Greenlee Textron
3.1 of 5 18 reviews
www.greenlee.textron.com Rockford, IL 500 to 999 Employees

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Greenlee Textron President Scott Hall

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    Stressful, but with opportunities to grow and advance professionally

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCompensation, if compared to industry average in IL; opportunities for growth and movement vertically and horizontally; access to career opportunities with other Textron subsidiaries; mostly friendly people with cooperative mindset

    ConsLocation: Rockford is not a thriving place and lacks everything that is needed to attract young and striving talent; while some departments are over-staffed and clearly can take advantage of flexible hours, trainings, online participation / suggestions and the networking necessary to become visible within the company, other departments are utterly understaffed, employees are burned out, changes in direction and staff are frequent (it seems people can't stay too long before wanting to get out of there!)... all that amongst little support from upper management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImbalance of employees' satisfaction among departments reflects the good or bad management of resources and talent by upper staff.
    There have been some good initiatives to give voice to employees, but hey, people who are extremely overworked do not have time to spare with "cutsy" ideas. What about paying attention to the obvious signs and leveling the playing field so people from all departments can be successful in their roles?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place for developement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLean focussed, develops people in skills

    ConsSalary alright!
    small company so several hats on a single person

    Advice to Senior ManagementPeople who work hard need to be valued more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    You'll get great training, but you probably won't stay long

    Sourcing (Former Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsHighly structured organization. It is very obvious that Greenlee is part of a Fortune 500 company (Textron). If you love metrics, goals, objectives, individual performance plans, then this is your place to work. Goals are cascaded down really well into dept objectives so you'll know exactly what your dept is trying to achieve. If you are a type A personality you will like it here. There are a lot of training opportunities, especially for LEAN and Six Sigma.

    ConsHigh turnover and unstable work environment. Greenlee covets college grads for their leadership training program and also has a rotational Black Belt program. Downside is this promotes frequent change in personnel, responsibilities and/or outright turnover. This also promotes a lot of "flavor of the month" projects that usually don't last. There is not a lot of recognition for non-Managerial employees. If you are not a Manager or Black Belt, you really do feel like just a number to Senior Leadership. Employees get their training at Greenlee and then move on to other Textron Business units, especially Bell Helicopter. Others simply grow tired and leave the company to utilize some of the very training and experience that they got at Greenlee.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFresh talent is very important to any organization, but value the current employees you already have. Loosen the belt a little on the Green/Black belt requirements and initiatives. There is a saying that people don't leave companies, they leave Managers. Keep this in mind, and it starts at the very top.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It used to be great...not so much anymore.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFirst 6 years were great. I learned and grew quickly. Most of the employees were great people to work with; but there are a few ladder-climbing back-stabbers still there. Then things changed. The IT world was invaded by Dick McDonell & Denise Wright (neither of which had a clue how to manage). They each hired their equally incompetent friends.

    ConsAround 2001-2003, the IT world was invaded by Dick and then Denise (neither of which had a clue how to manage). They each hired their equally incompetent friends. They led with an iron fist and clueless mandate. Even when you completely correct a failed SAP implementation, you're still punished. The hours became ungodly and came with no reward. The funniest part was going through a month-long change control process to change the heading on a report. Utter silliness that they considered "excellence". Their leadership is laughable.

    Currently, management is deluded into thinking hiring new college grads with no experience is a good idea. Unfortunately, these new grads have no people skills, know nothing of the industry, and are insulting to our customers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLoosen the MBA hats and let in a little common sense.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsGreat pay, Family/ friendly feeling in the office

    ConsIts in Rockford IL. Not that many places to find good living

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company Solid Senior Management

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    ProsFamily atmosphere. Great co-workers, strong products brands and manufacturing!

    ConsToo much work given for the time allowed. Too many competing priorities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMiddle management has too much power. Many do not "walk the talk". Scott Hall is doing a great job!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    average manufacturing environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosalways looking to improve processes

    Conspoor work life balance, frequent managment changes

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat employees with more respect

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad place to work, but watch your back.

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)

    Pros>Reputable Company with a good deal of innovation and unique products.
    >Pays relatively well.

    Cons>Management will quickly throw people under the bus.
    >Stuffy, overly corporate management structure, where disagreement is mistaken for disloyalty.
    >Products are much more expensive than the competition's.
    >Sales commission structure is based on a team, not the individual.
    >Failure to meet unrealistic sales goals is blamed on a lack of effort and/or skill, rather than management setting unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate more clearly and accept constructive criticism.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Look Elsewhere

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGood reputation from end users/distributors (deserved or not) and has been around a long time. Base pay is good but poor bonus plan. Not the best benefits.

    ConsCompany is in a downward spiral and operating by throw it at the wall and see if it sticks. Huge turnover in management positions. Regardless of qualifications or value it is who you know which can help you be one of the few to go anywhere in the company or cast aside to make room for someone else. Trying to add new product lines that don't fit the core or have a chance at being competitive. Their pricing in most lines are high and operate in the thinking "Its Green and should be able to sell for more Green" while competitive product is 30% less. If you request competitive pricing regardless of the size of opportunity you probably won't get it and be criticized for not knowing how to sell. In today's electrical market almost everything is price driven. Sales goals are joke and you are usually judged more on how many promos you sold rather than actual sales.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWouldn't take advice if offered. Recognize the work your employees do and support them when needed. Concentrate on your core and not trying to be everything to everyone. Have a better understanding of the market and set goals based on that.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the worst place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsI thought the pay was fair to the market. Although your money will go a lot further in Rockford, IL

    Greenlee uses current business software like SAP.

    Since most departments are under staffed because of the last layoffs, you get alot of experience doing alot of different things. Although you'll also have more work.

    ConsThe first thing that comes to my mind is the diversity is terrible there. I would say 60% of the employees are from the rockford area. A lot of the staff have been in Rockford their whole lives. This isn't a huge deal, although it would be nice if you got to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds

    Greenlee's career opportunity from a location standpoint are poor. You really only have Rockford, IL if your not in the manufacturing field. Because there is the headquarters in Rockford, IL then 3 manufacturing centers in Memphis, TN, Louisville, KY and Genoa, IL, But if your not in manufacturing/engineering the only place for you is Rockford

    I personally have never experience this, although I have seen it a lot . Greenlee employees are quick to throw each other under the bus. Not sure if they fear job security or the wrath from upper management. You'll see the emails people wright to each other CCing in the upper management and think was this necessary.

    Greenlee is a yearly goals always make you scratch your head, basically...Spend less, but get better quality, with less resources

    Advice to Senior ManagementA thank you once in a while would be nice...o and less emails in all caps clearly screaming at people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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