Eaton Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
481 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable benefits, work life balance depending on team, reasonable compensation (in 46 reviews)

  • Good benefits and room for professional growth (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can become an issue in most departments because of understaffing (in 24 reviews)

  • If employees are working such long hours they at least need time away with their families (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Be cautious. This environment is very political.

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    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Good Pay

    Cons

    lack of fair promotions. HR looks the other way instead of solving problems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize when you have a good employee; don't throw talent away

    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run, don't walk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    Eaton offers decent benefits and training

    Cons

    It's a huge revolving door

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't treat employees like crap

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Eaton top management lacks creativity to be a true leader, follows other companies policies and practices.

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    Former Employee - Technologist in Marshall, MI
    Former Employee - Technologist in Marshall, MI

    I worked at Eaton

    Pros

    For the right person that came from the right schools and/or the right connections, career opportunities are very good. As you move up the career ladder, the salaries and benefits get really good, after a certain level, it's TOO good.

    Cons

    Long hours, piss-poor management planning, no real chance for career growth for the majority of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit trying so hard to make the company "look" great instead of actually making it great. Forget about all the fake company videos forcing employees to put on a big smile for the camera when in reality there's little to smile about. Deal with real issues facing the little guy and they'll bend over backwards to make the company great for everyone. And quit forcing all this bogus ethical training on the little guy, they're the only ethical people in the company, if you want ethical behavior, better start sending people to training from the top down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great potential but lacking the leadership to attain it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN

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

    Pros

    Decent compensation. Not the best, not the worst.
    Great opportunities advance to new internal employment opportunities.
    Some good business processes as part of the Eaton Business System.
    If you are good at corporate politics this division can be a real winner for you!
    Decent training.
    Some great people in the trenches

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics.
    Eaton ethics and values are excellent but not consistently practiced at Hydraulics.
    Consistently underperforming financials. The result is frequent cost-cutting and restructuring initiatives.
    Leadership is not progressive in their ideas. Seem to be stuck in the past. Lack a credible vision.
    Lost sight of work/life balance. Oftentimes difficult for families with children to meet demands. For a company this size, surprising lack of child care facilities and benefits.
    Way, way too many meetings and Powerpoint presentations. No time to get the work done except after eight to five.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live the Eaton Vision and Ethics. It is more than a poster or slide in a presentation.
    Develop a plan to grow the business and you won't spend so much time and money on restructuring.
    Keep top and mid level managers in a role for more that two or three years. Get some continuity.
    Stop recycling top and mid level managers. Some consistently fall short of expectations yet always seem to have a new role -- politics, politics, politics.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    For boot lickers only

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eaton

    Pros

    Good if you are very friendly and don't care about criticism (tons from everyone)

    Cons

    Lots of gossip. The people with more years treats the newer people like they belong to a lower class

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change management. Periodically. They encourage the castes culture

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible company to work for if you are part of a buyout.

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    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, but could be better. Good Training.

    Cons

    My company was part of a buyout(Powerware). Eaton's idea of running the business is to run it in the ground. They do this with poor management that's idea of increasing revenue is through cutting employees salary and commission.

    Needs to implement a Roth 401K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your field engineers are the key to your business. Quit treating them as they are your enemies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Self serving management. Very stingy

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Syracuse, NY

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

    Pros

    Only manufacturer in the area

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Could be run better by employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees a living wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fine if you're at a legacy Eaton plant. If you're an acquisition, not so much.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor
    Former Employee - Supervisor

    I worked at Eaton (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good professional development. Decent benefits package. Competitive salary. There is a heavy focus on continuous improvement. There are many sites across the country that you can relocate to fulfill career goals.

    Cons

    Acquisitions are hung out to dry. Former Cooper sites have an identity crisis. The legacy employees tend to look down on former Cooper and other acquisition sites. At my plant, supervisors were given too many outside projects to adequately supervise there area(s).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you aren't going to take real interest in a business, don't buy it! It's bad for the employees to see Eaton come in, hang a sign on the building, and not give any support.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unsure of future here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Only one I can think of: In my experience there, people displayed good behavior. It was refreshing to experience that.

    Cons

    Eaton is gradually changing its porfolio mix from old biz to new biz. Depending on what business unit you are working in, future could be very uncertain. Company does not like to lose money, ever. Management will cut staff or pay very quickly to avert that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better past --unsure of future.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Values, nice people. Leadership model. People are very helpful. Lots of processes that help guide newcomers. Multi product lines that people can move and learn.

    Cons

    Multiple levels of politics- try to please the king. Too many dumb Short term decisions that have impacted future. Poor choice of leaders that make bad decisions-too many executive bullies with control issues. No development of people. People over reaction and make short sighted decisions, no creative thinking or acting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be Future focused not short term. Develop current people instead of focused on outside hiring. Address the senior executive issues, get real people, not out of touch, reactive, over paid bullies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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