Rockwell Automation Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
343 Reviews

3.6
343 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 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.  

    Rockwell Automation - Great Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Great culture, great people, great career builder

    Cons

    Average pay for a large company

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome growth potential!!!

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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 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The career development is outstanding, they really help you pick the path to where you want to go. They also will then provide you with the tools and coaching necessary to fulfill your vision.

    Cons

    The work life can get a little crazy, but the learning from the stress and the challenges you'll face are second to none for your career!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help everyone understand their piece in the overall strategy - less silos and polarity metrics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Rockwell Automation Review

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

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

    Pros

    There are a number of different career opportunities.

    Cons

    There is a corporate type atmosphere.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awesome Company to work for long-term

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Mayfield Heights, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, OH

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, summer hours (Four 9-hr days, half day Friday), good cafeteria, gift shop, and workout facilities, organized activities for young people, continued learning is promoted, good video training for employees.

    Many of the employees have been here for all of their lives. They say it is a great company to work for at that RA takes care of them.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and developers.. changes are just thrown at developers with little input or notice, slow to change, much of the software and tools are outdated

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong Company, Great Values

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers. Great work environment. Highly Ethical.

    Cons

    Benefits are not the strong point.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Anonymous-RA

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice working environment, quality of work!

    Cons

    micro managing! need to improve on employee trainings and benefits...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employee training in their area of work every year to cop with market trends and new demands!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockwell Automation

    Pros

    Good teamwork environment, take good care of its employees

    Cons

    Lack of top down information sharing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more with employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great First Work Place

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hardware Development Engineer  in  Mequon, WI
    Former Employee - Hardware Development Engineer in Mequon, WI

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

    Pros

    Healthy Competition within the team
    Experienced people who encourage younger new employees to learn and move ahead.

    Cons

    Needs higher ratio of younger crowd to bring in new ideas and update the system.
    Can do better with allowing innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the Engineers for realistic schedules. Take the risk for newer ideas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Rockwell ... a good place to work?

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH

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

    Pros

    In general, the pay scales are good. The technology and diversity of what you do can keep you challenged and motivated. There are opportunities to travel or to re-locate in a wide variety of global locations. They are also fairly flexible with work schedule. Though not as cool as an apple or a google, Automation still has a pretty high coolness factor. We control almost everything from linear accelerators to automotive assembly and hog processing.

    Cons

    Upper management has a great tendency to steer off from the focused path of specific products or direction which can be frustrating. Too many managers driving product lines. They do not typically promote in group or team .. which means you need to change job functions and often locations for real promotions. If you want to manage your group .. you have to leave it and come back 3 years later. They put a huge emphasis on sales experience for higher management jobs where sales people tend to get overwhelmed by the technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly. I understand the motivation to diversify employees and cross train in multiple disciplines. But if an employee excels at his job and is really good at it, moving him up in the same organization should be possible. The common experience I believe is you need to leave your job that you have become exceptionally skilled at to get promoted. This is not an isolated incident or a single employee gripe.

    Also, people with experience are often not consulted on big picture decisions. Nothing is more frustrating than to see my product line decisions being made above me without at least consultation. After all, the people in the trenches are the ones feeling the pain and understand why some of the subtle decisions are being made.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, good engineering, lousy benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Mayfield Heights, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, OH

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Rockwell offers a good work/life balance & flexible hours. My coworkers are helpful and a pleasure to work with. Projects are interesting engineering challenges and Rockwell has the culture of an engineering firm. Management is decent and has a (reasonable) understanding of engineering.

    Cons

    HR has been clawing back benefits every chance they can get. The last decent health insurance option was killed in 2014. Dental insurance is being cut back. Vision insurance doesn't exist. The pension was killed several years back for new employees.
    Rockwell says it pays for performance, but salary increases now barely keep up with inflation even if you're a "top performer". It seems that Rockwell is trying to drive away its greatest talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I used to highly recommend Rockwell to anyone who would listen. No more. Management needs to stop thinking of employees as an expense to be reluctantly borne and start thinking of them again as Rockwell's greatest asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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