Emerson

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Emerson Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
180 Reviews
3.5
180 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.  

    past worker looking back on things

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Emerson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great place to work straight out of college. gained valuable experience, and had great role models. still keep in touch with those ex coworkers

    Cons

    down sizing, cost cutting, lay offs, Great Job till they started to make cuts and lay off sales force bc of changes with HD (customer). balance of role with customer to keep sales force on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay based on experience, and reward those who go the extra mile

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Opportunities to grow in a very well established Fortune 500 company with a strong presence in St. Louis

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The rotation program for MBA's is a great track to leadership, and you will be moved all over the US or the world in two year rotations. The move across Emerson divisions allows for a diverse and well-rounded experience in all aspects of the business.
    Emerson is a Fortune 500 with strong global presence, the communications with people across the globe are enticing and interesting.

    Cons

    Emerson executives and top leadership fit the same demographic - male, MBA recruits from either Washington, SLU, sometimes Purdue, with an engineering background, who enjoy golf and football.
    There is a strong 2nd generation bias, so leaders typically recruit and promote those who are similar to themselves, contributing to the strong demographic mentioned above. The women to men ratio in some departments is about 1:25 or lower, with all of the administrative assistants (secretaries) being women.
    In some aspects, working at Emerson can be similar to an episode of MadMen.

    That aside, change and processes at Emerson is very very slow. There is a long chain of approval, therefore many opportunities come and go wasted in the process.
    Salaries are typically low at Emerson, the vacation policy is weak, and the response to those who request a salary increase based on increased performance has been diversion or denial, which is causing many to leave the company and look for opportunities elsewhere where their work is more valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Express enthusiasm for and hold in a higher regard the leadership qualities of women, even though they may be different than the styles of others.
    Listen to employees, be susceptible to change and react quickly.
    Address problems and requests as they occur, don't pass the leadership to someone else where it sits on a desk.
    Offer more support for those in minority groups, promote diversity, and judge high potential based on work ethic and performance, not by the school the employee went to.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    fun work - well under median pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    fun work environment, clout of the corporate, good edu benefits if you want to stay long term, one of the few companies that still has a pension, reasonable working hours, rarely any overtime

    Cons

    will not match median pay, pay depends on division, so this may not be true for your division.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people what they are worth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent corporate culture, experience will differ by business unit and division

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director
    Current Employee - Marketing Director

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

    Pros

    Market leader in the businesses in which they participate.
    Focus on creating value for customers and investors -- through revenue growth and cost containment.
    Consistent corporate culture due to continuity of leadership over the last 50 years (3 CEOs).
    Data-driven approach minimizes politics, at least as much as can be expected.

    Cons

    Culture does differ by business unit and division. Your experience in one location can be drastically different from another.
    Performance evaluation process is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move faster on acquisition integration. Stamp out politics at the divisional level to reflect the culture at the corporate level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Best company I ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Service Representative in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Sales and Service Representative in Danbury, CT

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

    Pros

    The pay was good, the work was fun and I worked with a great group of people. I would recommend it. I was really disappointed when I was laid-off.

    Cons

    There weren't really a lot of negatives, just that there is heavy travel and miles on your car. Otherwise it was really good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people know what is going on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A good company to work for but the paid is awful!

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

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

    Pros

    A friendly place to work.
    Sales oriented company.
    The culture is relaxed for salaried employees and stressful for the hourly employees.

    Cons

    Lacks a competitive salary for both salaried and hourly employees.
    The sales department is the ruling class, all other departments will take a back seat to them.
    Upper management seems to be somewhat disconnected from the rest of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is not reflective of an international company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to start, but that's about it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Department in Ocala, FL
    Current Employee - Marketing Department in Ocala, FL

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (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
  9.  

    Okay place to work for, mediocrity rewarded

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Ocala, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Ocala, FL

    I worked at Emerson full-time (more than an 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (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
  11. 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

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