Cooper B-Line

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Cooper B-Line Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    good company, profitable, and busy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cooper B-Line

    Pros

    fast-pace company, profitable, nice people

    Cons

    busy, short of manpower, high turn-over rate, small office space

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Smoke and mirrors for a once great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper B-Line

    Pros

    Passionate and motivated co-workers (for the most part), leadership and development opportunities, strong brand equity.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision, driven by top line growth coupled with short sighted decisions and lack of empathy towards employees. The company does a great job selling itself during the interview process and I believe HR genuinely tries to implement meaningful programs to make it a better place to work but at the end of the day, monthly and quarterly sales numbers are #1 - no matter what the cost. After the Eaton acquisition, you heard almost daily how great an employer Eaton is to its employees, I never experienced that at this division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revisit your "two-dimensional" performance rating system because "what you achieve" is the only thing that matters here, not "how you achieve it". Stop the employee surveys - administering the surveys, identifying the problems and then doing nothing about them is worse than not doing the survey. Develop more robust, documented processes to help deal with the 20-30% turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company, decent pay, needs improve internally.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper B-Line full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Co workers are nice. Decent pay. good experience for someone out of college.

    Cons

    Definition of Micro Management. It's all about your title on who makes the call. No advancement opportunity. No efficient business process. Unhappy Customer leads to Unhappy Employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't abuse your title. Listen to your co-workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Not as good as they think they are

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper B-Line full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people in middle management who are trying to do the best they can.

    Cons

    They claim to be a successful, progressive forward thinking company, but they do not commit adequate resources for operations. There is very little planning for production. There is no business process.

    They promise the customer deliveries they cannot meet, then hammer on manufacturing until they deliver. The result is unhappy customers and unhappy employees.

    When you're interviewing, they talk a good game, but you later learn that they are more concerned with charts and graphs than building a more efficient business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eaton needs to take a close look at what they got when they bought this company. There is a lot of room for improvement.

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

    Enjoyed the experience very much

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper B-Line full-time

    Pros

    Many advancement opportunities, decent pay, never boring, they do seem to try to constantly improve things in the plant. safety is a big concern

    Cons

    high turnover rate especially in upper management. More effort needs to be focused on maintaining and repairing equipment and machines which would help cut down on over time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to listen to employees more about what would improve things in the shop. Need to develop training programs for all machinery

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    former employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper B-Line full-time

    Pros

    great opportunity and room to grow

    Cons

    management needs to improve. wearing too many hats.

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Sherman,TX

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman, TX

    I have been working at Cooper B-Line full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay,Vacation and Benefits.That's about it!

    Cons

    We have Stupidvisors instead of Supervisors! They don't care what type of degree you have just as long as you have one. They give out Associate 2 jobs to temps instead of people that have been there for years! Hadly ever bid jobs.When they do they give it to people who have no idea of what they are doing instead of people who are more qualified! They spend thousands of dollars for the break room floor,And wont spend a dime on fixing the primaries and brake presses.They reward you if you do nothing! Let certain people go to lunch and break early and extra smoke breaks.And the "Quality Impact Team" what a joke!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your a joke! You let the same certain people get away so much and you know who they are! Hopefully Eaton will bring in their own people!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    no training 58 hour work week typical

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator I in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Machine Operator I in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper B-Line

    Pros

    Easy dress code to follow .They reimburse you for your steel toe shoes.The upper management is approachable.There is a monthly meeting with workers and management letting us know about the state of the business.Advancement is based on seniority.

    Cons

    No training.You have to find the oldest person doing your job to find out how to do it. Supervisors tend to be new and do not understand the job.Communication not helpful in your everyday job ,they tell you about safety problems that have nothing to do with your job.They try to make you run two machines at the same time.Supervisors only talk to you when you do something wrong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way to make great parts is to train your employees. Instead of working your employees ten hour days and eight hours on Saturday,every week, hire more people. Respect goes both ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good culture and fairly inclusive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sherman, TX

    I worked at Cooper B-Line

    Pros

    Good opportunities for advancement for engineering people with backgrounds. The development programs offer experience in key business areas and provide a chance to hone leadership skills.

    Cons

    The politics common to most organizations are at times apparent. Leadership can at times seem slow in reactions but things are definitely getting better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The gap between management and the production staff can be bridged even more so. The lean transformation initiatives are certainly improving the culture of the organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper B-Line

    Pros

    Good cross functional team opportunities. Aggressive and professional environment.

    Cons

    A very lean organization with no overlap

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More opportunities for professional growth and a better advancement plan

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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