Timken

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Timken, which used to be a good employer to work for, is now a hollow shell of its former self.

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Current Employee - IT Professional in Canton, OH
Current Employee - IT Professional in Canton, OH

I have been working at Timken

Pros

A recognized name in the manufacturing industry with a past track record of innovative ideas in the bearings industry. It has survived 100+ years and will continue to survive even during this global economic downturn. The Canton, Ohio Global Headquarters is located in very low cost of living area.

Cons

This is a "good ol' boy" manufacturing company full of double standards. Beware of the "fair haired" employees that management caters to. Unless you know someone who knows someone or have existing relatives working there - there's little advancement opportunity so expect to stay in the position you are hired for a very long time. Timken does not offer Cost of Living Adjustments and currently there is no matching 401K contributions by the company.

New employee orientation is poor, be prepared to go on an "Easter Egg Hunt" to find information about your benefits. Your manager probably won't even be clear on it, so don't rely on them. Expect to be treated with suspicion by existing employees, the survivors of mass layoffs that are still happening in the company and to get dumped in projects where there are no resources or management backing - but you will be expected to complete.

Do not expect training. Timken has never been keen on paying for training. Any training you need, you'll need to do that out of pocket on your own.

The Timken work ethic is this: work over 40 hours every week, through your lunch, and be prepared to work weekends and change personal family plans with no notice ... all without compensation. Timken doesn't promote or encourage telecommuting.

This company is a manufacturing company and is concerned only with shareholder earnings and the bottom line. It's not a family friendly place and couldn't care less. Do not expect recognition for your work, but be prepared to find out that promotions and raises are based on who is friends with who and not based your work. You may work 40+ hours a week, save the company thousands of dollars ... but don't be surprised that the guy who sleeps in his cube, comes in late, slips out early, and calls in sick all the time will get a raise when you don't because he's friends with your Gneeral Manager. Timken is full of these type of people.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Review your employees on their work performance. Please keep in mind many employees do have families and a life outside of Timken. Just because an employee is salaried, does not mean you can work them over 40 hours a week without compensation. Do not reprimand during annual reviews them for not knowing things when you will not train them. And stop rewarding mediocre performance - replace the dead wood that does not and will not work.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Timken - A Manufacturing Giant now in Chaos.

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    Former Employee - Senior Information Technology Manager in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Information Technology Manager in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken

    Pros

    Recognized Heavy Industrial Manufacturer, Product is used almost everywhere. Located in a very low cost of living area. Offices recently updated with better lighting and work areas.

    Cons

    No job security, little advancement or training opportunity, no matching 401K contributions. New employee orientation just doesn't exist, you're dropped into a project or on a team and expected to have solutions immediately without having seen systems or met people. New employees are met with suspicion by existing employees who survived several recent massive layoffs. Timken expects you to work above and beyond 40 hours and weekends without compensation, currently all employees are to work one furlough day (no pay at all) each month. Timken has not adapted to telecommuting and does not promote/encourage it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need a more open door management style - current management is more interested in own personal survival and gains than that of the company. Better communication - which is a problem throughout the company - no one knows what is happening. Reinstate the 401K matching contribution. Allow for training. And do not make working 48+ hours a week mandatory when you only pay for 40 hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Timken

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Timken

    Pros

    stable company
    not too automotive oriented
    good benifits
    good time off
    manufacturing facilities all over
    willing to make decisions to survive

    Cons

    only seems to be concerned with one product and that is tapered roller bearings. If you do not support that product line, there is a good chance your product line will be eliminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please stop keeping people in the dark with what is going on. People need to be aware of possible layoffs. The rumore mill gets old fast. Not enough communication at the plant level.

    No opinion of CEO
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