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Powell Industries Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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Powell Industries President and CEO Michael A. Lucas
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  • Great environment and good benefits (in 12 reviews)

  • Autonomy, no micromanaging, flexible and good work life balance (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - SCADA Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - SCADA Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous Travel Compensation. Flexible hours and relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Lack of accountability for larger engineering projects. Little to no engineering review.


  2. "Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in South Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in South Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance is good.
    People oriented, many 25+ year employees

    Cons

    No co-operation between shifts

    Advice to Management

    Remove Interior Silos

  3. "Decent place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment and they provide good emplyee benefits.

    Cons

    Pay rate could be improved.


  4. "Admin. Asst."

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    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.


  5. "My time at Powell"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    My co-workers were very friendly and helpful. There was definitely a sense of camaraderie and a welcoming feeling. Supervisors were willing to work with the employees regarding schedule or job issues. Birthdays and landmark anniversaries were treated in a jovial manner making it a fun environment and boosting morale. I was at the company for nearly 8 years and didn't want to leave.

    Cons

    Communication wasn't a strong point. Neither was training. A few programs and processes we had to learn on the fly while we were doing it. If there was a training session, it wasn't conducted very efficiently so when it was over, people were just as confused. Sadly these days, the company isn't doing too well due to poor business ethics from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key! To keep everybody on track, everyone needs to be in the loop and know the same story.


  6. "Great company excellent staff"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assembler in Canton, OH
    Current Employee - Assembler in Canton, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Various areas to learn and experience in

    Cons

    Pay raises dont excell very well

    Advice to Management

    Na


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to see the difference that one person can make."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers and Great working atmosphere. No micro-managing.

    Cons

    Communication from the top has room to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate more efficiently.

  8. "Great Company, solid core values, High intensity, Highly rewarding"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, family feel. The benefits and flexibility are great.

    Cons

    High stress, change management process

    Advice to Management

    Better change management structure for when and how processes and procedures change.


  9. "Great place to work, great people."

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Powell does many different things for their customers as a result there are always many opportunities in many feilds of the operation.

    Cons

    Wages could be a little better. But it has a outstanding safety record's which is always a very important thing when it comes to a manufacturing facility.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on growing the company.


  10. "Powell Ind."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer/Structural Team Leader in Northlake, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer/Structural Team Leader in Northlake, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Powell Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid Company with steady business.

    Cons

    Upper managers should be more involved.


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