Timken Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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Richard C. Kyle
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits are competitive and the upper management is very conservative with money (in 8 reviews)

  • good work/life balance, if you do overtime you can take day off to compensate (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • bottom to middle management is lost , they all have their degrees but are moved around so much they don't try to make improvements (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management doesn't seem to understand the product and how it's made (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Unethical, dangerous and ridiculous schedule.

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    Current Employee - Electrician in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Electrician in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Retirement and health care. This place treats you as a number, and if you don't kiss a whole lot of butt you will not get treated fairly.

    Cons

    Management, they care about themselves and they treat people like crap. There schedule is designed to kill you before you collect your retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Quit discriminating against your employees. Listen to the people who work in the areas instead of ignoring your unappreciated hourly turds.


  2. poor company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Associate in Honea Path, SC
    Former Employee - Process Associate in Honea Path, SC

    I worked at Timken full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    they do offer benefits to you as long as you are full time and not temp.

    Cons

    this is the worst company to work for. they treat their employees like slaves. forced to work long hours and long weeks while management get to be off with their families. they use temp agents to fill in at half the salary with min training with no hope of being hired in. the management talks down to the employees and this company has no ethics.

    Advice to Management

    fire all management and start over!!!!


  3. Really bad management and supervision

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Pulaski, TN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Pulaski, TN

    I worked at Timken full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you kiss up to management you will move up. If you can live with yourself. Corporate leadership is just as bad.

    Cons

    Plant management could not find their way out of a wet paper bag. They really have no idea what to do or how to do it. All they do is point fingers at everybody else.

    Advice to Management

    Get a job at a burger joint that is all your qualified to do anyway.


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  5. We are not Japanese

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Rutherfordton, NC
    Current Employee - Manager in Rutherfordton, NC

    I have been working at Timken full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not much to say positive

    Cons

    Lean has cut to the bone timken is focused on cash retention

    Advice to Management

    Quit the madness


  6. poor supervision

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    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Inspector in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    none the supervisors are poor in most areas a good supervisor does not last long one told the workers that she was told on hire in that the workers were like animals and should be treated as such

    Cons

    supervisors rule through threats of firing and most have no idea what the people on the floor actually do in the plant as far as the jobs

    Advice to Management

    learn to do the job before telling an employee "the book says that you do not know how to run your machine"


  7. Metrologist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Timken full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Money Pay Perks location the building. Some of my peers. Hard to come up with 20 words. The food was good.

    Cons

    I worked there for almost three years. I was hired to do something but never trained until my last six months there. I used to go in on Saturdays in an effort, unpaid, to teach my self. I did this for three years. I was given 5 reviews and it was never mentioned that I could not come in on Saturdays. On my sixth review I was written up for coming in on Saturdays. Very weak human resources. They give in to seniority and not wisdom or logic. For three years I swiped my badge which showed I was coming in on Saturdays. Why did I get written up on my sixth review. Why did HR allow this? I could and I might note many many instances of this type of mis management.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what is really going on at all levels. Make the place bearable. Some legitimate teamwork would not hurt. My boss was a sociopath there for forty years? How does that equate to management?


  8. Plant Management can't make decisions, they are puppets on a string for corporate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering in Pulaski, TN
    Current Employee - Engineering in Pulaski, TN

    I have been working at Timken full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Company does not reinvest in equipment , equipment is out dated. Corporate only wants to invest in overseas facilities not American anymore

    Advice to Management

    The Timken family needs to clean house


  9. Helpful (1)

    Culture of Authoritarianism that replaces Innovation with Group-think

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Timken full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Security in position, at times to a flaw. Demographically, there is significant opportunity due to upcoming retirements of older generation, which stems from lack of consistent talent management to prevent large gaps and knowledge loss. When it comes to Canton Ohio, I suppose a decent place to work. If you are a college recruit reading this, and are even thinking about joining the company and are not 100% certain you wish to live in Canton Ohio in the future, THINK ABOUT THIS long and hard before you accept your offer.

