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Great international company

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Current Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA
Current Employee - Manager in Alpharetta, GA

I have been working at Schneider Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

International opportunities, multiple business units. Great opportunities for career growth and variety. In many very high-growth and high-tech areas, such as energy management and optimization, smart grid, building management, white space management, critical infrastructure.

Cons

Business units are not well co-ordinated, due to growth by acquisition. The US organization is dominated by the outdated culture that was Square D, but that is changing rapidly in a positive way.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Southern mentality under a big name

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    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in La Vergne, TN
    Current Contractor - Business Analyst in La Vergne, TN

    I have been working at Schneider Electric as a contractor (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Have big company name. Some are good enthusiastic young people.

    Cons

    Local company no matter the name. Southern good ol boys company. Constrained mentality and organization chaos. Many promoted managers are incompetent and prevent progress.

  2. Helpful (6)

    Solid multi-national, massive conglomerate that moves slowly and can have sketchy leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Schneider Electric full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Schneider Electric is a fairly economic trouble-proof company. Only when things get really dicey are there problems with layoffs and even then, if you are a star performer and add value, you are unlikely to be affected.

    Cons

    Depending on where you work in this massive company your experience will differ. Largely though, this isn't a company that sees its employees as assets. Instead, they are managed as liabilities and only enough is given to keep them around.

    The insurance is a little below average, perks are practically non-existent, and while they finally have a stock-purchase program, options are not given to anyone except the very, very high managers. Since there isn't a real reason to stick around, people frequently leave and the process of adjusting and training new people is not only exhausting, but it seriously impacts product development.

    The product development process is also very complicated and takes 5-7 years on average, often times more. But this also means that the products are rock solid and safe. Very important. The down-side is that processes are not consistent across business units and it can be like pulling teeth to get people in other locations to do things to move your product forward. This makes the whole thing feel like the military.

    The military analogy extends to leadership, most of whom are not qualified to have the position they hold. Instead, it is because they have been around the longest and outlasted others. These folks know their skill level and don't surround themselves with people who can show their lack of knowledge and experience. The result is that the qualified people are the ones who do all the work and have to lead from below while the managers take long lunches on the company.

    In the end, the frustration builds and even more people leave. Cronyism throughout upper management keeps this system in place and puts blame on workers instead of management.

    Advice to Management

    For the few managers who are qualified and aren't afraid to act, finding a way to clean house and bring in qualified managers will revitalize the company. Also, make it financially desirable to work for the company. The salaries don't have to be the best in the industry, but throw out options often to give people a reason to help the company grow. They will think twice before leaving and have a serious motivation to help the bottom-line.

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