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Cooper Industries Reviews in St. Louis, MO

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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • good benefits, great location, average pay, friendly atmosphere, balance with work and personal life, things are good between union and management (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay and benefits (besides time off) (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance often lopsided (in a bad way) (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management makes decisions without understanding all of the consequences of their decision (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a place for long term career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Good place to jump start your career. Operations and HR leadership programs are good.

    Cons

    Lack of cross-functional collaboration. No emphasis on teamwork. Many employees at various levels not appropriate for their jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve team-work within the organization. Hire A players. Please invest more in training and perform better screening/evaluation of internal candidates prior to promoting them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much turnover, too little substance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations  in  Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Highland, IL

    Pros

    The work is fairly easy and there was always a lot to do. Most mid-level managers are good to work with and have a strong work ethic but need some development. The work environment is very customer driven.

    Cons

    There were too many open positions that management either did not want to fill or were unable to fill. Seems like it was a shell game trying to cover all of the openings with the same people. Very surprising that they could not attract people given the state of the economy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide what you want your business to be and build your team around it. Most people want to be a part of it but are tired of the sudden direction changes and last minute ultimatums.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    High Performance Work Culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Great, growing global company. Opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Too resource constrained - need to manage the long term as well as the short term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focusing on growth requires long term thinking. People resources are a must to achieve long term strategic objectives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great place to learn and leave a mark with improvements.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Highland, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL

    Pros

    The people are great and there is a ton of opportunity to make improvements. Pay is good and time off is easy.

    Cons

    Upper management does not always make the best decisions when it comes to deciding where and what to invest time and money in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees, spend money on value added positions, upper management needs to connect more with people on the floor.

    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Unhealthy place to work under any circumstances.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ellisville, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO

    Pros

    Live within a mile...otherwise, don't waste your gas.

    Cons

    Freeze pensions. (notified by email)
    Termination of matching funds to 401K accts. (Again, by email)
    Many layers of useless management. New titles created for management while hourly workers are screwed, overworked and fired to save management bonus.
    Hourly workers held accountable even when following direction of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Feedback? Myself and hundreds of others have done that for years. Useless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Only white males MBAs need apply.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Salary levels are okay but yearly increases (3-4%) do not keep up with inflation, good central location, most employees are friendly.

    Cons

    Horrible management locally and from headquarters. More interested in making bonuses for the big guys than anything else. Many employee friendly benefits have have been slashed (pension, cafeteria, on-site nurse, guards, clean restrooms). An ole boy, white male dominated culture. Sending manufacturing jobs to Juarez, Mexico and China were huge mistakes. Products were SLOW to be delivered and were of inferior quality. The money spent expediting and paying for premium freight combined with the loss of customers out weighted the benefit of $1/hour workers. U.S. plants and workers could have made better products quicker and at an equal (if not lesser) final cost.. Management is unwilling to spend money on things that would grow the business but somehow come up with the cash to redecorate if someone from corporate is going to visit. SAP conversion was a disaster; no support, or insight. The result of the conversion was no reports of any kind were available for months, sales orders were lost, customers were frustrated and went to the competition and the average worker bee was left overwhelmed and powerless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the front line employees are more in touch with your customers and your products than anyone in upper management could ever be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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