Timken Reviews

Updated February 11, 2015
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  1. Good experience, poor intern management, good intern program

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    Former Intern - Metallurgical Engineer in Canton, OH
    Former Intern - Metallurgical Engineer in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken as an intern

    Pros

    Exciting, interesting projects and work

    Cons

    Poor Intern project management and guidance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better plan for interns based on their experience and the time frame you'll have them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Great strong company. Good benefits, good working environment, good pay. Doesn't optimize people strengths to position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken

    Pros

    Good pay, good working environment, people are professional. Focused on bottom line.

    Cons

    Difficult to expand horizons if doing your job well( pigeon-holed). People's strengths are not optimized/ aligned to positions. This may improve with new HR system as it matures.
    Maybe too focused on bottom line and losing people focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must optimize workforce performance/satisfaction by letting people work in positions which utilize/maximize their strengths and potential rather than growing stagnant in a position they do well, yet their strengths are under utilized. This would really improve bottom line. Concern for people has diminished significantly with extreme focus to numbers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. TimkenSteel Internship

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    Former Intern - Intern in Canton, OH
    Former Intern - Intern in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I was here working the summer of the Timken Company/TImkenSteel split. TimkenSteel made sure that their employees were prepared for the split and were well aware of the changes that would occur. The management was supportive and really wanted both me and the company to benefit from my employment with them. They were accommodating to my personal goals as an employee when I wanted to complete a Six Sigma certification project during my time there.

    Cons

    I didn't have many issues. The split caused a few minor problems but were temporary.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Intern Program!

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    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in North Canton, OH
    Former Intern - Engineering Intern in North Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    To sum it all up in a broad perspective, they do basically everything right for an internship program:
    -Extremely nice and affordable housing arrangements
    -Social events organized and budgeted (including Indians game)
    -Workshops for career growth (resume workshop, interviewing workshop, executive panels, etc.)
    -First dibs at interviewing for entry-level rotational development programs (Finance, Sales Engineering, etc.)

    Cons

    -North Canton is a nice suburb, but not for everyone
    -Depending on your manager you may or may not have a lot of work assigned to you, you really have to be a go-getter and find work to do if you want to get the most of the experience, projects may have timelines which are far in the future, so difficult to say you created value or have solid deliverables by the end of the internship
    -It's not as easy to get hired full-time as many other companies as an intern. In my opinion, they have a disproportionately large number of interns compared to total number of employees, and thus getting a full time offer after an internship is far from guaranteed, even for the most productive and hard working interns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Make sure interns are assigned projects which can be completed in a summer's time
    -Make it easier for interns to be given offers for full-time employment, even if they don't get a rotational development program

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Stable employer with many lateral growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Canton, OH

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits in a large organization with a cooperative work environment.

    Cons

    Consistent reductions in the workforce with expectation of higher output. Unwilling to implement changes due to lack of reward to risk takers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great Intern Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Canton, OH
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the atmosphere and all the seminars they had for us. Really treated college students as an equal. Took us to an Indians game and did community service but made it a good time. Didn't have to run and get coffee. Valuable work experience.

    Cons

    Sometimes, didn't have enough work to do. Need to trust interns a little more with workload and allow us to show our full potential.

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

    consistently strong company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Timken full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offers competitive pay and pretty good benefits. They also over educational reimbursement which is helpful for those who want career development.

    Cons

    very conservative workforce, lack of diversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pay. benefits. bonus. new and clean environment

    Cons

    Management does not recognize the value each employee adds

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get around the "average" employee more often. Listen to them and there concerns. See what they say. Make them feel like they matter somehow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Career Timken associate - satisfied with the company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits. Challenging work. Opportunities to "make a difference". Very strong core values of ethics and integrity, quality, innovation, and independence.

    Cons

    Very demanding work pace. Tend to not replace attrition, and expect others to "pick up the slack". Tend to over-react to business cycles with excessive hiring in good times, then layoffs in down markets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider expanding work-life balance policies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    stable

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator/Setter in Gaffney, SC
    Current Employee - Machine Operator/Setter in Gaffney, SC

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

    Pros

    good benefits all about the customers and shareholders

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities for advancement pay wise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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