Pentair Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pentair Chairman and CEO Randall J. Hogan
Randall J. Hogan
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Pros
  • Some very good people working there (in 11 reviews)

  • good pay and better benefits, direct dposit with 24/7 computer access to payroll and benefits as well as employee discounts (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance was a challenge, there seemed to be an unwritten rule about hours worked (in 4 reviews)

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  1. A pretty good place too work all things considered

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembly Worker in Anoka, MN
    Current Employee - Assembly Worker in Anoka, MN

    I have been working at Pentair full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I've been working as a temp for a few months now and the first thing I noticed is that they treats employees very well . They have many miscellaneous bonuses such as safety payouts , meals , gift certificates ect . They have an on site cafeteria and the food reasonably priced and average quality (not bad not great either ). they also for the most part encourage innovation and realize theirs more then one way to do something .

    Cons

    The management is a little hit and miss but definitely tolerable however they are very unclear about their temp to hire processes Some managers have said it takes a couple months some say a year or two none have specified how they go about the process,evaluate performance or when they review at all. The hours can be rather long if you get behind( which could be good or bad depending on the person ) .

    Advice to Management

    Be more clear about you temp to hire procedure to your employees ( both temp's and permanent employees ).


  2. Typical big corporation

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

    I have been working at Pentair full-time

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, great local people

    Cons

    Corp doesn't care about anyone, no involvement from corporate except to say when things are wrong

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people, high turnover is not good


  3. Great place for growth and development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in North Aurora, IL
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer III in North Aurora, IL

    I have been working at Pentair (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    -Upper management will help develop skills -Room to advance within the company -Friendly work environment

    Cons

    -Sometimes too many action items at once

    Advice to Management

    More focus on value added activities and less on charts and graphs. I understand we need some to see where we are vs. where we want to go, but it seems like we do it mostly to make the plant look pretty.


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  5. I love working at Pentair!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pentair full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great leadership and direction, Opportunity for rotational experiences Supportive team environment

    Cons

    We have aggressive deadlines, but that is part of what makes it exciting and engaging for me!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage rotational employment programs. They are a great benefit of working for Pentair.


  6. Heavy Handed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX

    I worked at Pentair full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I really liked my coworkers and was sad to leave them in that Hell. They deserve a whole lot better treatment than they get.

    Cons

    The warehouse is run with an iron fist. Even the best workers are treated without respect. Way too much mandatory overtime. They are undergoing the lean transformation without using the input of the people who actually do all the work. The turnover rate is very bad with the temps averaging maybe two months before they quit, many on the spot. This place was pretty bad, and I'm glad I'm somewhere else now.

    Advice to Management

    Treat good employees with the respect they deserve. Upper management needs to look at the temp worker turnover rate, as it causes more of a burden on the permanent employees and creates unsafe working conditions, as new employees are quickly left unattended and under trained.


  7. Engineering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Engineer in Conroe, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Engineer in Conroe, TX

    I worked at Pentair full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have great hours and benefits for the long term associates.

    Cons

    The culture is conducive more for management vs. the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Offer more on the job training as well as growth opportunities.


  8. Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Saddle Brook, NJ
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Saddle Brook, NJ

    I worked at Pentair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ok company to work for. Good benefits but low salary. Good place to start engineering career.

    Cons

    Hard to get raise, poor management


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great Place to Work and get experience!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer
    Former Employee - Design Engineer

    I worked at Pentair full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great co workers. I worked next to some of the greatest, kindest and most generous people I have ever met. Great place to work if you are unemployeed and you need a job bad, maybe you will appreciate the place better.

    Cons

    Pentair took over and overall culture/morale turned to garbage. People are just shuffled around like cattle. Given a number and no longer treated as a person. Saw many great people leave and get fired with no questions asked about their full job functions, just to cut costs and help bottom line. Corporate never seemed to really care about making employees feel valued. Atmosphere felt like it was more of a "Dont ask what your company can do for you, but rather what you can do for your company" mentality.

    Advice to Management

    Do more to show employees that they are valued parts of the team and company. Morale was at an all time low. Even small things make a difference.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Little innovation; Run by a bunch of ex McKinsey folk

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Pentair

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    OK salary Some interesting projects Some good people at lower levels

    Cons

    Top management don't understand marketing Unknown brand Excessive processes, too much reporting and bureaucracy No career development Little innovation Wierd corporate structure; Where is the head office? Some good GM's but above that the management seems clueless

    Advice to Management

    Spend more on the brand Do some career development Give stock options


  11. Helpful (1)

    People are great, vision is not.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Sanford, NC
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Sanford, NC

    I worked at Pentair full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent people, easy to talk with Willingness to do the right thing Management knows the path

    Cons

    Completing projects in a timely manner the first time is challenging Management changes their mind more than once after a project starts work pace is generally slower than other companies Management has a vision but has no idea what steps to take to get there

    Advice to Management

    Understand how people are the key to making the business successful and hiring or promoting the right people to grow the vision



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