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

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  • 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
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  1.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Level
    Current Employee - Executive Level

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (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
  2.  

    Great company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (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
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