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Updated April 23, 2017
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  • Work life balance manageable only if living within 5km radius (in 60 reviews)

  • No support from upper management until the problem has moved from minor to major (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Quality Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of challenges, diversity of work unlimited. Certain plants have better spirit than others. Eaton should not be judged by the Wisconsin plants, as they appear to be atypical due to a poorly completed integration effort. Salaried pay scale seems high for the area, but stress is too.

    Cons

    No work life balance, no recognition of extra effort, high turnover in management and hourly. Pay scale is deceiving, you are given raises and then in difficult times they are taken away plus some in a process called MULA, mandatory unpaid leave of absence. This requires you to give back One Week without pay, which normally equals the salary increase you just received. After 4 years if you look just at take home it appears that you make more than when you started. In realty when you get your W2 you are actually making less than when you started! Essentially losing pace with your peers.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your hourly people, they know how to do their jobs and are willing to help, but not if you don't show them respect. Hold everyone accountable, get rid of the poor performers, properly staff your plants, instead of having everyone flexing people to roles they never signed up for.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Lost Focus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Company Car
    - Company Cell Phone
    - Handful of dedicated employees that make the company function
    - Certain managers that are amazing teachers

    Cons

    - Focus has shifted from Employees to shareholders over past 10 years
    - You can tell who is 'marked for greatness' just by looking at them, sadly.
    - Cliques exist in management and HR. If you are in, you can make sexist jokes, drive drunk, abuse company money and resources and even have extramarital affairs in full view of C-level management with zero repercussions.
    - Social skills valued over performance
    - Eaton was sued for sexual and racial discrimination. As a result, many new promotions are given to 'minorities.' Yet they value a diversity of backgrounds and not a diversity of ideas. I.E. skin color/gender is given more precedence than character, which is ironically a turn towards racism/sexism rather than way from it.
    - Low pay offset by purported great benefits, which have been dwindling.
    - Multiple company 'cultures' due to Cooper acquisition, not in sync.
    - Certain corrupt elements in HR. HR will protect certain people, some will even sleep with employees or solicit sex acts, regardless of marital status. Truly frightening culture at HR which has a chilling effect on raising concerns. The older employees know to keep their mouths and head down at all times.
    - Constant culture of fear about losing your job, coupled with mandatory unpaid leaves of absence. The constant promotion of the idea that the grass isn't greener on the other side has cultivated a culture of Stockholm Syndrome.

    Advice to Management

    Don't think that carefully constructed 'vision statements' motivate your employees to make our company great. Remember that at the heart of this company is a barter system. We receive compensation and you get the value of our services and efforts. While great companies have managed to extract much higher levels of performance from their employees than they've been paying for by unifying the culture around one goal, Eaton is not not that type of company and it is time to realize that.

    At a good level of compensation, employees will give 100%.
    Even after cutting benefits and compensation for years, most will still give 100%.
    After a few years (i.e. now) employees will begin the 'whats in it for me' attitude and start giving only what they feel they are getting. If they are vocal about it, they will be eliminated with the idea that they suddenly became 'bad apples.' If nothing changes, then the company will be free of all such 'bad apples' and will be filled with nothing but B and C level employees working only for a paycheck and giving only what they must according to the job description. By this time its already over.

    On the flip side, you need to deeply understand the cost of turnover and begin compensating employees with real dollars to a degree where they feel valued for their time. This gets you back to 100% and creates a culture of self-corrective policing where employees will make sure everyone around them is also performing at 100%.

    The next step is to create a culture that emphasizes employee retention and appreciation rather than shareholder metrics and fear. This will give you the extra 10% or 20% out of employees that money cannot buy. Its this last step that differentiates good companies from great companies.

    Do I think any of this will ever happen? Absolutely not. The bad apples will leave for higher paying jobs and the rest will remain as inflation continues and their pay doesn't keep up. Unless of course you are one of the chosen.


  3. "The pay is the only reason"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The reason most people work at Eaton is they are salary

    Cons

    They get a lot of over time

    Advice to Management

    Need to invest in they people


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  5. "Production Supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Super in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Production Super in Sherman, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable benefits for the money

    Cons

    Excessive work hours generally 6 days per week

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with leadership skills


  6. "lack of caring"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Machine Operator in Cleveland, TN
    Former Contractor - Machine Operator in Cleveland, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eaton as a contractor

    Pros

    Fabrication worker of presses. Great way to get in shape. Mostly nice people to work with. Decent pay for contract. Great pay for hire on after 90 days you can start applying. This factory was close to my home. Plenty of OT if you prefer money over a life.

