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Powell Industries Overview

Houston, TX
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (POWL)
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
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

Mission: Our mission at Powell is to solve our customers' toughest problems. We accomplish this through in-depth technical expertise and a narrow focus on our markets and the solutions we drive to those markets. For more than six decades, our core values have driven our ... Read more

Powell Industries – Why Work For Us?

About Us

Powell was founded in 1947 as a metal-working shop to support the local Houston, Texas petrochemical facilities. While we began small, the company has grown over the past six decades to become the strategic supplier of choice for highly complex and integrated systems for distribution and control of electrical energy and other critical processes. A complete description of the markets served by Powell is available.

Today, the firm is headquartered in Houston, Texas and has locations in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Our customers include engineering-construction firms and end-users in the oil and gas, electric utility, transportation and other heavy industries. Our products and services include metal-clad switchgear, metal-enclosed switchgear, motor control, bus duct, utility switches, integrated electrical equipment enclosures, offshore modules, control and monitoring systems, energy management systems, and process control systems-- plus a very large variety of support services including installation and commissioning, spare parts, switchgear life extension, replacement circuit breakers, project management, and field support.
Our Work Environment
A Great Work Environment
Powell is committed to safety in the workplace, but that commitment goes beyond the workplace. We are focused on each employee's health and welfare — on and off the job — because our employees' overall health can impact performance, as well as the performance of their co-workers. So, through health assessments, training, and support, Powell seeks to enhance the well-being of every employee.
One of the keys to Powell's success is our Continuous Improvement Teams. At every Powell factory, team members – production, management, technicians, engineers – work together to establish quarterly goals, handle risk assessments, develop recommendations, and follow through to make approved changes. Hundreds of safety projects are tackled each year, with results shared throughout the company.
Every Powell facility has safety goals — it's a management imperative. Having goals is not quite enough, though. Every employee must commit to those safety goals and specific safety metrics are reported monthly.
The results? Major changes to factory floors, more ergonomic workstations, even improved training and safety communications have reduced injury frequency and severity rates. In fact, Powell facilities continue to be among the safest in the world.
How We Rate
Compared to other equipment manufacturers, Powell leads the way in workplace safety. We have injury rates below those common even in non-manufacturing sectors. Experience Modification Rate (EMR) is a number used by insurance companies to gauge both past cost of injuries and future chances of risk. The lower the EMR of your business the better. An EMR of 1.0 is considered the industry average.

Our objective is to drive improvement towards zero incidents and zero injuries through targeted improvement plans developed and implemented at individual facilities. We also focus on fostering more effective safety behaviors by establishing and maintaining clear companywide safety standards, and by conducting weekly, monthly, and annual safety awareness training and events.

Powell pay and benefits are designed to meet the diverse needs of our global workforce. We offer a competitive salary, plus incentives when Powell meets established goals. All of our benefits programs are designed to help you get the most out of work and life. They are customized for each of our locations around the world. Choose a country to learn more:

Powell Benefits for U.S. employees:

Health Care

  • Great insurance plans: Medical, dental, vision, life and AD&D
  • Short and Long Term Disability
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Health and Dependent Care


  • All employees are eligible to receive an annual incentive award to share in the company’s success.


  • Immediate vesting
  • Powell matches 50% of the first 6% you contribute


  • Education Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Health fairs / Flu vaccinations

Powell Benefits for Canada employees:

Health Care

  • Great Insurance Plans: Medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D and Critical Illness
  • Short and Long Term Disability


  • Immediate vesting
  • Powell matches 100% of the first 3% you contribute


  • Employees are eligible to participate in a variety of recognition and incentive programs to share in the company’s success.


  • Educational Assistance
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flu vaccinations and wellness programs
  • Employee Social Club

Powell Benefits for U.K employees: 

Health & Welfare

  • Great Private Medical Insurance Plans
  • Healthcare CashPlan (dental, vision, etc.)
  • Occupational Health

  Pension & Life Assurance 

  • Powell matches employee pension contributions up to at least 4%
  • Life Assurance provides 6x basic salary death-in-service benefits


  • Powell’s Power of One Employee Recognition Program recognises and rewards employees going above and beyond in the following categories:  Safety, Customer Service, Innovation and Leadership.


  • Paid Holidays
  • Family Friends Policies
  • Maternity/Parental Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Long Service Award
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Tuition Reimbursement


Powell Industries Reviews

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  • "Great company, work is consistent and they work non-english speaking workers friendly"

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    Former Employee - Shop Associate & Wiring Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Shop Associate & Wiring Technician in Houston, TX
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    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than 3 years)


    i found the equipment this company built very interesting


    The pay wasn't couldve been better

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Powell Industries Interviews



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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Powell Industries (Houston, TX).


    Conference room with a few people, discussed my resume and past experience as well as relevant projects. Asked what I knew about the company and what I would like to know. Given a tour of the facility by an engineer and taught about the manufacturing process.

    Interview Questions

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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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