    Cons

    Culture which is so busy patting itself on the back for recent slow change it fails to realize that the real future challenges call for dynamic and innovative ideas. With retirements, unfortunately a (small) number of inept managers are being promoted to lead teams, but with little to no training, and often because they kept their head down, never challenged or question direction from above even if obviously flawed (in certain instances). But, there are others who have great potential to be leaders - Timken just needs a better system to get the right people in those positions consistently! Organization has a major issue with labeling those who leave the company, but are high performers, as 'they had a problem', or 'clearly it was not something wrong with Timken that drove them away'. This kind of asinine thinking is what happens when you recruit most of you managers from a 50 mile radius of the corporate headquarters in Canton, Ohio. Perhaps you can stem the revenue stagnation analysts criticize Timken for by challenging the status quo. I can only hope as a current employee that the leaders of the organization do this so the stock won't get hammered in the event we struggle to hit our lofty long term future growth projections reported to Wall St. Inappropriate management of incentives and allowance of old school culture to persist breed arrogance, perhaps unwarranted. If there is one thing that could bring down this company, it will be the allowance of people cheering for strategic market moves, forgetting that humility must be involved to some degree to capture and break into new markets to continue needed growth paths.

    Advice to Management

    Growth is imperative. But how can a layer of managers with little understanding of the growth markets and products break from their biases to the old familiar bearings that they grew up with? The organization continues to reward those dealing with large traditional customers, leaving those with growth areas to struggle with little support or recognition. This must be reversed at the very core of the culture and systems - it is very easy to say go grow XYZ product, but without the proper support those attempting to do so will only find 10 different managers asking for updates, not lending true support. I sincerely hope someone reads this in management, as their is such potential for change if you get your mid levels of the organization to be dynamic leaders.


  10. Too big and lack of honest leadership- Keene NH

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Keene, NH

    I worked at Timken full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A job. Local credit union. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Focus lost on employees and customers. Lack of leadership. More focused on meetings and blame, than servicing customers and employee relations. Upper management seems to be less interested in the products that have made smaller companies successful before buying out, and more interested in red tape. Poor implementation of SAP and poor match for business. Why replace something that works with something that does not?

    Advice to Management

    Realize your strengths can be in your employee base, and bringing in useless management with no idea how to lead, is a recipe for disaster and poor employee relations. Not to mention decline in customer satisfaction. Keeping current customers happy is easier than finding new business (Varian, GE, Dunlee etc). Expecting 60+ hours a week from employees (supervisors) is not practical or something that should be maintained for long periods of time.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Well Recognized Manufacturing Company - Miserable Working Conditions.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A stable company that will be around for years to come. Although there was a lot of talk that the recession hit Timken business units hard and hence the reason for the massive layoffs in 2008 and 2009, Timken was never in any trouble at all. The layoffs were unnecessary and so were the forced furloughs that remaining employees had to endure (forced working days without pay). For years they had talked about reducing headcount to pre-year 2000 levels and used the recession as a reason to do so. The company now runs lean and mean. It's a recognized name. The company has properly positioned itself in key business lines which will require Timken specific products for decades to come. It's stock is proof that it is solid.

    Cons

    There's little room for advancement other than a few small pay jumps. Most people stay at the same or near same level all the way through their career. Job titles are meaningless - they make them and eliminate them, just about any movement is "lateral" ... same pay, same responsibilities, different title. Management is hired from outside the company, so forget about the old days when you would rise through the ranks. To be a manager you have to be hired in as a manager. Same with education. If you are hired in with a, Associates Degree, BA or BS, if you get a Masters later on while working at Timken ... it won't help you either in advancement nor pay increase. You have to come in already with a Masters or PhD to get those salary levels. The medical benefits have steadily declined and gotten worse over the last 4 years. The good ol' boy network is still alive at Timken. Make sure you find and pony up with the "right people" when you're first hired or you will go nowhere. Keep good ideas to yourself, the business ethics internally at Timken are basically non-existent ... colleagues will and do poach each others' ideas and present them to management as their own in hopes of getting brownie points. And if you have a family with young children ... this is not the company for you. As I was told my first day, Timken comes first ... always. Your family life is a distant second. You will take work home. You will work weekends and holidays uncompensated. You will schedule your family's life around the needs of Timken. In this economy, Timken has no problem getting rid of those who do not adhere to this policy in the morning and having them replaced with someone else by lunchtime. In Canton, Ohio - Timken's will is law and Ohio is an AT WILL state. TImken can be a very hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Timken Management, for the 20+ years I have worked for TKR, has never been even remotely the best. The latest crop of managers are ones who don't even know the core products we make any more. They came out of business schools or financial firms and most have never seen the plant floor, let alone how a Bearing is assembled, Tube pierced, or how a Steel ingot is formed. Their office policy is a closed door Stanford School of Management policy - basically they tell you to jump and you ask how high on the way up. Question them, they won't come outright and reprimand you for doing so. Instead, they'll get you when you least expect it months later. Too much favoritism, nepotism, and an astounding lack of business ethics. CEO Jim Griffith simply looks the other way as long as investor dividends keep up with expectations.



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