Lincoln Electric Reviews

Updated Jun 12, 2020

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2.7
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Lincoln Electric President and CEO Christopher L. Mapes
Christopher L. Mapes
93 Ratings
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  • "in premiums and deductibles) before Lincoln's health insurance covers 100% of expenses(in 16 reviews)

  • "Low Salary / High Bonus system that encourages extreme competition among employees(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great culture, great people, good opportunities

    Cons

    Cleveland area operations are less flexible

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't be fooled."

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Euclid, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Bonuses are given every December.

    Cons

    Too many factors company uses to decrease your bonuses. You will not make as much as you should. I promise.

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    "Not too bad"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technologist in Euclid, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Year end bonuses are good.

    Cons

    Big company, hard to feel like you're individual contribution matters much.

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  4. "A Company Stuck In Its Way"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Euclid, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great place if you interested in welding. The bonus is better than nothing.

    Cons

    Benefits and PTO are wildly out of step with leading companies. Base salaries are terrible. Employee ratings have very little transparency.

  5. Helpful (2)

    "Horrible place to be professional"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Partner in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Option to take a welding class

    Cons

    This is the most unprofessional environment with favoritism to the extreme. Kiss butt get rewarded. Mislead people you are recruiting and lie to new hires, get rewarded. The company has a massive turnover problem and is stuck in an old school mindset, so much that they want us to refer to studies of how great the company is. Studies which were done in the 70s! Nothing is the same. Insurance is very expensive if you are not lucky enough to be on someone else’s plan. PTO is not on par to other companies, very low. HR will entice you with high past bonus payouts while paying you low, without you having the ability to achieve that bonus your first year no matter how hard you work.

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  6. "Interesting work and storied history cannot salvage poor compensation package"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer III in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -If you have even a feigning interest in welding or heavy fab, this can be a really interesting place to work. -In Application Engineering, you can have exposure to a wide range of industry, and travel to customer locations. Machine R&D and Consumable R&D offer excellent opportunities to design, build, and test your arc welder, new waveform, or new consumable if you have a passion for these areas. -The company is very vertically integrated in the Euclid (Cleveland), OH location, so you will see the whole process from development to manufacturing process.

    Cons

    -Base salary about 65% of industry average, which is compensated by a year end bonus which will range from ~30-60% of your base salary. -This bonus is distributed on a bell curve, where high performers receive a higher percentage of their income in year-end bonus, and low performers receive a lower percentage of their income in year end bonus. So some people have to lose to maintain the bell curve, and favoritism -or at accusations of favoritism- is unavoidable. -Extremely high health care premiums are taken out of year end bonus. For an individual, ~$5500 will come out of your bonus. If your family is covered, ~$11000. -On top of high medical premiums, deductibles are about the same. So you'll pay ~$5000 in deductibles before you're covered 100% by insurance. Insurance will cost you ~$10,000 before you are 100% covered. For a family, DOUBLE IT. Yes, your health expense may be $20,000+ (in premiums and deductibles) before Lincoln's health insurance covers 100% of expenses. I had friends who opted for Obamacare.

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  7. "Good company to work for"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer 

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Excellent Profit sharing bonus system and benefits

    Cons

    Health Care cost very expensive

  8. "'USED TO BE' great"

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited OT, Year End Bonuses that covered medical & still allowed for $10k take home were the 'norm' as long as you worked hard and rolled with rotating shifts.

    Cons

    As the new CEOs abandoned the century long business model Mr. Lincoln had created, the company has become a place to abuse workers that are desperate or expecting the fruits of the OLD Lincoln Electric company to still exist. Talk to the factory workers who are losing their homes at the same jobs that had once helped buy them. Disgraceful.

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  9. "All depends on your work ethic"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cored Rewind Machine Operator in Mentor, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    If you like to work hard and fast, you'll be compensated well.

    Cons

    Personally, I did not like the swing shifts. If you have a family, it's tough to work your schedule around them and the company. The machines tend to have a lot of issues. There is a lot of "down time" that you may or may not be compensated for.

  10. "hours and pay"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Assembly Line Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lincoln Electric full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    401k match 3% bonuses paid holidays

    Cons

    haven't worked 40 hours in 3 years cut piece work in half a lot of lines cant even make base rate merit rateing isn't giving from the department team leader have to earn vaction but if your not getting hours you get no vaction

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