Eaton Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
461 Reviews
3.5
461 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Reasonable benefits, work life balance depending on team, reasonable compensation (in 41 reviews)

  • The company offers opportunities for advancement, and will promote from within (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life Balance can become an issue in most departments because of understaffing (in 18 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for less than a 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
  7. 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 for 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9.  

    Safety 1st, Just for image not truly Employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beltsville, MD

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay and referral bonuses are offered if you refer someone for an open position. A very Ethics and safety driven company.

    Cons

    Benefits are Bad, and Work Life Balance doesn't exist. Management does not seem to value employees unless they get a little brown on their nose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know your employees they are more than a machine. To the site manager, he should try looking the employees in the eyes not look past or through them. They deserve that much!
    Promoting people into supervisory positions with out guidence that has never supervised a person in their life is a bad idea. Try training or mentoring with someone that is a good supervisor. There are only a couple at this site but you could utilize them before they either quit or retire. Most don't have any idea how to supervise with respect to get respect back. It's pretty bad.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eaton Values are only for record , but it is different out there

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    Former Employee - Head Purchasing VGI  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Head Purchasing VGI in Pune (India)

    I worked at Eaton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Safe Heaven for Underperformers ( Lot of Sand Bagging in Goals) provided you along good with your manager. Moderately competitive Remuneration to Market . If you are afraid of taking onus of your decisions , best place to work as all decisions are either top driven or are made over collectively.

    Cons

    Leadership here is busy in promoting himself/herself , so do not bother them with your issues
    If you are a domain expert , chances of your decision getting implemented are as strong as others in your team who do not know much because "calibration" is the DNA of Eaton's Decision Making
    Undue Focus on Employee Satisfaction Index and Managerial Effectiveness , hence very tough life for Manager of People. You can not afford to rate your subordinate for underperformance as Manager of Managers shall make the buck stop at you as his numbers of ESI & ME need to be correct.
    Skip Levels for MOP's are only for the record , actually they are mot meant for you. Never believe the Ombudsman Process , they are there only to facilitate your Leaders' Motives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Already Had it by being upfront so no Advice

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    There are better locations to practice engineering. Eaton in Jackson MS, not a good environment.

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Jackson, MS

    I have been working at Eaton full-time

    Pros

    Salary and flexibility...that's about it.

    Cons

    Old helicopter management style, need supplies and equipment to do your job, forget it. Facility is very old and outdated and not in a good location in Jackson MS...but that's most locations in Jackson.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mature a little and trust your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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