Powell Industries Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good starting point for a new grad. Good place to learn and build your credentials. Take advantage of any training opportunities.

    Cons

    Low pay. Most of the managers are managers because of who they know not what they know. Lack of communication throughout the organization from sales to project management, PM to engineering, and from engineering to shop floor. No more than 3% raises so if you hire in low you are stuck.

    Advice to Management

    Promote people for what they know not who they know or who they are related to.


  2. powell uh huh

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    Current Employee - Press Brake Op in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Press Brake Op in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    Good for kids to start out

    Cons

    Not a job for experienced.people


  3. Wouldn't recommend to anyone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits for the most. Most employees are nice. I know one manager that is nice and cares but the rest suck.

    Cons

    No advancement unless your a suck up or a yes man. Managers talk a good story but are only concerned about thier own butts.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to college and learn what management is truly about. The HR department doesn't care about the employees they only care about themselves and the managers they like.


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  5. The grass is always greener

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    We have major holidays off with pay and good medical benefits

    Cons

    Too much waste and not enough accountability


  6. Stay away

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company

    Cons

    Stay away from this company. Employees get absolutely no respect.


  7. Meh

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, regular work hours, airport adjacent.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent, irresponsible, doesn't communicate, always passing the buck and looking for a scapegoat when things go wrong. Useless training program. Low pay, nobody gets promoted. Not even the brown nosers.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house . Laziness and apathy are holding this company back.


  8. Nice Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    Stable, growing, cash company, nice team.

    Cons

    Does not have long term vision on how IT department could improve operations.


  9. If you want to keep your self-esteem, keep looking!

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    Former Employee - Assembler in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assembler in South Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of friendly people to work alongside from a large melting pot of nations. Not too much else.

    Cons

    The pay and subsequent "raises" are a joke. Favoritism and nepotism are rampant. There are way too many "bosses" on the factory floor while the actual "management" is rather incompetent. The companies' commitment to safety is merely lip service. There usually has to be a catastrophic event in order to get any action.

    Advice to Management

    You might get better effort and quality from floor workers if you paid them a more competitive wage. Upper factory management needs to be given walking papers. Hire some managers that have a knowledge of the product and the way it is produced, not a bunch of tough talkers that only know how to micro manage and crack the whip in order to satiate their machismo.


  10. great place to learn but not to stay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    good environment, learn a lot and everyone is friendly

    Cons

    low paying and little to no job advancement


  11. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    Learn how to use all sorts of tools

    Cons

    There is No good AC in building

    Advice to Management

    Get ACs in the building



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