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Eaton Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
445 Reviews

3.5
445 Reviews
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Eaton CEO & Chairman Sandy Cutler
Sandy Cutler
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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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  1.  

    Bad Employees Rewarded / Hard Work Not Acknowledged

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    -Excellent Pay - higher than Competitors
    -Excellent Benefits
    -Branch Offices are Flexible

    Cons

    -No Leadership - Only Managers who don't take the time to understand how to run a business
    -Promotion Opportunities are ONLY available to those in or accepted by the "Good-Old Boy" Network
    -Rewards Bad Employees with no discipline; If you are bad enough, they will offer you a PIP or allow you to leave with 6 months salary and 6 months insurance; Layoff of Good Employees only result in below average Severance Packages.
    -Review process puts everyone in the same rating which encourages bad employees to keep slacking off and good employees not to work so hard.
    -Disorganized Business Systems that resulting in lack of information available for employees to do their job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop putting Managers in positions that they aren't qualified for. Promote hard-working individuals that make an impact on increasing profits. Encourage Leadership and not Management. Eliminate unnecessary conference calls and travel. Redo review process and not make it the focal point of one's job. The main goal should be on customers and to increase revenue and I never saw this done with everyone getting tripped up in their own processed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company but lots of office politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong ethics, good learning environment, plenty of opportunity for advancement, very competitive salary, competitive benefits, high caliber employees, everyone held accountable

    Cons

    Inflexible to new ideas, heavy workload to keep up with demands, high pressure deadlines, office politics create an adversarial environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and work with your employees to create a more friendly environment to work in

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to intern as a power electronics engineering student.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern  in  Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Intern in Tualatin, OR

    Pros

    The company's values at up there with the best. They truly care about their employees and each level of management is very approachable. I was compensated well for the work I was performing. Very professional business environment. Employees are kept up to date with monthly news letters from upper management and local management holds frequent meetings to make sure everyone is up to speed on the day to day operations and planning.

    Cons

    It was hard to get used to the personalities of some of the engineers at first, but once I was settled in they were extremely helpful and patient whenever I had a question that needed answering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to hire interns like me and help them to become great engineers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Many great opportunities!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company is an international diversified manufacturer with many opportunities for those with talent and runway.

    Cons

    It feels like the company is becoming top-heavy, with too many Directors and VPs pushing pet projects and not enough resources supporting the manufacturing sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aging equipment and infrastructure at the plants needs investment. The Corporate and Group facilities are very nice, but the plants are scraping by with too-few resources. I recommend strengthening your financial support of the manufacturing sites and scaling back the HQ positions and initiatives.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Revolving Door

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer  in  Mountainside, NJ
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Mountainside, NJ

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement in learning technical processes and procedures is awesome.
    Great benefits and living wage salaries.

    Cons

    Safety seems to be a major focus, but processes purposed to help actually increase job stress and hazards.
    Lack of clear direction as to where to recieve technical support from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you depend on the FSRs you should provide them with compensation that will keep their attention.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits - Horrible work life balance

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Great compensation, 401k, pension, health, dental,

    Cons

    Sacrifice over production - meaning the amount of hours you work is just as important as the end result. This leaves you working extra hours because of obligation, not because you have not finished you are behind on things. I work roughly 65 hours a week.

  8.  

    field service rep - variable speed drives

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer  in  Point Charlotte, FL
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Point Charlotte, FL

    Pros

    good money - and work on your own

    Cons

    not enough direct communication with superiors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Strong company that's well-positioned for the future.

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    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Moon Township, PA
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Moon Township, PA

    Pros

    In the time I've been with Eaton, it's gone from a 7 billion dollar company to a 21 billion dollar company. Sandy Cutler and the executive leadership have a proven track record of knowing which areas of the business to focus on in order to maximize growth. Eaton has moved away from trucks and automotive in order to focus on electrical products and services, data centers, and energy efficiency.

    All companies will claim to be honest and ethical, but Eaton is dead serious about this. The corporate culture is one of integrity and respect. If you think you can get ahead by lying and treating people poorly, think again. Eaton will not tolerate bullying and you will be terminated. Even when disagreements arise, I've never felt disrespected by any manager or coworker.

    You will be treated like a responsible adult, and you won't be micro-managed. Depending on your job responsibilities, you may be allowed to work from home at times. There is more of an emphasis on getting the work done, and less of an emphasis on where or when you do it. Work-life balance has always been pretty good, but you can expect longer hours if you want to move into upper management positions.

    The company is very charitable, and will encourage employees to donate time and money. They will match employee donations to approved charities. In some cases, I've been able to get the day off to participate in volunteer work.

    It really depends on your family situation, but benefits are average to good. They are trying to move everyone into a high-deductible health plan, something that can save you money if you can anticipate your medical needs ahead of time and have the savings to cover the full cost of office visits and prescriptions until you hit the out of pocket maximum. Eaton has done a very good job of being creative in an attempt to keep everyone healthy. From healthier foods in the cafeteria and vending machines, to on-site gyms, fitness classes, and farmers markets, they've really gone out of their way to make employees more aware of the role they play in keeping healthcare costs down.

    Cons

    The company structure is full of middle managers, and getting anything done requires multiple levels of approval. At any time, one manager can change his mind about something and put an entire project in limbo. If a project requires a large capital appropriation, expect that process to take a year or more. I've seen cases in which it took so long to get going on a project that the initial idea had to be scrapped because the underlying technology had become obsolete by the time funding was approved. Even when no money is necessary for a project, the company is very slow and conservative. If our competition ever figures out how to move more quickly, we'll be in serious trouble.

    For certain functions (engineering and IT in particular), Eaton will try to save a few bucks by hiring in India. Some of this is out of necessity, we are a global company with a large presence in that part of the world, and American workers don't like getting calls in the middle of the night when something goes wrong over there. But in other cases, they've reviewed the cost of American workers and have chosen foreign contractors instead. The turnover rate is very high in India, and I know of several examples where we've dedicated a resource to training employees in India for months at a time, only to have these employees leave for another job as soon as their training is finished. The skill levels of these workers ranges from totally incompetent to decent, but even the best ones I've worked with do not have the skills of the typical domestic candidate. They might cost less, but not when you consider that they take months to complete a project that should take weeks. Management needs to look at opportunity cost, not just financial cost. I've also received a lot of negative feedback from coworkers outside my group, who are used to calling me for help and now have to call India.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need to cut the red tape, remove redundant processes, and be prepared to move more quickly if we hope to remain a leader in our field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor planning and execution

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company tries to keep work-life balance
    Do not punish people for missing plans

    Cons

    Constant management turnover leads to inconsistent plans
    Built in financial turnover ratio is too fast
    Too many poor performers just hang on - losing motivated, good performers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many changes in management and key financial teams give the individuals broad based, but not clearly focused backgrounds. First year plans are hold overs for prior regime, second is their first full input and by the third year they are looking to transition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Interested Employee

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    Current Employee - Engineering Management  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Engineering Management in Raleigh, NC

    Pros

    Seems to be a financially successful company with some positive internal feedback

    Cons

    Jobs posted don't seem to be real. Many very technically competent candidates for multiple positions seem to be getting rejected which doesn't seem realistic. Again, especially with a very strong technical background.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please look into the recruiting process to see why many people with great technical backgrounds are getting rejected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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