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Rockwell Automation Milwaukee Reviews

Updated April 15, 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. "Technical Marketing Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great environment, good pay.

    Cons

    Work can be slow at times

    Advice to Management

    None


  2. "Pricing"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, lots of variety. Great company for engineering careers.

    Cons

    work life balance needs improvement, but there are big differences between departments.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "High workload = High stress"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Majority of the people
    - Employee Resource Groups
    - Forced to be tough and think on your toes
    - Various company socials (several bars onsite)
    - Constantly being pushed to perform
    - Ability to work from home

    Cons

    - High stress environment
    - Folks thinking they have to back-stab to get ahead
    - Not being recognized appropriately enough or in the right manner
    - Poor work/life balance (unspoken rule: should always be available & often logged in)
    - Petty drama can take place and is annoying when there is so much to get done

    Advice to Management

    Development is a key priority but it's a struggle to find time to develop outside of the day-to-day workload, so many get stuck trying to accomplish far too much and get burned out frequently. It's a real rat race, with everyone trying to keep their heads above water, while also avoiding any trouble along the way. It becomes a high-stress balancing act. Find ways to limit the quantity, so employees can focus on the quality, while also finding time to develop themselves adequately enough along the way.


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  5. "Great technolgoy and co-workers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Modern technology and smart-motivated co-workers!

    Cons

    Pay and benefits are average

    Advice to Management

    Hire to maintain core competencies instead of using contractors.


  6. "Manufacturing Engineering Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with, good opportunities

    Cons

    Jab openings are not frequent

    Advice to Management

    Offer more opportunities for interns to stay at Rockwell


  7. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  8. "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


  9. "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


  10. "Senior Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Relaxed culture, Stable environment, Good pay

    Cons

    Not so great vacation time.


  11. "Overall Great Company, Perfect for Engineers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Intern - Marketing Intern in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay was great.
    The people were friendly and approachable.
    The office was in a good location and had all the amenities a reasonable employee could ever want including food, a cafe and a gym.
    Workload was not constraining.

    Cons

    I often found myself striving to fill time, or doing tasks that seemed like busy work that nobody ended up looking at.
    People were friendly, however there was little to no contact with anyone off the clock.
    Communication was not the most consistent, often found out about intern events and other memos by chance from other people rather than from management.
    Very traditional corporate environment, works well for engineering but leaves room for improvement in terms of Advertising and Marketing. Seemed like there was an inordinate amount of steps between an idea and execution and that there were generally way more people involved than was necessary. A lot of inefficiency.


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