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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
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Pros
  • Clean and safe work environment (in 17 reviews)

  • I worked in a newer building with great people (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • New management is not in touch with marketplace (in 4 reviews)

  • There is not a lean/six sigma mindset at the plant (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Receiving Inspector"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA

    Pros

    Excellent dedicated workforce of rank & file employees. Most have a very good attidude, and are welcoming to new workers. Very honest.

    Cons

    Management tends to take credit for the hard work employees and contract employees have done, even though it is known the reasons for that hard work being necessary was due to bad decisions by mangement. Contract employees MUST wear an orange vest, looking like a Cal-Trans worker, anytime on the premesis (a form of "this person is not one of US"). Very little chance of advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop "saving money" by hiring Contract Employees, do your own legwork, and hire people who WANT to be part of a team. Contract Employees never are allowed to do that.


  2. "Dying company acquired by Eaton"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of many. Some good people in the engineering department.

    Cons

    Meaningless work driven by meaningless deadlines, zero chances for promotion/pay increases, major game-playing with benefits, etc etc.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Not Really a Technology Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some very nice people there.

    Cons

    Traditionally a manufacturer of big, heavy and non-automated products trying to be a technology company through acquisition. Leadership doesn't really understand the utility technology space. Products developed are several years behind the industry.


  4. "Fab"

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    Former Employee - Fabricator in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Fabricator in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing benefits
    Can be decent play if you play interview well

    Cons

    Such a negative atmosphere management constantly harassing with tacky business oppression not much opportunity, little appreciation, too much safety

    Advice to Management

    Quit oppressing your employees, despite having a great company that umbrellas you, the mid management needs change


  5. "Not great"

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    Current Employee - Georgia in Peachtree City, GA
    Current Employee - Georgia in Peachtree City, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get good work experience that looks decent on a resume. The benefits were decent and you can move to somewhere better within Eaton.

    Cons

    Not a great company to work for. I don't think anyone enjoys working there. I think it's just a job.

    Advice to Management

    I don't think eaton management cares much about this company. They definitely are more focused on other divisions.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Smoke and mirrors for a once great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate and motivated co-workers (for the most part), leadership and development opportunities, strong brand equity.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership and vision, driven by top line growth coupled with short sighted decisions and lack of empathy towards employees. The company does a great job selling itself during the interview process and I believe HR genuinely tries to implement meaningful programs to make it a better place to work but at the end of the day, monthly and quarterly sales numbers are #1 - no matter what the cost. After the Eaton acquisition, you heard almost daily how great an employer Eaton is to its employees, I never experienced that at this division.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit your "two-dimensional" performance rating system because "what you achieve" is the only thing that matters here, not "how you achieve it". Stop the employee surveys - administering the surveys, identifying the problems and then doing nothing about them is worse than not doing the survey. Develop more robust, documented processes to help deal with the 20-30% turnover.


  7. "Miserable"

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    Former Employee - Press Brake Operator in Aurora, CO
    Former Employee - Press Brake Operator in Aurora, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good hours and health benefits.

    Cons

    Overkill in the safety department!

    Advice to Management

    Stop overdressing the press brake operators. You don't HAVE to wear gauntlets and gloves to perform your duties.

  8. "Company sinking after losing subsea"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Camarillo, CA
    Former Employee - Operations in Camarillo, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    good pay, the employees on the floor are great to work with.

    Cons

    4 companies merged, still 4 separate companies with managers arguing in front of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Too late- the recent removal of employees due to reduction in force- people still there are going to leave and are very disappointed.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not as good as they think they are"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people in middle management who are trying to do the best they can.

    Cons

    They claim to be a successful, progressive forward thinking company, but they do not commit adequate resources for operations. There is very little planning for production. There is no business process.

    They promise the customer deliveries they cannot meet, then hammer on manufacturing until they deliver. The result is unhappy customers and unhappy employees.

    When you're interviewing, they talk a good game, but you later learn that they are more concerned with charts and graphs than building a more efficient business.

    Advice to Management

    Eaton needs to take a close look at what they got when they bought this company. There is a lot of room for improvement.


  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    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 Industries 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.


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