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Timken Reviews

Updated May 23, 2014
Updated May 23, 2014
124 Reviews

3.5
124 Reviews
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Timken President, CEO, and Director James W. Griffith
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Review Highlights

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 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management leads by threats, intimidation, and filthy language (in 4 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.  

    worst 3 years of my life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Water Blast Operator  in  Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Water Blast Operator in Canton, OH

    Pros

    big paycheck, excellant benefits, perks working a 4 turn, 7 days on, no time on the weekends for family

    Cons

    poor training, lack off supervision, supervisors and middle management, do anything to pass the blame on to the workers, machines break down constantly management on you constantly, have to be a maintenance man want machines running 24 seven

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management a joke always on you for more production

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a place to develop your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machinist  in  Manchester, CT
    Current Employee - Machinist in Manchester, CT

    Pros

    Fellow coworkers are nice.
    Easy to get to.

    Cons

    Middle management leads by threats, intimidation, and filthy language.
    Upper management doesn't seem to understand the product and how it's made.
    Overall the place is dirty, old, and the equipment is antiquated.
    While the website talks about taking classes and advancing there is little to no chance if you are a production worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    First, understand making transmissions is not the same as making bearings. Second, go through the management ranks and kick out the dead wood.

    I'd also recommend people start to think rather than rely on an outdated database to tell them when to order/move parts - update your technology or go back to paper. Also, you have some very smart people on the production floor - use them as a resource, give them a chance to grow and contribute, show them some respect and throw them a bone now and then. FYI, the chance to pay for a company tee shirt is not a bonus.

    Finally, ditch the term "Organizational Advancement." We are people - humans who are a resource. Treat us as such. The term OA is demeaning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A company that is being forced to grow up.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Principal in Canton, OH

    Pros

    Company can provide interesting work and challenges to employees who are willing to work hard.

    Company does provide excellent training and educational benefits to employees to help them with their work and careers.

    Cons

    Too much politics from the top of the organization down.

    There are some good people in middle and upper management positions, but most of the people should not be in those roles and simply got into those positions because they are a member of Timken's "old boys' network".

    The company does not do enough to retain good talent or provide good upward mobility. Succession planning is only done for top positions, but not mid-management levels.

    With the forced upcoming split of the company, most employees are told what positions they are going into and do not have the ability to have a say in whether they will go into bearing or steel and what they will do. Some do not even know what their titles or salaries will be when they are forced to work in steel.

    The company does not rid of employees who behave unethically. Their helpline, organizational advancement / HR and ethics departments are useless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rid of bad management and bad employees and replace them with those are able and willing to do things right.

    Become more transparent and straight forward with people.

    Walk the talk when it comes to a poor attempt at ethics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It paid the bills for a time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Pay and compensation was OK.

    Cons

    Brutal working conditions. No air conditioning in the warehouse because "those guys don't matter". Constantly threatened to be fired and then finally got laid off, rehired and laid off again. This company didn't personify the "we are all family" environment that Timken said it valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Past Prime

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Market Analyst  in  Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Market Analyst in Canton, OH

    Pros

    Checks do not bounce, international exposure, short commute, benefits available, community service, has money to invest, wants to remain independent..

    Cons

    Old-fashioned, cut-throat, no upward mobility, not family friendly, expect you to live for the company, does not invest in its people,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too arrogant.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Office Politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Houston, TX

    Pros

    -Moderate intern pay
    -Can learn something
    -SOME of the people

    ...thats about it

    Cons

    Office politics are quite ridiculous! As an intern I was told that i was laughing too much... obviously some people weren't happy and didn't want me to be happy.

    Also some of the engineers were high on their expectations for interns. Most interns don't have a lot of industry experience but the staff at this site obviously didn't understand that. I seen an intern get yelled and scolded at for not knowing how to do something... they should have more realistic expectations for an intern.

    Overall its probably a decent company but I would never work at this location. You have to "kiss ass" to keep your job and move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Old boy network being forced into the 21st century by the HR department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Canton, OH

    Pros

    Many highly intelligent Engineers with great ideas. Good products and long history.

    Cons

    This company is so far behind in hiring/promoting minorities, but they are trying to catch up. That's good if you're a minority, not so good for a white middle aged male.
    The steel side of the business has terribly outdated accounting/management software, because they are too afraid a conversion would cause down time.
    The average employee is a 50+ white male who plans to retire in the next 5 years. There is going to be a lot of lost knowledge here, but anyone with their foot in the door may get some fast promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new software for the steel business. Hire more minorities and promote more women. Don't let the "old boy" network continue.

    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Never know when the other shoe would drop

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Associate  in  Bucyrus, OH
    Former Employee - Production Associate in Bucyrus, OH

    Pros

    The pay was excellent, until they lowered the scale for new hires. A lot of the associates are friendly and fun to work with...just beware of the gossips!

    Cons

    Never told (honestly) what is going on...told to meet certain objectives and everything would be ok...we did, and they still closed Distribution Center, eliminating hundreds of jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Suck it up and tell people the honest truth, even if it hurts...we are grown-ups here. Treat us like it if you want respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Where you turn..... when there is no one else left

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machinist  in  Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Machinist in Keene, NH

    Pros

    For the area the pay is ok, with limited skills needed to get in the door.

    Cons

    They used to have a really good tuition reimbursement program, now they have regulated it to the point where managers control who gets it and who doesn't. No room for growth or advancement. Good job, bad career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions.... Timken as a whole is a good corporation to work for, but the Keene facility needs to be restructured as there is too much middle management doing busy work.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Discouraging, long hours, massive lay-offs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, OH

    Pros

    One of the largest employers in the area
    If you have the right degree, there can be multiple career options
    Decent benefits

    Cons

    Biased management, focus was always on reducing costs with no element of caring about people's lives. Economic downturn served as reason to cut pay, bonus, benefits, and 401k. Just 18 months later they posted biggest profit ever. Amazing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Conduct an employee opinion survey, determine which managers treat employees well and which managers are causing turnover of good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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