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Rockwell Automation Mequon Reviews

Updated March 8, 2017
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  • Poor work/life balance (unspoken rule: should always be available & often logged in) (in 21 reviews)

  • Not very Diverse, Slow to change (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good for Full Time, really bad for Contractual Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Senior Firmware Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Former Contractor - Senior Firmware Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Rockwell is a good place to work if you are a full time employee. The workload is moderate to low during most of the times of the year, except before product launch or when you are chasing a deadline. Also, most of the coworkers are nice and willing to help.

    1. Good pay.
    2. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    So here comes the cons. Rockwell is like a bus, and its good to be inside the bus. Contractors are treated 'outside the bus'. You do not really feel an integral part of the company if you are contractual. You are here mostly to run errands, not any 'real task' that is important, but mostly to get things running, or to show the management that everyone is busy. And even if you have a better idea of doing something, you are not allowed to because you are a contractor. Your hands are mostly tied and you are there to follow orders. You are not allowed to have access to or be a part of work that requires information that are company confidential, or part of IP (Intellectual Property). Also, I wrote most of the coworkers are nice, but not all of them. Lot of company politics, and you are always the victim if you are contractor. When it comes down to find a scapegoat, find a contractor. I was treated in a very bad way by a full time employee, who was not even my boss. He was of the same rank/designation as mine and did not have the educational qualification the same as mine. Also, I often overheard other full time people treating contractors/yelling at them in a very bad way. They have nowhere to turn to because they are always in constant fear of losing their job and they are not hired by Rockwell HR, so the policy against discrimination, etc does not apply for them. No paid vacation/benefits for contractors as well. And while I was there, I saw a few contractor whose contract was terminated suddenly, in a days notice, and they had to either find a new job or to go back to their country. Now the company does not like it when it's other way around. I kept telling the management for months that I am looking forward to a full time position at Rockwell, and they did not care. Now when I finally told them that I found a very good full time position in another company, they treated me in a horrible way.

    1. Horrible treatment to contractual employees. Also, you have nowhere to turn to if you are contractor because you are not even hired by Rockwell HR. Your recruiting agency is even worse.
    2. Extremely slow company, run by old people. For example, most people like very dark workplace instead of bright light.
    3. Very laid back attitude by most of the old people who runs the company or in the senior positions. Makes you laid back after a several months. Not good if you want to grow your career fast. You don't really learn any new skill that can be helpful for your next job.

    Advice to Management

    1. Respect the contractual employees. Run some checks if they are treated badly by the full time employees. Because they are.

    2. If you have a potential temporary employee who might be good for the company in the long run, make him full time as soon as possible. US graduates with Masters/PhD from top schools are not here to run errands and be in continuous fear of losing job or contracts being terminated at any time.

    3. Get rid of some of the older people who is there getting paid but not doing any real work.


  2. "Firmware Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Current Employee - Firmware Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is relax to work at RA.

    Cons

    Relaxing, okay salary, low costs


  3. "a leader in automotive industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Mequon, WI
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Mequon, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    it has lots of talent engineers

    Cons

    not lots of jobs proving sponsorship


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  5. "P"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Mequon, WI
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Mequon, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Awesome company. Tons of opportunities available. Rockwell also offer a number of internal resources designed to help navigate your chosen career path. Which can be helpful when choosing a new career direction.

    Cons

    The only take away I would add is that Rockwell's lack of competitive compensation continues to be an issue. Rockwell's a great company. However, the lack of fair and competitive compensation is balanced with the great environment.

    Advice to Management

    Bonus structure and compensation needs attention from a corporate level.


  6. "Electrical Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Electrical Engineer Intern in Mequon, WI
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineer Intern in Mequon, WI

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to start your career with little experience

    Cons

    Not recommended for people who actually know stuff. Not much innovation in product development. Bad pay for a grad student


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Like going back to grade school"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Mequon, WI
    Former Employee - Associate in Mequon, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    makes you a tougher person

    Cons

    - Maturity and intellect of employees is lower than you'd expect
    - Harassment of many kinds are not only accepted, but seemingly encouraged
    - This job will considerably shorten your life due to stress

    Advice to Management

    One of your most valuable assets are your employees. It seems as though you've forgotten.


  8. "Growing and demanding manufacturing facility"

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

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time

    Pros

    Clean facility, workout room, friendly co-workers, pay for performance

    Cons

    Management and support functions rotate too often, large wage disparities on the shop floor, poor vision or lack of direction from management

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on realistic goals and issues within your control. Goals and metrics are only taken seriously if you know what is truly attainable. We want to learn from YOU. Continuous improvement projects are very beneficial so long as they are followed through until the end and sustained. Don't let employees cheat the QEK program, it hurts more than helps. Put a quota on individuals to avoid such shady behavior. Appreciate ALL employees. Don't push out the ones you don't know how to mentor or coach.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Low morale"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Mequon, WI
    Former Employee - Manufacturing in Mequon, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Looks good on a resume
    - Experience

    Cons

    - Pay is much lower than industry standard
    - Average raise will be in the 1-2.5% range (if at all)
    - Serious complaints are ignored (harassment, sexual harassment, violence)
    - HR treats people like criminals
    - If you are an hourly employee you will have no chance of advancement
    - Low low low morale. Everyone dreads coming to work each day
    - Touts being one of the worlds most ethical companies by suppressing complaints about ethics and firing people who complain
    - Overtime almost every weekend

    Advice to Management

    Take complaints/grievances seriously and review what your HR department is doing.


  10. "Great place to start career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Electronics Hardware Test Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Former Contractor - Electronics Hardware Test Engineer in Mequon, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of creative freedom. I worked in the PCB functional test department. The experience was awesome. I got to learn everything from how board are solders and tested to how to designed board. There was always a project to work on. It was one of the best places to start my career.

    Cons

    It was a contract position. Permanent positions were not available at the time. Benefits were non existent.


  11. "Lead"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead manufacturing in Mequon, WI
    Current Employee - Lead manufacturing in Mequon, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you show interests and leadership in your role, management will support you. Tools are available for growth, just got to pick it up and use it a couple times.

    Cons

    Set schedules and expectations could be high or unexplainable. One bad apple could ruin it for the rest of us.

    Advice to Management

    Be practical, do some of the physical jobs for a better understanding of what the employees are actually crying over.


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