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Lincoln Electric Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • hard working people, teaches work ethic (in 4 reviews)

  • Very hard working people, both hourly and salary (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Most of bonus is consumed by health insurance, which I have to pay 100% (in 12 reviews)

  • This is supposed to be taken care of by the bonus system (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - TSR
    Current Employee - TSR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, industry leader, job security

    Cons

    Non-competitive compensation, as nice as the profit sharing "bonus" is at the end, realistically it barely makes us competitive with our industrial gas suppliers

    Advice to Management

    Review the competition's compensation


  2. Helpful (7)

    "One of the Worst places in America to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Euclid, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Euclid, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros of Lincoln is that they've been around a while and have multiple locations. They are also easily accessible off of the freeway.

    Cons

    I can't name all of the cons but I'll give you a few. Lincoln is still living off of its old reputation. They used to actually take care of their employees and compensated them well. But now the times have changed and management thinks that the people on the floor make too much money. The piecework system is antiquated and is almost akin to working in a sweatshop. I've seen people work 12hrs and make $20 for the day.
    The company can arbitrarily cut prices on a products piece price to cut wages for employees. For instance, today you could produce 10,000 lbs and make about $22.00/hr. Tomorrow you can run the same amount of material and be making $15.00/hr. All the while that products price wasn't cut in the store. Lincoln will make more money off of that product now that they are paying their employees less to produce it.
    The bonus system is a joke. If you've worked there for any length of time you'll know that it's not a bonus. Its deferred compensation. They are just holding part of your pay until the end of the year and then will decide if they will distribute it. How can the company do better than last year financially, but the bonus this year is slated to be less than last year. Its profit sharing right? Many employees come to Lincoln with the promise that if you show up to work and work hard, that you will have a big bonus at the end of the year. Then after busting their behinds all year trying to live up to expectations, they soon find that you will never meet those expectations. Alot of times, you aren't even given a set of goals to meet. But that won't stop them from using it against you in your review. Many of the supervisors have a phrase that they use as an excuse to steal your points. It might be in the Lincoln management handbook of bs. If you hear "we are raising the bar", just know that you've been had. They continuously change the rules in the middle of the game. Its a game of politics and if you are well liked, then you may get good points. But the minute you stand up for yourself or ask why something is happening, you will be branded and your points will suffer. This time of year, people used to walk around the place smiling and laughing. Not so much anymore. Its very depressing showing up to work.
    If you work there, you know with the swing shift, Lincoln controls most of your life. Especially if you are on 10-12hr shifts. Preferential treatment is given in some depts to individuals to accommodate them or management so that they can work a straight shift and not have to swing. That happens at the expense of those that do swing and causes discontent in some depts.
    Last but not least, it is widely known that Lincoln loves snitches, brown nosers, and those who cheat. When I first started working there, I encountered tattle telling on another level, by a grownup. It blew me away. The company stresses teamwork but the whole system is geared towards individuals. I've seen employees get their ideas stolen by management, after being told that it was too expensive to implement. I've seen people get told in because someone didn't like their body language. (No lie). Its crazy! This may sound like a disgruntled employee but that's not the case at all. I've actually done ok there. I just recognize bs when I see it and would like to let everyone know before they submit their application.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to connect with your people. As you see by some of these reviews, there is a strong disconnect between the people on the floor and the people in the offices. Its like they work for two different companies. To be a Fortune 500 company, this place treats its workers horribly. Make the bonus flat across the board. The fact that one person can take home 20,000 and another 5,000 and they work in the same dept smells foul. Quit finding new ways to take the employees money. Your turnover rate is going to continue to increase. And lastly, get up to a competitive wage. When a person can do 10hrs a day for two weeks on a swing shift and bring home $500, that is a crime.

  3. "Boxer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work and hours.

    Cons

    Piece work no room for advancement.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Disgusted Entirely"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The guard at the desk is nice (Tony).

    Cons

    Disgraceful upper management
    Worst Healthcare in the industry
    No concern or care for you or your family's well being
    The administration of the bonus system is a crime
    Vacation Time Theft
    No Paid Holidays
    Miserable Environment
    Relentless mistreating of the employees
    No pride n the products any more, Quality is all but gone

    Advice to Management

    Its a public owned company and the board of directors incentivizes upper management to make one sided monetary decisions with no regard for the implementation or fall out. The aftermath of an unskilled and disgruntle workforce is costly both in terms of Quality suffering and inexperienced replacements getting seriously injured on the job operating equipment form the 40's. The company is about 30 yrs behind the ball on ergonomics and employee relations. Your healthcare is unacceptably expensive and inadequate. You are driving away employees with families or conditions. The way you treat people is disgraceful. You should be ashamed of yourselves.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "IT"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Euclid, OH
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Euclid, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to Learn and get hands on experience if you are starting you career.

    Cons

    Condescending management, low pay compare to industry, high cost of benefits, Poor team environment (in general).

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better. Give everyone an equal chance for advancement. Stop getting credit on the back of hardworking employees.
    Pay employees a fair pay. Stop promessing "bonuses" a few get to keep because outrageously expensive benefits.


  6. "One Big Scam"

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    Former Employee - Engineer III in Euclid, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Euclid, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have the largest wind turbine in Ohio, that is never used to it's full potential.

    Cons

    Another year of record profits and high stock prices, and another year of below average pay. Nothing but empty promises and poor treatment. The company will keep most of your pay gaining interest on YOUR earned money then give it back to you at the end of the year, after they reduce it to almost nothing via your health care expenses. It has become so bad that they are now paying employees to find replacements for all of the people that are leaving. A once great company now in a downward spiral.

    Advice to Management

    Take that sadist North American President that "Drives the Spread" (forces a difference 50-125% in bonus payout based on things like likability and willingness to follow ridiculous orders, not talent and innovation) and drive him out the front door. This is a genuine case of one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch and also killing the tree. Instead of focusing on stupid goals like the "2020 Vision", focus on your employees and product quality. The employees and products are the 2020 vision, not some arbitrary executive goals.


  7. "Prons and cons about job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time

    Pros

    Pay was great if you work hard

    Cons

    Way too many hours and swing shift

  8. "Take the good with the bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time

    Pros

    - there is opportunity to move up in the company
    - in December you get a big bonus check
    - production can make some big paychecks
    - employees can make suggestions online that sometimes get acknowledged

    Cons

    - half of the plant is dirty and loud
    - production only makes good money if the machinery doesn't break down
    - there is a high turnover rate
    - short staffed

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who work with and around the equipment all day and night, the have good suggestions. BTW it's ok that you don't have all the answers.


  9. "Ambitious Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time

    Pros

    Being able to work alone, show individual performance against others

    Cons

    Old school management style / tactics.


  10. "Potentially to be the greatest"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The team is as one ,weekends off,freedom from the daily grind
    Management is solid bonus program is a little outdated

    Cons

    Pay scale in low and turn over is getting worse poor insurance and cost slow to respond to needs of employee

    Advice to Management

    Drop the egos


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