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SPX Reviews

Updated December 14, 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 16 reviews)

  • Good benefits package with health and 401k (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Company does not believe in a work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management isn't helping with separation of duties (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Management is related to each other, so departments are comingled-very inefficient"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The salaries are fair and the working conditions are fair

    Cons

    Everything else is really really bad, no communication, lots of micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Let departments work within themselves rather than have the families linked to CEO be reponsible for all the interaction between departments


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unorganized Chaos"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    In terms of compensation, SPX pays well, and the benefits are good. The company does business in a number of diverse areas which helps balance out things during unstable times.

    Cons

    Management tends to be insular, close-minded and resort to old school ways of doing things. There's a strong old boys network at work. They are clueless when it comes to the importance of marketing, social media, diversity and other disciplines that are essential in working in a global market place. This doesn't bode well for a long-term future for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the box. Bring in fresh blood -- particularly in the areas of investor relations and public relations.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Bad morale at Tulsa office!"

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    Current Employee - Office in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Office in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good 401k plan. Nice coworkers.

    Cons

    At Tulsa the pay is low and people are constantly getting fired. Those that are still there are looking for another job where they can feel good about their employer. The president doesn't have a clue how to run a company. There is no opportunity to move up, you might make a lateral move but that is it.

    Advice to Management

    Tulsa is always losing money and if you want to change that, start at the top. Put someone in that knows how to run a company and treat employees with respect.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Who is the captain of the sinking ship?"

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Houston, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic products with some truly devoted employees.

    Cons

    SPX has dismantled a company that had a bright future. No clear direction from upper management with zero accountability.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the captain (s) get people in there that will lead and fix the ship. ClydeUnion was a fantastic place to work... Sad to see SPX get let down the path by VP's who do not seem to care about the future of the company.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lost world"

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    Current Employee - Shared Services in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Shared Services in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional people from all over the world, modern, co-workers willing to train you so that you can enjoy flexible scheduling for family needs and things like that.

    Cons

    Dependent on email to avoid blame internally rather than add value for customers. Due to the number of people let go, it is safer to document that you told someone else about the problem in multiple emails and emails are overused. Functions are so fragmented that you may not be able to resolve a simple issue from end to end without multiple levels of approval or you lack program access for no apparent reason.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire someone to deliver a result for you, allow them the resources and ability to build a team to do it rather than stick him with a repetitive task. It's not the leadership role you claimed to be hiring for. It's a waste of everyone's energy and talent. If you don't need leaders, then don't hire these kinds of people.


  6. "No training"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Olive, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Olive, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not the best pay but decent. Friendly coworkers.

    Cons

    there is no traing structure you are basically thrown into a position with no training.

    Advice to Management

    Poor management


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It makes you wonder..."

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    Current Employee - Assembly in Goldsboro, NC
    Current Employee - Assembly in Goldsboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its the highest paying manufacturer in Wayne County North Carolina. They have many locations throughout the nation including Waukesha WI, Dallas, TX, Goldsboro, NC (2 locations), Carteret County NC.

    There is a Union. They just ratified the contract and the blue collars should be getting a 3% pay increase or 7.5% over the next 3 years.

    There have been no layoffs or cutbacks, but since their product is expensive (in the Transformer Industry) there can be slowdowns in production.

    If you are an engineer or management, you get a bonus, but no pension, just a 401K.

    Cons

    Its the good ole boy network at its best. There are very few opportunities for women and minorities to move into management. The current health insurance (AETNA) is the cheapest and worst on the planet. They literally pay for very little.

    If you are a warehouse or manufacturing associate, you get 0 to 4% bonus per quarter. Currently, its 0%.

    There is 0% work life balance. Sometimes you may work (production) 3 to 5 months without a weekend off!

    Advice to Management

    Lower your prices and garner more of the Transformer marketplace... Also, design less complex units with a maximum turn around time of 25 days and your profits will increase exponentially. Offer Blue Cross and Blue Shield Health Insurance anything less is simply uncivilized. Create more opportunities in management for minorities and women. Not jus one minority or on woman that has been an employee for five or ten years.

  8. "Electrican"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Albany, GA
    Current Employee - Field Service Technician in Albany, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Too many hours per week

    Cons

    Not enough off time ever

    Advice to Management

    Unsafe to work this many hours in a row


  9. "Awful! Awful! Awful!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    There's always work to do because they understaff the company. Upper management is vastly uneducated.

    Cons

    1- No work/life balance - prepare to never see your family or have time for anything outside of work. When you're not working, the nerve damage keeps you in bed. No time to see your doctor, and even if you need to see a doctor they make you see their company doctor, who is biased. I've seen people break bones at work & management won't let them leave work until the shift is over.

    2- Speaking of safety, there is none. They preach about safety all day long but when you work people in 10-12 hour shifts 7 days a week, you can't expect safe practices. People are tired mentally and physically, not to mention the lack of having a personal life kills a person's spirit. You grow old without living and for what? To be laid off unexpectedly.

    3- HR is a joke. She has no management skills, actually no skills required in human resources. It's impossible to get anything done. But, her attitude and practices align with the rest of management, solidifying management as the losers from 7th grade.

    4- You are expendable. There is no opportunity for growth and nobody cares how much you've dedicated to the company. They make it very known that you're just another number. Their "employee appreciation" meals are a joke & their tone is condescending at best.

    Advice to Management

    Go for a college degree - either in business, finance, human resources, communications, etc - there are lots of fields available nowadays. If that's too hard, maybe work on cars or make jewelry with your time. None of you have any idea of how to run a business.

    As for the CEO, try the popular middle-class favorite, Undercover Boss. It'll humble you.


  10. "Hostile Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SPX full-time

    Pros

    Clean working environment and fair wages

    Cons

    Hostile and Chaotic, reductions in force has caused many team to not want to help others because they are already filling in the gaps.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people during downturns in the market instead of reduction in force that adds to the hostile environment.


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