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Updated January 31, 2017
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Pros
  • You are expected to work hard but work/life balance is good and top performers are typically rewarded accordingly (in 13 reviews)

  • Good benefits package with health and 401k (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SPX (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company does a great job of being actively involved in the community and events like Kansas City Corporate Challenge, Chili-Cookoffs, Blood Drives, Golf Tournaments, etc. There are numerous fundraisers and events that take place for people to be involved in outside of typical job responsibilities. 401K, benefits and company holidays are all very competitive and the company provides opportunities for training and tuition reimbursement. You are expected to work hard but work/life balance is good and top performers are typically rewarded accordingly.

    Cons

    Company was part of a spin-off in 2015 so the size of the organization decreased in that time, but it had little overall effect on each individual location.


  2. "TCI/SPX"

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    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - RF Engineer in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SPX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many employees have strong technical and project management skills. Generally a fun, friendly place to work.

    Cons

    Niche company. Current RF design core team has stronger technical skills than those employed a few years ago, but weaker project management skills. Business is currently slow.

    Advice to Management

    Latest design effort has spiraled out of control, taking way too much time.


  3. "good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPX full-time

    Pros

    good company in general and benefits and compensation are very competitive

    Cons

    no upward mobility and a lot of pressure from management


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  5. "Holewatch"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Holewatch in Dayton, TX
    Former Employee - Holewatch in Dayton, TX

    I worked at SPX (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Got to meet new people.

    Cons

    Working out in the weather.


  6. "Genfare Engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting work, decent pay and benefits, good people.

    Cons

    No bonuses in recent years. SPX may be doing well as our parent company, but Genfare isn't.

    Laid off a lot of very experienced people recently, and replaced them with teams of youngsters right out of college.

    Advice to Management

    Value the experience of the people you have left who have been there a while. Some of the people you laid off are worth 2-3 of the younger, cheaper employees you replaced them with.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Understaffed"

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    Former Employee - Production in Tulsa, OK
    Former Employee - Production in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SPX formerly Yuba was a great shop with excellent staff. The technology and quality of products used to be some of the best in the industry.

    Cons

    Due to reduction in force, they are running on a skeleton crew. The shop staff was impacted very heavily. Too many cuts. If or when things come back, they won't have enough staff.

    Advice to Management

    Best of luck. It was unfortunate that the shop has been cut back so much.


  8. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professional environment & good work culture

    Cons

    Tough Market conditions are causing uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Need frequent employee communication


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at SPX (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture and coworkers make this place worth it.

    Cons

    Company direction is unclear and under question.


  10. "Glad to be gone! - SPX Genfare, Elk Grove Village IL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    If you live near Elk Grove Village then the commute is not bad. Free parking which is not uncommon for the suburbs.

    Cons

    This review applies exclusively to my experience at SPX Genfare located in Elk Grove Village.

    My overall advice is to avoid this company at all costs. There is an overall lack of respect and value that the company places on its employees and contractors by the new external management team. You are a rockstar while your needed then you are let go with little to no notice (this applies to full time employees as well as contractors).

    If you are looking to do an internship I would also advise that you stay away, the technologies and processes that are used are either outdated or non existent ( you will learn nothing).

    Engineering is in the process of being overhauled. Most of the upper level management has been outsourced to a small consultant team that are gradually expanding and taking over the entire operation (farmed out to India). Current full time employees are either being let go or forced out by the the new management team. Current contractors and full time employees are being let go with out any notice. Last year employees were forced to use up their paid vacation in December so little to none were carried over into the new year. This was then followed by layoffs the next year. I don't believe this will change anytime soon and things I imagine will become much worse until the company goes under or it gets sold.

    I would also like to say that the people are really nice but that would be a stretch. There are a few nice people but overall the new management and direction the company is going has made the place quite unfriendly.

    List of cons:
    Management is very disorganized, employees are expected to come in on the weekends with little to no notice.
    Very low job security.
    Full time employees were let go after a few months of employment
    The company is cheap, you need to bring your own coffee
    Cups and utensils are not offered
    Equipment i.e. laptops are out dated
    Stationary is hard to come by
    Snack and water bottles are not available
    Management is extremely disorganized
    Benefits pass the bare minimum, the health insurance plan requires a lot of out of pocket expenses ( I went with my wife's health insurance plan)

    Advice to Management

    Please treat people with respect and dignity. Please get to know your employees make eye contact with them and say hello once in a while. Please also provide the basic amenities like coffee, bottled water etc. If you want to fire someone or lay them off please give them some notice because there is a good chance that are already looking or they are thinking about looking.


  11. "Marketing intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Newington, CT
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Newington, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great first job. I would have stayed but at the time they did not need a permanent marketing perso.

    Cons

    As an intern I did a lot of drone work like filing and making copies. The fact that the manufacturing workers were union made things really terrible



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