Rockwell Automation

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A hardware company trying to make software

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Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI

I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Rockwell definitely has a solid foundation and business model for staying in operation. Its a good place to be for a steady state job. Salary and benefits are competitive with the industry. They are striving to be a technology company for automation controls.

Cons

Top Management doesn't seem to have an understanding of software development and has a primary focus on the current bottom line which is driven by hardware sales. The focus, execution model and priorities of the business do not align with progressive development practices needed to achieve the software quality levels needed to be competitive.

Rockwell as a company does not seem to have figured out how to develop and retain top talent. Through a combination of lack of employee development, lack of job level growth planning, and execution on employee feedback, employees are forced into leaving the company to move up in their careers or just leaving the company to return at a later date to achieve the fundamental result of a promotion. I have heard it a number of time that you have to leave and come back in order to get a promotion.

The company also does not integrate into their development systems an appropriate improvement model to empower engineers and engineering managers to collect feedback and implement changes which will drive the correct behavior and systemic solutions to benefit the company and staff. Collaboration of multiple disciplines within the sub-organizations is operationally poor at best. These functions need to be brought together under a unified direction with focused problems and be driven for sustainable results. There are way to many short term solutions and making the numbers look good to be successful.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Lock you top and mid level management in a room for two weeks and train them on the fundamentals of quality, organizational and team operational theory, and organizational empowerment.

Walk the talk that you talk, understand that it takes effort, empowerment, compassion, and planning to retain top talent. Words mean nothing without action.

And finally, while you past and present are fueled by hardware, your future is driven by software. Learn the lessons other companies did not about the importance of software and are not either dead or have been purchased and function solely as a hardware provider.

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No opinion of CEO

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    A Bitter Sweet Experience

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    Former Employee - Tester, Assembly, Material Handler in Mequon, WI
    Former Employee - Tester, Assembly, Material Handler in Mequon, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    some of the people really tried to work and encourage me. I learned alot about variious aspects of Material Handling,Shipping,Assembly, and Testing. The Engineers were very helpful,and taught me alot about the company,and the Manufacturing process.

    Cons

    Was not able to connect with the right people to get placed permanently. Could have used more guidance in finding the right direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more clues as to what direction would be best for job candidates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to gain experience

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    Current Employee - Technician Associate Manufacturing in Twinsburg, OH
    Current Employee - Technician Associate Manufacturing in Twinsburg, OH

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

    Pros

    Average pay, benefits, floor personnel don't need experience

    Cons

    Prefer to hire outside, does not promote from within. Expects a lot for very little.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within, stop treating personnel like children.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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