Emerson Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
171 Reviews
3.5
171 Reviews
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Emerson Chairman and CEO David N. Farr
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Review Highlights

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 start, but that's about it

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    Current Employee - Marketing Department  in  Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing Department in Ocala, FL

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

    Pros

    - Owned by Emerson Electric, which helps with training and has a regimented process, also ensures you get your paycheck every month.
    -Great place to start, because of the different types of people and responsibilities of each employee.
    - Extremely nice people to work with and for, everyone is friendly and outgoing.
    - With-in the past year, they have hired more than 10 people for various positions, that are under the age of 35, hopefully this helps to foster in the next-generation for ClosetMaid.

    Cons

    - Never any interaction or team building within and outside of different departments.
    - Hard to grow into a new position as an employee.
    - Some people have a job for little to no reason in some management positions.
    - The executive staff has extremely outdated skills and management techniques, little to no computer knowledge, does not understand the next generation of worker, and are over compensated for only minor success.
    - Outdated and cramped cubicles, no windows or natural light, stinky moldy carpet, dirty and dull wall colors.
    - No interactive work spaces or places to have fun or refreshing meetings.
    - Not an inspiring place to be an employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Better understanding of the emerging trends in how a workplace functions.
    - Ability to work from home via conference calls and video calls certain days.
    - Focus on getting people in different groups to interact with each other, after working here for years, I still only know half the people in the building.
    - Update the building and space to foster interactivity with employees
    - Younger employees have less a likelihood to stay with the company because of the work environment and location of the headquarters, being in Florida only goes so far for so long.
    - Focus more on employee satisfaction, and creating a work environment that makes people want to be an employee, not dread it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    They treat employees well and pay well

    Cons

    Good ole boys network determines who gets promotions

  3.  

    Okay place to work for, mediocrity rewarded

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Ocala, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Ocala, FL

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Handful of very smart people who run the company, work with these people and you're going to enjoy your time there.

    Cons

    The remaining 95% are either old, play politics or have been there for 25+ years. Its time to get some young people who you can nurture. HR department absolutely horrible with the exception of newer HR team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    $ is the only way you can attract talent to a place like Ocala. Time to pay more, train, groom and nurture young talent. Promote from within.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Often bizarre internal culture due to the influence of incumbent senior management

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    Current Employee - Corporate  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Corporate in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Emerson has robust internal procedures, especially with regards to acquisitions. Impressive track record of successfully integrating acquired companies into the main Emerson business.

    Cons

    Despite the very unique collection of characters in senior management, Emerson favors the "Stepford employee" who does what they are told and do not have much in way of personality.

    Secondly, management watches their employees very closely and any supposedly suspicious behavior (eg. taking or making (very brief) calls in unused meeting rooms) - have led to the employee in question being accused of job-hunting. I have never seen such extreme, laughable paranoia on the part of senior management at any of my former workplaces. Emerson offices are open-concept and some employees have the decency not to subject their coworkers to the gruesome details of their / their children's medical or personal issues, hence their decision to make such calls in private.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thinly-veiled threats of kicking employees off the "high potential" list if they refuse to move every two years as decreed by management is the best way to lose your most talented pool of employees. Don't just pay lip service to "work-life balance" and then expect employees to uproot their families and move in the interest of "career development" every 24 months.

    Also, learn to respect employees' choices where their personal life is concerned - I have heard stories about how women who are divorced or have chosen not to marry (for various reasons) are called names and insulted by senior management. Ironically, no one questions or makes fun of the single / divorced men. This is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Emerson is big, global and diverse with good job opportunities for motivated people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Level
    Current Employee - Executive Level

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

    Pros

    Stable, smart management who run the company's diverse business platforms through management processes developed and improved over decades. Politics are minimal.

    Cons

    Can be slow to change. Sometimes can be too conservative. Some business platforms are much more progressive than others. Compensation and benefit levels are generally competitive, and the company focuses on rentention through career opportunity, good management and communication rather than being the top payer in any given location. Generally this works for them pretty well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Director  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - IT Director in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    can enjoy stability and longevity in career

    Cons

    lack of options for faster growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to get nimble

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good people, low pay, poor benifits

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    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator  in  Chanhassen, MN
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Chanhassen, MN

    I have been working at Emerson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People
    Growing company
    Nice facilities
    Excellent Management

    Cons

    Poor insurance
    Low Pay
    Not much opp for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a wonderful job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Buttoned down midwestern company that's exceedingly good at operating and growing a business

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    Former Employee - Strategic Planner
    Former Employee - Strategic Planner

    I worked at Emerson full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fact based, low on politics, analytically rigorous. High on ethics. Innovative products.

    Cons

    Too Saint Louis centric; Starting to be more imaginative

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good experience

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer  in  Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Florence, KY

    I worked at Emerson full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good balance with work life

    Cons

    Was laid off due to economics

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Job!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Service Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Service Representative

    I have been working at Emerson full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Good Management, Benefits

    Cons

    some lack of communication with field sales reps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your field reps, not on just the state of the company, but make sure they are included in the the changes in HR too

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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