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Rockwell Automation Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Pros
  • one of the best company to provide effective work life balance to the employees (in 88 reviews)

  • The company has fostered such amazing work environment that employees have become brand evangelists and they also tend to speak highly of each other (in 54 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is not a priority (in 22 reviews)

  • Slow to Change, Growth Opportunities (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company - solid finance- conservative mentality"

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    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Chelmsford, MA
    Current Employee - Product Specialist in Chelmsford, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good financial structure - not a hire- fire policy. World renowned brand . You can improve and grow if you stay longer .

    Cons

    Management can be slow to promote new talents - number of years taken as a big criteria to get promotion rather than quality of work and objective achievements.salary is below par and vacation only 2 weeks

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR to be more involved in the annual reviews


  2. "Changes needed"

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    Former Employee - Asset Manager in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Asset Manager in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    Good pay and an ever changing work environment. Challenging on the customer end.

    Cons

    It is hard to perform your best work when you are constantly concerned if sales will get your contract renewed.

  3. "Pricing"

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    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.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "High workload = High stress"

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    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.


  5. 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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Contractor"

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    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, OH
    Former Contractor - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice building. Good canteen. Give dual monitors for work.
    I hear Rockwell is a good company for an employee and for internship.

    Cons

    No onboarding, no welcome. Get shown to cube, given computer, given instruction URL, told to install software. Instructions are wrong! Had to ask other contractor for proper install. No office map or given directions to places in building, not even toilet.

    Many employees that don't like contractors. I hear incompetent, bottom of barrel, stupid from employee talking in the cubes every week. See employee or other contractor not following rules and report with evidence. If lucky manager does nothing, said ignore it. If unlucky you are called trouble maker.

    Many contractors with very low morale, very unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    Employees need to be respectful to contractors. Managers should not punish contractors for reporting issues.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The good and the bad."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, OH
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mayfield Heights, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *Flexible schedule, can work 10 hour days Mon to Thur and have Friday off during summers.
    *Opportunity to work from home at times, good for families where both parents work.
    *Company events for employees like engineering challenge, summer picnic and winter holiday party.
    *Competitive pay and acceptable benefits for the area.
    *Online and some classroom training opportunities.
    *More focus now on hiring new engineers, recent college graduates.
    *Some very knowledgeable and helpful senior engineers.
    *Commitment by upper management to treating minority and other under represented groups of employees fairly.
    *Nice facility with on-site cafeteria with outdoor eating area, employee gym and small convenience store.

    Cons

    *Pay and benefits competitive for area but below national average.
    *Lack of uniformity in tools and processes between geographically dispersed and even local groups causing delays and conflicts.
    *Doesn't seem to be much oversight on hiring, resulting in many recent senior and above engineering positions being filled using the standard of "who you know" instead of "what you know".
    *Some in lower level management seem disinterested in enforcing policy when it comes to employee harassment and a few have no issue responding by retaliating against complainants.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide a second tier for objectively validating the skills of the people being hired into senior engineering positions. New and junior engineers should be able to spend their time doing their own work and expanding their knowledge and not teaching recently hired senior engineers the skills they were supposed to have when they were brought on-board.

  8. "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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Solid History, Sorry Present"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Marketing Lead in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many talented people. Opportunity to travel. Big company benefits. Rich, proud, history.

    Cons

    1980's management mentality. Tenured employees are valued over talented ones. People get comfortable and stay in manager/lead roles with no desire to improve their careers or the company. Stagnation & loyalty reigns, new employees taught early to hold their ground & fortify the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    It's a fact that most people in the marketing department have no formal training in marketing. This is a recipe for disaster. Hire & promote compassionate, intelligent marketing leaders with firm campaign experience. Break up teams that don't work well together, demote leaders prone to attrition. Don't be afraid to pivot campaigns that aren't yielding positive results. Cultivate lessons from the past for future success.


  10. "Great Perks - Too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockwell Automation (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work, a lot of great benefits and resources.. Flex hours and work life balance is a big +++

    Cons

    Way too much politics. Top-heavy hierarchy and management. Probability of promotion is primarily on who you know and not on your skill and accomplishments.


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