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Helpful (2)

Run, don't walk

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

I worked at Eaton

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Eaton offers decent benefits and training

Cons

It's a huge revolving door

Advice to Management

Don't treat employees like crap

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great company, but be ready to relocate...often.

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Eaton

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome benefits!!! I have a six figure, vested 401k and I am in my early thirties. The Electrical Division is the largest of the four divisions...so there is a lot of opportunity for growth and movement. People are hired into positions with the thought that it will take them 1.5 to 2 years to really grow into the job. Development is the name of the game and only idiots don't take advantage of all the training available. The do fully cover advanced degrees...MBAs, graduate engineering, etc. are encouraged provided they benefit your current position and you have your boss's approval. They do like to hire engineers and you are allowed to move into other areas like finance, operations, HR, etc. despite your undergrad degree. You HAVE to have a college degree to get in the door and get promotions....

    Cons

    You have to be willing to relocate. They like to move people around. Many top managers have their families in one state and work in another state. They like to promote well rounded leaders with specific experiences..not a bad thing. However, you may end up having to 'do time' in Fayetteville, NC. Now they are encouraging global assignments, again, not always a bad deal...but it can be hard on your family. If you aspire to the highest levels of management, you better like lake effect snow. Eaton is headquartered in Cleveland, OH...need I say more.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more telecommuting. Encourage more diversity...not just gender, race, and sexual orientation, but diversity of ideas, ways of thinking, and problem solving. Understand that it is okay to disagree, make the tough calls in a timely manner, and stop playing favorites.... your golden boys aren't always so golden.


  2. Helpful (6)

    It's a stable company...

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Eaton

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best reasons for working at Eaton has to be the large network of support. There's pretty much a process in place for everything so people have a chance to get training in a variety of areas related to their work. The company is pretty stable and they do celebrate successes. The goals and feedback system is well defined and setting the goals in line with upper management is well understood. Plenty of networking opportunities and communication about the other lines of business are clear as well. The company is driven by metrics which means that a lot of success has to be concrete which eliminates a lot of subjective judgments that managers quite often mess up.

    Cons

    The downside is that the work is not all that interesting. There is more focus on cost cutting, process improvements and backward compatibility rather than advancing the technology through new innovations. There is of course new innovations but quite often products are based on old reference designs with lots of restrictions. This often removes the "fun" out of the engineering as we are marching our work toward a cost goal rather than a innovation goal. Another issue with working there is that because the company is so metric driven they quite often treat workers as assets rather than real people.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management does not understand that a culture cannot be cultivated strictly through achieving a certain score or metric but through building an organization through the people. The focus on results have produced a company which is strong financially but rather impersonal in dealing with its workers. Since everything is done through a process senior management needs to understand its workers better and adapt to changes especially when acquiring other companies.


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