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Cooper Bussmann Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun and frustrating. Definitely a good learning experience.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Ellisville, MO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The office area looks nice and is well laid out. Employees are fun to work with and have a good personality. Upper management has improved a lot in 2014.

    Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    The computers, software, and networks which are critical to the business are horribly slow at times, outdated, and neglected. The hiring process is sometimes questionable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See above.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper Bussmann part-time

    Pros

    Work with talented people, decent pay.

    Cons

    Management seems distant at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share more information to boost moral.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the company it used to be...

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ellisville, MO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits; beautiful working conditions

    Cons

    The management is doing its best to make everything black and white...rules after rules. The customer service department has two supervisors...one micro manages and the other is very reasonable...so in the same department there are two completely different styles of management. This new management has no clue how to do the job of their team but is allowed to make major decisions concerning how the job is done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better wake up and look at the managers and supervisors ways of belittling the employees before you lose more of your knowledgeable people...long term employees are leaving...you better start taking notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Lazy Self-Entitled "Long Time" Employees

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ellisville, MO

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

    Pros

    Enlightened Management and caring HR Department. Excellent benefits and outstanding pay (Raises and bonuses for those who work). Boundless opportunities to suceed with company provided training. Flexible work schedules and reasonable work loads.

    Cons

    Lazy workers who think because they have "been here" forever that they know everything. No effort is put in constantly sabotaging the work place. Management is diligently working to get rid of the dead weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing - it's getting better!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company ; now an MBA is needed to apply

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO

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

    Pros

    Company offers decent benefits. HQ is located in a great location with lovely offices on a nice campus. Some departments recognize the value of team work and incoporate employees' ideas, which fosters creativity.

    Cons

    Not all departments are equal. Morale is awful. Over the past few years, some long term employees with extensive knowledge & passion for the company are treated with very little respect. It is common to see some mgmt in those depts. bullying, screaming and being rude to employees. Outbursts amongst some mgmt are common, daily tears amongst some employees are common, but respect & good communication from some mgmt is rare. Those who were consistently top performers have been beat down and some mgmt prefer robotic-type responses rather than the human touch to our customers. All emails and calls are reviewed to a point our customers poke fun at our mgmt.
    Focus is in the wrong place. Our customers do notice the difference. Key people with great knowledge & talents are leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is far to many middle mgmt types who do not know the company, the jobs or seem to care about others, but make it well known they have power. Listen to employees and act on some of the valuable ideas to realize growth and success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Okay...

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR

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

    Pros

    Corporate structure, lots of room for growth, good benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate structure, lots of unnecessary middle management, sometimes unattainable goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What looks good on paper may not translate into real life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    company strategy and focus

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    Current Employee - Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Management in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Large investment in people and resources with incredible pipeline of new products in the past and future - No end in sight! Strong relationships with customers and distribution channel and operates a very high level of cultures and values. Extremely positive!

    Cons

    at times, operates too lean. top notch people in the organization constantly step up to get things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue sharing the strategy and vision.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Always trying to do more with less, employees suffer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable. Local group is a wonderful bunch of talented engineers. Sales and product management team are a motivated and well led group that communicates well with engineering. Local HR is world class, compassionate and also no nonsense.

    Cons

    Corporate tends to ignore staffing recommendations of local group. We are regularly forced to do more with less. Current restructuring plan is poorly planned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When staff is consistently trimmed we might look better for this quarter, but in the long run are suffering. Quality is suffering, new product development is suffering.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Didn't work out for me

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR

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

    Pros

    Divisional business unit that is part of a larger organization. If you are young and willing to relocate you could do OK. Eight separate business units so you have endless options for your career path.

    Cons

    After spending 5 wonderful years at a small, well-run company in Tualatin, OR, the company was acquired by Cooper Bussmann. Three years later my position was eliminated as part of an on-going downsizing operation to reduce costs. Moving large portions of production to Mexico and China in an attempt to lower manufacturing costs sealed the fate of many co-workers. Needless to say moral declined and much of the braintrust within engineering left on their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If a company can be profitable for over 45 years without a single layoff how is it that layoffs are necessary to maintain profits once you acquire it?

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

    Don't expect a have a personal life if you work at Cooper Bussmann.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA

    I worked at Cooper Bussmann

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people there but unfortunately their opinions or experience don't matter to the new management.

    Cons

    This location is a recent acquisition of Cooper Bussmann. The new management team is completely dysfunctional. They continually find ways to demotivate and demoralize the employees. Just when you think moral can't possible get any worse, management finds way. Continual layoffs, no raises, and impossible work loads with absolutely no support or communication from management or HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come out from behind your closed doors, make an attempt to learn what people do and treat your employees like human beings - screaming and cussing at your employees is not a great motivational tool.

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