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Cooper Industries Reviews

Updated August 6, 2017
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Pros
  • Clean and safe work environment (in 17 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)

  • Long hours, managers not very knowledgeable, some areas have a very negative attitude (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Cooper"

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    • 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.


  2. "Seemed good at the time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cooper Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good co workers and location

    Cons

    management is too quick to judge

    Advice to Management

    support employees better

  3. "Great Working Environment"

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    • 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.


  4. "Operation of lies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vicksburg, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vicksburg, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of the production team cared about doing a good job although they were not rewarded during their reviews. Unfortunately, the negatives outweighed the positives.

    Cons

    Managers were rewarded for not being honest about actual metric. Plant manager encouraged "creative" reporting with no real effort to improving processes. Employee morale was very low making it difficult to obtain new ideas and get their buy-in.

    Advice to Management

    The truth is not your enemy.


  5. "Human Resources"

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    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.


  6. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting people and I learned lots of things outside my area.

    Cons

    All the other employers are mechanical engineers. Only my mentor and I are electrical. sad


  7. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits package that includes health care, matching 401K, vision, dental, life insurance, etc.. Being bought by Eaton has included more benefits.

    Cons

    Employee morale is terrible and turnover is very high. New management is needed. Poor quality product being assembled.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees' work ethic instead of telling stressed out employees to simply work harder. Make raises competitive with cost of living inflation.

  8. 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.


  9. "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


  10. "Great opportunities at Cooper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Cooper has a large facility in Peachtree City which was the corporate headquarters for their lighting business. It was a great place to learn and grow professionally.

    Cons

    Cooper Industries was acquired by Eaton in 2012, so I'm not sure how the business currently operates.


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