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Cooper Industries Reviews

Updated January 22, 2017
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Cooper Industries Chairman, President, and CEO Kirk S. Hachigian
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Pros
  • Cooper was an awesome company with great leaders, a great culture and good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Some good people in the engineering department (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • They are being acquired by Eaton, so there is a little bit of uncertainty surrounding that transaction (in 3 reviews)

  • Work environment could be improved (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great, lean company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work hard, see results, be rewarded.
    Incredible Leadership Development Program.
    Pure meritocracy.

    Cons

    Very conservative on pay, being so lean in number of personnel made for some difficulties in promotions, sometimes too focused on bottom line and not enough on the people.

    Advice to Management

    As the company has been sold, this isn't relevant. They put the company in the right position, enabled us to succeed and were ultimately convinced that to stay relevant we needed to merge into a larger organization.


  2. "HRIS Analyst"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    got bought out by Eaton so it is differnet now


  3. "Marketing Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Advanced Leadership training + best practices for practice area leaders. On-going education + training opportunities for all. True desire to operate towards excellence. Innovative thinking for product development.

    Cons

    Eaton Corporation acquired Cooper Power Systems in 2015. Made pre-mature decisions [human + product + services] during the integration process. Did not have a true desire to operate toward excellence.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about an "individual" of the organization you just acquired, their job function, their cross-functional roles and influences, and how they fit into the legacy Operating Plan [and new market penetration strategies] before you eliminate the position because you feel the "job tile" of the individual is a duplicate to the existing Eaton Team.


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  5. "Well run organization"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for advancement. Global company with manufacturing operations everywhere.

    Cons

    Like most multi-national companies, matrix organization can make change slow to tedious.


  6. "Cooper Job"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great position for new college graduates

    Cons

    Sink-or-swim and on-the-job training. Management assumes you know how to deal with Corporate America


  7. "Senior Design Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Cooper Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment with positive interaction with the production staff.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement opportunities available for senior engineers.


  8. "Planner"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Sarasota, FL

    Pros

    Fast Pace, Opportunity to learn

    Cons

    none to speak of, enjoyed it

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. "Cooper"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Industries (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and strong level of accountability to getting the job done.

    Cons

    Not very transparent all the time with the business.


  10. "Great Working Environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Plant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Able to make a difference as they listen and receive feedback extremely well -I would recommend working for Cooper, now Eaton

    Cons

    Could do better in developing their employees through training - offer to have employee work on their individual development plans

    Advice to Management

    Continue to evaluate structure and communication as the company grows. We will have to become a team that can manage across multiple locations while still maintaining cohesion.


  11. "Human Resources"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Lexington, SC
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Lexington, SC

    Pros

    Great culture. Corporate allow plant autonomy while still having overall oversight of KPIs.

    Cons

    Sold to Eaton. I am unsure of Eaton's culture as I have never worked there. Cooper Industries was a wonderful work environment. Hopefully that continues under Eaton.

    Advice to Management

    Allow plant autonomy while maintaining oversight. Understand that not all locations have the same exact requirements nor are at the same level of empowerment in the culture.



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