Legrand North America

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Legrand North America Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.6 9 reviews

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John Selldorff

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Exciting opportunities in a mature industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsQuick 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

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

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    Committed to Sustainability

    Anonymous (Current Employee) West Hartford, CT

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

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

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

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

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    Disappointing -

    Product Management (Current Employee) West Hartford, CT

    ProsCompany 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good People, Insecure Executive Management

    Marketing (Former Employee)

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

    Constoo 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 Senior ManagementMove 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.

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

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    Positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

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    Enjoyable Work Experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNice place to work, Good Benefits, Challenging Work

    ConsCulture needs to be forced changed a little faster.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake changes with authority.

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    Strong M&A model growth in North America

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsNew 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 Senior ManagementContinue 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.

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

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    Legrand North America - a great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsMany initiatives and high expectations

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to drive efforts in teamwok and collaboration.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor training and lack of leadership vision

    Specification Representative (Former Employee)

    ProsJob stability
    Good products
    Big on Kaizen

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementAlthough 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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