Swagelok

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Swagelok Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
75 Reviews
3.2
75 Reviews
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Swagelok President and CEO Art Anton
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • thet have clean work environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people and plenty of overtime available (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Very little decision making authority for lower level employees (in 4 reviews)

  • Contract employees of all levels are not treated the same as full time employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great first engineering internship.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Highland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Highland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH

    I worked at Swagelok as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    An amazing professional development experience. Possibly the best Industrial Systems or Mechanical Engineering Intern program in the Cleveland area.

    - Amazing networking opportunities
    - Translucent management, easy access to forums to speak with anyone all the way up to Art Anton
    - Great mentorship from colleagues and full-timers
    - Excellent development programs and social events outside of work
    - Relaxed work week, no strict start or end times as long as you put in your 40 hours
    - Free drinks and often free catering in working meetings and with other interns

    Cons

    - Lower pay than other internships
    - Sometimes non-engineering/trivial projects assigned
    - No overtime

    This was not a very technically challenging internship. Some unprofessional employees both in the office and on the shop floor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more practical projects. Some projects were trivial and work was slow at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Production supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swagelok

    Pros

    Flexible schedules and decent pay. Overtime as a supervisor is a bonus

    Cons

    There is a large turn of site managers which cause many direction changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Phenomenal engineering internship/co-op experience!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Solon, OH

    I worked at Swagelok as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As an engineering intern, they give you projects that actually matter and can have a real impact. You are given alot of trust and responsibility to complete your 3-5 projects during the summer, but there is always help available if needed. There are two presentations per summer internship, where everyone gives a presentation to their peers and management on their progress and what they've learned or accomplished. The company seems to have good values and treats their employees well. Break/lunch rooms have free beverages, the manufacturing facility is very clean in comparison to some I've worked in, and the shop is also air conditioned. Overall a great place to work and gain experience.

    Cons

    Because it is a larger company, sometimes you can feel like just one of the workers where your opinion may not be valued as much.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Swagelok is an excellent place to build a career if you're willing to put in the work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Swagelok full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Atmosphere, opportunity, the people, and work life balance are just a few of the great benefits of working at Swagelok.

    Cons

    While there is plenty of opportunity for growth, it's really only focused in a few areas. There's not a wide variety of career paths at a distributor.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company if you are a perm worker, not so great if you are a contractor

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Highland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Highland Heights, Cuyahoga, OH

    I worked at Swagelok as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong quality culture, experienced and professional workforce, a lot to learn about machining in the right area of company, stable and diverse business.

    Cons

    Very limited career growth and advancement (contractors), lack of structured review and goal setting proces, impossible to get a raise, no benefits (contract), takes VERY long time to get hired in (from my personal experience about 25% give up waiting and hoping and get jobs externally after a few years), hiring in process is very political and not merit or experience-based (seen plenty of cases where experienced hard workers on contact were overlooked over brand new inexperienced college grads), lack of training opportunities for contractors, and general 2-class system (Full time associates and temps for labor jobs, and contractors and permanent for white collar- down to the uniform (different color shirts for perm and temp production employees). Swagrlok doesn't walk the walk when it comes to equal treatment of all is employees and allowing them opportunities to grow and thrive. if you are planning on staying there on contact and working your way up - strongly urge you to think twice and do due dulcimer researching and talking to current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop a 'treadmill' policy of constantly retraining people for the same job because they get tired of waiting and quit and retain the best-performing, most ambitious and skilled workers, unless you want to create a stagnant cess pool of unmotivated and frustrated workers. Contractors comprise most of this company and make it run day to day, Mr. Antonio - start treating them with respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Modern slavery

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swagelok

    Pros

    It's a profitable place. Clean. Food always avail. Lots of different activities

    Cons

    No personal growth. You are frequently bullied and targeted by managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn. Don just act like a manager

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Conservative cult like culture

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    Former Employee - Inspection in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Inspection in Solon, OH

    I worked at Swagelok full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The training and open end overtime. You could come to to work at anytime, day or night, throughout the week for as much overtime as you like. The pay was moderate for the type of work required.

    Cons

    The company was not fair to hard working minorities. The supervision would look for ways to keep the quantity of minority's to a minimum. The minority's were not promoted no matter how many hoops they had to jump. Very few minorities in supervision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge people based on the ability to do the work and not by preconceived notions you have build from your conservative ideology. Stop playing lip service to the statement of diversity. Be determined to see a diverse work force at all levels of the company including upper management.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Growth Opportunities

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    Former Employee - IT Programmer in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - IT Programmer in Solon, OH

    I worked at Swagelok full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Clean plants and friendly, hard-working staff coworkers. Developed an internal training program, which was robust. Rarely could use external training opportunities.

    Cons

    No growth potential- Swagelok regularly hires from the outside and promotes these direct hires over staff and managers who have worked for Swagelok for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Extremely limited regarding creativity, which is shocking for an engineered products company. The company is driven by corporate attorneys and socially awkward Finance executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you're not interested in moving up.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Swagelok

    Pros

    Very clean work environment, usually really good coworkers, they treat their people well, excellent retirement benefits.

    Cons

    They don't always look for new ideas, it is hard to move up unless you're in their fast track program (which you have to be hired into from outside of the company), pay is average at best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so darn conservative all of the time and be willing to take a risk once in a while!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellence in Engineering makes this company a standout in field performance quality levels. The products are excellent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Work in Solon, OH
    Former Employee - Project Work in Solon, OH

    I worked at Swagelok full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growth mentality, great teammates, strong work ethic, very well managed financially.

    Cons

    A bit over managed. Too many folks trying to make a "name" for themselves creates an environment where only conforming ideas are allowed. No out of the box thinking at all. Technology is falling behind in some areas of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fewer sycophants, more creative thinkers. Look around - they already work for you - they are just afraid to speak or not allowed to speak.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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