Timken

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Timken Reviews

Updated January 20, 2015
Updated January 20, 2015
139 Reviews
3.7
139 Reviews
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Timken President, CEO, and Director James W. Griffith
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay and benefits are competitive and the upper management is very conservative with money (in 8 reviews)

  • good work/life balance, if you do overtime you can take day off to compensate (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management leads by threats, intimidation, and filthy language (in 5 reviews)

  • Not sure if upper management will ever come out of glass bubble and recognize all employees are part of the same team (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Timken full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, great benefits, good pay

    Cons

    reductions in workforce occur regularly; callbacks are usually done but length of layoff is undeterminable

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture of Authoritarianism that replaces Innovation with Group-think

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

    I have been working at Timken full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Security in position, at times to a flaw. Demographically, there is significant opportunity due to upcoming retirements of older generation, which stems from lack of consistent talent management to prevent large gaps and knowledge loss. When it comes to Canton Ohio, I suppose a decent place to work. If you are a college recruit reading this, and are even thinking about joining the company and are not 100% certain you wish to live in Canton Ohio in the future, THINK ABOUT THIS long and hard before you accept your offer.

    Cons

    Culture which is so busy patting itself on the back for recent slow change it fails to realize that the real future challenges call for dynamic and innovative ideas. With retirements, unfortunately a (small) number of inept managers are being promoted to lead teams, but with little to no training, and often because they kept their head down, never challenged or question direction from above even if obviously flawed (in certain instances). But, there are others who have great potential to be leaders - Timken just needs a better system to get the right people in those positions consistently!

    Organization has a major issue with labeling those who leave the company, but are high performers, as 'they had a problem', or 'clearly it was not something wrong with Timken that drove them away'. This kind of asinine thinking is what happens when you recruit most of you managers from a 50 mile radius of the corporate headquarters in Canton, Ohio. Perhaps you can stem the revenue stagnation analysts criticize Timken for by challenging the status quo. I can only hope as a current employee that the leaders of the organization do this so the stock won't get hammered in the event we struggle to hit our lofty long term future growth projections reported to Wall St.

    Inappropriate management of incentives and allowance of old school culture to persist breed arrogance, perhaps unwarranted. If there is one thing that could bring down this company, it will be the allowance of people cheering for strategic market moves, forgetting that humility must be involved to some degree to capture and break into new markets to continue needed growth paths.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Growth is imperative. But how can a layer of managers with little understanding of the growth markets and products break from their biases to the old familiar bearings that they grew up with? The organization continues to reward those dealing with large traditional customers, leaving those with growth areas to struggle with little support or recognition. This must be reversed at the very core of the culture and systems - it is very easy to say go grow XYZ product, but without the proper support those attempting to do so will only find 10 different managers asking for updates, not lending true support. I sincerely hope someone reads this in management, as their is such potential for change if you get your mid levels of the organization to be dynamic leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Too big and lack of honest leadership- Keene NH

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Keene, NH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Keene, NH

    I worked at Timken full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A job. Local credit union. Decent benefits.

    Cons

    Focus lost on employees and customers. Lack of leadership. More focused on meetings and blame, than servicing customers and employee relations. Upper management seems to be less interested in the products that have made smaller companies successful before buying out, and more interested in red tape. Poor implementation of SAP and poor match for business. Why replace something that works with something that does not?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize your strengths can be in your employee base, and bringing in useless management with no idea how to lead, is a recipe for disaster and poor employee relations. Not to mention decline in customer satisfaction. Keeping current customers happy is easier than finding new business (Varian, GE, Dunlee etc). Expecting 60+ hours a week from employees (supervisors) is not practical or something that should be maintained for long periods of time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stable Work Environment

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

    I have been working at Timken full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job Security is typically good. If you live in the Canton Ohio area there are plenty of opportunities for advancement within the company.

    Cons

    If you work at a satellite facility, advancement typically only comes with relocation. They prefer to look around Timken and bring in talent rather than promote from within the same facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of standard starting salaries for entry level positions and gauge where your employees are at. Some of your existing employees may have come from acquisitions and their salaries might not be competitive within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - New Bearing Assembly in Mascot, TN
    Former Employee - New Bearing Assembly in Mascot, TN

    I worked at Timken full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was decent, Day Shift was out by 2:30 pm so it didn't ruin day

    Cons

    Points system for attendance, Supervisor had chip on his shoulder

    Recommends
  7.  

    Timken Co.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Engineering in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very ethical company with lots of room for change and growth. Somewhat conservative company but they still take advantage of prosperous opportunities.

    Cons

    There is not a ton of room to move to completely different product disciplines. Location is not very spread out throughout the U.S.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    MY EXPERIENCE

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Analyst in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Sales Analyst in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are very understanding about a work/life balance (at least the managers I worked for were).

    Cons

    Extremely set on having a degree, hard stop in career development. No matter how long or how much experience you have in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Adequate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Analyst in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People. Achievers are passionate about what they do and *who they do it with*. Their energy is infectious, their commitment is unwavering and their potential is limitless. We believe that great people build great companies, and that’s why we’re A-Player obsessed.

    Cons

    No Career Advancement & Opportunity. They work because they are scared of the alternative of not having a job they like, or any job at all. Unfortunately, with a strong recession and a high unemployment rate, this type of feeling can spread quickly through the working ranks today. It’s also why many stay with their companies through these times, even though they don’t enjoy their jobs very much.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Analyst in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Analyst in Canton, OH

    I have been working at Timken full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Every business has it's own style. Very conservative and ethical company.

    Cons

    What are the average starting salaries, bonuses, benefits and travel requirements like at Timken. Will move your job out of state to save a buck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  11.  

    I experienced great opportunities here. Professional, humanitarian, and profitable company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Canton, OH

    I worked at Timken full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They use SAP and it's running well.

    Cons

    they use SAP and it still needs work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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