Powell Industries Reviews

Updated July 1, 2014
Updated July 1, 2014
34 Reviews

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Powell Industries Chairman Thomas W. Powell
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  1.  

    Wouldn't work anywhere else

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Welder  in  Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Welder in Northlake, IL

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

    Pros

    I love working for Powell Delta/Unibus. During my time here I have seen many changes and I must admit it is for the better. HR at Delta are top notch, I have not ever worked for a company that HR is so involved in trying to make this a better place. They do what many HR people I worked for don't, they listen.
    Aggressive growth, management seems to really be trying to make us competitive in the market.

    Cons

    If your not part Houston or Canada you are forgotten.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember there are other divisions outside of Houston and Canada. We also need your help to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    My experience at Powell was one that taught me a lot about the company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Powell Industries

    Pros

    The workers are friendly and welcoming and all work together as a huge team

    Cons

    A lot of hand slapping from the superiors and very little uplifting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more appreciation for the hard work that is performed

  3.  

    Great place to work, great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Powell does many different things for their customers as a result there are always many opportunities in many feilds of the operation.

    Cons

    Wages could be a little better. But it has a outstanding safety record's which is always a very important thing when it comes to a manufacturing facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on growing the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    They do not care for good and faithful workers. Butt kissers are kept.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Switch Gear/Production Manager
    Former Employee - Switch Gear/Production Manager

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay was good. Job had lots of overtime

    Cons

    Management and Human resources have no idea what life is like on production floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rehire your old employees from companies you did away with who busted tail for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Powell Ind.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer/Structural Team Leader  in  Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer/Structural Team Leader in Northlake, IL

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

    Pros

    Solid Company with steady business.

    Cons

    Upper managers should be more involved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    a big sham

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Welder  in  North Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Welder in North Canton, OH

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    great company great benefits decent pay

    Cons

    management is not honest with its employees, they talk a good game about safety but overlook serious safety issues for the sake of production. Their "tribal knowledge" makes it hard for new employees to learn quickly. IT IS EXTREMELY CLIQUE DRIVEN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retool your planning because its awful, relate better to your employees because your terrible at it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A very aggressive company who wants to be at the top!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  North Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in North Canton, OH

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    Competitive salary with a laid back work environment.

    Cons

    I do not have anything negative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Get in, Then Get out!

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

    I worked at Powell Industries

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience. It's a good place to either start...or finish your career.

    Cons

    Very hard to advance here. Don't expect to be paid what you think you are worth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more (pay better!!!)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I gained skills in electrical from no skill to an experiences wiring. This caused me to change my major to become an EE.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Wiring  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Wiring in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunity in this company to increase your knowledge because there are so many products to be experience.

    Cons

    The bad thing in this company is the salary are low. So many past employees worked here to be use as a stepping stone to achieve higher. Another reason it is bad in this company is the unfair paying between employee. e.g. a 2 years or older employees get pay lower than a new people without skills or any knowledge of electrical plus with a language barriers. According to lead-man heard from Supervisors stated these employee get higher pay than current employee due to their relatives who's worked here as an offices position so they get better pay than a current skilled employees. This also apply to overtime same reason relationship. People already get pay low only have overtime will allow them to support their family. This is what cause man skilled employee to leave this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to re-manage the staffs (supervisor, lead-man, crew-leader) on the floor. Second, apply the change between skilled employee and unskilled new employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Wonderful rotational intern program ("offshore" location)

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    Lot's of valuable experience gained. It's a resume game changer.

    Cons

    lack of structure in one or two departments, but that doesn't effect your experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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