LECO Corp Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
8 Reviews
3.4
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Top notch company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Joseph, MI

    I have been working at LECO Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Owners are hands-on in every aspect of the company and care about their employees and this community here in Southwest Michigan.

    Cons

    I have no cons... I've been working in my field for 25 years, and this is by far my favorite employer.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Its OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LECO Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It has a lot of stability

    Cons

    Don't get on managements bad side

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Sales Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in Saint Joseph, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator in Saint Joseph, MI

    I have been working at LECO Corp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers and a long standing company in the area.

    Cons

    Changing the culture is a never ending battle.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern Experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineering Intern in Saint Joseph, MI
    Former Employee - Electronics Engineering Intern in Saint Joseph, MI

    I worked at LECO Corp as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good experience working with multi discipline engineers on real time projects based on our interests. Good scope for career advancement

    Cons

    Not many employment opportunities in the engineering field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaged, limited promotion potential, outdated business model, xenophobic corporate culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI

    I worked at LECO Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone but do not look at staying.

    Cons

    The owner and president micromanages the business from the ground up. For example, somebody spilled a cup of coffee and stained the carpet, the owner then banned coffee in that building. Small purchases and projects are subject to the owner's whim and spontaneous firings are not unheard of.

    Corporate culture is very narrow minded and often operating on outdated business models. The words, "that is how we have always done it." seem to be the motto. There is little drive to update processes and technology to support workers and the customer. Telework is not an option and most engineers work well over 80hrs.

    Cliques are very common and generally not open to outsiders. Opportunity to prove oneself and contribute at higher levels is very limited and subject to intense scrutiny. Corporate sponsored training or education is nearly non-existent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the 1980's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    A Privately held company with great people and a good culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI
    Former Employee - Service Engineer in Saint Joseph, MI

    I worked at LECO Corp

    Pros

    Leco looks for talented people and they have some excellent talent there. It is privately owned and thus it has a family oriented culture with a fear/respect for the owners. It has enjoyed steady success for years , however it appears that the rough economy has made a negative impact on its business and profits in 2009 as have so many of its customers. Those who remain are fortunate.

    Cons

    The company overall has a nice marketplace in a niche business. It is a professional culture where there is a decent amount of information. The problems are somewhat influenced by upper management. The clicks are very pronounced and people are in a jar where they have to climb over their co-workers in order to stand out and scratch and claw for survival there. The training is great for the customers but not so throuough (formal) for the employees. There is a little less than normal corporate direction or communication. Watch out if you ever dare to speak out against the desired bureaucratic flow there, you will soon be updating your resume!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company overall is a great place to work. The needs are to better communicate, care more about the individuals in every department and show how much you care by sharing more of the wealth. Invest more in people by formal training with clear direction and opportunities for pay raises and advancement. Don't be so clickish or unapproachable. Help the people to help grow the business by encouragement and opportunity. Break down the walls of separation between the parts and make the whole operation operate smoother and more efficiently. Listen more to the suggestions of your workforce and allow them input without fear of procecution or punishment. Try to resolve the hidden or unspoken concerns and you will see a dramatic improvement in respect and creativity leading you to higher profit potentials.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leco is a great company...but there is much room for improvement going forward

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unemployed in Saint Joseph, MI
    Former Employee - Unemployed in Saint Joseph, MI

    I worked at LECO Corp

    Pros

    It is a privately held company that has enjoyed a leadership position in their field and they are very conscientious to treat and maintain their employees well. It is a very professional environment .Once you are in, they treat you with respect and there are some good perks for the right individual at the right time.

    Cons

    The openings and the positions available are few and somewhat specialized. The top or upper management can be very dictator-like and makes sudden unannounced discharges for any tiny infraction or disagreement to the status quo. There is no real formal training available to new hires and the process to begin is all but invisible or ambiguous at best

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more familiar with each and every worker and allow them a chance to develop once hired by affording them better opportunities for growth or lateral transition opportunities. Don't intimidate people with your power or overbearing influence because you hold the wealth in your bank account personally, make self-sacrifice and tolerance along with friendliness and higher starting pay and benefits available. You MUST have better wages in order to attract better people. You MUST have a Formal TRAINING program and continuous improvement implemented in order to prepare your service people and sales force. Especially the service people. If you do not, then you embarrass them and you will not be providing the customer with any real quality or service.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst subsidiary to work for

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

    I worked at LECO Corp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    People within the Organization in Corporate Headquarters show a true interest to do teamwork. Nice offices in the Corporate Headquarters. Nice participation in tradeshows when it comes to Corporate Headquarters.

    Cons

    1.- Training: Employees don't travel from other countries just to be fed.Repeating the same stuff over and over again don't make people learn more or even get questions solved. Zero commercial-strategy training in order to attack the market aggresively.
    2.- Lack of respect for people: Sexist, chauvinistic. Passive-aggressive criticism over religious beliefs, lifestyle, hobbies from local and corporate managers and coworkers.
    3.- Bullying-mobbing-backstabbing: Managers in subsidiaries make open fun of your communications, insult and overreact negatively over employees requests, recommendations and questionning.
    4.- Communication skills: No communication flows neither objectively nor in time.
    5.- Leadership / Teamwork: Bosses and coworkers are true stoppers to get anything done.
    6.- No business processes / no business focus: Standard operational procedures and policies within subsidiary are far from updated. Improductive meetings. No busines plans, no true commercial strategy.
    7.- Any attempt to be proactive is and will be taken negatively by management. Then you will be blamed for not reaching the goals established.
    8.- Invasion of privacy / lack of trust on employees: Installing GPS in your mobile phone and security survelliance with no previous notice makes you feel like as if you were a delinquent rather than re-inforcing SECURITY either when travelling or while working in the offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your subsidiary in Mexico. The more unproffessional people you keep working there and justifying their "procedures", the worse the results you will get. Keep an eye on your Regional Commercial Director as well...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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