Timken Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 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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33 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    I am 3rd generation in my family to work for Timken

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Timken

    Pros

    Decent wages, stable company compared to other competitors in this business

    Cons

    Work schedule takes a lot away from family. The company has lost touch with family values

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build a better relationship with your employees listen to what they have to say. Use there knowledge and experience to build a better business they know the job better than you

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Fading Leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Timken full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent people. Management tries very hard.

    Cons

    Devolving. Some plants are using machines so old (WWII) that they can no longer be repaired because there are no parts. Failure to keep assets upgraded and invest in infrastructure. Pay has stagnated, benefits, once excellent, have become mediocre in the last 4 years. No true investment in the future, simply the now. Very high stress, very demanding. Sink or swim culture. Too many lay offs. No longer viewed as the prime employer/partner once so highly regarded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to the Company's roots.

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

    A company deeply rooted in its core values and highly recognized as one of the top US 100 ethical companies.

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

    I have been working at Timken full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As an intern I learned a lot in a couple different corporate departments and the pay was awesome! Overall, had a really great experience in the summer internship program.
    Now as a full-time salaried associate, I receive a wonderul benefits package and some great perks because I am in sales.
    The company is a very good ethical place to work!
    The new headquarters building in North Canton, OH is outstanding! Much better than the older office buildings.

    Cons

    There are too many "policies" and legal hoops that have to be overcome in order to get some things done.
    Most projects tend to take much longer than originally estimated.
    The office environment does not promote collaboration. The office is VERY quiet and if it weren't for the low cubicle walls you wouldn't know anyone was there working.
    Many times, the excuse as to why things are not done differently is "We have always done it this way and it works." So no real interest (on average) of people trying to work "smarter not harder".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to work with opportunity for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lebanon, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lebanon, NH

    I have been working at Timken full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Large company allows for relocation if willing to do so. Education reimbursement available.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs in Aerospace plant. Educational reimbursement capped at $21k for undergrad program and $36k for masters. Able to quickly hit ceiling if applying oneself. Seniority on the manufacturing floor predates actual Timken ownership - this causes animosity and lack of participation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons - fix them.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    30 years a maintenance person

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Maintainer  in  Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Mechanical Maintainer in Canton, OH

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with great pay.

    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 . if your not in the circle you not going anywhere , I've been at fsp for 5years and have not seen my plant manager once !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiding problems from upper management .

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, my experience with Timken was very positive. I was given room to grow and flourish and move my way up.

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    Former Employee - Manager Business Economics & Supply Chain  in  Altavista, VA
    Former Employee - Manager Business Economics & Supply Chain in Altavista, VA

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive and the upper management is very conservative with money. Good people at local plant level.

    Cons

    Long hours at times, auto segment very stressful and driven to make some decisions which were not in the long term best interest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the people are the most important asset. Don't just say it, live it. Don't discount someone who has been there for a long time. They are valuable assets who deserve your praise and admiration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not the best, not the worst.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Timken

    Pros

    Good career advancement opportunities if you work hard.

    Cons

    Company values are preached but not followed. Personnel are terrible in some locations but wonderful in others. Luck of the draw in terms of people and talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    20 years solid, but declining since 2009

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    Current Employee - Corporate, Salary  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Corporate, Salary in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken full-time

    Pros

    Lots of great people committed to making the company successful.

    Cons

    Leadership that mostly cares about themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage employees, they want to contribute if you allow it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Once a great company

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

    I have been working at Timken as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Long history, most employees take pride in their jobs, well regarded in the marketplace.

    Cons

    Old buddy system, limited career opportunities, high contractor to employee ratio, permatemps common.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company together and acquire talent instead of renting it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Clean and safety place to work

    Cons

    no cost of living raise

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