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Discouraging, long hours, massive lay-offs

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Canton, OH
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, OH

I worked at Timken

Pros

One of the largest employers in the area
If you have the right degree, there can be multiple career options
Decent benefits

Cons

Biased management, focus was always on reducing costs with no element of caring about people's lives. Economic downturn served as reason to cut pay, bonus, benefits, and 401k. Just 18 months later they posted biggest profit ever. Amazing.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Conduct an employee opinion survey, determine which managers treat employees well and which managers are causing turnover of good people.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Timken

  1.  

    Great Opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Organizational Manager - Human Resources Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Organizational Manager - Human Resources Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Timken

    Pros

    Lack of experience of management

    Cons

    Union minded, policies reflect union enviroment even when not a union.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Well Recognized Manufacturing Company - Miserable Working Conditions.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer  in  Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken

    Pros

    A stable company that will be around for years to come. Although there was a lot of talk that the recession hit Timken business units hard and hence the reason for the massive layoffs in 2008 and 2009, Timken was never in any trouble at all. The layoffs were unnecessary and so were the forced furloughs that remaining employees had to endure (forced working days without pay). For years they had talked about reducing headcount to pre-year 2000 levels and used the recession as a reason to do so. The company now runs lean and mean. It's a recognized name. The company has properly positioned itself in key business lines which will require Timken specific products for decades to come. It's stock is proof that it is solid.

    Cons

    There's little room for advancement other than a few small pay jumps. Most people stay at the same or near same level all the way through their career. Job titles are meaningless - they make them and eliminate them, just about any movement is "lateral" ... same pay, same responsibilities, different title. Management is hired from outside the company, so forget about the old days when you would rise through the ranks. To be a manager you have to be hired in as a manager. Same with education. If you are hired in with a, Associates Degree, BA or BS, if you get a Masters later on while working at Timken ... it won't help you either in advancement nor pay increase. You have to come in already with a Masters or PhD to get those salary levels. The medical benefits have steadily declined and gotten worse over the last 4 years. The good ol' boy network is still alive at Timken. Make sure you find and pony up with the "right people" when you're first hired or you will go nowhere. Keep good ideas to yourself, the business ethics internally at Timken are basically non-existent ... colleagues will and do poach each others' ideas and present them to management as their own in hopes of getting brownie points. And if you have a family with young children ... this is not the company for you. As I was told my first day, Timken comes first ... always. Your family life is a distant second. You will take work home. You will work weekends and holidays uncompensated. You will schedule your family's life around the needs of Timken. In this economy, Timken has no problem getting rid of those who do not adhere to this policy in the morning and having them replaced with someone else by lunchtime. In Canton, Ohio - Timken's will is law and Ohio is an AT WILL state. TImken can be a very hostile work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Timken Management, for the 20+ years I have worked for TKR, has never been even remotely the best. The latest crop of managers are ones who don't even know the core products we make any more. They came out of business schools or financial firms and most have never seen the plant floor, let alone how a Bearing is assembled, Tube pierced, or how a Steel ingot is formed. Their office policy is a closed door Stanford School of Management policy - basically they tell you to jump and you ask how high on the way up. Question them, they won't come outright and reprimand you for doing so. Instead, they'll get you when you least expect it months later. Too much favoritism, nepotism, and an astounding lack of business ethics. CEO Jim Griffith simply looks the other way as long as investor dividends keep up with expectations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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