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"A hardware company trying to make software"

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Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
Former Employee - Software Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
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No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Rockwell definitely has a solid foundation and business model for staying in operation. Its a good place to be for a steady state job. Salary and benefits are competitive with the industry. They are striving to be a technology company for automation controls.

Cons

Top Management doesn't seem to have an understanding of software development and has a primary focus on the current bottom line which is driven by hardware sales. The focus, execution model and priorities of the business do not align with progressive development practices needed to achieve the software quality levels needed to be competitive.

Rockwell as a company does not seem to have figured out how to develop and retain top talent. Through a combination of lack of employee development, lack of job level growth planning, and execution on employee feedback, employees are forced into leaving the company to move up in their careers or just leaving the company to return at a later date to achieve the fundamental result of a promotion. I have heard it a number of time that you have to leave and come back in order to get a promotion.

The company also does not integrate into their development systems an appropriate improvement model to empower engineers and engineering managers to collect feedback and implement changes which will drive the correct behavior and systemic solutions to benefit the company and staff. Collaboration of multiple disciplines within the sub-organizations is operationally poor at best. These functions need to be brought together under a unified direction with focused problems and be driven for sustainable results. There are way to many short term solutions and making the numbers look good to be successful.

Advice to Management

Lock you top and mid level management in a room for two weeks and train them on the fundamentals of quality, organizational and team operational theory, and organizational empowerment.

Walk the talk that you talk, understand that it takes effort, empowerment, compassion, and planning to retain top talent. Words mean nothing without action.

And finally, while you past and present are fueled by hardware, your future is driven by software. Learn the lessons other companies did not about the importance of software and are not either dead or have been purchased and function solely as a hardware provider.

Other Employee Reviews for Rockwell Automation

  1. "Good place to gain experience"

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    Current Employee - Technician Associate Manufacturing in Twinsburg, OH
    Current Employee - Technician Associate Manufacturing in Twinsburg, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Average pay, benefits, floor personnel don't need experience

    Cons

    Prefer to hire outside, does not promote from within. Expects a lot for very little.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, stop treating personnel like children.


  2. "Not a bad place to work."

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Milwaukee, WI
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff. Onsite parking structure great for WI winters (do not have to go outside at all!) and cafeteria charges can be directly deducted from paycheck for employees (not contractors).

    Cons

    Use contractors used for recruiting purposes, but do not always treat them so well while they are contractors.

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