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"Good company, good pay, long hours"

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Former Employee - GPT IT Team Member in Milwaukee, WI
Former Employee - GPT IT Team Member in Milwaukee, WI
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No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Rockwell (formerly Allen Bradley) has been a foundation in Milwaukee for a long time. The pay is really good, depending on which project you are working on. It is close to downtown and there are great places to eat. There was no lack of work, so job security was not an issue. The cafeteria is pretty kick ass, too.

Cons

Management on the project I worked on over-committed a lot. We worked long hours, including weekends and holidays (though holiday work was compensated well). The building is NOT meant to be an office building. There are no windows anywhere, so at times you feel like you are in a prison. On the SAP project, the path for promotion is almost non-existent.

Advice to Management

Be realistic in scope and commitment to timelines. Recognize the hard work of employees 100% more than you currently do.

Other Employee Reviews for Rockwell Automation

  1. "Challenging, rewarding."

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Mauston, WI
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Mauston, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, strong emphasis on community involvement. Given the leeway to work through problems. The company seemed to care about their employees and was flexible. Most plants were smaller in size which allowed management to get to know the floor workers.

    Cons

    Lacked vision, shut down plants that were profitable to feed product lines into large, inefficient facilities. At times new programs came down from corporate HQ that were counter-intuitive to being efficient. They shut down some of their plants that they had recognized as LEAN centers of excellence. Gave LEAN manufacturing a bad name.

    Advice to Management

    Get out to the production floor and see what is really going on, don't base all of your decisions on the P&L


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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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    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.


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