros

    Easy not to get fired if you know the right people
    Good party atmosphere
    Respected in Milwakee
    Good product range
    Limited competition for local jobs

    Cons

    Very political
    Borders on unethical
    Senior Management are not competent and social behaviors are appalling
    No respect for the individual
    You never know where you stand

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clear out the eigth floor and listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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