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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)

  • 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. "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.


  2. "Project manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Highland, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Highland, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can not think of a single one to put down here.

    Cons

    Poor manufacturing practices,
    No packaging of any type for product made
    Very poorly designed sites.
    across the board low motivation from managers to regular employees.
    Union workers do not do much.

    Advice to Management

    This ship is going down

  3. "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.


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

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    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 Industries 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.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Does this company even have a plan?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company is constantly making changes. Everyone looks busy.

    Cons

    Management listens to the suggestions and complaints, but quickly dismisses them. Improvements go as a flavor of the week. This company desperately needs to change, but doesn't understand a thing about change management. Can you eat an elephant in one bite? Management talks so much that they should be able to.

    Advice to Management

    Set strategic goals. Hire competent leaders. Truly engage your hourly employees, without them you're just a shipping point attached to Division HQ! Show your face or disappear, no one knows anything about you, but they feel like your minions.


  6. "Rotational Program (ALP)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Highland, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I grew tremendously while at Cooper Industries (now Eaton). They had solid upper management, and were well seasoned.

    Cons

    The ALP program touted that all participants would end up in GM positions. This was not the case. Rather, most participants ended up in product management type positions.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time understanding the challenges which exist in a lean workforce. More training would also go a long way.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company, decent pay, needs improve internally."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highland, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Co workers are nice. Decent pay. good experience for someone out of college.

    Cons

    Definition of Micro Management. It's all about your title on who makes the call. No advancement opportunity. No efficient business process. Unhappy Customer leads to Unhappy Employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't abuse your title. Listen to your co-workers.

  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)

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

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    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 Industries 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.


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

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ellisville, MO
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Ellisville, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cooper Industries 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!!!!


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