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ESCO Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
26 Reviews
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ESCO President & CEO Calvin Collins
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  1.  

    Great Company to work at, Customer Service attitude, only champions can work here

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Distribution Network Development Latin America in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Director Distribution Network Development Latin America in Houston, TX

    I have been working at ESCO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Positive Attitude always, solving problems to please the Customer

    Cons

    Owners have died and inheritors are fighting over the Company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue hiring professionals with Customer service in mind

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Director of Marketing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESCO

    Pros

    Some freedom to create and expand . Strong connection globally with regional marketing. Pay is fair. Good breakdown of strategic vs promotional marketing.

    Cons

    Poor connection with product teams. Regional side is moving to be more disconnected with global having less purpose causing a disconnect with sales teams as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better alignment of global and regional teams

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A sinking ship?

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    Current Employee - Business Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at ESCO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location is easy to access and near many local restaurants, pay and hours are reasonable, nice people, an intelligent workforce, parking, bike lockers. The current CEO has good intentions but lacks the experience and stomach to make the necessary personnel changes at an executive level.

    Cons

    In recent years the Portland office has begun to feel like a sinking ship. Major product patents are expiring and our leadership has failed to guide the development of new products and business transformations that are needed/valued in the marketplace- significantly compromising ESCO's ability to remain competitive over the long term. Over the last 12-18 months, talented people have been leaving the company at an alarming rate. Leadership has grown arrogant and out-of-touch with reality. Nepotism is rife - an absurd number of managers' and executives' children and relatives are hired and promoted ahead of others, regardless of experience or ability. Constant reshuffling of managers/executives has become the default smokescreen to dodge executive accountability and avoid the fundamental problems within the leadership team. There continues to be a lack of accountability at an executive level - despite the company strategies and countless reorganizations failing to gain traction, the same group of under-performing and inexperienced executives remain at the helm. The bulk of the Board of Directors is too inexperienced to be leading a company of this size and global footprint. Unreasonable financial targets make bonuses unlikely. Product innovations have been minor and uninspiring in recent years, with engineering stuck merely developing new versions of old product features rather than delivering meaningful value to customers. Most critically, employee development is an elusive and exclusive club - there is no transparent process, information, or communications regarding options or guidelines for employees seeking training and individual career development. Unless they wish to play the political games, the good people are left with nowhere to go. The Human Resources and 'Organizational Effectiveness' department is not being held accountable - or responding appropriately - to the company's recent dismal performance in the "Great Place to Work Survey. "

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is time to make some significant changes at an executive level. With a business built around product categories that are rapidly commoditizing, ESCO needs to place more importance on attracting, developing, engaging and retaining good employees in order to win the talent war. Without the best minds, the company is growing complacent and losing its edge in the marketplace. Ask yourselves why talented people are leaving the company - and then urgently make the necessary corrections. Don't preach the need for 'greater accountability' amongst the workforce when this is not occurring at an executive level. The results of the 2014 "Great Place To Work" survey indicate a massive failure across Human Resources and 'Organization Effectiveness' - the company is failing to develop and foster an engaged workforce, and thus there is a dire need to address the root causes of this problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Moving to Disappointing

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    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    The peer groups are full of good people. The old guard that ran the company but now gone were incredible to work for. There have been good opportunities to work on cross functional international teams. Early on there was a lot of useful training on a regular schedule.

    Cons

    I starTedat ESCO 14 years ago and during this time have watched corporate management lose touch with there employees. Make sure you tie yourself to someone high up if you want to advance as work output and quality do not seem to be the path. Work life balance is skewed to work and good luck owning your own career anymore. Pay and medical are average at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers and promote from within. Get to know your employees. Really it took two "great place to work" surveys before you figured out that our are work areas at the corporate headquarters are quite bad and that we are not happy? No wonder so many of the 8-20 year employees have left in the last 1.5 years.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Moves along favored employees and disregards good talent

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Portland, OR

    I have been working at ESCO full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I believe Cal Collins is a good man and a good leader.
    Executives are very accessible.
    Innovative company.

    Cons

    Nepotism and favoritism
    Constantly changing direction
    The right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.
    Many executives don't have the leadership skills for their roles.
    So many good, talented, high-performing people have been let go or have left because they've been disregarded and ignored. No one seems to notice or care about the drain, it's just on to hiring more from the outside.
    Schedule leaves little flexibility or work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nepotistic boys club with some good overworked folks

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    Current Employee - Current Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Current Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great people, good salary, good benefits. Some nice managers (seems like all the good people are leaving though) and great location in portland closed to many restaurants

    Cons

    Inconsistent hr policies, sexist environment, vertical movement is highly political. Management is not transparent and it's very much a good old boys club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent, standardize policies and offer more flexible schedules or work from home for better work life balance

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

    Good job with the opportunity to learn the art of steel making

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at ESCO full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good hard working co-workers. Enjoyed working there for over a decade. Standard work hours and the community involvement ran deep.

    Cons

    Internal growth opportunities are limited unless you are one of the "chosen" The compensation was at the low end of comparable companies. Budgets typically did not allow for continuing education for employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider more investment in developing the talent that resides your current work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Liked the company until too many management changes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ESCO full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great location
    office culture is friendly

    Cons

    over the years the work culture has changed for the worst
    Promoting only from the outside and no opportunities for advancement
    lacking benefits

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Customer Marketing Specialist

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    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Marketing Specialist in Seattle, WA

    I worked at ESCO full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Focused company with well defined business plan

    Cons

    Very little room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    expand

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Inconsistent Policies - Good People

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Great people - managers with open door policy, very community involved folks, flexible schedules, amazing benefits and higher than average salaries.

    Cons

    Very political and nepotistic way to climb up the ladder, inconsistent maternity leave policies, some managers are really flexible and care more about results and other managers are rigid and dictatorial. HR is known to work to protect the company not the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review your policies and create a more flexible work environment to attract women and men who are joggling modern challenges of family living.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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