I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (More than 5 years)
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)
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.
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Powell Industries (Houston, TX) in June 2015.
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.