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Miller Electric MFG Reviews

Updated November 28, 2017
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  1. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Miller Electric MFG full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere
    Management helps set up a plan for your advancement
    Work is valued
    Always looking for process improvements

    Cons

    Not much movement in positions


  2. "Manufacturing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Appleton, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *They are constantly hiring due to turnover so it's easy to get a job here, even if you have a felony record
    *Medical and dental benefits are above average
    *They have been in business a long time so people think it's a great place to work
    *401K match

    Cons

    *Poor management - they play favorites and will find ways to fire someone in order to give their friend/family that person's job. The favorites can violate company policy, even state/federal laws and get no discipline
    *Hostile work environment - lots of gossip, backstabbing, jealousy, competition
    *People who have been there 10+ years try to do as little as possible thinking there will be no consequences anyway
    *Very boring and repetitive work
    *Pay isn't that great
    *Little advanced notice if you need to work overtime or weekends

    Advice to Management

    It's embarrassing for the company when some employees act more mature and professional than the managers. Personally talk to your employees to see how their job is going, not just a quick nod walking by. By not knowing what's really happening on the floor, you are keeping people who don't want to be there and who disrupt the workplace by wasting time not doing their job, complaining, causing drama for others who DO want to be there
    *Understand by having employees work together who are 20+ years age difference, there may be people who don't like the oddball and will make it miserable for that person forcing them to quit. If you give the brown nosers special treatment, you are most likely favoring the wrong person that should be working there

  3. "Material Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Miller Electric MFG full-time

    Pros

    The people at Miller are some of the nicest I've ever met. The products are exceptional, and the Miller name carries weight in the welding industry.

    Cons

    Originally, this was a really employee driven company. Management has become increasingly overbearing within the past year.

    Advice to Management

    The employees at Miller thrive on taking ownership and having an entrepreneurial spirit. Consider total landed cost of material!


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Management"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay was ok for position.
    Benefits were standard.

    Cons

    Management at my facility was terrible. They would have ridiculous requirements for what needed to be done each night. Would constantly have us move work stations around for small changes wasting valuable time. No real leadership with any sort direction.

    Also, if you will be expected to donate a portion of your check to the United Way and if you tell management no, they will immediately treat you like garbage.

    Advice to Management

    Just because you are in a leadership role does not mean that you are fit to be there. Maybe you should take the advice of the people who are working out on the floor everyday rather than thinking you have all the answers.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Sub-par management is wide spread"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Miller Electric MFG full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New hires who make it in the initial years usually end up staying there forever. The company has been in business over 85 years and has a deeply entrenched orthodoxy. ITW is making serious attempts to improve diversity and inclusion. Stable, well established product line and identity. Generous 401K matching with attractive investment choices.

    Cons

    Inept technical, project and operations management. What passes for acceptable management here is several notches below what I have experienced as a professional with 10+ years of experience in various industries and capacities throughout the U.S.
    Historically, locals tell me Miller had a reputation in Fox Valley an "aw shucks" family owned business that was very generous to their employees and the Fox Valley. In the-post Mike Weller CEO Miller era, ITW has taken over and is micro-managing and executing personnel and management policies that conflict with what long time Appleton based Miller employees have described to me. Change is extremely slow and very challenging to implement. Tread carefully and facilitate change at your own risk!
    In spite of ITW's attempt to implement diversity and inclusion, that effort falls far short in Appleton. I witnessed comments and personnel decisions that are troubling in this regard.
    There are cases of professional employees who have left in their first 90 days, but the vast majority of new hires leave in a few years.


  6. "Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Miller Electric MFG full-time

    Pros

    Interesting Work, Innovate Products, Great People

    Cons

    Sometimes slow/no adoption of new/better practices

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  7. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Menasha, WI
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Menasha, WI
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The people are very nice, always willing to lend a hand. Encourage you to ask questions.
    Laid-back atmosphere, no micro-managing.
    Encourage you to be independent and take on larger roles as early as possible.
    I rarely met anyone who worked there less than 10 year and often times they worked there 20+ years! Needless to say, there are a lot of knowledgeable and talented people to learn from!

    Cons

    They don't have very many openings at the moment.
    There's a pretty big generational gap. A majority of the people I worked with were 50+ years of age which is fine, but then it makes it hard to form relationships with co-workers outside of work.
    It's not very ethnically diverse

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers. If you want new ideas you have to invest in the people who can come up with new ideas and bring them to life.
    Continue to offer opportunities for younger talent to get involved with the company and work on larger projects.
    Employ younger talent.
    Hire more ethnically diverse workers as well

  8. "Software Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Appleton, WI
    Former Employee - Software Development Intern in Appleton, WI

    I worked at Miller Electric MFG (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid management
    Good compensation and benefits

    Cons

    Appleton can be boring at times because of where it is located.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, good people!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Miller Electric MFG full-time

    Pros

    Awesome work/life balance, flexible timings, helpful co-workers, a platform to work with people with 30+ years of experience, good 401K and other health insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Low pay, work can get mundane sometimes, slow paced work atmosphere, budget conscious, conservative approaches at work.

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication between management and employees would be great, good projects can get killed suddenly due to poor management decisions.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "electrical engineer"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kaukauna, WI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kaukauna, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Miller Electric MFG (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    interesting work, some workers were knowledgeable and great to work with.

    Cons

    poor exit technique used during mass layoff - elaborate ruse used instead of honest dialogue.


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