Emerson Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
179 Reviews
3.5
179 Reviews
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Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Don't depend on keeping your job.

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    Current Employee - Worker in Paragould, AR
    Current Employee - Worker in Paragould, AR

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    It's a job, and you have a little insurance.

    Cons

    Benefits, what you make an hour and getting a raise, that is if you get one. You are lucky if you get one and if you do it does not cover the cost of living. And since they are moving alot of the jobs to Mexico,You worry how long you will have a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and keep company in the U.S . We need worry about our future not Mexico's . I know they work cheaper but, the american people need to keep their jobs.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Emerson is a great place to work with a lot of possibilities.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Emerson is an incredibly international firm that has possibilities for advancement within the division and other divisions, both domestically and internationally. I also feel management makes sure I take the time off I need, but we also work pretty hard when we're working.

    Cons

    Honestly, just the typical corporate nonsense that you find at any big company. Lots of forms and paperwork that seems to have no value and nobody looks at other than making sure it is done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at the reporting on projects and make sure it is worth the trouble. Emerson got to where it is by keeping corporate lean and I think we are losing that.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good natured people - poor compensation

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Sidney, OH
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Sidney, OH

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    Good group of people to work with. Generally a good work environment. Very flexible as far as vacation (though limited amounts each year) and personal time. Reasonably good name recognition. Consistent year over year growth. Overall a solid company with little fear of layoffs. Great tuition reimbursement plan if you stay at the company.

    Cons

    Poor compensation and benefits compared to other companies and it shows in the quality of some employees. Amount of vacation is low (2 weeks) and doesn't change for 10 years - how ridiculous! In the middle of nowhere. Little opportunity for advancement as an engineer other than through the normal tenured progression. Hard work is not rewarded with just compensation, only occasionally with coupons for the company store. Employees get punished for market conditions by delaying the yearly pay raises which are lousy (3% if that) in the first place. Far too many people that should be fired for poor performance, but the company can't expect much for what they offer. Some employees can be frustratingly lazy and lack motivation to complete projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward good employees. Fire or demote bad employees. Offer more vacation earlier in employee tenure. Attract high performers with better incentives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good place for growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities to pursue your interests. The company is stable with a good reputation amongst its peers.

    Cons

    It is a very large corporation which often makes it challenging to get things accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your employees to make decisions. A lot of time gets wasted due to lack of authority from employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Emerson - Good opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Analyst in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Emerson is an organization full of opportunities for growth especially for people with backgrounds in engineering or science. Co-workers are congenial and opportunities abound at headquarters and the various divisions. Most employees are welcoming and willing to share their experiences and offer advice to new employees. Work-life balance has never been a problem. Most divisions are willing to work around family obligations so that employees can maintain a good balance between the office an home.

    Cons

    Emerson is a very conservative, process oriented organization. If you are looking for innovation and flexibility, this might not be the best place for you. It is sometimes difficult to navigate the matrixed nature of the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work if you never want to advance your career.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshalltown, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marshalltown, IA

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    Small town, where they are the largest white collar worker. Salary is decent given it is a small town and the cost of living is cheap. You know pretty much everyone in the company. The local level employees work well together excluding upper management. A good age mix of people working at emerson. Don't need a 4 year degree to work there. The company is relatively stable and has been for years, the customer base has core customers that I have not seen leave. If you don't like to travel you are not required to travel at all. People like to drink a lot if you like that.

    Cons

    Technologies are old and out dated, working in the job for to long is a dead end for your career. Management has only one selection criteria for promotions, and that's if you are best friends with the manager that is giving the promotion. Lazy people are often shuffled around when they are poor at doing their jobs, they are never ever fired. Don't need a 4 year degree to work there. Quality travel assignments are handed out to those that are liked sales cruises for favorites in engineering, trips to the north slope in Alaska during october/november if you are not a favorite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the favoritism, hand out fair raises, give people quality travel assignments, create paths for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for starters and getting experience. Unless you like office politics, I wouldn't recommend staying long.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    Emerson has good starting salary for entry level professionals ( fresh graduates and the likes). It is a good company to gain good experience in different areas of the industry. It is an equal opportunity employer and has a good customer loyalty base.

    Cons

    They want more work for less pay. They do not negotiate if you intend to leave, but when you do, they will give what you were asking for to the person they hire to replace you. Has a high attrition rate in some locations. You can get promoted even if you suck as long as you have good people under you whom you can take credit from.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give employees what they are due. especially those in lower level who are the main work force.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    All Sales drivin' and no Engineering or fresh ideas encouraged.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering/Technical Support in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineering/Technical Support in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Good company to have on your resume. Well known in Industry and you get the chance to network with important people in other companies. A world company so international work experience is a possibility. If you need a particular device or tool all you need to do is ask and it is usually given.

    Cons

    *Office Politics*
    Yuo have to be a "Sqeaky wheel in order to get the grease".
    Morale not the best.
    ALOT of cost cutting (if you claim to be a great company why not act it)
    All emplyees work on the same team, why is there so much resentfulness towards one another?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize the posers, and mentor the high potentials

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Will ClosetMaid Chino be here this time next year?

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee in Chino, CA
    Current Employee - Employee in Chino, CA

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Work schedule, don't have to commute at rush hour. Many opportunities are available for those who can break through the barriers of the old department managers.

    Cons

    Outdated manufacturing philosophy in this facility. Lack of standardized procedures and practices, it appears there are changes on the horizon. Could be an uncomfortable working environment as some of the old dogs try to learn new tricks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train the management and the employees on how they can best serve the company in their respective positions. The people closest to the job know what the problems are and frequently have the solutions but no way to effectively bring about change.

    With regards to how Rob Clements is leading ClosetMaid, I have not formed an opinion one way or another. I don't know what type of goals and objectives he has set for the company or what he is trying to do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Need for cohesiveness

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Large global organization with many dimensions and a lot of talented people.

    Cons

    Since it's such a large organization that's grown through many acquisitions it's very fragmented. Can be very challenging to work with all the division's in productive manner. Very few people are aware all the organizations capablities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommend restructuring and consolidating sales force. Look into acquiring LBP and or letting qualified LBP's absorb direct channel. Some divisions (e.g. Fisher) have too much imbreeding, reccommend more cross divisional training/pollenation is neeeded (GE has a good model). Very few people are aware entire orgnanizations capabilites. Reccemond nominating local Account Lead's for large key and strategic accounts so there is a well coordintated effort that has a higher return for both the customer and Emerson and allows for better penetration of account.

    Approves of CEO

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