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Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Co workers are very good people (in 12 reviews)

  • Great people to work with that is work with not for (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of change in upper management (in 11 reviews)

  • Decision making has shifted from long term strategy based to short term financial based (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Executive Assistant"

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

    I worked at ESCO full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, Great pay. Positive Atmosphere.

    Cons

    Change of hours after 3 years of working there.


  2. "good people, poor management."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newton, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    plenty of ways to get overtime
    good group of people to work with

    Cons

    poor communication from management
    management does not care about employee motivation

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees on the floor

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Plant Support Fabricator"

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    Former Employee - Fabricator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Fabricator in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company had excellent wages and benefits. Everyone appreciated their job, and were very proud to be a part of the company.

    Cons

    Sometimes the already long 12 hour shifts would run longer, and there were a couple of times that I didn't get a day off for a month.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to the management would be to plan for the worst-case-scenario for fabrication jobs, and staff accordingly. This would reduce costly overtime and employee burnout.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Design Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ESCO full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with good benefits and many engineers. The range of experience and history of the company are tied in with the city of Portland

    Cons

    Company was unsure of its direction in the future while I worked there. It was difficult to see a future there while the company was trying to figure out their own.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency, clarity, and respect are appreciated. Many times it seemed like management was hiding information from the engineers in an effort to keep the status quo


  5. "Maintenance/ Diesel Mechanic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at ESCO full-time

    Pros

    good company I loved working there I wished they did not close the main plant

    Cons

    they closed the main plant

    Advice to Management

    you should not have sold the company off to stock holders


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Mintenance"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Muskegon, MI
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Muskegon, MI

    I have been working at ESCO full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the people are pleasant to work for.
    schedule works great.

    Cons

    they are closing for good

    Advice to Management

    ?


  7. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Programmer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good collaborative work environment. Excellent IT management team. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Fickle industry with major ups and downs that causes the company to have sever growth and contraction.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Finishing Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Finishing Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wages and benefits
    Treat employees well in general

    Cons

    Sending work offshore
    Becoming a brand not a manufacturer

    Advice to Management

    Too much money is spent on things that don't produce products. Lean manufacturing is not always "Lean".


  9. "AR"

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    Current Employee - Finance
    Current Employee - Finance
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co workers are very good people

    Cons

    pay no bonus tons of work


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company, Lackluster Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Loyal employees with often 20+ years of exp
    Decent pay/benefits
    Give back to the community
    Make good products

    Cons

    Poor upper management decision-making
    Lack of overall strategy
    Nepotism
    Lack of Diversity
    Could Improve Employee Development
    Rewarding System for Good Employees=More Work

    Advice to Management

    Culture has become too cut-throat and corporate-like (unlike when I first started working--seemed like a large, family-oriented company)without realizing that it's people are its greatest asset and they are a contributing factor in ESCOs longevity and profitability.

    When you start treating people as just numbers or hamsters on a wheel, your culture and company suffer as a consequence.

    Develop a strategy and stick to it. Drive this strategy from top down, not bottom up.

    Establish a plan for passing on knowledge, especially with the aging workforce. You have good people that have served 20-40+ years that leave without a succession plan and without passing knowledge along.

    Bring in new talent and embrace diversity. Not nearly enough women and minorities in upper management.

    Change is good; but be strategic in company direction and objectives. It seems as if upper management does not know what the hell is going on at times.

    Promote from within and develop your internal talents. They are your greatest resource.

    Stop promoting nepotism. Promoting so-and-so's son to VP of (insert BS title) solely based on their lineage and making their more experienced, better qualified peers train them for a job they should have been at least considered for.

    On a positive note, I genuinely think ESCO is a good company to work for with good people, opportunities if you are willing to work for them, and excellent products.


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