Emerson Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
171 Reviews
3.4
171 Reviews
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Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr
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Pros
  • In general work / life balance is good for most people (in 15 reviews)

  • Stable company, well organized, decent work-life balance, good training (in 9 reviews)


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

  • just like any other big company (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Cultivate a Career

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    Former Employee - Technology Professional  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Technology Professional in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow and advance in all areas of the business. Generally promotes from within. Strong mentoring program and great educational support.. Training is available to all employees and encouraged. Passionate people at the leadership level and very goal oriented. Facilities across the globe are fantastic and the corporate campus in St. Louis is particularly beautiful with multiple cafeterias and gyms. Work/life balance is for the most part maintained though travel requirements for leadership roles can be taxing.

    Cons

    As with many large companies Emerson can be slow to change and some of the creativity is missing that can be present in smaller firms. Compensation is comparable but can be slow to increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more input from all levels of the business when setting company goals, there can be a perception of an ivory tower.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Really Good Company

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

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    Values their employees and has a very good business pan for continued sustainability

    Cons

    Not too many turn-over, reducing opportunities available for advancement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Learn, Great Place to Retire (if you can stay employed)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Engineering  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director, Engineering in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Emerson has great processes and strong, stable leadership. It has great training infrastructure for its leaders, including very effective mandatory training for first-line managers and 360 reviews for directors and above. The company focus on profitability assures that the company at least is viable going concern and will be around for the indefinite future. The company has a fantastic retirement plan if you don't get laid off before you can build it up. For those who join now, there is a profit sharing contribution to your retirement. The older folks get a pension.

    Cons

    It's incredibly difficult to cull out poor performers - especially at the individual contributor level, but when profitability of a business unit is an issue, a layoff can ensue that takes out a whole swath of people - both good and bad.

    The culture tends to breed a lot of cliques and factions - both inside the various business units and especially between them. There are mandates to the business units to collaborate more effectively but for the most part these mandates are only given lip service. Each BU and Line of Business has its own P&L - to which incentive pay is based - and *everyone* is short staffed. Hence there is significant disincentive to collaborate if there is no way for both BU's to heavily monetize the opportunity.

    The company has a strategy to move into MRO & Energy services enabled by enterprise software. This strategy permeates the business with teams in every platform (Climate, Process, IA, etc) trying to execute it.

    Unfortunately, the company is not a true software development company - it is a component manufacturer with firmware development for the electronics it sells. Software development - especially enterprise software development - is an enigma to senior leadership.

    Therefore, while the software-enabled service strategy conceptually seems like a great idea, it has been extremely problematic to monetize. Many of the issues lie with the execution, but quite frankly the initial strategy was flawed as well. I'm not sure if there have been adjustments since 2013.

    Finally - the place is a case study in unfunded mandates. I heard "we need to do more with less" so many times that it ceased to have any meaning. There are process groups that expect compliance with certain process changes but the funding for the QA and project management heads to implement the changes is never there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to admit that a strategy isn't working and come up with a new approach. People in the office of the chief executive need to be willing to allow the business units more flexibility in their go-to-market approach for services and software. Be willing to take a hit in profitability and do what it takes to truly fund innovation. Don't make it so hard to fire people.

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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, Emerson is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    The work life balance at Emerson is excellent. Great respect for making sure that balance is in place. Numerous individuals with decades within the company.

    Cons

    The locations that Emerson tends to locate it's businesses tend to be a bit rural.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company to do your internship with

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    Former Employee - Project Technician  in  Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Project Technician in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    I worked at Emerson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    - Salary is decent;
    - Pleasant working environment, the people there are friendly and helpful. Even if you don't know exactly what you have to do right away, they give you an accommodation period during which you get the chance to learn about your job duties.
    - Flexible working hours;
    - I didn't attend any training courses during my internship but new employees take a training course in DeltaV if they apply for a position in the PSS department, for example;
    - They offer courses for learning a new language (not for interns);
    - There is a cafeteria on campus where the food is relatively cheap;

    Cons

    - Location. It's situated outside the city limits and traveling to and from work can take about ~2 hours a day if you live near the city center;
    - They didn't seem to have many free "cubicles" so I had to switch desks a lot;
    - A lot of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A great start-up for a junior student

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    Former Employee - Assistant of Markeing Manager  in  Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Assistant of Markeing Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Emerson as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    One of the 500 hundreds, great opportunities to study and learn.

    Cons

    So strictly and formal working environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    Work hours allowed work life balance

    Cons

    No balance workload for all employees

    Recommends
  9.  

    Good Company for managers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer-Product Design  in  Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Engineer-Product Design in Pune (India)

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

    Pros

    Good Ethics
    Work Culture
    Flexible Timings
    Project Driven

    Cons

    No field visits
    Limited technical exposure
    varying focus on work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Good company

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

    I have been working at Emerson full-time

    Pros

    Financially solid offering best-in-class products to the marketplace. Heavy focus on the shareholder. So, be a shareholder while an employee of Emerson!

    Cons

    Few opportunities to work from home. Too many engineers at the managerial level. The company would benefit from diversity at higher ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More acquisitions are needed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good for those who want to settle down in life

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Pune (India)

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Job Security is not a question. Good job opportunities. No coarcing for taking overseas assignments.

    Cons

    Transportation facility not available for employees. No proper canteen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a good canteen for employees and make arrangement for transportation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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