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Updated December 6, 2016
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  • 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. "Glad to be gone! - SPX Genfare, Elk Grove Village IL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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to do an internship I would also advise that you stay away, the technologies and processes that are used are either outdated or non existent ( you will learn nothing).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.


  2. "Management has little direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    A global company with potential to be a better company now that they have split into two companies. Flexible hours with some remote work allowed.

    Cons

    Middle management is at odds with each other over who has what responsibilities. Upper management isn't helping with separation of duties.

    Advice to Management

    Split brain management organizational model isn't working with current middle managers. Need some hierarchy to lead defined path to defined goals.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Warehouse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Ocala, FL
    Former Employee - Warehouse Associate in Ocala, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SPX full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company it's very good when it comes to benefits, your schedule it's good too,the pay is not that bad.

    Cons

    Racism, prejudism, and bigotry is what most stands out in the warehouse Department and upper management of SPX aftermarket

    Advice to Management

    Don't promote people because you like them,promote them because of their work quality


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  5. "Poor Business Ethic"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employees that work for the company are really nice & work very hard.

    Cons

    Company overworks all positions to the point where quality is compromised and employee turnover is high. New management is full of yes people that do not look at the overall picture. Salaries are low for the positions held within the company. Company does not believe in a work life balance. Micro-managing is encouraged and company culture and morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Even though this is a publicly shared company and the shareholder's are the main focus, quality, customer service, innovation, and sales will suffer if employees are overloaded and underpaid. Cheaper does not equal improvement. Employees should have a work life balance. It will result in a better customer experience which will equal improved sales.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Waste of your time and talent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn how NOT to run a company. Lots of ego at the top and absolutely no empathy. No strategic vision. Totally disconnected from the market and ground realities.

    Cons

    I don't know where to begin. I always had a lot of work to do at SPX, however, there's little that I can add to my resume. Most of the work was pointless and silly.

    Advice to Management

    Try to adopt a proactive and long-term approach to the market. Get out of the habit of being unresponsive and unprepared.


  7. "Awful! Awful! Awful!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Get out now"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing of note other than some of the people.

    Cons

    Awful training, managers don't know anything about the actual work, do not understand basic business practices.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what the people who actually do the word do. You can't manage the people without knowing the work processes


  9. "Good luck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Didsbury, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Didsbury, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    None- Seriously nothing what so ever .........................

    Cons

    Penny pinchers.
    Management does not care about you.

    Advice to Management

    pfft- Good luck


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly Managed"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assembler/Technician in Itasca, IL
    Former Employee - Assembler/Technician in Itasca, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SPX (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Cheap Insurance, Overtime Opportunities (thought these cut)

    Cons

    Poor Management, Management Breaks Policies, Lots of Screaming from Management for No Reason

    Advice to Management

    Fix your attitudes, stop breaking the law and treat your employees like they're people.


  11. "Electrican"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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



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