Molex Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
77 Reviews
3.2
77 Reviews
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Molex Vice Chairman and CEO Martin P. Slark
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43 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, great opportunities for early in career (in 5 reviews)

  • Well work-life balance, traveling lots (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • No one here has been unprofessional (in 3 reviews)

  • internal politics, poor incentives program, cost of living adjustments not to par (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A little off-balance lately.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Molex full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Molex has been a good place to work for many years. It's a place where hard work has always been expected and, usually, rewarded. Rewards used to come in the form of bonuses and stock options, which were very generous back in the day. Molex management always understood the real reason people get up and come to work every day. They need to feed their families and pay their bills.

    Cons

    Recently, Molex was acquired by Koch Industries. Koch has a very practical management philosophy (i. e. Market Based Management) which includes some thoughtful guiding principles, but many of them are very new to Molex. As a result, Molex management has appeared to be off-balance and extremely cautious in implementing this new way of doing business. You can tell that many of them want to do it correctly, but it is obvious that they are just not quite sure how to go about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace and fully implement MBM as soon as possible. Your employees are counting on you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I learned a lot in the first 5 years, not much after that

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Molex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stability. Some knowledge areas can be learned by brand new grads

    Cons

    Management was very old-fashioned and there was no room for advancement. From my experience the general attitude was "break the employee down and don't bother building them back up again"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work better to help individuals who work hard to be acknowledged and appreciated for the hard work they do.

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

    An excellent company to have worked for during the 90s and 2000s. Great reputation in their core markets.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Director in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Molex full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to network with business associates throughout the world.
    Opportunity to work in different business units.
    Working for the Krehbiels.

    Cons

    Senior management change that took place the mid 2000s after the resignation of the CEO and CFO just didn't work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hopefully for those who remain, Koch Industries will move the company forward and back to its number 2 ranking in the global connector market. Movement of Koch Industries operating and HQ managers into key Molex functions may help in this endeavour.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great group of people; very siloed and conservative.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Molex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    People are very friendly and nice. Senior management and CEO are honest and approachable. Can coast in same role for quite awhile if that is your thing. Campus is very open. Fully staffed gym on campus.

    Cons

    Has become a "good ole boys (and ladies) club" within the middle management ranks. Many managers offer little in productivity but just have been there forever. Little advancement outside of lateral moves. Career Growth focused mainly if working in the Sales divisions and/or willing to move overseas. Structured Review system seemingly varies from manager to manager. Some positions went from salary to hourly, hurting morale (though hours were not cut).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use fresh eyes from Koch acquisition to review stale departments. Do not change the CEO or COO.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Intensive Engineering and Statistics Exposure

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer I  in  Auburn Hills, MI
    Current Employee - Design Engineer I in Auburn Hills, MI

    I have been working at Molex full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Intensive and great experience. Lots of discussion between team members, and lots of exchange of innovative design ideas. Perform a lot of statistical methods on test data and great learning curve.

    Cons

    Very little time off, a lot of older workers who work really short time. Need to deal with lots of difficult people. Need to be patient with a lot of the long systems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job so far. Keep doing the great work. Focus on talents and human resources, which will elevate the company to greater heights

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    First Rate

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Advance Product Quality Engineer  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Advance Product Quality Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Molex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Projects are resourced for success and staff are professional, availability of in-house technology.

    Cons

    Tough market to sell, small % per unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better top-down grasp of manufacturing realities. Better Board.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Work Enviornment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Administrative  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - IT Administrative in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Molex full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very open minded company to work for. Great Benefits package, very health aware company. Many programs for employees. Great employee recognition.

    Cons

    No work from home opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very bad experience to date... "I made more money then this 20 years ago"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering  in  Maumelle, AR
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering in Maumelle, AR

    I worked at Molex as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    SOME really good people to work with.

    Cons

    1. Very low pay.
    2. Too many young non-talented engineers giving orders.
    3. No opportunity for the non-degree employee.
    4. Unprofessional environment.

    The list goes on and on...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue. There is a lot of super talented, skilled people right under your nose that were never given an opportunity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good place for a while, send everything out of country because it's cheaper.

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    Former Employee - QA Inspector
    Former Employee - QA Inspector

    I worked at Molex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, nice people.

    Cons

    Forced to work 60+ hours a week, management has no sympathy for home life or over worked stressed out employees. Lost countless technical employees with years of product knowledge due to hostile poisonous work environment.
    Attitude of sales over quality, if it's wrong, ship it, we need the dollars.
    Quality issues are rampant with no regard for correctly fixing the source of defects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overworked employees make more mistakes. More time correcting mistakes is less time doing job. When someone leaves job don't have another employee take up 2 or 3 people's duties and expect good work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    An experience of hitting the pavement running as an en engineer new to the flexible circuit industry...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Molex

    Pros

    It was a good business. I enjoyed working on flexible circuits. I got the impossible done: setting up a production line from scratch and getting it qualified within 6 months. The equipment I was allowed to purchase was second hand equipment that needed a lot of maintenance.

    Cons

    Bad management. My manager was fired within a month of my working there due to the plant manager not liking my manager. It was an unprofessional environment. Women engineers were very much in the environment. Attention wasn't given to the proper time frame to get a project done. It was a reactionary mode...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose a plant manager with proper experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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