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  1. "Fun and frustrating. Definitely a good learning experience."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Ellisville, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The office area looks nice and is well laid out. Employees are fun to work with and have a good personality. Upper management has improved a lot in 2014.

    Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    The computers, software, and networks which are critical to the business are horribly slow at times, outdated, and neglected. The hiring process is sometimes questionable.

    Advice to Management

    See above.


  2. "Nice resume builder, not a long term workplace"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO

    Pros

    Nice, clean and recently updated facilities with big open windows. The grounds are nice, and they do a lot of testing in house, so there are many electrical experts on site.

    Cons

    There is a very strong culture of looking out for yourself to get ahead. High pressure to work long hours, and I always felt like management was walking around to make sure I was at my desk. Managers hogged all the face time with senior management whenever they were on site.

    Advice to Management

    Some more formal procedures around all facets of product design and launch would be very helpful to align everyone that is working on projects.


  3. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Bussmann part-time

    Pros

    Work with talented people, decent pay.

    Cons

    Management seems distant at times.

    Advice to Management

    Share more information to boost moral.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Not the company it used to be..."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Ellisville, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits; beautiful working conditions

    Cons

    The management is doing its best to make everything black and white...rules after rules. The customer service department has two supervisors...one micro manages and the other is very reasonable...so in the same department there are two completely different styles of management. This new management has no clue how to do the job of their team but is allowed to make major decisions concerning how the job is done.

    Advice to Management

    Better wake up and look at the managers and supervisors ways of belittling the employees before you lose more of your knowledgeable people...long term employees are leaving...you better start taking notice.


  6. "Lazy Self-Entitled "Long Time" Employees"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ellisville, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enlightened Management and caring HR Department. Excellent benefits and outstanding pay (Raises and bonuses for those who work). Boundless opportunities to suceed with company provided training. Flexible work schedules and reasonable work loads.

    Cons

    Lazy workers who think because they have "been here" forever that they know everything. No effort is put in constantly sabotaging the work place. Management is diligently working to get rid of the dead weight.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing - it's getting better!!!!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Used to be a great company ; now an MBA is needed to apply"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellisville, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company offers decent benefits. HQ is located in a great location with lovely offices on a nice campus. Some departments recognize the value of team work and incoporate employees' ideas, which fosters creativity.

    Cons

    Not all departments are equal. Morale is awful. Over the past few years, some long term employees with extensive knowledge & passion for the company are treated with very little respect. It is common to see some mgmt in those depts. bullying, screaming and being rude to employees. Outbursts amongst some mgmt are common, daily tears amongst some employees are common, but respect & good communication from some mgmt is rare. Those who were consistently top performers have been beat down and some mgmt prefer robotic-type responses rather than the human touch to our customers. All emails and calls are reviewed to a point our customers poke fun at our mgmt.
    Focus is in the wrong place. Our customers do notice the difference. Key people with great knowledge & talents are leaving.

    Advice to Management

    There is far to many middle mgmt types who do not know the company, the jobs or seem to care about others, but make it well known they have power. Listen to employees and act on some of the valuable ideas to realize growth and success.


  8. "Okay..."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corporate structure, lots of room for growth, good benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate structure, lots of unnecessary middle management, sometimes unattainable goals.

    Advice to Management

    What looks good on paper may not translate into real life.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "company strategy and focus"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Management in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large investment in people and resources with incredible pipeline of new products in the past and future - No end in sight! Strong relationships with customers and distribution channel and operates a very high level of cultures and values. Extremely positive!

    Cons

    at times, operates too lean. top notch people in the organization constantly step up to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Continue sharing the strategy and vision.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Always trying to do more with less, employees suffer."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tualatin, OR
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is reasonable. Local group is a wonderful bunch of talented engineers. Sales and product management team are a motivated and well led group that communicates well with engineering. Local HR is world class, compassionate and also no nonsense.

    Cons

    Corporate tends to ignore staffing recommendations of local group. We are regularly forced to do more with less. Current restructuring plan is poorly planned.

    Advice to Management

    When staff is consistently trimmed we might look better for this quarter, but in the long run are suffering. Quality is suffering, new product development is suffering.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Didn't work out for me"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Former Employee - Engineer in Tualatin, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Bussmann full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Divisional business unit that is part of a larger organization. If you are young and willing to relocate you could do OK. Eight separate business units so you have endless options for your career path.

    Cons

    After spending 5 wonderful years at a small, well-run company in Tualatin, OR, the company was acquired by Cooper Bussmann. Three years later my position was eliminated as part of an on-going downsizing operation to reduce costs. Moving large portions of production to Mexico and China in an attempt to lower manufacturing costs sealed the fate of many co-workers. Needless to say moral declined and much of the braintrust within engineering left on their own.

    Advice to Management

    If a company can be profitable for over 45 years without a single layoff how is it that layoffs are necessary to maintain profits once you acquire it?



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