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ESCO Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Co workers are very good people (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people sprinkled throughout the organization (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • A lot of change in upper management (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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    "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".


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not a fun place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money
    Headquarters is near good pubs

    Cons

    ESCO has closed plants and locations.
    Employees not having fun, appear overworked, stressed.
    Connections to certain families, political beliefs are more important than your contributions.
    Failing to make the company a "great place to work".

    Advice to Management

    Top management should get out of the C suite and spend more face time with people doing the hard work.
    Diversify the business.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "stay away"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the People that you work with

    Cons

    Managers on up are only looking out for themselves will throw you under a bus to make themselves looks good.

    Advice to Management

    All of them can jump off a bridge


  6. Helpful (5)

    "My Opinion"

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    Current Employee - Worker in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Worker in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - The people you work with are dedicated to each other.
    - Open communication to the point of being to open at times.
    - Global Opportunities for advancement.
    - Competitive Pay for most jobs.

    Cons

    - Long work hours due to high turnover.
    - Misguided information from management.
    - Unclear direction on where we are going since they tell you that they are doing it one way then within months change since it didn't work out as planned.
    - Closing and selling off domestic sites at an alarmig rate.
    - Change in executive leadership is needed!

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to truly investigate the opportunities and changes you plan on making before communicating it to the company or implementing them. Seems like every one is running around with no real direction. Lastly your employees made the company what it is today it seems that somewhere along the way you forgot that, might be time to remember.


  7. "Branch Adminstartor"

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    Current Employee - Branch Administrator in Mountain Iron, MN
    Current Employee - Branch Administrator in Mountain Iron, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESCO full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company! Have enjoyed my time thus far

    Cons

    A lot of change in upper management. supply issues

    Advice to Management

    Apply new programs to only those it is useful for


  8. Helpful (2)

    "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great products that are well received in the market place. Good compensation package and vacation time.

    Cons

    Senior management seems inept. I saw series of poor decisions that resulted in layoffs and loss of market share.

    Advice to Management

    To the board recruit new Sr Mgt.. People who know the business your in..


  9. "Meh :/"

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    Former Employee - Mig Welder in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Mig Welder in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    I liked what I did there, connections MIG welding. Free popsicles. Had my own bathroom.

    Cons

    I did not like the work environment and felt a lot of sexism against me. Its a mans world, its hard out there for a woman welder.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company size is just right to allow employees to have a meaningful impact on company culture.
    Location is great for lunch walks around the neighbourhoods.

    Cons

    Industry is stuggling and managment (both upper and mid level) are not able to rally meaningful productivity from employees. Many of the solutions to reassert financial strength appeared haphazard, somewhat arbitrary, and poorly supported.

    Advice to Management

    Many of my colleagues have or are looking to jump ship due to the lack of clear leadership (morale was awful in many of the groups I interacted with). Speak to your employees about how you will lead them and rally their support, or you will continue to lose your remaining top performers.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "all work no fun"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESCO (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are good and benefits are decent

    Cons

    Nothing. Poor training and pay.

    Advice to Management

    Look at everything and review. Supervisors are not good


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