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Lincoln Electric Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
41 Reviews
3.7
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Lincoln Electric Chairman, President, and CEO John M. Stropki Jr.
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  1.  

    Great profit sharing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company does a great job rewarding high performers with a high bonus. It seemed to be a bit of a popularity contest for ratings, but what company isn't.

    Cons

    Salary increases are few and far between outside of a standard 2% raise. The only way for a big bump is changing positions, and they fight for every penny.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It was a great overall career experience with genuine and smart coworkers.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lincoln Electric

    Pros

    Really good training programs for new hires.

    Cons

    Management could have done better at communicating future career opportunities within the company.

  3.  

    Fantastic place to work, just don't be absent. If you have a busy life, kiss it goodbye

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Auto Mold in Euclid, OH
    Former Employee - Auto Mold in Euclid, OH

    I worked at Lincoln Electric

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities, the culture is what everyone says it is, and its true. Its a great place, the benefits are awesome. Everyone is generally happy to work, mostly because they are on piecework and make a decent amount of dough. Patient as saints with the training programs. Where most factories will be happy to put you out on your butt after a few weeks. These guys stick it out and REALLY have an interest in training you to be the best you can be.

    Cons

    When you apply you get stuck with whatever they give you, until your year is up. I'm a welder and got stuck in molding. Being a welder, using LE's stuff in the first place, this was the highest honor and most prized job I've ever held. The interview process is absolutely grueling it takes on average 6-12 months to get in. Lot of interviewing, testing etc.
    They have a tendency to make you feel if you are under their 3 year mark you really aren't "that" important to the company, considering once your in you never leave. Halfway though my 90 day assignment I had major shoulder surgery and I still came to work everyday 2 days post. Regrettably my body just broke down and I needed to take more then 3 days off and that was it for me. Personally I will never forgive myself.
    In the molding area its downright dangerous, their are several types of toxic gases the crew is exposed to. The machines had fume extraction ports but top management forced them to be capped off because it was going to cost the company money.
    The machines would CONSTANTLY break down, which wouldn't be bad but your on piecework. Time is money. If you come to work ready to put in your, 6, 8, 10, or 12 hour shift and your machines were broke, so were you. To get the molds in is a big deal and your forced to climb up onto the molds ( NOT fun or safe) while your shoes are coated in hydraulic fluid and oil.
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    My MAJOR complaint is they keep LAZY employees that honestly do NOT care about their product

    Peicework reigns the almighty Lincoln dollar and safety runs a far FAR second. I got shocked several times by their machines, complained about it and nothing ever got fixed.

    If someone does read this and get's stuck in molding, best of luck and keep your wits about you. You run around like a chicken with your head cut off and for the physical demands of the job Its honestly not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging every tiny job. From the new employee to the main foreman there was at least 5 people between them. Trust your new employees, especially the ones that take a keen and sincere interest in YOU. Provide the mold area's with fume extraction. Cut down the interviewing shenanigans. The swing shifts just stink.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Haven't started yet

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

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric

    Pros

    Bonus is a great thing

    Cons

    None that I can say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes

  6.  

    I got bait and switched.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is ok.
    End of year bonus is GREAT.
    Job is easy.

    Cons

    Your first few months will be a probation period. You will be treated like a temp or unpaid intern by everyone. You wont be making your full agreed upon salary during this time. And they are able to extend it if they want. But that isn't out of the ordinary. What upsets me the most is that I interviewed for one job. Then at the end was basically told that they didn't have openings in the job I was being interviewed for and asked me to work in an entirely different department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't interview people for one job then at the end of the process send them somewhere that has nothing to do with the job that the person was applying for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Overall a good place to start or finish your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent profit sharing bonus plan, excellent cafeteria since being renovated summer 2014, stable company with excellent growth, good health insurance plan.

    Cons

    Annual raises can be less than enough to cover cost of living increase, year end profit sharing bonus can be great one year and drop by 50% the next. Base salary very low since bonus is regarded as part of a total compensation package and not a bonus in the normal sense.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive pay raises should never be greater than the rest of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great Experience and Great People

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Lincoln Electric

    Pros

    - Software Engineers are treated well.

    - Many opportunities to work on cutting edge processors and technologies

    - Pay is fair

    Cons

    I wasn't here long enough to come across any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Archaic Culture - Not Collaborative & Poor Employee Placement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Office Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The overall pay was decent.

    Cons

    The company has a bonus system in place, which is a big part of your earnings. However, it's not worth the aggravation. It's based on a point system that is not primarily on facts but opinions. At the end of the year, your boss initially gives you your bonus points & then it's up to his boss to fight for your points with upper management. By the time you get paid, you could get a completely different number of points, which could affect your pay by thousands of dollars.

    This bonus system creates a very competitive environment, where there's no accountability b/c people don't want to lose points. Also, (from what I understand) it's competitive b/c each department gets so many points to distribute with each team member. There is little collaboration & everyone seem to be out for themselves.

    Additionally, the technology is not up-to-date. They don't have many systems in place to help you get your job done effectively. When I was there, they were VERY behind in this area.

    Because they don't layoff employees who've been there for 3 years & up, they move people around in positions they are not qualified for. This is very frustrating b/c often times you're working with someone that has little knowledge of best practices in the area they work in. For the majority of my time at Lincoln, I felt like I was badly managed & under valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place your employees appropriately & consider laying people off. If you have to move around an employee in different areas, chances are you might want to reconsider retaining that employee. Change your bonus system to be fair & to promote collaboration. Update your technology, so people can do their jobs efficiently. Improve your management team, so employees feel valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Sales Engineer Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Technical Sales Engineer
    Current Intern - Technical Sales Engineer

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, valuable experience, good pay

    Cons

    Nothing much to say here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you for a wonderful summer internship!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company but does not take care of employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Euclid, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Euclid, OH

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The bonus is fantastic, if you perform very well. The engineering trainee program is good because you can learn a lot in different areas of the company.

    Cons

    The training is not the best, culture is very old school, the merit rating system really comes down to if your boss thinks you do a good job, is in a good mood, etc. Health insurance is not covered at all by the company, this comes out of your bonus which is taxed at 50% to start with. Getting promoted is very difficult, you have to have a good rating and all of the qualifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees, promote from within more, don't make it so difficult. Company culture is slowly changing but you can see it is still very old school and still has cliques. The bonus is not keeping people satisfied anymore.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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