Rockwell Automation
3.4 of 5 323 reviews
www.rockwellautomation.com Milwaukee, WI 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.4 323 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

Rockwell Automation Chairman, President, and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch

Keith D. Nosbusch

(198 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Strong Company, Great Values

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent coworkers. Great work environment. Highly Ethical.

    ConsBenefits are not the strong point.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsNice working environment, quality of work!

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood teamwork environment, take good care of its employees

    ConsLack of top down information sharing

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare more with employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great First Work Place

    Hardware Development Engineer (Former Employee)
    Mequon, WI

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the Engineers for realistic schedules. Take the risk for newer ideas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rockwell ... a good place to work?

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH

    ProsIn 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.

    ConsUpper 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 Senior ManagementHonestly. 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, good engineering, lousy benefits

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Mayfield Heights, OH

    ProsRockwell 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.

    ConsHR 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    stable company

    Manufacturing Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    Chelmsford, MA

    Prosstable, job security, very nice smart people to work with, flexible, tuition reimbursement plan, ability to work from home, pleasant work environment

    Consyearly salary increases are tiny, less than inflation rate;

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Generally good, people are professional

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood working relationship with peers

    ConsOverwhelming layers of management, changing direction

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the Talk

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok place to work

    Project Lead (Current Employee)
    Milwaukee, WI

    ProsGenerally nice people but varies by location, decent salaries

    ConsVery poor work life balance especially from management and their expectations, extremely poor communication and style. If you're not management you are less than nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider acting less arrogant

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company to Start In

    Engineering Technician (Former Employee)
    Mequon, WI

    ProsRockwell was a solid company to work for in Milwaukee. Great people. Great products. Great Research and Development. I worked in the R&D Dept and it was a cool contract opportunity. If your job is done well and you want more than they will gladly give it to you. Poking ones head up above the cubicles can give fantastic career results!

    and as a side note...awesome cafeteria.

    ConsToo much contract work. This left a fractured dynamic between full-time, contractors, and foreign hired engineers.

    Ambiguity in the future. Because this company heavily hires contractors, it leaves all involved with less of a stake to have a vested interest in future success of the company and it shows.

    People who have worked there for decades can be soured to building relationships and new contractors/hires quickly loose steam due to high turnovers.

    Heath care needs improvement (astronomically high)

    Energy at corporate is not high. All the empty space in the vast AB building is not very promising.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe upper management at Rockwell is very solid but its commitment to the employees depends on "the market". I would recommend plucking the brightest from contractors and adding them to full time status more quickly. I have never had so much job satisfaction as I had in Mequon, WI working with the fine team of engineers and PM team on the Rhino project, but it was very stressful to try to maintain the concentration needed to add value to my position knowing that on the end of completion I would be terminated or my contract would end. I'm not sure if upper management even pays attention to all the griping and that can happen on here, but one thing is clear: Rockwell is definitely training great talent for other companies rather than retaining great talent for itself. This new trend of hiring great techs cheap and on contract is not good long-term for their products, customers, or long-term full-time employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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