Mine Safety Appliances Reviews

Updated July 12, 2015
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Mine Safety Appliances CEO and Director Bill Lambert
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  1. Electronic Assembler

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clean area, good people to work with, and also fun time doing my job.

    Cons

    The only downside to this job was at the time I was still going to school in New Castle straight from work. MSA was located in Pittsburgh and that was a 50 min drive to work and another 50 min to school right after work.


  2. Good place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cranberry Township, PA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Cranberry Township, PA

    I have been working at Mine Safety Appliances full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great security, great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, politics and high school drama exist, however I think that is common to most corporate offices

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the unconventional voices too, not just the teacher's pets


  3. Lame place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler in Jacksonville, NC
    Former Employee - Assembler in Jacksonville, NC

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good health benefits and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Terrible work environment, poor management and leadership. Business comes before the employees no matter what.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees and create a respectful workplace.


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  5. Good job if you're okay working up the chain ever so slowly.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances

    Pros

    They pay their full time employees well and the benefits are pretty good. They match well on 401k also. Tuition reimbursement is "100%"

    Cons

    You must be extremely patient if you're hoping for advancement opportunities as the chances of being noticed within such a large company are slim. Nepotism is a major factor in a lot of promotions within the company even though the company has a standing policy against it. You can get your foot in the door with a degree, but if it's not a Bachelor's degree, it will take a lot to actually advance within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees rather than focusing on your perceived priority list. 1) shareholders 2) customers 3) profit 4) employees


  6. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Cranberry, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Co-Op in Cranberry, PA

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, lost of resources

    Cons

    Too much independence, and not enough help

    Advice to Management

    Help out employees more when they need it.


  7. Administrative Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very laid back atmosphere, people are very friendly

    Cons

    No room for potential growth


  8. Supply Chain

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

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Laid back working environment and workload

    Cons

    Management constantly shifts direction and changes priorities


  9. Spectacular

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Embedded Software/Firmware Engineer in Cranberry Township, PA

    I worked at Mine Safety Appliances full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mine Safety has 2000 great people who really do work well with others.

    Cons

    It's quite a distance from Pittsburgh and variations in economic conditions dictate sales and thus how much work is available.


  10. Great Place to Work!

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

    I have been working at Mine Safety Appliances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee oriented culture. Employees are people and not just numbers, and company is not shy in sharing success

    Cons

    Slow to move. Rotation is not ad quick ad another companies, and they expect you to develop your role completely before moving

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good job!


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    Customer Service

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cranberry, PA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cranberry, PA

    I have been working at Mine Safety Appliances full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The remote agent program allows you to work from home 1-2 days per week. There are always food days to celebrate something or simply just because. There are different ways that coworkers can recognize your efforts that result in gift cards.

    Cons

    Some days can be very busy especially when people are in training or on vacation. The department needs at least 2 more people to be staffed to the point that people do not get overwhelmed.

    Advice to Management

    An investment in additional resources can help to improve the quality of work and reduce turn over in the department. The doesn't appear to be a contingency plan for when you lose employees. It is all reactive and very slow to react.



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