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ESAB Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
Updated February 5, 2015
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great experience working in the company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESAB

    Pros

    Worked in a dynamic team - great manager
    Flexibility regarding reimbursement process

    Cons

    Worked for a short time. Can't say much

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company was good once I went in. Sadly because of the economy it is not what it used to be. The demand is gone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, SC

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

    Pros

    When I was there the company had a lot of good opportunities to advance.

    Cons

    Jobs are limited and being eliminated.

  3.  

    Potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES
    Current Employee - OUTSIDE SALES

    I have been working at ESAB full-time

    Pros

    Company makes good product, some talent within the company, overall good compensation.

    Cons

    Lack of organization in upper management, demands change so rapidly and are so abundant there is little time to complete the job you are hired for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Eliminate redundancy in reporting and job task to make better use of sales staff time. Less threats to peoples jobs will increase morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PLC Technician in Union, SC
    Former Employee - PLC Technician in Union, SC

    I worked at ESAB full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I never worked at a plant that was so racially motivated. The management team was not educated and therefore made bias and unfair decisions when it came to promotion, pay, respect, and honest evaluations.

    Cons

    You want advance if you are Black.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management plays a big part in ESAB,s bias operation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Horrible work environment!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Florence, SC

    I have been working at ESAB full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits like onsite nurse practictioner and gym discounts. 401k match and hours of operations reasonable.

    Cons

    Very southern, good ole boy culture. Not enough diversity in management where there is a lack of ownership and accountability. In the inside sales department, there is a lack of integrity as promised commission/incentives were not paid and targets adjusted each quarter preventing most from achieving goals. It isn't that they are raising the bar, they are actually changing the focus quarterly which is indicative to why the equipment/filler metal divisions are not as successful as they need to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer retirement to some of the leadership positions in sales and marketing. They are ineffective and have not developed the skills necessary to manage and develop a workforce to produce. They have failed to evolve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unstable atmosphere with a high turnover rate in salaried ranks

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESAB

    Pros

    Competitive wages and benefits. Plenty of opportunity to pursue improvement activities and prove oneself (a lot of low hanging fruit). Generally a great group of people, both hourly & salaried.

    Cons

    The only constant is change and very few plans are actually pursued to completion, therefore the benefits/gains originally intended to achieve are never realized (a tremendous amount of wasted energy). In one year’s time the mfg plant has changed its schedule from 5/8 to 24/7, back to a 5/8 schedule (creates job transfers, loss of production, re-training of large groups of people, etc). ESAB was purchased by an investment firm approximately 14 months ago and the restructuring has left significant voids and increased the work load of those who remain. Some of the salaried positions turn over in less than a year, usually voluntary resignations. Other more long term employees continue to hang in there, but moral is fairly low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instill values, give clear & concise direction (sustainable plans), respect your employees and stop treating them like their no more than “head count”.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    New Management Needed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florence, SC

    I have been working at ESAB

    Pros

    This company may turn out ok. We have recently been bought out by Colfax and the hope is that they will come in and clean upper management at the florence plant.

    Cons

    If you work in the fish bowl everything is great for you. You come in when you want, go get your hair done when you want. Your not held accountable for any mistakes you make. If you get paid by the hour and actually make a product that makes the company money, your nothing to them. You can be replaced by the end of the day and you have no idea on what your doing. Its the upper managements way are the high way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find another job because you do not have any idea on how to do the the one your doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Micro management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Florence, SC
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Florence, SC

    I have been working at ESAB

    Pros

    Good products and lots of possibilities in the future

    Cons

    Senior management got involved with key accounts without including regional and local managers. Accounts were lost and blame quickly shifted to local manager. Too many people involved with key accounts and information was not shared. Very difficult to manage these accounts and region.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep local managers involved with large key accounts. Be loyal to employees when times are tough.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was an up and down experience, their instability in the market affects the culture of the workforce.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Florence, SC

    I worked at ESAB

    Pros

    Given the freedom to work on projects without someone else trying to micromanage your every move. The hard work paid off in new technologies and recognition of the people who contributed. Obtained the my Six Sigma Black Belt, the opportunity to increase your knowledge is available. Chance to travel occasionally, it is not all office work and sitting at a desk.

    Cons

    Not enough structured procedures in project management following the guidelines of the Project Management Institute-- projects are late too often.. Too many projects to create what marketing wants instead of planning and following a strategy and mission from upper management. Decisions of projects made by one person instead of based on an analysis of merits. Very little risk analysis of projects and accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to implement a matrix type of organization to get maximization from projects, instead of being reactive they should be proactive. Project leaders are out on an island with an occassional message from Senior Management. The PMO needs restructuring.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESAB

    Pros

    Good role, benefits and learning

    Cons

    External issues hamper growth of company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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