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Rightsize? Downsize? Restructure? The 'GE Model' is no longer relevant.

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Current Employee - Product Manager in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Product Manager in Houston, TX

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

Pros

Tyco Thermal Controls was an acquisition of Pentair in October 2012. TTC was an excellent company with literally the best products in the world. Mature and well run business model. Really talented people. Excellent resources.

Cons

The period from 1 October through the 11 February layoff of 82 people worldwide was the most dysfuntional period I had seen in over 33 years of business. If you weren't looking over your shoulder you were wondering what Pentair had planned for the future. Communication was virtually non-existent and management representaives on the Global Leadership Team excelled at obsfuscation and mid-direction.

A true disservice to shareholders, stakeholders and vendors. It will take decades to build loyalty.

Please note that I was among the 82 laid off. Intelectually I can understand it. From a business and PR standbpoint a disaster. It would not have been so bad if they knew what I did and was underperforming. I was 'tagged' in a spreadsheet. A great euphamism for today's short-term mentality.

Really good people are going through the motions and spending more time on a daily basis polishing resumes and updating Linked In profiles than doing actual work.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

If you are going to buy a construction company with almost $1 billion in Alberta Tar Sands projects on the books do some homework. These revenue NEVER accrue in the quarters to which you post glowing Wall Street Reports. This is a long-term asset that requires patience and people.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Loved the people and job, hated the environment and corporate mentality.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warwick, RI

    I worked at Pentair full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Was excellent when started. Common direction and goals.

    Cons

    Top Management either wants certain aspects to fail or they are oblivious. Either way direction is on a quick downward slope. Lots of higher management that don't add value while cutting the mid to low level of employees that actually do the work.
    Bottom line is all this company cares about, employees are tools to be cut whenever possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your upper management or pay attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sanford, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Sanford, NC

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

    Pros

    Very stable company. Low levels of politics. Lots of opportunity to improve your skills and knowledge.competitive salary. Working hours are flexible to accommodate family.

    Cons

    Not focused in retaining talent. No clear career path.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on value added projects than make look good lean projects with no sizable return.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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