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Powell Industries Reviews

Updated October 23, 2016
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Pros
  • Good benefits, really great co-workers, salary is reasonable (in 10 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. "Welder"

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    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.


  2. "Senior Developer"

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    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


  3. "St Accounts Payable Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Accounts Payable Specialist in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Accounts Payable Specialist in South Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Powell Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    "Some" great people to work with. Jennifer Stansel being hired as AP Supervisor was the best decision ever made.

    Cons

    Not wise decisions in recent years for expansion and software changes. Management not great.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to who really is trying to do good job for company and who is loyal.


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  5. "Stay away"

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

    Pros

    There are no pros about this company

    Cons

    Stay away from this company. Employees get absolutely no respect.


  6. "If you want to keep your self-esteem, keep looking!"

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    Former Employee - Assembler in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assembler in South Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of friendly people to work alongside from a large melting pot of nations. Not too much else.

    Cons

    The pay and subsequent "raises" are a joke. Favoritism and nepotism are rampant. There are way too many "bosses" on the factory floor while the actual "management" is rather incompetent. The companies' commitment to safety is merely lip service. There usually has to be a catastrophic event in order to get any action.

    Advice to Management

    You might get better effort and quality from floor workers if you paid them a more competitive wage. Upper factory management needs to be given walking papers. Hire some managers that have a knowledge of the product and the way it is produced, not a bunch of tough talkers that only know how to micro manage and crack the whip in order to satiate their machismo.


  7. "a big sham"

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    Former Employee - Welder in North Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Welder in North Canton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great company great benefits decent pay

    Cons

    management is not honest with its employees, they talk a good game about safety but overlook serious safety issues for the sake of production. Their "tribal knowledge" makes it hard for new employees to learn quickly. IT IS EXTREMELY CLIQUE DRIVEN!

    Advice to Management

    Retool your planning because its awful, relate better to your employees because your terrible at it.


  8. "They talked a good game during interview, but it was just a dog and pony show."

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Canton, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in North Canton, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job is very simple and easy.

    Cons

    They did not want to improve their efficiencies at all. They were content running this like a mom and pop shop. There is no experience leadership in the entire facility.

    Advice to Management

    They need to step their game up, and learn how to improve attitude in the facility. They need to drive some large changes to make them elite in their product line.


  9. "No room for advancement, and unfair management"

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    Current Employee - Production Worker in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits and paid vacation and sick.

    Cons

    Supervisors play games and are very unfair to hard working employees. No recognition unless its negative.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the employees more they would enjoy work and be happy.


  10. "Very Dysfunctional!!!!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - They have work
    - 10% of people are talented

    Cons

    - Poor uneducated management
    - Poor uneducated labor force
    - Too many people want to keep the business like it was in 70's even though it's growing
    - No room for advancement unless you are a yes man or friends with an old school employee
    - More and more benefits are being taken away
    - Salary is at the bottom for Houston
    - Poor quality! No lean or SixSigma thought structure
    - Overworked people to the point of mental and physical break down
    - Safety program is a joke
    - Engineering and Operations management is a joke!!
    - Company is divided internally
    - The good and educated people are leaving
    - HR group is horrible to work with and don’t have a clue!
    - Very micromanaged environment
    - No communication

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue! Upper managment needs to hit the reset button. Listen to the outsiders who are trying to save this business!! Powell is on a path of failure!


  11. "“Sucks look else where”"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in South Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The co-workers were nice I guess

    Cons

    Companies a mess,backbiting, too much politices.Lot of H1B's in company.
     the interviewers (Mech dept manager and supervisor) were confused since what they wanted and what was posted on the job board was different.

    Manager expected that I know everything from day one even though I clearly stated during the interview I was a recent graduate.

    Wanted extensive unpaid overtime.

    Salary is abysmally low.

    Manager did not bother to train.

    Overall a crummy experience.

    Weak technically. Little interest or priority given to distributing knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Don't come to conclusions without collecting the facts and managers & supervisors are not always right ,Keep an eye on them they are not being productive.
    for mech dept supervisors----Value your employees. Open the lines of communication and be receptive to feedback. Don't be afraid to hire someone who knows more than you their performance can make you look good



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