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Intense and exciting product development

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Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer  in  Moon Township, PA
Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Moon Township, PA

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

Pros

Extremely strong upper management, through the hard economic times in 2008-2010, Eaton opted to force a majority of the workforce to take 4 weeks of unpaid leave throughout the year rather than implementing broad spectrum layoffs. While this was a bit painful for everybody, it was a much better alternative to losing talented staff and having to rebuild after the economy picked back up. You get a sense that employees and especially long term employees are taken care of, rather then thrown on the dustbin to hire younger, cheaper replacements.

Work life balance was stressed, if extra time off was needed for family reasons, management was understanding and flexible. Our engineering group feels like family rather than a cold corporate workplace, particularly in the Cherrington, PA office.

I was on an engineering team responsible for new product development of meters and relays, and we were always very busy with new product development. The hours could be long, but you were never worried about running out of things to do. Talented engineers could expect to be able to grow with their abilities within the company.

Cons

The biggest worry I have is a stubborn streak in upper management to outsource to India small to large portions of new product development. I spent about half of each year working long hours to pick up the pieces of outsourced work product and refactor it into something that could be released to customers with pride. There is a culture of inertia in staffing up internal engineering resources to handle the demand for new product development. Senior engineers will find themselves spending 30-50% of their time on conference calls in the early morning with Indian outsourcing companies, and late hours in the day trying to improve the output of these companies into something that can pass quality inspections to be put into end products. If you can manage to get your foot in the door and are a highly capable engineer, you will be valued and find a long term place in the company, but getting in can be difficult.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Reduce your reliance on outsourcing! Spend more time building internal engineering teams to a critical mass to be able to deliver world class products in a timely manner.

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    Good place to work

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - CNC Machinist  in  Athens, GA
    Current Employee - CNC Machinist in Athens, GA

    I have been working at Eaton full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Salaries are fair,working conditions good,benefits outstanding

    Cons

    Over abundance of college degrees,lack of common sense,double standards when dealing with personnel issues,favoritism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Check feasiblity or practicality before implementing policies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Extremely professional in every area. Concern and care of employees is obvious to any who work there.

    Former Employee - NPD Analyst  in  Moon Township, PA
    Former Employee - NPD Analyst in Moon Township, PA

    I worked at Eaton as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    This company is willing to look at workers who are older and give them the opportunity to do a job.

    Cons

    I really can't think of any at this moment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep giving opportunity to those who have been in the workforce for years.

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