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Updated January 9, 2015
Updated January 9, 2015
26 Reviews
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Rockwell Automation Chairman, President, and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch
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Pros
  • The culture, people and work life balance is something that excites me to come into work everyday (in 32 reviews)

  • The work environment was very driven by ITIL documentation (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be out of whack - hours can be demanding (in 13 reviews)

  • Slow to change due to size of the organization (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Business Manager

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

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation

    Pros

    Nothing good to say -

    Cons

    Like old school boys. IF you are they the gold boy than you are ok otherwise you are always in risk of never get promote.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your good skill and hard workers employees, stop the politics

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't believe the hype

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation

    Pros

    There is running water and air conditioning, plenty of parking

    Cons

    If you are a contractor, you will work side by side with full time employees, you will do the same amount of work, but with less pay and no benefits. Getting hired to full time is next to impossible. You will waste a year of your life here unless you are an intern trying to gain some experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    for a company that espouses ethical practices...its seems more preach than practice

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Happy to be Gone!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Operations in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say really....I could say the salary is decent, until you start calculating the hours you are expected to put in at work, at home and even on weekends

    Cons

    When I left my previous job to go to Rockwell, I had 3 employees, who were previous Rockwell employees, warn me about accepting a position there.....I unfortunately did not listen.
    I think it might depend on what department you get stuck in...that said, my short-lived experience within Rockwell was horrible. The environment is extremely depressing; no windows, no color, no natural light and no communication to anyone outside your own team. This is one place that should NOT have cubes. The cube walls are over 5 ft tall and completely cut you off from any communication or interaction with other people. You're just expected to sit in a cube for 9, 10, 11 hours or more and plug away at your laptop. Give 100%, they want 110%. Give 110%, they want 120%
    Direct management technique is micromanagement. I'm not talking about a little micromanaging...I mean, every single thing you do, is micromanaged. It's exhausting to be on the receiving end of it. I hate to be the one doing it. As an experienced manager, I would add that the reason my superior micromanaged, was because she didn't know the 1st thing about managing a team. She had no management skills and no business being a manager. Its sad for the team to have to deal with the major lack of leadership. In part, it is because upper management has vacancies in their team. Therefore, there is no visibility to the issues facing the staff. Furthermore, the direct supervisor was beyond controlling. She would ask for input and ideas, but should anyone provide thoughts, they would just be dismissed and shot down. Her mentality was that 'she knew best' (Her way or the highway). Continuous reviews are more of a micromanage check. There was no initiative for personal development. I honestly have nothing positive to say about being there, other than I don't have to be there anymore. That is the happiest I've been in the past 10 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to understand the employees. They need to stop sitting on top, thinking everything is great. In my case, there are plenty of complaints about mid level management but the team, myself included, hasn't anyone to go to and feel safe about expressing their issues. Employees need to have a voice. We were given a mandatory department questionnaire that consists of questions the supervisor felt were important to her. We had to sign our names to it! That kills the effectiveness of the questionnaire because no one wanted to say what they actually thought, in fear of having a grudge held against them.
    Management needs to drop the arrogance. Yes, the company is doing well but that is not the only driver for success in a company.
    Understand that people have families and life outside of work. Really take a look at mid level management. From my experiences, they are in need of a lot of work and change. If you ignore the problems, they'll never be fixed.

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

    Worlds largest full line manufacturer of mediocre quality controls. A very sad example of US management & manufacturing

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Twinsburg, OH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing in Twinsburg, OH

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time

    Pros

    Regular paycheck, plenty of work, semi-organized training you can use at your next job.

    Cons

    If you need a job with "competitive" (mediocre) wages that are stagnant, diminishing benefits, no pension, little chance of future advancement, unappreciated for all you do (unless you really appreciate token cafeteria meals) and little regard for your improvement ideas - then this is the place for you. Just announced the layoff of 35 in Northeast Ohio, the "A" team of refurbishing old products. Managements thought - more "cost effective" to have all their work split between the 2 "C's" and the "D" teams. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We just celebrated 35 years of successful manufacturing in NE Ohio. What a great way of celebrating it by laying 35 people who are a significant part of that success. Congratulations on continuing the 11 years straight of diminishing attitude and pride in a once proud Allen-Bradley facility. Rockwell celebrated 110 years last year or should we say 110 years of the proud Allen-Bradley name and 18 years of Rockwell's poor stewardship of that name. Fascism has no place in the world and was defeated as a social-political system in WWII; what makes you think it would work today as a management style? I see favorable reviews from all over the world; why is NE Ohio treated so poorly?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    An enigmatic facade

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Customer Service Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Former Intern - Customer Service Representative in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as an intern (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
  7.  

    Rocky place. . .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (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
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    likes to churn jobs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Old school company with too much fat in the middle

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (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

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