Fisher Controls

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Fisher Controls Reviews

Updated July 26, 2014
Updated July 26, 2014
15 Reviews
3.6
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Marshalltown isn't what it used to be...

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Fisher Controls

    Pros

    Good company, great product. Good place to start a career. Good place to settle down if you already have your family life established.

    Cons

    Marshalltown. Way too many VP level people that probably shouldn't be VP level people. Very mediocre compensation. Limited opportunity for advancement inside the company, and not really appealing due to conservative raises associated with promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start paying employees more and offering competitive promotion raises. Open an office in Des Moines or even Ames perhaps for non manufacturing critical positions.

  2.  

    Some good, some bad. In the end, not many reasons for people to stay.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Marshalltown, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Marshalltown, IA

    I have been working at Fisher Controls full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Somewhat flexible work hours, benefits are decent, time-off is around average. Generally, there is a company focus on continuing education and growing your career. Compensation is below-average to average, mostly because cost-of-living is lower.

    Cons

    No planning whatsoever. Your tasks/projects will change on a daily basis, creating the feeling that what you are working on is ultimately not important. Some groups are definitely better than others, but some are terrible. There is a large gap between number of experienced engineers that are about ready to retire and the number of entry-level engineers, indicating that this is a pretty good place to get a start, and not a great place to have a career. There's a recent focus on metrics and tracking your production, which has the negative consequence of focusing your efforts on short term, quick payoff type activities. Ultimately, the sales organization drives the company which prevents any true innovation. Supposedly there's a compensation and career ladder for the more technically inclined but unless you're interested in a management position don't expect to move much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on long-term growth and set the company up for future success. There's a very real problem in keeping new hires longer than 5 years. This represents a significant resource drain as the company is always training new people.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Company - Friendly People - Unfortunate Compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Marshalltown, IA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Marshalltown, IA

    I have been working at Fisher Controls full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Except for a few exceptions majority of the areas are well run by managers that are willing to not only develop and grow their own area but also willing to work with other areas. The company is generally willing to train their employees as necessary. Friendly people and it's not unusual to find multiple people from varying departments working together to reach root causes. Great balance of work life vs. family life. The Marshalltown area is very bike friendly on roads and as well as their well managed bike and hiking path.

    Cons

    Raises have been underwhelming as they tend to hover near inflation rates. No bonuses outside of the Christmas bonus which is low enough that it seems pointless to cash the check each year. There doesn't seem to be any accountability for low performers. It's not uncommon to find these individuals passed around from department to department left to stagnate in the area they are left in... kind of like hot potato. The Marshalltown area can be a bore and it's reputation in the surrounding area is not very good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For those that are doing a good job, keep it up. For those that aren't, please do everyone a favor and alter your career path so that those that actually exceed in leadership roles can step in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start but don't stay long

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Marshalltown, IA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Marshalltown, IA

    I have been working at Fisher Controls full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    leader in the industry, learned a ton, great work family

    Cons

    Don't expect your annual raise to be more than half a percent above inflation. There are more VPs than are needed and several really should be a director.

    It is a constant battle of cost containment and the first place costs are contained is SG&A which includes salaries

    Location sucks. If you want a decent selection of restaurants or school systems it means commuting to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    plan for attrition of employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great internship with challenging work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in McKinney, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in McKinney, TX

    I worked at Fisher Controls as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility to do the testing and the trust from my peers.

    Cons

    Not for someone who doesn't like working in a lab or manufacturing facility.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It's a well managed, establish company to work for.

    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager

    I worked at Fisher Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is stable, offers lots of training with low turnover. Emerson's planning process is rigorous, but it trains you to become a very effective manager, adept at troubleshooting and driving profit improvement.

    Cons

    Most advancement opportunities are in the Midwest where Fisher Controls and Emerson Process Management Headquarters are based.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Rock Steady Employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Marshalltown, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Marshalltown, IA

    I worked at Fisher Controls full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    My time at Fisher was overall an excellent experience. Company is pretty rock steady and able to weather the peaks and valleys in the markets, and was reluctant to lay-off employees during the latest recession, instead choosing to offer voluntary early retirement packages. Solid management and strong relationships with its major customers. World-class engineering facilities.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be limited in engineering roles due to long tenure of older employees. Upper management has pushed to increase numbers of engineers in overseas engineering centers instead of adding resources in the US. Lack of planning for, and emphasis on, knowledge transfer from tenured employees to newer hires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage and plan for knowledge transfer from older generation to younger. Better consider promotions to maintain parity between functional groups and encourage employee retention of younger hires. Improve salaries to be on par with other companies in the respective occupations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I enjoyed the interaction with other interns more than the work, I was assigned a lot of jobs that were not challenging.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tool Design Engineer Co-op in Marshalltown, IA
    Former Employee - Tool Design Engineer Co-op in Marshalltown, IA

    I worked at Fisher Controls

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good.
    Potential to move up.

    Cons

    No windows in the office.
    Very poor communication between managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Answer your emails.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment, good company.

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

    I worked at Fisher Controls

    Pros

    Management is excellent with great employer employee relation.

    Cons

    Location is terrible, advancements do not come up often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall very well, stay away from micromanaging.

    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Embedded Design Engineer in McKinney, TX
    Current Employee - Embedded Design Engineer in McKinney, TX

    I have been working at Fisher Controls

    Pros

    The company is often located in some nice areas, although that of course depends on exactly where you work. Emerson is a big, international company, so there will be opportunities for advancement across the company if you pursue them hard enough. Emerson is a very stable company and in general conservative, so you probably don't have to worry about volatility in the market nearly as much.

    Cons

    The pay seems to be at the low end of the range for companies in general. I think you end up trading stability for compensation. As a consequence, Emerson doesn't attract the cream of the crop in terms of employees. That doesn't mean some great people don't work at Emerson, but it's a consideration. The product lines also aren't that exciting. In this case, you trade stability for excitement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the decisions related to the direction of the company seem to be short-sighted.

    No opinion of CEO

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