SPX Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Work hard, play hard culture

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    Former Employee - AFRP Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - AFRP Analyst in Charlotte, NC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool culture, awesome benefits, some fun people, prime location in Ballantyne, great travel opportunities, growing company with competitive growth strategy

    Cons

    work life balance within management level is questionable, somewhat cutthroat

  2. Satisfying career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPX

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people to work with, many long time people (but see advice to management)

    Cons

    Stress is never ending
    The "Street" rules - but this is a large corporation

    Advice to Management

    Need more young people. The bench strength is limited

  3. Very satisfied with work environment, colleagues and opportunities for learning, growth and promotions.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPX

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries, professionalism/competence of peers, variety of opportunities.

    Cons

    Benefits package below-average to average.

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  5. Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPX

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Management
    Friendly Coworkers
    Not Too many Red Tapes
    Growth Oriented

    Cons

    Lacking Talent Development
    Salary not the best

    Advice to Management

    Build Bench Strength for the future

  6. Helpful (3)

    SPX a supplier to all.

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Allen Park, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Allen Park, MI

    I have been working at SPX

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee support. Hands down one of the best HR teams in the industry. There support for employee life & work balance is amazing so far. Benifits and time off is on par with most of the East coast industry. Global opportunities all the time. Large company with small offices aroung the globe. Flexible management team. I have only been with the company for a short time but am satisfied so far.

    Cons

    The pay scales are far below industry standard for East Coast and I do feel they took advantage of the lack of jobs in Michigan when making offers to employee's and playing the "how bad do you want to work=how little pay will you accept" game.

    Lack of direction and/or decision making from the abundance of under educated "middle managers", makes meeting productions times a little tough when the products been delivered and your still figuring out the process (of-course take into account client issues).

     Seems a recurring story with SPX from clients I meet, about the flurry of low pay resources thrown at a project with very little direction and no plan in place.

    Advice to Management

    X Culture? More like "J" Culture as in categorizing the latter section of the baby boom separately, as Generation Jones (born between 1954 and 1965) More like Want to get "Back to Black"??? Time to take a look at the incredible amount of uneducated under skilled "seasoned" employees you have and where there placed. I would say the average age is 48-52, which happens to currently be a generation who didn't grow up with computers and I know, it's unfortunate but we have to work with it. Had they been factory workers for the Big 3 they would be retiring right now, but instead most were mechanics and some were technicians (yes there is a difference) and now there getting sharepoint mazes and cad software dropped in there laps with maybe 2 days training and it really kills productivity on a daily basis in electronic publishing. Put together a panel and move these guys into positions where there experience can benefit a younger faster employee and increase production. In other words move them out of production and into product/process quality control positions and bring in a younger culture to fuel innovation and speed growth for the future of SPX.

  7. Helpful (1)

    SPX - low stress and low pay in a friendly environment

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    Current Employee - Technical Editor in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Editor in Exton, PA

    I have been working at SPX

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low-stress environment, small office, friendly co-workers. Decent office environment.

    Cons

    At SPX there is very low pay - muchlower than the industry standard. It's a former mom and pop shop, with HR offices in the midwest, where pay scales are lower than the east coast. There is little room for growth in small offices. And local management tends to give supervisor (jokingly referred to as "team leader") authority to the unskilled and uneducated folks despite clear and repeated indications of low intelligence and incompetence. Being friendly is more valued than being skilled and a hard worker.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the hard workers rather than the popular, extra-friendly and uneducated heavy-lifting types. Knowledge and ability goes a lot farther than simple number of years of service.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Interesting products

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    Current Employee - Software Controls Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Controls Engineer in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at SPX

    Pros

    A small company with very interesting products and strong growth potential. Kayex is located close to RIT and the U of R which could provide great oppertunities for employee growth. This is seldom utilized and not generally encouraged. The company is owned by a large conglomerate which means that plenty of resources are available in good market conditions. It has yet to be seen how much energy will be devoted to the company if a slack in demand occurs. The product is interesting and driven by demand for solar products. Kayex therefore has great potential for success, but in an unproven market.

    Cons

    Unstructured atmosphere. Promotion is unattainable except in rare circumstances. Engineers are treated as a commodity.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the strength of your engineering teams. Learn how to focus on multiple disciplines and give a definite path to promotion.

  9. SPX really is a very good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at SPX

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great career growth opportunities. The best boss I have ever worked for is at SPX.

    Cons

    It's a large company - easy to get lost.

    Advice to Management

    Go to your staff for feedback and ideas. Ask for their opinions.

  10. Mixed experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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.

  11. Very demanding company with low leadership skills

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    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

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