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SPX Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
56 Reviews
3.1
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SPX Chairman, President, and CEO Chris Kearney
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance, humility amongst co-workers (in 3 reviews)

  • Great benefits and great people (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • They manage business with short outlook that only extends to the next quarter (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    SPX - ClydeUnion Pumps - Houston

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

    I have been working at SPX full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    SPX has been working hard to create synergies within their resources, brands and customers. This transformation does have some growing pains but it is for the greater good of the company, the employees, the vendors and customers. Specifically with ClydeUnion Pumps, the company rolled out a new sales incentive program and a non-compete agreement. This was not to negatively impact anyone or any jobs, but simply to be consistent across the company in how all employees are paid and would actually provide a better base level compensation program. The non-compete is also standardized within SPX, as well as where the industry is trending. Successful companies invest a lot in their products, services, brands, employees and a non-compete agreement protects those interests, but does not prevent a person from growing their career elsewhere. There are just stipulations in which to do so. SPX certainly values it's employees, all 14,000+. Please know that reviews on Glassdoor are not always accurate and many are submitted by dis-gruntled former employees. To get a realistic perspective, give us a shot and see for yourself.

    Cons

    Again to the transformation culture that is going on currently at SPX. In any company, there is change and sometimes people are scared of change, but may realize after the fact that change has created jobs, created efficiency, created business and created growth. I am sure, like every company, there are opportunities to improve and that is certainly a goal at SPX. It really is hard to please everybody, but we try to create and maintain a great place to work and encourage growth and development in managing ones career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Industrial Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPX

    Pros

    Good Company to work for.

    Cons

    There was not a lot I did not like. I suppose they need better strategic goals for the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate to the employees more often

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SPX full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good stable company with good benefits.

    Cons

    Too much focus on month-end numbers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Information Technology in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at SPX full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedules; Ability to work remotely on occasion

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to be promoted within IT

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Worked for the Operational Excellence group between 2006 and 2009.

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    Former Employee - Operational Excellence
    Former Employee - Operational Excellence

    I worked at SPX full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Firm used to be too diversified. But leadership did a good job of aligning business units. Direct supervisor was great. Helped develop a broad business knowledge. They do a good job of developing new talent with the rotational programs. Benefits are good and Pay is decent

    Cons

    Usual issues of a publicly traded big corporation. Things might not get done as quickly as you would hope. Too many realignments at the corporate level. Quarter to Quarter mentality at the plant level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    When I worked there is was a lot of fun. Great management team with clear sense of direction.

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at SPX full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Clearly defined goals, objectives, and priorities. Resources made available to to do the job.

    Cons

    At time, if felt as if we were growing too fast.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work hard, play hard culture

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    Former Employee - AFRP Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - AFRP Analyst in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at SPX full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Cool culture, awesome benefits, some fun people, prime location in Ballantyne, great travel opportunities, growing company with competitive growth strategy

    Cons

    work life balance within management level is questionable, somewhat cutthroat

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    SPX a supplier to all.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Allen Park, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Allen Park, MI

    I have been working at SPX

    Pros

    Employee support. Hands down one of the best HR teams in the industry. There support for employee life & work balance is amazing so far. Benifits and time off is on par with most of the East coast industry. Global opportunities all the time. Large company with small offices aroung the globe. Flexible management team. I have only been with the company for a short time but am satisfied so far.

    Cons

    The pay scales are far below industry standard for East Coast and I do feel they took advantage of the lack of jobs in Michigan when making offers to employee's and playing the "how bad do you want to work=how little pay will you accept" game.

    Lack of direction and/or decision making from the abundance of under educated "middle managers", makes meeting productions times a little tough when the products been delivered and your still figuring out the process (of-course take into account client issues).

     Seems a recurring story with SPX from clients I meet, about the flurry of low pay resources thrown at a project with very little direction and no plan in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    X Culture? More like "J" Culture as in categorizing the latter section of the baby boom separately, as Generation Jones (born between 1954 and 1965) More like Want to get "Back to Black"??? Time to take a look at the incredible amount of uneducated under skilled "seasoned" employees you have and where there placed. I would say the average age is 48-52, which happens to currently be a generation who didn't grow up with computers and I know, it's unfortunate but we have to work with it. Had they been factory workers for the Big 3 they would be retiring right now, but instead most were mechanics and some were technicians (yes there is a difference) and now there getting sharepoint mazes and cad software dropped in there laps with maybe 2 days training and it really kills productivity on a daily basis in electronic publishing. Put together a panel and move these guys into positions where there experience can benefit a younger faster employee and increase production. In other words move them out of production and into product/process quality control positions and bring in a younger culture to fuel innovation and speed growth for the future of SPX.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    SPX - low stress and low pay in a friendly environment

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    Current Employee - Technical Editor in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Editor in Exton, PA

    I have been working at SPX

    Pros

    Low-stress environment, small office, friendly co-workers. Decent office environment.

    Cons

    At SPX there is very low pay - muchlower than the industry standard. It's a former mom and pop shop, with HR offices in the midwest, where pay scales are lower than the east coast. There is little room for growth in small offices. And local management tends to give supervisor (jokingly referred to as "team leader") authority to the unskilled and uneducated folks despite clear and repeated indications of low intelligence and incompetence. Being friendly is more valued than being skilled and a hard worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote the hard workers rather than the popular, extra-friendly and uneducated heavy-lifting types. Knowledge and ability goes a lot farther than simple number of years of service.

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  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting products

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    Current Employee - Software Controls Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Controls Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at SPX

    Pros

    A small company with very interesting products and strong growth potential. Kayex is located close to RIT and the U of R which could provide great oppertunities for employee growth. This is seldom utilized and not generally encouraged. The company is owned by a large conglomerate which means that plenty of resources are available in good market conditions. It has yet to be seen how much energy will be devoted to the company if a slack in demand occurs. The product is interesting and driven by demand for solar products. Kayex therefore has great potential for success, but in an unproven market.

    Cons

    Unstructured atmosphere. Promotion is unattainable except in rare circumstances. Engineers are treated as a commodity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the strength of your engineering teams. Learn how to focus on multiple disciplines and give a definite path to promotion.

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