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Eaton Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Benefits lacking, need more work / life balance (in 74 reviews)

  • Eaton is a large company that has a clear goal of making shareholders money (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Hypocrisy at it's best in Raleigh!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - No Accountability Towards Lazy Employees and Lack of Work! in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - No Accountability Towards Lazy Employees and Lack of Work! in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pension is about it and you can call in sick as many days as you like, if you are that type of employee.

    Cons

    Have employees that take 20-50 day's off per year for being sick, or so they claim.
    Work with people that are not experienced or professional.
    Upper Management in Raleigh is old boy's network and don't understand sales.
    Some employees milk the system and take 3 hour lunches, are full of excuses, and their manager protects them.
    There are certain Manager's there who don't like conflict and have no backbone when it comes to addressing under-performing employees.
    Preach ethics, but employees sametime each other all kinds of thing's which are not ethical.
    They fire good employees who do their job for unfair reasons and keep those that don't even work.

    Advice to Management

    What Management?


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional and Political"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    My coworkers are awesome and they are willing to work together
    The operational teams are incredible and easy to work with

    Cons

    POLITICS
    Finance hiring friends of friends so there is one group of people that are running the show
    High turnover
    Finance leadership has ALOT to be desired

    Advice to Management

    You need to look at the turnover rate of the financial analysts 18 people leaving or being forced out in 2.5 years has to make you wonder was it those 18 people or is there something wrong in the finance senior leadership?

  3. Helpful (6)

    "An unethical, unprofitable, non-innovative sinking ship."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money was good, and they gave me an impressive job title, but this spoiled me for my next job!

    Cons

    Eaton believes they are god's gift to ethics and tries to make their employees believe so, but they won't tell you about their backhanded deals, political lobbying(go check influence explorer, Eaton says they give no political donations, which is a blatent lie) or their illegal benefits policies. (Multiple HIPAA violations)
    As an engineer, Eaton's pedestrian pace of research & development was extremely frustrating, and their policy of financially penalizing 'high risk' new business(i.e. charging startups more than established companies) has unfairly screwed over more than one independant business venture - Eaton deliberately prices themselves out of reach for many new projects so they don't have to hire new personnel.
    Also, don't be lulled into the illusion that this is one large worldwide company, Eaton is a loose federation of independant businesses with a common letterhead, many of which directly compete with each other for resources and personnel, there is no cohesion or sense of unity even though they would have you believe it's all just 'one Eaton', each individual business fends for itself just like it had to before it was 'acquired' by Eaton, Eaton itself is just a holding company, which grows only through acquisitions, not through technology.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending to be ethical, show some honesty and transparency, admit your mistakes to your employees, then sort out your miserable benefits system - treating the employee like the enemy doesn't make people feel appreciated. Finally, look after your flock, and pay attention to your competitors, you're WAY behind the curve...


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Stable company, no work life balance"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eaton full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits
    Stable company
    Looks great on your resume

    Cons

    Work life balance only exists for the week after another employee resigns
    Employee satisfaction scores are low
    Management aware of employee DIS-satisfaction for 3 years-no improvements made
    Hierarchy management structure
    Employee resignations are written off as employee's inability to manage workload vs. management's inability to support employee's needs

    Advice to Management

    Happy, healthy employees improves bottom line


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Design Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eaton full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The personnel are nice and the manufacturing facility is onsite.

    Cons

    Immature working environment. Company still uses the drawings as Master and is progressive for the 1960s. Low level design work is not challenging and work is almost non-existent. Higher level engineers are green with low levels of maturity and ethics. Middle management is clueless and overcompensates by micromanagement. Overall, one of the worst places I have ever worked.

    Advice to Management

    Advance to the 1980s!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Worked at a Failed Eaton Facility in Beltsville"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Beltsville, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Beltsville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reputable company
    Diversified portfolio
    Ahead of the curve

    Cons

    Not all facilities are tuned to corporate strategy.
    Aquired sites not brought to speed until they fail
    My site was never onboard with Eaton Culture, or One Eaton

    Advice to Management

    I worked at a facility which was purched from another company. Old management was retained because the site was very profitable, however, the site did not understand Eaton philosophy, and Eaton did not understand the site's prodcut lines. Over a period of 6 years, the site was beyone repair. Good people left, others were made to leave, HR did more damage by focusing on wrong aspects, the site went into a tail spin. Advice to management: Drop the sites which are not aligned with your portfolio and philosophy.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Under contract for 1 year that suddenly turned into 3 months after being assured contract would be honored."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Proprietary Applications Specialist in Moon Township, PA
    Current Contractor - Proprietary Applications Specialist in Moon Township, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eaton as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros due to situation

    Cons

    Trusting someone for a contract only to have it switch suddenly with 1 month notice to find other work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't bring on someone new if you know that you are outsourcing that department. People who need work lose when you do something like that which puts the pressure on them for finding new work when it's already hard in the first place.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Full Time assembler for 17 months"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Beaver, PA
    Current Employee - Assembler in Beaver, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    401K with match, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    Brain Washed, Unionized thinking, inefficiently run, culture encourages employee sense of entitlement and lack of maturity, Very low employee appreciation, absolutely no appreciation/opportunities for new hires.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the union, Challenge employees to prove/improve themselves, improve employee satisfaction, utilize talent within the plant before looking outward, operate based on competence not seniority, increase vertical and horizontal communication, implement shadow/apprentice program before people retire and take their knowledge with them, cross-train to prevent that problem.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place for HR and Accountants"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for advancement if you sacrifice your family life

    Cons

    More concerned with diversity than putting a capable person in the job. Silo, Silo, Silo


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Focused on the bottom line, not ethics"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Developmental Engineer
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Developmental Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eaton full-time

    Pros

    Above average pay, but that's about it

    Cons

    Everything else. Disorganized, dysfunctional, top heavy

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees about what makes them happy. Give them more opportunity. Stop trying to look good for the world and start treating employees better


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