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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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  1. Helpful (1)

    Some good things - Some bad things - But in the end, I had to leave

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    Former Employee - Training in West Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Training in West Kingston, RI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company motto and philosophy, Green company, Flexible schedule, Competitive benefits

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive with other companies. My management gave raises based on personal home/life situations and overlooked others who performed well. Mass exodus on my team b/c of this - Undermining to the team morale and cohesiveness.

    Advice to Management

    Start rewarding employees based on the work they do, and their job performance.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Great people to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Electronic Technician in Rockford, IL

    I have been working 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

    Working at Schneider Electric is like working with good family members. There is a great amount of team work and fellowship. The team is always working hard at keeping our customers happy.

    Cons

    Corporate management is closing this plant down because they feel it is better to send our product to other plants world wide to workers that do not have the experence we have here.

    Advice to Management

    Find another place for as many of these employees to work to help another local company to succeed.

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