Eaton Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
480 Reviews
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480 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Self serving management. Very stingy

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid company but you're still in old school corporate America

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager
    Former Employee - Program Manager

    I worked at Eaton full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Eaton likes to promote from within and the pay is more than competitive. The company's ethical stances are true and they attempt to do business the right way. Their CEO does a good job of having a consistent voice to all employees. If you want a career and don't have any initiative to rock the boat, you can have a great job for life.

    Cons

    Like most companies their size, if doing the right thing costs too much money, they won't spend it. I don't feel the top managers in the company do a good job of being leaders. They don't know how to bring up top talent and help develop them outside of boring classes and trainings. Plus, I don't think the organization knows where it's going. Functional groups have conflicting goals and initiatives which garners no support from the other. They will develop and strategize on paper with beautiful wording but when it comes down to it, they don't who they want to be, don't know how to execute or just don't have the desire to put in that much work and focus on the end goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit some stellar leaders from other industries who have taken their companies to the next level and multiply him/her!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Long Career

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Manager
    Current Employee - Program Manager

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good including a pension plan. Flexable vacation and work hours along with the ability to work at home in some jobs. Respect, ethics, and respect for opinions are valued aspects.

    Cons

    Too much corporate governance, burdensome corporate reporting, and dictated processes stifle creativity. Corporate management out of touch with division issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage experimentation, accept occasional failures, improve communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    EXTREMELY UNETHICAL COMPANY

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jackson, MI

    I worked at Eaton full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, and okay benefits.

    Cons

    1. Favoritism by managers
    2. Discrimination based on race at Jackson, Michigan facility especially
    3. Management and HR would cook up untrue allegations just to get you fired because of budget reasons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't believe that employees are disgruntled when they complain about their direct managers, the people you put in charge are doing unethical things and messing up people's lives without remorse.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent pay

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Greenwood, SC
    Current Employee - Assembler in Greenwood, SC

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

    Pros

    The voluntary overtime is cool and depending on what department you work in the hours can be nice.

    Cons

    No room for advancement really, have to know someone or do someone to get anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company with many opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Large diverse company
    Global locations
    Ethical company
    Competitive pay and benefits
    Personal development is a commitment at all levels of the organization

    Cons

    Company politics
    Paternity benefits need updating
    No mentorship program
    Eaton may be one of the biggest companies you've never heard of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maternity and paternity benefits are dated. Rather than following the lead of many other large companies stick you neck out there and set a new standard that allows your employees more paid time off to spend with family in a very short and important time in your life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits, great culture, hard on women and family

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

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

    Pros

    Eaton provides all of its employees with great benefits and competitive salaries. They have high standards for doing business fairly and ethically across the globe. I am never concerned that I will be asked to commit fraud or do something that isn't right. The company leadership also has a good vision for the future and we have continuous growth and improvement in all of our business units.

    Cons

    Eaton struggles to keep women in its organization. Eaton's strategy for staying competitive and continuously improving revolves around constantly moving and shuffling its talent around the nation and globe. This constant movement makes it hard for women to start and grow a family -- even in today's day and age where women are more frequently the breadwinners and their careers take more of a front seat. HR also claims that we have a great work-life balance, but some groups are better at this than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work if you want to stable job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at Eaton full-time

    Pros

    result-driven culture
    good process control for projects
    flexible summer hour to allow you take some time off during the week
    moderate work pressure, no require for overtime
    Good at operations, highly focus on risk management
    average benefit with pension

    Cons

    Not innovation driven
    Play politics in some office
    No bonus, not much differentiates between good/bad performers
    training is limited,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To provide better on board training program
    To provide bonus system to motivate employees
    To develop talent and provide opportunities

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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