Legrand North America

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Legrand North America Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
10 Reviews

3.6
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  1.  

    Friendly environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern  in  West Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Intern in West Hartford, CT

    Pros

    Good work life balance and friendly people. Great benefits along with plenty of opportunities for promotions.

    Cons

    There is a lot to learn in the first year. People are in all different stages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting opportunities in a mature industry

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

    Pros

    Quick background: Legrand North America (LNA) is a unique corporate environment. As a group comprised entirely of previously acquired companies with some dating back over 100 years, LNA has traditionally had a very decentralized management model with many small to medium sized offices around the country. In recent years, some management and operations have been folded into larger structures while other groups remain mostly autonomous. Due to such, there are many variables about the company that are difficult to generalize.

    So, for pros:
    - The people are pleasant and welcoming. Dress code is business casual but many folks dress more casually
    - Business objectives, financial performance and other KPIs are very transparent
    - There is a well established employee development program
    - The General Managers are accessible at the business units
    - There is an invigorating challenge to build the Legrand brand
    - LNA is financially stable and growing rapidly through medium sized acquisitions
    - Investment in industrial design and ethnography is very progressive for the industry.

    Cons

    The company is very finance driven, with the key drawbacks being:
    - Frugality on IT has allowed ancient software systems to remain in place. On-boarding can be especially painful.
    - The amount of data required on both a regular and urgent basis is overwhelming. The old and inefficient IT services magnify that frustration.
    - The need to deliver quarterly results can distract focus from the long term vision

    Other cons:
    - It is difficult to develop within a single business unit due to their limited sizes. Those willing to relocate have many more development opportunities.
    - Besides the local GMs, the executive team appears to be losing touch with ground level employees. Had there been an ear to the ground on certain issues, good employees would still be with the company. HR seems to be spread thin.
    - The mature business units are slow moving and put up the most resistance to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The IT systems are a major barrier to business unit collaboration and cause a lot of waste for those extracting data from them.

    Clean up the on-boarding process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Committed to Sustainability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  West Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in West Hartford, CT

    Pros

    Positive work environment, engaging employee programs and robust sustainability and community welfare initiatives. Excellent employee development and progression system.

    Cons

    Salary heavily dependent upon experience, no regard to advanced degrees. Overall salary figures for entry level office workers are below average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aim for 50th percentile when making offers to employees based on experience, education, and cost of living. Payscale or Glassdoor report.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing -

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Management  in  West Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Product Management in West Hartford, CT

    Pros

    Company is big enough to have money to tackle big projects and initiatives, like buying new companies. Pay is good and most units have a "profit sharing" bonus plan that covers all employees, so everyone is aligned, with the business financial objectives.

    Cons

    The financial numbers focus goes too far sometimes. Some management seems more impressed with politics and cheerleading than actual results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good People, Insecure Executive Management

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

    Pros

    salary and bonus, good products, great innovation pipeline, great meeting locations, great people for the most part

    Cons

    too inwardly focused, slow to adopt new best practices, unqualified people put into executive leadership positions over functional areas they have no clue how to advance, professional staff is afraid to speak up and offer new ideas out of fear of retribution,.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move people into leadership positions not based on "needing to find a spot" because of a reorganization but instead based on their qualifications. Bring in fresh people from the outside and encourage exploration of new ideas, processes, practices instead of being threatened by them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Positive

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

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, benefits, work environment. The company focuses a lot on employee development, and really cares about keeping people happy.

    Cons

    Takes long time for management to implement new processes
    Location, Hartford not the best area, but this company has locations all over the U.S.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable Work Experience

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, Good Benefits, Challenging Work

    Cons

    Culture needs to be forced changed a little faster.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make changes with authority.

    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Strong M&A model growth in North America

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

    Pros

    Some of the best connectivity, communications, electrical and structural communications equipment in the world. Very strong M&A model.

    Cons

    New product development for the longest time was in the individual business silos largely because of the acquisition companies synergies remaining local. This has been identified and brand management weaknesses have been shored up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue Legrand branding focus. It may be time to create a US national presence. Marketing and Advertising campaigns tied to Big Boxes may be an opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Legrand North America - a great place to work

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

    Pros

    Focus on employee development
    Consistent Leadership communication on results and objectives
    Growth Company
    Significant investment in sales and selling tools

    Cons

    Many initiatives and high expectations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to drive efforts in teamwok and collaboration.

    Recommends
  11.  

    Poor training and lack of leadership vision

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Specification Representative
    Former Employee - Specification Representative

    Pros

    Job stability
    Good products
    Big on Kaizen

    Cons

    Lack of creative thinking.
    No room for innovative working methods.
    Poor MDG strategy.
    No mentorship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although manufacturing is an old industry, it is crucial to revamp the sales force tool kits (i.e.: presentation, cold-calling, and style)

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