SPX Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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  1. Segmented Business

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New Columbia, PA
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in New Columbia, PA

    I have been working at SPX full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company but with many business segments; investment in some segments is badly needed and SPX could easily be part of a personal law suit if it continues to operate without direction from the corporate office

    Cons

    As a fortune 500 company it has many business segments; investment in some segments is badly needed and SPX could easily be part of a personal law suit if it continues to operate without direction from the corporate office

    Advice to Management

    Beware of high turn-over in certain business segments

  2. They need to improve their shared services

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

    I have been working at SPX full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You get good work experience

    Cons

    They need to improve their shared services

  3. Helpful (1)

    Segment that I worked for pulled a bait and switch during interview - misstated many facts

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SPX

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

    Pros

    The compensation was agreeable.

    They started embracing modern concepts (such as green technology) , and were actually starting to focus more on lean principles.

    Because the segment I worked for was smaller, I was able to get more hands-on experience in different departments; and therefore learn more.

    Cons

    Many manual processes, and reluctance to embrace more modern, streamlined approaches.
    Management more focused on fixing small fires than, agreeing, positioning the organization, and dedicating resources to fix the real problems: old processes, antiquated systems, manual data collection etc.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what collective intelligence is. Study it, and employ it. Or you'll end up with a handful of idiots running your organization. Your most valuable resources come not just from leadership, but from the people who support leadership. They know quite a lot, and in my experience, the reluctance of senior leadership has caused costly mistakes.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    The jobs I performed I enjoyed but the poor management was a problem.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    I worked at SPX

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

    Pros

    The tasks and opportunites that I did receive were great. Generally the coworkers (and some of management) were very helpful and supportive. Safety was becoming a big consideration in decisions.

    Cons

    It was always a fight to expand my own abilities.
    Accountablity was not usually a part of the work envirnoment nor was there a level playing field.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a path and stick to it. Do not say you want something then do nothing to support it.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Tough place to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Finance in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at SPX

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

    Pros

    The money was good. Other than that, not much good. The management team, from the senior level down was very short sighted regarding profits. Their philosophy was to raid the future to make the present look as good as possible. They strategy was to reduce the asset base to the point where return on assets was incredible. In doing so, there would be an asset base in place to support the future. Although, their philosophy was that the future was something to worry about tomorrow.

    I will say that there was some talent in the company. Although, it was churned through fairly quickly.

    Cons

    See above. The short sighted view held by the management team. They would never focus on the future, just on the current quarter, Their belief seemed to be that employees were as disposable as operational supplies. The management team seemed to have somewhat of a Jack Welch complex. No matter what level the expenses were at, the belief was that you had to take cost out. At a certain point, I started to think that the best thing that they could do was to take 100% of the cost out of the system and everyone should go home. I think everyone would have been better off.

    Advice to Management

    Think beyond today. The sun will come up tomorrow.

  7. no growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - International Sales in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - International Sales in Miami, FL

    I worked at SPX

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

    Pros

    big company with decent benefits

    Cons

    lack of future direction and internal growth

    Advice to Management

    get better sales people because people are being let go due to numbers

  8. spx

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent
    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent

    I have been working at SPX

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay rate is above average

    Cons

    time away from home sucks

    Advice to Management

    figure a way to keep people in the field involved

  9. Mixed experience

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

    I worked at SPX full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Simply put: the people. There's a lot of great talent working at SPX, but sadly they don't stay around for long. It's also a great company for feeling like a big fish in a small pond.

    Cons

    Risk averse business. Take years to make and execute on decisions and when they do, they have changed their mind again, so it's back to the drawing board.
    Politics are terrible. I was there over 4 years and it wasn't like this until 2013-2014.
    They have direction but don't know how to get there and take too long anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Live the values you claim to have.

  10. Very demanding company with low leadership skills

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

    I worked at SPX

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very challenging tasks, International, diverse fields of activities, multi-cultural

    Cons

    Arrogant and incompetent leadership team

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to staff

  11. Solid Company that could go places

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

    I have been working at SPX

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very great people to work with, and doing very innovative things from an IT perspective to go in the right direction.

    Cons

    At times the work/life balance could be extremely tough. The benefits were no where near on par with other large organizations of the same caliber.

    Advice to Management

    Work to give the great employees great benefits.

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