Timken Reviews

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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
  • Middle management leads by threats, intimidation, and filthy language (in 5 reviews)

  • Not sure if upper management will ever come out of glass bubble and recognize all employees are part of the same team (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

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

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    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Pulaski, TN
    Current Employee - Engineering in Pulaski, TN

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    The Timken family needs to clean house

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture of Authoritarianism that replaces Innovation with Group-think

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    Current Employee - Principal Sales Engineer
    Current Employee - Principal Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Timken full-time for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Too big and lack of honest leadership- Keene NH

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    Former Employee - Supervisor  in  Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Keene, NH

    I worked at Timken full-time for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well Recognized Manufacturing Company - Miserable Working Conditions.

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    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't believe all the hype ... This is a company that tries to mask a hostile work environment.

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    Current Employee - IT Section Manager  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - IT Section Manager in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken

    Pros

    Steady Paycheck and the Best Benefits Available Anywhere. Recognized name in the Bearings Industry.

    Cons

    There's a good reason why Timken's no longer a Fortune 500 company. A very hostile work environment. After the 2009 layoffs, about all that was left was the Good Ol' Boy network. In typical Timken fashion, their massive layoffs were the result of a knee-jerk reaction and how Jim Griffith found a way to use the economic excuse to cut head count and force those remaining to work longer hours for less pay. They kept non-producers and let go experienced professionals. Forced people to work unpaid days. And kept crying they were being forced out of the business due to the economic downturn. Now - CEO Jim Griffith is up on Wall Street saying that they "over-reacted" and that Timken was never impacted by the poor economy, recording record sales in 2009, and even though many families were impacted by the unnecessary layoffs ... that's all in the past and everyone needs to just move on. Really, do you want to work for a company with a CEO like this? Seriously - I've read all the "Feel Good" reviews here ... and I personally know they're all fictitious posts from Timken Communications department to improve Timken's self-tarnished image.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Timken needs new leadership. The current leadership has no concept of our products and have little regard for the people who allow them to live their luxurious lifestyles. If they could sell the company off and get a golden parachute - they would.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Timken, which used to be a good employer to work for, is now a hollow shell of its former self.

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    Current Employee - IT Professional  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken

    Pros

    A recognized name in the manufacturing industry with a past track record of innovative ideas in the bearings industry. It has survived 100+ years and will continue to survive even during this global economic downturn. The Canton, Ohio Global Headquarters is located in very low cost of living area.

    Cons

    This is a "good ol' boy" manufacturing company full of double standards. Beware of the "fair haired" employees that management caters to. Unless you know someone who knows someone or have existing relatives working there - there's little advancement opportunity so expect to stay in the position you are hired for a very long time. Timken does not offer Cost of Living Adjustments and currently there is no matching 401K contributions by the company.

    New employee orientation is poor, be prepared to go on an "Easter Egg Hunt" to find information about your benefits. Your manager probably won't even be clear on it, so don't rely on them. Expect to be treated with suspicion by existing employees, the survivors of mass layoffs that are still happening in the company and to get dumped in projects where there are no resources or management backing - but you will be expected to complete.

    Do not expect training. Timken has never been keen on paying for training. Any training you need, you'll need to do that out of pocket on your own.

    The Timken work ethic is this: work over 40 hours every week, through your lunch, and be prepared to work weekends and change personal family plans with no notice ... all without compensation. Timken doesn't promote or encourage telecommuting.

    This company is a manufacturing company and is concerned only with shareholder earnings and the bottom line. It's not a family friendly place and couldn't care less. Do not expect recognition for your work, but be prepared to find out that promotions and raises are based on who is friends with who and not based your work. You may work 40+ hours a week, save the company thousands of dollars ... but don't be surprised that the guy who sleeps in his cube, comes in late, slips out early, and calls in sick all the time will get a raise when you don't because he's friends with your Gneeral Manager. Timken is full of these type of people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your employees on their work performance. Please keep in mind many employees do have families and a life outside of Timken. Just because an employee is salaried, does not mean you can work them over 40 hours a week without compensation. Do not reprimand during annual reviews them for not knowing things when you will not train them. And stop rewarding mediocre performance - replace the dead wood that does not and will not work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Timken - A Manufacturing Giant now in Chaos.

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Technology Manager  in  Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Information Technology Manager in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken

    Pros

    Recognized Heavy Industrial Manufacturer, Product is used almost everywhere. Located in a very low cost of living area. Offices recently updated with better lighting and work areas.

    Cons

    No job security, little advancement or training opportunity, no matching 401K contributions. New employee orientation just doesn't exist, you're dropped into a project or on a team and expected to have solutions immediately without having seen systems or met people. New employees are met with suspicion by existing employees who survived several recent massive layoffs. Timken expects you to work above and beyond 40 hours and weekends without compensation, currently all employees are to work one furlough day (no pay at all) each month. Timken has not adapted to telecommuting and does not promote/encourage it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a more open door management style - current management is more interested in own personal survival and gains than that of the company. Better communication - which is a problem throughout the company - no one knows what is happening. Reinstate the 401K matching contribution. Allow for training. And do not make working 48+ hours a week mandatory when you only pay for 40 hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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