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Milwaukee Electric Tool Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too many here whine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Brookfield, WI
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Brookfield, WI

    I have been working at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome pay
    Bonuses have bought me my house

    All the whiny people here should quit complaining. My bonuses in just my first year out if school I have bought a big house with. If you are in a position they pay you so little it is because you are of no value. Then move instead of whining!

    Cons

    There is none, the bonuses and pay is incredible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kick all the whiny people out of the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Career path offered and chosen as opposed to reality of ensuing career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cos and Budget Manager in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Cos and Budget Manager in Brookfield, WI

    I worked at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Time off policies AS PRESENTED were extremely liberal and unbiased. Salaries offered to various levels of employment appeared to be very competitive in comparison to other companies having similar product mix and growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Actual realization of the entire benefit package was highly dependent on who you knew as opposed to what you knew. My opinion of the person(s) in charge of application of these benefits is that they were self-serving individuals whose goal was for themselves to succeed on the merits of those who worked for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Management is to return to the early days at Milwaukee Tool in order that the success of the company as a whole is dependent on Management working to make individual employees who they are in charge of succeed so that their success will make them flourish as individuals and thus have the company succeed as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Brand / Tough Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great brand and products
    - Solid Engineering Team and Engineering Management
    - In-house design team and lab testing
    - Growing sales, strategically smart
    - Good place for experience

    Cons

    - High pressure work environment.
    - High turnover
    - Long hours (nights / weekends). Not family friendly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Flat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brookfield, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brookfield, WI

    I have been working at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Technically challenging,
    Much opportunity for learning

    Cons

    Long work days for Low pay
    Overwhelmed workers
    Feel like you spin your wheels all day long but get nowhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workers feel under-appreciated and compensation is as low as the morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I love my co-workers!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Brookfield, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Brookfield, WI

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

    Pros

    love my co-workers!
    made a ton of new friends
    holidays off, sick pay and very affordable family health care plans
    flexible schedule allows me time off to handle crisis with my kids
    fast paced schedule makes days go quick

    Cons

    long work hours, nights and weekends ensure average hourly rates slightly above minimum wage
    new hires recent grads with limited skills no knowledge of company rest of team shoulders much of the responsibility
    meeting are unproductive unnecessary causing major interruptions completing work
    false talk of advancement at reviews gets tiring used to disguise increased responsibility and workload results in no additional compensation
    dangling of carrot & stick is demotivating you get close and its moved just out of reach
    malcontented employees percolate and effects quality of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    excellent performance and reviews shouldn't result in below industry average pay and compensation
    belief is allegiance and hard work is not a determinant leading to consideration for promotions or compensation
    your own discontent and strain shows prominently in your own tired faces and eyes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Engineering Technicians get $17.00 an hour

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Brookfield, WI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Brookfield, WI

    I worked at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good stepping stone place to launch a career from.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits do not match responsibilities and workloads.
    No real advancement.
    No clear direction for workload and priorities.
    No communications in the department from management.
    Constantly shifting priorities and foggy instructions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you pay experienced, college degreed Senior Engineering Technician $17.00 an hour it should be no surprise why we quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Run!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brookfield, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brookfield, WI

    I have been working at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    It's fun to work for a tool company. The product is very exciting and ever changing.

    Cons

    Long hours
    No collaboration
    Everyone is into it for themselves
    There used to be a sense of unity but now that is all but gone. Everyone that understood how to turn the company has either been let go or has left. The managers that remain are doing exactly what they did at the other companies they were at...taking it down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A change is needed. You should have taken the time to learn what made you successful the last few years. You got rid of the drivers and change makers in the company and have promoted those that have no clue how to lead people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a career company

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

    I worked at Milwaukee Electric Tool

    Pros

    Fun product, great expense account allowance, company f150, young team but great president Steve Richman. Good stepping stone For experience.

    Cons

    Must relocate to be promoted. Work harder than compensated for. Zero incentive to sell hard. Young management calling the shot. Everyone is scared of the upper management. A ton of rules by the road in the sense that the book says one thing, everyone does another. If your caught they fire you even though everyone is doing it under the radar. Promotions come with minimal pay increase. No adjustment for cost of living. Esentially everyone employee is very very disposable. Under managed in some positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're not that scary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a career company

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours
    Good stepping stone if you have limited experience.
    Company loves hiring young people out of college with zero experience.
    I like my Manager and co-workers

    Cons

    Not the type of place one sees themselves being at for long, hied right out of school 3 years later they leave.
    High turnover and regular "rolling layoffs"
    No clear work instruction.
    Tuition program is practical gutted to zero now, lucky if it cover 1/4 the cost to actually get the degree today
    Horrible communication cause expensive mistakes and tons of extra work.
    Terrible raises and bonuses, did I say terrible, and it has been that way for a few years - SAD!
    "Promotions" are only more work at the same pay.
    Long, long, long, long work hours lots of missed time from family
    Very stressful and unrealistic workload and no support, have to cover others who are not competent.
    Good old boys club mentality
    Bad moral, employees feel unappreciated and everyone is "watching their back"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The last of the real employees who have a wealth of knowledge about the history of the company and products are all nearing retirement and no one is there to "take over the torch".

    The insulting raises and compensation will not attract anyone who has good skills and experience to stay long. The ones near retirement as they are probably not going anywhere but the work force appears to getting less skilled and competent by the day. That too is scaring others off.

    The "bad " reputation of the company is becoming well known in the industry. There is no incentive to work harder or do more. Looks like it is now at a critical junction and long term is not going to end well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once great company is now just a name

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machinst in Brookfield, WI
    Current Employee - Machinst in Brookfield, WI

    I have been working at Milwaukee Electric Tool full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    * I have great co-workers
    * Free gym membership
    * Discounts on phone service

    Cons

    * High turnover and replacements usually are right out of school with no experience.
    * Low moral, culture of fear and intimidation.
    * Very poor raise and no bonuses
    * Vacation was taken away from dedicated long-time employees who had earned it.
    * Accelerated project schedules means pushing buggy products through and on to customers.
    * Typical 70 hour work week with no overtime compensations
    * Overall employees feel disrespected and taken advantage of
    * Little to no respect for the CEO or upper management.
    * No incentive to do quality work, we just push it through

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You took what was once a great company and in your strive to grow has created a culture of apathy, low motivation fear and intimidation. You may be able to retain employees under these conditions in a bad economy, but that no longer exists, which is why the turn over is so high.

    People don't consider working there as having a meaningful career anymore, but just a job and a paycheck. There is no motivation or incentive to do better. Working hard never equates to better compensation. Which is why the distrust of the CEO and management is so high.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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