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Updated October 19, 2018
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  • "Upper management has no respect for the sales force" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Management has no interest in customer service, no interest in employee retention and no interest in learning about the welding industry" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Puller"

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    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Roanoke, TX
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator in Roanoke, TX

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

    Pros

    The people there are great. I enjoyed the job, I understand the work and I think it's for me.

    Cons

    I don't believe it a down side to the job. But if u enjoy making money it's a good job but it does require a lot of your time

    Advice to Management

    I'm a person you need on your staff. I come to work every day n I love working as a team.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely toxic and divided atmosphere."

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    Former Employee - International Logistics Coordinator in Hanover, PA
    Former Employee - International Logistics Coordinator in Hanover, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every position pays very well.

    Cons

    Position is extremely volatile. Constant layoffs and division amongst unionized employees. Management is very clicky and often micromanagers for power trips.

    Advice to Management

    Be more receptive to change. Just because you've been doing something for 30 years doesn't mean it can't be done better.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Company needs to walk the talk..."

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    Former Employee - Management in Clarks Summit, PA
    Former Employee - Management in Clarks Summit, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours to some degree;
    Nice location, free parking;
    Fair wages;
    Free coffee;
    Union jobs, people care about the quality of their product;
    Safe environment to work in, few accidents

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible;
    Unethical conduct - several instances of workplace violence/verbal abuse reported but company doesn't care (others companies have zero-tolerance policies dealing with this);
    Union relations not favorable (company shows no respect for people, you are a resource used to make profits for their parent investment company, Colfax);
    Unstable future, plants are regularly shut down after acquisition, once proprietary and intellectual knowledge is stripped out of the business.
    ESAB is owned by Colfax Corp, a holding company that purchases, re-organized, and sells other businesses and brands for profit. They acquire other companies, strip out the good ideas and close/relocate/sell what remains. This create a brutal working environment for its workers, with little respect for the people or their ideas.

    Advice to Management

    1) Company needs a modern approach to management (it's not the 1970's anymore);
    2) Treat employees fairly and respect who they are;
    3) Offer some real benefits, employees lives are being shattered with phony medical plans and high out of pocket expenses.


  4. "A Decent Place To Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ESAB full-time

    Pros

    It is a long established company with many great people working at it

    Cons

    Overtime can be mandatory
    a lot of changes to management

    Advice to Management

    keep communications open between the floor workers and try to keep management changes down.


  5. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ESAB full-time

    Pros

    Global opportunities and good mix of experiences

    Cons

    Too many priorities making it hard to manuver


  6. "ESAB"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    When ESAB was based in Florence, SC it felt like a large family organization even though it was a global company. ESAB employees are the blood that pumps through the body of the company. Many of them have or were part of the welding and plasma industry for 40 to 50 years!

    Cons

    I'm not sure what the initial intent on the purchase of ESAB by Colfax, by the environment changed dramatically. Some for the good, but not so good for the Florence employees. I don't think it was deliperate, but too many changes, too fast, with too few employees, and to many hours worked by the ones who were trying there hardest.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management. Reduce or scale down the amount of part numbers in its portfolio, Separate product lines to create better work flow, and listen to employees that have been in the industry for a long period of time.


  7. "Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis Junction, MD
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESAB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good personaland work balance

    Cons

    A great amount of workload

  8. "Disorganized"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESAB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great associate relationships. Hard-working team members and functional groups.

    Cons

    Disorganized executive leadership with no true strategy deployment.


  9. "Structure lacking"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ESAB full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Medium size
    Company History is long and impressive

    Cons

    Little to no company structure (training programs, continuing education, capex)
    A lot of changes
    Upper level management is over involved in operations, doesn't "lead" - doers not leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Institute on-boarding and standardized (legally-required) training
    Offer comprehensive on-the-job training, including legally-required training and industry-leading training


  10. "Horrible to employees"

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

    I worked at ESAB full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, Decent people, laid back work environment on some jobs.

    Cons

    Worked there 12 years and never had a work related discrepancy. Company fabricates write ups just because they might not like you as a person. If you say anything about this you are fired. Even after more than a decade of service. Horrible health insurance. Every other saturday is manditory, so don't make plans. If they decide to cancel it you wont find out till thursday. So if you are on 3rd good luck making plans for saturday.

    Advice to Management

    Hope you all have the ability to look inside and reflect on the people you actually are.


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