Baldor Electric

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Company Does Not Have Hourly Employees In Mind

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Former Employee - Machinist in Old Fort, NC
Former Employee - Machinist in Old Fort, NC

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

Pros

In this economy, it's at least a paycheck to keep you going until you can find a better job.

Cons

At the location I worked at, pay is extremely low for the type of work being done. They have a hard time hiring machinists with technical degrees because they would not work for the wages Baldor paid. Despite setting record profits the last two years, Baldor refuses to give a raise that keeps up with the cost of living. Morale was low among the senior hourly employees. This is due to the fact that they are passed up for promotions that they were easily qualified for. Most all of the jobs posted have inflated prerequisites. To the employees I worked with, it seems this practice was adopted to shut them out of a promotion. In most cases, the people given promotions had not worked there long enough to reach top pay on the entry level job they were hired for. An example of this is a temp that was hired full time and promoted to salary a week later over people with years of seniority that were just as qualified. Another example is an employee who could not get moved to a higher pay grade because of poor job performance, but was promoted to a salary position a couple of weeks later. Favoritism is also a concern. An example of this is a friend of a member of management that was hired in full time over temps that have been there a number of months, some over a year. Those temps were told they would be hired in after six months, and now some have worked close to fourteen months with no job offer.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I'm not exactly sure that any advice will be taken seriously, since the things I've described have been going on for a long time and it seems there's no intention of stopping it. Baldor has let middle and upper management put the location I worked at on this course, and it would take drastic and immediate changes to convince senior employees that this is the same place of employment that they came to so many years ago. It seems that the culture that management covets so much is only expected to be practiced by hourly employees. Management needs to take a look at those surveys that workers fill out. When people put on them that they are dissatisfied with pay and agree that favoritism is a problem, you better believe that there's actually a problem. You can bet if something doesn't happen soon and the economy picks back up, all of your experience and productivity is going to walk right out the door.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disappointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Ozark, AR
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Ozark, AR

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits on par with other employers in the area. Manufacturing plant is air conditioned.

    Cons

    Recent pay raises have been very small, barely keeping up the the increases in the cost of living (if you believe the governments numbers). In fact, when you factor in inflation and the increase to our insurance premioums, our pay has less value in 2012 than it had in 2011. This was especially disappointing given that Baldor posted record profits in 2011 and the local Ozark facility had a record year on several fronts as well. If you cannot get a real pay raise in that environment, you never will.

    Management has developed a habit of being "less than honest" with employees. One specific example of this breach in honesty is managements treatment of new hires. They have hired people through a temporary service with the promise of being hired full time in six months or less. As of the date of this review, there are several "temps" who have been at Baldor Ozark for mare than a year with no idea of when they might go full time.

    The competence of management is suspect. A specific example is the decision to rearrange equipment so that it will look nice for visitors. The function of a work area now takes a back seat to aesthetics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should refocus thier efforts on the long term success of the company. Small pay increases and large numbers of "temps' will no doubt make this years numbers look a little better. The long term effect will be (1) a sharp decrease in your ability to hire and maintain the highest caliber employees, (2) damage to Baldor's reputation, (3) increased difficulty in meeting customer expectations.

    Baldor's culture has long been one of "treating employees so well that they do not want outside representation." Management should recommit themselves to this culture before the Teamsters get a foothold.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good company, but salary is in middle or low range

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Smith, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Smith, AR

    I have been working at Baldor Electric

    Pros

    No layoff policy, even during 2008, 2009 recession.
    Open door policy to encourage communication between management and employees.

    Cons

    Located in Arkansas, not many places to go.
    Lower average salary than other locations for same type of job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should consider to builder R&D center in bigger city to attract talents. More focus on international market with better pricing policy. Better compensation.

    No opinion of CEO
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