Stewart & Stevenson

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Stewart & Stevenson Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
Updated February 18, 2015
52 Reviews
2.6
52 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, okay hours, weekends off (in 5 reviews)

  • Pay and benefits were very good (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Sometimes upper management can hinder the success of job completion, but not much bad can be said (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management is completely out of touch with the working class (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very challenging and good personal satisfaction, as they emplyee quality employee's to be surrounded by.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Back Parts Counter Representative in Commerce City, CO
    Current Employee - Back Parts Counter Representative in Commerce City, CO

    I have been working at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great professional people to work with, that are intelligent and mostly driven to overall success of project and job completion.

    Cons

    Sometimes upper management can hinder the success of job completion, but not much bad can be said.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful as to the amount of upper management involvement in some tasks. As you hire quality people and give them quality tools to do their jobs. Don't over manage, as this can only result in a loss of overall moral, since they don't get the feeling of completion and rewards of a job done well with their own accomplishments. Stay in the back ground for support, but don't drive the boat, let these quality people you stive to hire blossom, and show their skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cheap company

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    Former Employee - Tech in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Tech in Houston, TX

    I worked at Stewart & Stevenson

    Pros

    none, terrible, awful,place to work

    Cons

    Layoffs, unrealistic work expectations, out of date technologies, greedy overbearing management, non-people friendly work environment, cramped working conditions, blank white walled offices, no inflation raises, extremely poor viability rating

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not a good place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harvey, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harvey, LA

    I worked at Stewart & Stevenson

    Pros

    Benefits are good and salary is good

    Cons

    Once a great entity to work for now has gone down hill very quickly, I’ve worked here for over 10 years and was once proud to work here majority of my career. The last few years upper management has ruined this company. Products and service are price out the market which causes customers to buy from competitors. Majority of the process is slow because it requires approval at every level of upper management. Employee morale is on a decline. Layoffs are very common. Unethical practices are common. The location I worked for merge with a competitor and this location is still split between employees that previously worked for the competitor and employees that originally worked for Stewart and Stevenson. Upper management and many mangers at this location were former competitor and they are very disgruntle. Many of the layoffs that happened at this location are people near retirement and people who were not originally the competitor’s employee. Also at this location, there is a very bad case of nepotism. Family and friends of management are becoming toxic (especially a family member of management) to other employees. There is no internal control, management is disconnected with day to day operation, and Human Resource is a joke. If you are related to, or close friends with upper management then this is a place for you. If not, stay away from this company!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to restructure upper management.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Undiversified company with a history of mass layoffs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, managers are very hands off

    Cons

    The leaders openly tell the workforce that the company "rides the tiger". Meaning the success of the company is completely dependent upon oil and gas prices. When the price of oil and gas goes up, they hire WAY too many people. When the price of oil goes down, they lay off employees without warning. I watched senior leaders tell employees not to worry about layoffs and that no decisions were made, when they were already planning for additional security to be on site for a mass lay off the next week. Completely unethical, and shows a complete lack of respect for their workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your operations and increase output with the workforce you have. Every time the price of oil goes up, and you hire WAY too many people, you shrink your margins, and the lack of training program absolutely kills your quality and hurts your brand image. Its also completely unethical to hire so many people when you know you will lay them off the minute the oil and gas prices drop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gang Mentality in some departments

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Other than standard benefits and getting paid, None.

    Cons

    Gang Mentality in some departments. The management will use threats, intimidation, harassment, constant lies and deception to try to force to you work harder. It like being on a wheel in a hamster cage. No raises, or profit sharing. Some managers will not pay for toll charges while traveling. The people in HR department are like prostitutes for the owner. The owner has a short man's and poor man's complex. He is very old and has the final word on every expenditure, for real, no joke..He is greedy to he bone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get honest.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away From This Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stewart & Stevenson

    Pros

    Good people in the non-management positions

    Cons

    Ownership is either out of touch with the reality of running this type of company and who their competition is and what they are doing to take all the sales away from their territory and/or he treats the company as part of his Billion Dollar Portfolio just to cover his privet jet, world travel expenses.
    Senior Management is just a bunch of "Yes Men" and WILL NOT standby their sales managers, salesmen, some branch managers and technicians and will not tell ownership the truth about what needs to be done to increase sales based off information they receive from the guys in the trenches who are trying to make sales, production and delivery happen.
    Senior Management is so scared of loosing their jobs and would rather tell ownership is right and blame any lack of sales on the sales team and not willing to push for change !
    This company has gone through four CEO's in 8 years !!!
    Past CEO's all left the company on their own !!!
    Operations is a MESS at most branches and HR department leadership is a joke !
    This company has lost a lot of good people who were there to build the success of this company. But the NON SUPPORT from ownership, senior management and some branch managers have caused them to seek a BETTER job opportunity plus they are getting paid more money elsewhere !!!

    If the original founders of Stewart & Stevenson were alive today, they would fire current ownership & senior management immediately and get the company back to its original state of world recognition as a leader in the industry !!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow a pair and support your employees who get the job done

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away from this place. The culture is VERY toxic.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are desperate for a job then this may be the place for you.

    Cons

    No training, raises, bonus, or opportunities for growth. There are rampant practices of unethical behaviors. You will not know how bad it is until you start working there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dissolve the internal audit department and start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    It was good while it lasted!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional atmosphere, challenging work, good people. When Oil & Gas is on the upswing, things are great. when it goes flat, not so much.
    Most of the people I worked with were pleasant, positive and well qualified for their jobs.

    Cons

    Concentration on stimulation and intervention equipment causes swings in workload.
    Layoffs come as the work drops off, sometime without warning, although the shop grapevine is pretty accurate.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Stewart & Stevenson is a Nationwide and stabel company with lot's of benefits and so many departments to grow in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Receptionist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to receive all the benefits for you and your family. You have so many department to move up in, good pay, and friendly people to work with. and the spirit of team work is great. Celebrate birthdays for employees and have luncheon every once in a while, just a great place to work for.

    Cons

    The company is so huge, at one facility you have over 200 employees it's hard remembering the names. Additional benefits and rewards should be offered for employees that has great attendance or performances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    S & S should reward there employees for outstanding performances. Should consider giving a percentage of increases do to performances, and have a yearly picnic of some kind and let our families come together for clean fun no alcohol.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    My overall experience working with Stewart & Stevenson has been fantastic!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Stuttgart, AR
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Stuttgart, AR

    I have been working at Stewart & Stevenson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stewart & Stevenson has an extremely vast range of job opportunities which allows someone working at an entry level position to move up within the company. I began working for the company in 1996 as a Data Processing Manager and have currently advanced into the roll of Operations Manager. Stewart & Stevenson offers incentives such as profit sharing. Stewart & Stevenson also has a very good benefits package including accruing vacation time without having to wait a year, healthcare, life insurance, vision, dental, and 401K.

    Cons

    As a manager, the most challenging issues that I face are resolving customer complaints. The main goal is always to make the customer happy with the initial purchase or the initial service performed. Despite all efforts to do this there are always going to be instances where the customer has an issue that needs to be resolved. This company is extremely customer service oriented and has always been there to assist me when and where needed in this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company recently started a pilot program whereby each individual branch maintains accountability for day to day operations. This is my opinion has been a great success providing local managers of individual branches the opportunity to make decisions based upon their individual needs. Not all branches are the same and not all branches have the same products and services. I personally appreciate upper managements willingness to try this pilot project and would encourage them to continue supporting this effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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