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Emerson Reviews

Updated February 22, 2015
Updated February 22, 2015
199 Reviews
3.3
199 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, travel expectations are low for some positions (in 17 reviews)

  • Stable company, well organized, decent work-life balance, good training (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • work - life balance is not so great (in 4 reviews)

  • For such a big company with such a magnitude, they extremely under-pay their employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid, High Performing Global Company Which Rewards Good Work, Loyalty and Honesty

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The management team is smart, honest, humble and stable. The stability allows the company to develop and follow management processes developed over decades to drive business results. Career development opportunities exceed the supply so anyone with the skill, ability and attitude has many opportunities to advance rapidly through the ranks, if that is your goal.

    Cons

    The size of the company can make it slow. Approval levels can slow down the pace of change and can be frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the business leaders you trust to have more autonomy to run their businesses.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good sales starting point

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Retail Representative in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Emerson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a retail rep for Emerson calling on Home Depot, it was a good position that no longer exists because Home Depot broke their contract with Emerson back like in 2005, but the position was good for people who wanted to get some sales experience and who also don't yet have the experience that they need from a corporate atmosphere. There was lots of sales training that I continue to use to this day

    Cons

    I remember management being a little arrogant, but over all there really weren't any cons that I can remember

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At this point all of the managers I dealt with from back then have probably moved on

    Recommends
  3.  

    ASCO Valve Florham Park is a political nightmare!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at Emerson full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    You can do nothing all day and still get nearly the same lousy raise as a co-worker that is a high producer as long as you look busy.

    Cons

    ASCO Numatics only seems to hire recent graduates that are desperate for a job, selling them on the company history, market share, and internal promotion policy. They are offered a low starting salary with the opportunity to learn. However, what they don't tell them is the really good engineering work is outsourced to India while the Florham Park facility is used mostly for testing. They have outsourced all manufacturing to countries that pay slave wages.

    Once hired, they realize that there is tremendous animosity within the engineering department that goes back many years. This culture of unfairness and backstabbing permeates throughout the organization and undermines productivity. Management is fully aware but do nothing. HR is just there to protect the company from lawsuits and will sell out any non-manager without hesitation.

    The longer tenured employees, who are too scared to switch companies, are bitter and have the lowest morale. New employees usually quit or transfer after a few years. They realize that if they don't kiss up to management, and prove to be ruthless backstabbers, they will never be promoted. ASCO will only promote you to management if you show them you have no heart.

    The company is well past it's vibrant years of innovation and teamwork that were evident when it was family owned. Now sadly, they secretly buy competitor valves, and reverse engineer them to try and steal market share. Management gives no clear direction but they always demand the product launches as quickly as possible, disregarding product safety and performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to give. This horrible management culture is never going to change without a complete overhaul of the leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Emerson Electric Co. is a great company to work for if you're mediocre simply needing a job, not a career.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate IT in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Corporate IT in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    The company allows you the freedom to make the most of yourself while you're in a said position. You can either be highly productive and achieve a high amount of output, or you can be mediocre and simply show up everyday. It is left up to the employee.

    Cons

    The pay is competitive to start, but unfortunately pay and performance are not related. At Emerson, you can be a highly productive individual and you will receive the same raise (2%) as an individual who is not with the same title and responsibilities. You are not rewarded for your performance with pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentive pay, based on the quantity of work delivered rather than on the time spent on the job, is particularly beneficial for increasing worker productivity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrific Company...but you have to play the politics!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Solid Company. Very stable. Financially sound in every way. Pension AND a 401K. Reputation is impeccable. Work/life balance is respectable.

    Cons

    Politics. Hitch your wagon to a horse, because if it is not, you go virtually nowhere. Advancement/promotions come...to those who are connected. Like I said, hitch your wagon.
    Then take salary -- comp is below industry average. No bonuses either. Those are reserved for the top of the top of the highest levels. They get millions, you get nuthin.
    Benefits are poor. They like to trumpet them as world-class, but in truth, they cost you an arm and a leg. Think a "car payment" just to get medical for your family. A new car payment.
    Bottom line is: Emerson values people externally more than they value their own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent you already have. They are the ones upon whose backs you are making your million dollar bonuses and salaries. You have REAL TALENT in your midst, but you hardly care.
    Break down the walls between divisions. There are few opportunities to move division to division...unless you know someone. HR attempts to block you to keep their talent to themselves.
    Start paying the market vale for talent. You are encouraging many to leave. Does not bode well for when the boomers retire. Us young people will carry you forward...but only if you stop ignoring us.

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

    Power abusing management bullies have poisoned the culture at ASCO Numatics Florham Park.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at Emerson full-time

    Pros

    Summer interns and new college graduates are treated well with individualized training and promises..............at first.

    Cons

    Soon after graduation, when the interns accept the job offer, they learn that Emerson is a low paying company with broken promises of opportunity and fairness. Raises are low and only the pets that blindly follow their managers self promoting agenda have an opportunity for promotion. Projects are delayed over and over with unclear objectives and management who keep changing their minds. Project meetings are filled with chest thumping idiots trying to make their points heard using ridiculous buzz words.

    Management has no leadership qualities and is only concerned with their own little world. Employees spend their day covering their decisions and trying to figure out how to avoid blame from their finger pointing managers and supervisors. HR has implemented a culture of punishment for anyone who brings a negative issue regarding management to them.

    Advice to new employees: Learn what you can quickly and move on. Stay too long and your learning curve will flatten out while you wallow in boring projects with back and forth management decisions.

    Advice to women and minorities considering Emerson jobs: Don't do it. Very few in the company especially engineering. If you're not a white man, you'll be singled out and treated unfairly. If you go for an interview, take a look around for yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to upper management: Stop promoting the meanest back stabbing employees. Open you eyes and ears and understand how badly your employees are treated by their managers and supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Emerson Electric Corporation: a terrific place to learn.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    Emerson Electric Corporation invests in their employees. I have been able to experience many parts of a business. I have learned what it takes to manage a business in a highly successful corporation.

    Cons

    Detailed reporting and planning does become time consuming. I question the benefit to the corporation vs. the cost on the division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Emerson Electric Corporation has a best-in-class business planning process. I would suggest that this process be scale-able. Larger divisions should complete the planning process as currently designed. Smaller divisions would still participate in the process but have fewer requirements. Smaller divisions would still benefit from the process without investing as much time as larger divisions. Understanding the waterfall process, it is difficult to select which exhibits to scale back on. One simple way to impact effort would be to limit the slide count based on annual sales.

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

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emerson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome growth opportunities
    incredibly smart colleagues
    opportunities to work abroad or in another city

    Cons

    the blade of grass that stands tall, gets mowed down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you really espouse diversity, then show it in your top leadership and be more proactive in changing your company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Fair salaries, decent opportunities to grow

    Cons

    company depends too much on low cost labor manufacturing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stick to best cost producer strategy rather than lowest price, don't trust Chinese and Korean joint venture partners to NOT stonewall productivity numbers to inspire early buy out, then actually hit previously "unachievable" targets and beat the US firm on competitive bids not long after the exit is complete

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent oppurtunity and career advancement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Salary is competive for the role, as well as decent benefits. Vacation, Insurance, etc are competitive with the industry. Safety is a very high priority and management has your back.

    Cons

    Not really too many cons. It is a big corporation so flexibility at times is limited on their end. Also outsource quite a bit of work to low cost countries.

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