Greenlee Textron

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Greenlee Textron Reviews

Updated July 7, 2014
Updated July 7, 2014
18 Reviews
3.1
18 Reviews
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Greenlee Textron President Scott Hall
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  1.  

    Stressful, but with opportunities to grow and advance professionally

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenlee Textron full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, 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

    Cons

    Location: 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 ManagementAdvice

    Imbalance 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good place for developement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greenlee Textron full-time

    Pros

    Lean focussed, develops people in skills

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People who work hard need to be valued more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sourcing  in  Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Sourcing in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Greenlee Textron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Highly 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.

    Cons

    High 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fresh 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenlee Textron full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    First 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.

    Cons

    Around 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 ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the MBA hats and let in a little common sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mechanical Engineering intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at Greenlee Textron full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, Family/ friendly feeling in the office

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    average manufacturing environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greenlee Textron full-time

    Pros

    always looking to improve processes

    Cons

    poor work life balance, frequent managment changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat employees with more respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company Solid Senior Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at Greenlee Textron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Greenlee Textron full-time for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more clearly and accept constructive criticism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Look Elsewhere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

    I have been working at Greenlee Textron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

    Wouldn'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not the worst place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at Greenlee Textron full-time

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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