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Updated April 6, 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. "Sales Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Pays good most of the time

    Cons

    Corp culture is not good


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Herding Cats"

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    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time

    Pros

    Benefits Package
    Automated Reporting Systems for Sales

    Cons

    Reorganizations cause chaos
    Widespread internal conflict from divisions

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the customer, not internally


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Ready to Go"

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    Current Employee - Systems Test Technician in Richland Center, WI
    Current Employee - Systems Test Technician in Richland Center, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Pay, 401k, start with vacation

    Cons

    Poorly managed, Employees not as important as numbers, Employees expected to put personal life on hold for the company

    Advice to Management

    You have a job because we do, not the other way around. Also, when you start a project, finish it. Don't leave it half done to start another.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible for Millenials"

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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

    Pros

    Decent pay, some aspects of the culture are good.

    Cons

    White boys club. They say diversity and inclusion is a priority yet they also mock it. They make fun of millenials, calling them entitled and lazy, yet a lot of their workforce will be retiring soon. There is a culture that is risk averse, unwilling to learn new technologies and complains about even the slightest, slowest change. White male privilege everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spoon feeding the older employees, and allowing them to complain about everything. Just because you've been doing something one way for years doesn't make it the right way to do things.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are nice and helpful. Good mentor. Nice cafeteria. Small teams.

    Cons

    condescending management, no work/life balance, huge workload, HR unavailable

    Advice to Management

    Invest in ALL your employees.


  7. "Lead support analyst (tier II)"

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    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst Tier L and II Analyst in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Systems Support Analyst Tier L and II Analyst in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    I like the people I work with

    Cons

    there is slow growth in company


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sales Engineer - Caribbean"

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    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Senior Sales Engineer in San Juan, PR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The initial training was very extensive.

    Cons

    Lack of diversity. Many unethical practices perpetuated by senior management - bullying & harassment.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate narcissistic managers,and thus focus on the business and not individual egos.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Not for Experienced Professionals"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Marketing in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockwell Automation full-time

    Pros

    Good work flexibility. No hard starting times in the morning or quitting times. You can choose what is appropriate for you. Periodic working from home is acceptable such as if you are having a repairman come over or to avoid a snowstorm. Maternity leave of up to 3 months with no "recommendations" to start working from home. Also, the company has Ethics as one of its main corporate values that is enforced and rewarded, even if it costs the company sales.

    Cons

    Old "boys" club, but not in the traditional sense. If you have joined the company as an experienced professional, rather than working there your entire career, you are a second class citizen and will not be helped to advance. On the other hand, if you started and an intern or, even better as an LDP, you will be coached and introduced to the right people. I've seen situations where jobs will be created (even by letting people go) so these golden children may advance. Of course these positions will never be posted. The chosen will just be moved into them.

    Advice to Management

    While diversity is always a good thing, the current policy is actually hurting those it's trying to help. When all you hear about is "diversity goals" even from senior vice presidents, other people start to question whether the new person is really the best person for the job or just good enough to create the right mix. This is especially true for new college grads or interns where the percentage of diversity hires is significantly out of whack with the make-up of students in the local universities for any particular major. It would also help if diversity was company wide. Director and above positions do not seem to be a focus. Neither do departments, such as HR or Marketing for example, that are not diverse at all but are traditionally made up of people that fit in the "diverse" definition.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large organization, Great brand name, Large share of North American Industrial controls market

    Cons

    Sales based organization, Competing Divisions in same markets, Product Quality on Decline, Engineering moved offshore to India, Constant software revisions and planned obsolescence.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the business model that made Allen-Bradley a great company. Stop selling service agreements like insurance policies and provide real solutions for your customers.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Outsource central"

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

    I worked at Rockwell Automation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Contrologix has a good market share so it is good experience. There are a few good people around.

    Cons

    Very project management drive. All about the metrics. So, naturally, the metrics say to outsource. So, the job is becoming more to package up work and send it to India. Of course, that doesn't really work but ROK hasn't figured that out, yet.

    If you want to be a good engineer, can't work at an outsourcer. You just won't get the experience. That is ROK's problem, the good engineers are leaving in droves.

    Advice to Management

    Are you in the control business or are you a peddler? Peddler get 35% margins, engineering doesn't get that. If you try to do it, you will be forced to outsource more and more while your inhouse staff disintegrates.



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