Cooper Industries Reviews

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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
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Pros
  • Good pay and benefits (besides time off) (in 3 reviews)

  • As a large corporation with unique divisions, an employee can have a lot of options assuming there are no geographic constraints (in 7 reviews)

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  • At the Quebec location, senior management is still from the pre-acquisition days (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Rotational Program (ALP)

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I grew tremendously while at Cooper Industries (now Eaton). They had solid upper management, and were well seasoned.

    Cons

    The ALP program touted that all participants would end up in GM positions. This was not the case. Rather, most participants ended up in product management type positions.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time understanding the challenges which exist in a lean workforce. More training would also go a long way.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Not a place for long term career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Too much turnover, too little substance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Highland, IL

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    High Performance Work Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (6)

    Unhealthy place to work under any circumstances.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO

    I worked at Cooper Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (7)

    Only white males MBAs need apply.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Cooper Industries

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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