Rockwell Automation Reviews

Updated August 21, 2015
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Rockwell Automation Chairman, President, and CEO Keith D. Nosbusch
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Pros
  • good work life balance, nice facility (in 32 reviews)

  • Great work environment at headquarters (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero work/life balance in some BUs (in 13 reviews)

  • Slow to change due to size of the organization (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Rockwell Automation

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Work life balance is excellent. Company very involved with community. Many opportunities to grow. The company has developed a diverse customer base minimizing.

    Cons

    At times, people complain too much.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. Helpful (2)

    Rockwell ... a good place to work?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    In general, the pay scales are good. The technology and diversity of what you do can keep you challenged and motivated. There are opportunities to travel or to re-locate in a wide variety of global locations. They are also fairly flexible with work schedule. Though not as cool as an apple or a google, Automation still has a pretty high coolness factor. We control almost everything from linear accelerators to automotive assembly and hog processing.

    Cons

    Upper management has a great tendency to steer off from the focused path of specific products or direction which can be frustrating. Too many managers driving product lines. They do not typically promote in group or team .. which means you need to change job functions and often locations for real promotions. If you want to manage your group .. you have to leave it and come back 3 years later. They put a huge emphasis on sales experience for higher management jobs where sales people tend to get overwhelmed by the technology.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly. I understand the motivation to diversify employees and cross train in multiple disciplines. But if an employee excels at his job and is really good at it, moving him up in the same organization should be possible. The common experience I believe is you need to leave your job that you have become exceptionally skilled at to get promoted. This is not an isolated incident or a single employee gripe. Also, people with experience are often not consulted on big picture decisions. Nothing is more frustrating than to see my product line decisions being made above me without at least consultation. After all, the people in the trenches are the ones feeling the pain and understand why some of the subtle decisions are being made.


  3. Great place to work if you're not a contractor

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Co-op in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Intern - Embedded Software Engineering Co-op in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really great forward thinking atmosphere. Often performs community outreach, charity events, and continuing education presentations to break up the work day. At the same time challenges employees to perform at a high level.

    Cons

    As a Co-op there, I received lots of help to learn the Rockwell Automation development process. Full time hires receive similar treatment. Contractors on the other hand, seemed to get much less help learning the development process and were expected to just slowly figure it out.


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  5. 7 month co-op, would go back in a heartbeat.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Intern - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on coding opportunities. Completed ~3 major projects during my 7 month co-op. Learned new programming languages. Had a senior software engineer as a mentor. Many other co-ops to interact with both at work professionally and through extracurricular activities socially. Received a housing stipend. Everyone was extremely friendly and helpful. I always was treated as a regular employee and not just as some co-op. Awesome company.

    Cons

    Some things such as coordination between HR and financial department were confusing and non uniform.

    Advice to Management

    Provide co-ops with subsidized housing.


  6. Lots of opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work for a leader in automation

    Cons

    Never a dull moment, always having to keep up

    Advice to Management

    They are doing a great job


  7. Helpful (3)

    A good company with professional, flexible work environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule Good work/life balance Commitment to Quality Fair Performance Evaluation Process Great Facilities Good Cross-Functional Interaction Opportunities for travel Opportunities for career growth Support for local communities

    Cons

    Weak benefits Lack of diveristy (age, gender, race) Rockwell Automation is a very good company to work for


  8. Helpful (1)

    Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Controls Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Contractor - Controls Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great way to learn more how Rockwell Automation products are created.

    Cons

    As a contractor it is not a good place to work since we are only treated as an item, not a person who is eager to help the company. No interaction with the manager and feel like you don't belong.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contractors as being part of a team not just a thing. Acknowledge that they exist.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Demonstration of DO NOT CARE attitude

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big company with potential to develop the software solutions based on the accumulated experience in industrial control. Huge depository of the legacy code. The position is good for the full time if you already work for several years.

    Cons

    Unclear software design. "You do NOT want to know it" attitude. Huge corporate culture :(

    Advice to Management

    Asses the existed code and values. Create clear software design.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A great atmosphere to learn and excel in your field.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Intern - Intern in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as an intern (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Relaxed, but professional environment involved in the exciting world of automation. A long history makes this company stable and full of experts, while it embraces innovation and opportunities to move forward.

    Cons

    Due to size of the company, several employee work needs were not met in a convenient amount of time, especially when first hired, but overall, I think the benefits of the company outweigh this understandable con.


  11. An experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Care Representative in Mayfield Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly. Decent cafeteria

    Cons

    Some supervisor are very not knowledgeable of their task at hand. Positions available depending on who you are and who you know, not on what you know. I guess supervisor learn on the job. A little bullying in the department. Poor tools on hand to do a decent job. No upper support vs customer issues. It was time to go.

    Advice to Management

    Get informed qualified people in key positions not the son of an ex boss who may not be qualified.



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