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Powell Industries Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Powell Industries President and CEO Michael A. Lucas
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Pros
  • Good benefits, really great co-workers, salary is reasonable (in 12 reviews)

  • Autonomy, no micromanaging, flexible and good work life balance (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and low raises so get your money going in (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Commodity Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Global Commodity Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Family atmosphere, supportive management.

    Cons

    Commute, Phone, hard to change, existing practices.


  2. "Estimator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and good benefits.

    Cons

    No place for growth. Downsizing.


  3. "Good co-workers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, really great co-workers, salary is reasonable

    Cons

    Employees are expendable. No longer a "family" atmosphere as it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.


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  5. "Good Company with Advancement Opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots to learn, great place to grow or advance a career.

    Cons

    Not enough security for experienced workers.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the long time employees


  6. "Senior Buyer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place for entry level position. Great experience

    Cons

    Upper Management is disorganized. Managers and Supervisors usually promote on the basis of favoritism. Growth is non existence. Under pays. A lot of work with little rewards.


  7. "Welder"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder in Westlake, LA
    Former Employee - Welder in Westlake, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries (More than a year)

    Pros

    decent pay, good benefits,location of facility

    Cons

    oppressive, uncaring, operated like a prison system

    Advice to Management

    allow employee to see immediate family members when they are sick and dying without giving them written warnings for doing so.


  8. "Admin. Asst."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hermitage, PA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Hermitage, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Powell Industries (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, not micromanaged. Results oriented, ability to be creative and management accepts input. Flexibility in scheduling, at least for part time employees.

    Cons

    The volume of work does not support full time staffing. The company is small so the training is not formal, or really easy to pick up. It requires one to keep their eyes and ears open, and be able to ask a lot of questions.

    Advice to Management

    Develop at least a training manual, describing the expectations, and minimum requirements for successful employment. Update your filing system to include more scanned documents, versus paper document retrieval.


  9. "Senior Developer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is prejudicial to immigrants

    Cons

    no future for growth dead end job


  10. "Learn a lot, Grow nowhere."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a jump off company, you come here to learn different aspects of working in a manufacturing setting. A huge atmosphere of safety.

    Cons

    Pay scale is horrible, growth is abysmal, and the bosses micro-manage.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "managment fail"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get experience and depending on who you are theres lots of FAVORITism, so to the lucky it's good I guess.

    Cons

    The management and supervisors have totally screwed the place up. Now alot of people have been layed off and now they are playing supervision

    Advice to Management

    Fire ur supervisors and leads, start over.


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