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Houston, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
1947
Company - Public (POWL)
Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
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Working at Powell Industries

Powell Industries gets a charge out of making equipment and computer systems that monitor and control the flow of electricity in industrial, commercial, and government facilities. Products include switchgears (units that manage the flow of electricity to motors, transformers ... Read more

Powell Industries Reviews

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Powell Industries President and CEO Michael A. Lucas
Michael A. Lucas
24 Ratings
  • "Good company but poor overall ethics and training"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and services for employees.
    Improved HR department in recent years.
    Kind and competent employees at many levels of the business.
    Cafes and recreational area in some facilities.
    Afternoon shift and overnight shifts pay a percentage more (Manufacturing positons)

    Cons

    Poor training program for all states of the business.
    Safety programs are backed by a few good employees and many more that could care less.
    Safety is ignored when convenient and disregrarded completely when busy but enforced with prejudice when an accident occurs.
    Lack of communication between shifts, departments, supervisors, managers, engineers, and leads.
    Most management plays into favoritism for promotions.
    Poor equipment/machine maintenance. Constant blame game between managers, supervisors, leads, and employees.
    Bad overall moral due to management.
    Overall market value for most manufacturing positions is poor being 15 to 20 percent under market value

    Advice to Management

    Better training for new hires and ongoing employees. For example, training people longer and with continuously updated training records, improved safety training for department specific tasks. Better communication at all levels of the business. Match pay rates to market values. Work to improve, strengthen, promote you employees rather then blame, belittle, and degrade them.

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Powell Industries Interviews

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    Controller Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Powell Industries (Houston, TX) in June 2015.

    Interview

    The process took several months from when I first submitted my resume until I was contacted by Human Resources. Once contacted, the process went fairly quickly, but I already had other opportunities by that time as well. They were not open to meeting some of the benefits offered by other companies.

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Powell Industries Awards & Accolades

  • America's 200 Best Small Companies, Forbes, 2009
  • The Houston Chronicle 100, The Houston Chronicle, 2008

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