Powell Industries
3.1 of 5 28 reviews
www.powellind.com Houston, TX 1000 to 5000 Employees

Powell Industries Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2014

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58% Approve of the CEO

Powell Industries Chairman Thomas W. Powell

Thomas W. Powell

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55% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Ok for a while

    Undervalued Employee (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsCompany's been around since 1940s - good products

    Conslimited opportunity for growth and advancement

    Advice to Senior Management???

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very happy!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCareer growth, Management Proactive for Employee involvement

    ConsConsistant message across all levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Network Administrator (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThe company is investing a lot of money in the latest technology. The business is growing steadily. The company is hiring constantly new people in manufacturing and operations.

    ConsA lot of Business Analyst doing the talking but don't have the technical knowledge to understand what they are talking about.
    The company doesn't value experienced people. The pay is a bit below industry standard in IT and way below industry standard in engineering. Too much politics.

    Advice to Senior Managementget down from your high heels

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Change is good.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMarket Analysis on jobs, Family oriented, Learning to be proactive instead of reactive. Upper management changes are good.

    ConsTraining is an issue, consistency seems to be lacking at times but working on changing this issue.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep looking outside the box. Changes are happening and it seems the right team is getting into place to make good things happen.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Electrical Intern (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGreat employee relations, Good pay.

    ConsHad to go to work at 5 in the morning.

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    Very Dysfunctional!!!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros- They have work
    - 10% of people are talented

    Cons- Poor uneducated management
    - Poor uneducated labor force
    - Too many people want to keep the business like it was in 70's even though it's growing
    - No room for advancement unless you are a yes man or friends with an old school employee
    - More and more benefits are being taken away
    - Salary is at the bottom for Houston
    - Poor quality! No lean or SixSigma thought structure
    - Overworked people to the point of mental and physical break down
    - Safety program is a joke
    - Engineering and Operations management is a joke!!
    - Company is divided internally
    - The good and educated people are leaving
    - HR group is horrible to work with and don’t have a clue!
    - Very micromanaged environment
    - No communication

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue! Upper managment needs to hit the reset button. Listen to the outsiders who are trying to save this business!! Powell is on a path of failure!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A trade-off in obtaining unique experience

    Project Engineer (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsCompetitive benefits package. Depending on the location and position, there are opportunities to obtain invaluable experience in oil and energy industries.

    ConsHuman Resources is into everything, they practically run the place. Pay and pay raises are sub par with industry standards.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not allow human resources to dictate how departments are ran. Get rid of the Oracle database, or find something new that actually works.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    “Sucks look else where”

    Mechanical Design Engineer (Current Employee)
    South Houston, TX

    ProsThe co-workers were nice I guess

    ConsCompanies a mess,backbiting, too much politices.Lot of H1B's in company.
     the interviewers (Mech dept manager and supervisor) were confused since what they wanted and what was posted on the job board was different.

    Manager expected that I know everything from day one even though I clearly stated during the interview I was a recent graduate.

    Wanted extensive unpaid overtime.

    Salary is abysmally low.

    Manager did not bother to train.

    Overall a crummy experience.

    Weak technically. Little interest or priority given to distributing knowledge

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't come to conclusions without collecting the facts and managers & supervisors are not always right ,Keep an eye on them they are not being productive.
    for mech dept supervisors----Value your employees. Open the lines of communication and be receptive to feedback. Don't be afraid to hire someone who knows more than you their performance can make you look good

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Satisfying so far

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsRelaxed atmosphere, No pressure
    Good place to learn about manufacturing and equipment design

    ConsSometimes work is not challenging enough

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start your career

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros- Good place to work for to start your career
    - Their benefits for the employees are great
    - Pretty much laid back as long as you do your work on time

    Cons-Too much politics involved. You have to say "yes" to your boss to get a promotion
    -Employees are underpaid but given so much work
    -Management tries to squeeze out every penny out on everything
    -Does not recognize your achievements or giving you a decent raise when necessary

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