    Cons

    Supervisors and most upper staff did not really care about the real workers. of the plant. too much over time, had no time for family. Dirty machinery and atmosphere, was sick with allergies often. People getting fired for the dumbest stuff. They "walk" you out of the plant when they fire you, and print you picture on a flyer to disperse so people will know not to let you in. Seemed a bit harsh.

    Advice to Management

    Did not take the time to learn the names of people that ran the place due to the fact that it did not matter, I was just a number that was replaceable. My main advice to management is about the over time that the machine operators are forced to do, especially at the end of the year when you had us working 5 x 10 hours and 8 on Saturdays.. If you had taken the time to listen and watch what was going on you would have realized that you were burning out the workers with all that OT. Burned out workers do not care, they do not work hard because they are too tired which is a waste of money for the company and dangerous. Volunteer OT seems to work the best in plants that I have worked in only using manual OT when not enough volunteered. Plenty of your workers are single and have no kids so they are motivated by money and do not have schedules like parent workers.
    Another option is to get the weekend shift back. Heard that there was once on but you made the crucial mistake of paying them for 40 hours even though they only did 36. This was unfair to the week workers that put their 40 in and that is why they complained about it. You were giving weekend workers special treatment.
    Take care of your shift issues. You are one company with several employees but you seem to have Supervisors and workers that go out of their way to try and get other shifts in trouble. Petty. This should be punished not rewarded or ignored. The workplace is no place for such childish behavior and drama. Also what is good for one shift should be good for ALL shifts. If one shift can come in early to do their OT then ALL shifts should. The fact that you had one shift that got to do it but their supervisor would not allow the next shift to be able to come in early what a bad case of unfair treatment of the whole second shift.
    When you fire employees and contract workers or decide not to let them stay after their 90 days are up, take the time to do a one on one with them and explain what you thought they did wrong and maybe even give them some tips of how to improve in the future. They worked hard for the company and deserve better then being locked out of the building with no warning, or marched out of the building like a criminal. Also stop with the mug shot "don't let em in deal" Show some respect and be the better person. Losing a job is bad enough but then you have to go and let the whole building know about it.
    Good luck. You guys really need it. Try coming in a day a month and actually working on the floor with your employees. You might learn something.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Moving In the Wrong Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Galesburg, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Galesburg, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eaton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Community Service
    Work Flexibility
    Salary

    Cons

    Unqualified Senior Leadership
    No Sustainable Plan for Immediate or Future Growth

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to take accountability for the current business conditions. The answers will not come from the working group.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Bad Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Construction Project Manager in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    They pay well and are really nice people to work with.

    Cons

    They are a money first organization and drain every ounce of work out of one person when 3 or more may be necessary.

    Advice to Management

    Staff appropriately in the beginning and then take away as necessary. Don't under staff and then have to add later.


  9. "Customer Support Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Customer Support Engineer in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoy the work and the challenges.

    Cons

    If it isn't delay in raises it's cutting of benefits or making you pay more for the benefits you do have.

    This year alone it was delay of raises for all employees for 6 months. A mandatory week off of pay without pay and a reduction of 401k benefits.

    It's getting old and might be time to start looking elsewhere.


  10. "Production supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Lincoln, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, great for reserve military personnel ( paid 40 hrs military leave, plus full pay if deployed)

    Cons

    Lots of extra duties, received more department's to manage, told no more supervisors will be hired on for extra workload. Basicly you do the 2 or 3 times the work or quit.
    Hire management will throw you under the bus due to their lack of skills and knowledge to save their skin.
    Was on call for all my departments, have to come in on days off. Have to give personal private cell phone for people to call in sick, they are not to call HR but you directly.
    High turn over for management, plant managers, HR, and other staff.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to adapt,
    Treat supervisors with respect and not throw them under the bus to save yourself. More respect is given if done so.
     Leaders lead plain and simple.
    Hire when positions open up, don't stack more and more department's on supervisors to save money. Doing so means less quality and attention to detail applied to each department.


  11. "Manufacturing professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason City, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mason City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for change and improvement, know the words, pretty powerpoints.

    Cons

    Rural remote location limited pool of talent to work with. People with any options left within a year. Mandatory overtime for salary staff with no flex or compensation for holiday work.


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