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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
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Pros
  • Clean and safe work environment (in 16 reviews)

  • Cooper was an awesome company with great leaders, a great culture and good benefits (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • They are being acquired by Eaton, so there is a little bit of uncertainty surrounding that transaction (in 4 reviews)

  • High pressure to work long hours, and I always felt like management was walking around to make sure I was at my desk (in 5 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. "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


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  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. "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.


  7. "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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workforce on shop floor across all 3 shifts.

    Cons

    Lincoln Poor management at VSM and Plant Manager levels. Out of touch with work force.

    Advice to Management

    Replace VSM and Plant Manager.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Unsatifactory Company to work for."

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

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

    Pros

    The Cooper name carries great strength on your resume but it will come with a price.

    Cons

    The management team has a lot of politics and the VP of Marketing and Sales,Rick Pabst, is not qualified for the role he is in and is personally responsible along with the president of the company, Laura Ulz, for losing over half of the companies sales in the retail and distribution channels in 2012. The company was just acquired by Eaton and most likely this division will be sold off or merged in with another divisions. The lower level management team for the most part are good to work for but they have no authority to make any discisons making it tough to have an impact on the business. Out of the other Fortune 100 companies I have worked for the company unfortunately ranks last.

    Advice to Management

    Long term sucess cannot be obtained if short terms goals are the only focus. The customer must remain the primary focus. Price increases, sku deletion, etc are inevidable but it can't be at the cost of the customer and sacrificing their relationships for short term gain.


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