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Updated August 18, 2017
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  • You are expected to work hard but work/life balance is good and top performers are typically rewarded accordingly (in 15 reviews)

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

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  1. "spx"

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    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent
    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    pay rate is above average

    Cons

    time away from home sucks

    Advice to Management

    figure a way to keep people in the field involved


  2. "SPX really is a very good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great career growth opportunities. The best boss I have ever worked for is at SPX.

    Cons

    It's a large company - easy to get lost.

    Advice to Management

    Go to your staff for feedback and ideas. Ask for their opinions.

  3. "Good learning, no long term opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is good

    Cons

    Constant layoffs, lack of trust in senior management and low morale

    Advice to Management

    Work to make people feel like they have a future with the company.


  4. "no growth"

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    Former Employee - International Sales in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - International Sales in Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    big company with decent benefits

    Cons

    lack of future direction and internal growth

    Advice to Management

    get better sales people because people are being let go due to numbers


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting products"

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    Current Employee - Software Controls Engineer in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Software Controls Engineer in Rochester, NY

    Pros

    A small company with very interesting products and strong growth potential. Kayex is located close to RIT and the U of R which could provide great oppertunities for employee growth. This is seldom utilized and not generally encouraged. The company is owned by a large conglomerate which means that plenty of resources are available in good market conditions. It has yet to be seen how much energy will be devoted to the company if a slack in demand occurs. The product is interesting and driven by demand for solar products. Kayex therefore has great potential for success, but in an unproven market.

    Cons

    Unstructured atmosphere. Promotion is unattainable except in rare circumstances. Engineers are treated as a commodity.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the strength of your engineering teams. Learn how to focus on multiple disciplines and give a definite path to promotion.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tough place to build a career"

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    Current Employee - Finance in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Finance in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The money was good. Other than that, not much good. The management team, from the senior level down was very short sighted regarding profits. Their philosophy was to raid the future to make the present look as good as possible. They strategy was to reduce the asset base to the point where return on assets was incredible. In doing so, there would be an asset base in place to support the future. Although, their philosophy was that the future was something to worry about tomorrow.

    I will say that there was some talent in the company. Although, it was churned through fairly quickly.

    Cons

    See above. The short sighted view held by the management team. They would never focus on the future, just on the current quarter, Their belief seemed to be that employees were as disposable as operational supplies. The management team seemed to have somewhat of a Jack Welch complex. No matter what level the expenses were at, the belief was that you had to take cost out. At a certain point, I started to think that the best thing that they could do was to take 100% of the cost out of the system and everyone should go home. I think everyone would have been better off.

    Advice to Management

    Think beyond today. The sun will come up tomorrow.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Accountability is paramount"

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    Former Employee - Director in Allen Park, MI
    Former Employee - Director in Allen Park, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility to do your own thing but held accountable for the results. This is a very internationally diverse organization. If you are talented and able to perform you will be rewarded. Chris Kearney has done an excellent job in turning the business around after the departure of the previous CEO.

    Cons

    SPX was a very numbers oriented culture - I am not sure whether that is still the case with the current senior management in place. The company has been put together from a variety of acquisitions, so the culture is hard to analyze. The business fit of some of the acquisitions has been questionable in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Frequent and accurate communication from the top will engage employees more and create a better environment.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "SPX - low stress and low pay in a friendly environment"

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    Current Employee - Technical Editor in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Editor in Exton, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Low-stress environment, small office, friendly co-workers. Decent office environment.

    Cons

    At SPX there is very low pay - muchlower than the industry standard. It's a former mom and pop shop, with HR offices in the midwest, where pay scales are lower than the east coast. There is little room for growth in small offices. And local management tends to give supervisor (jokingly referred to as "team leader") authority to the unskilled and uneducated folks despite clear and repeated indications of low intelligence and incompetence. Being friendly is more valued than being skilled and a hard worker.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the hard workers rather than the popular, extra-friendly and uneducated heavy-lifting types. Knowledge and ability goes a lot farther than simple number of years of service.


  9. "Driven Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Driven company to succeed. Opportunity for growth. The company knows how to grow sales

    Cons

    long hours. Can sometimes be a confrontational plac to work

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (3)

    "SPX a supplier to all."

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    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Allen Park, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Allen Park, MI
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee support. Hands down one of the best HR teams in the industry. There support for employee life & work balance is amazing so far. Benifits and time off is on par with most of the East coast industry. Global opportunities all the time. Large company with small offices aroung the globe. Flexible management team. I have only been with the company for a short time but am satisfied so far.

    Cons

    The pay scales are far below industry standard for East Coast and I do feel they took advantage of the lack of jobs in Michigan when making offers to employee's and playing the "how bad do you want to work=how little pay will you accept" game.

    Lack of direction and/or decision making from the abundance of under educated "middle managers", makes meeting productions times a little tough when the products been delivered and your still figuring out the process (of-course take into account client issues).

     Seems a recurring story with SPX from clients I meet, about the flurry of low pay resources thrown at a project with very little direction and no plan in place.

    Advice to Management

    X Culture? More like "J" Culture as in categorizing the latter section of the baby boom separately, as Generation Jones (born between 1954 and 1965) More like Want to get "Back to Black"??? Time to take a look at the incredible amount of uneducated under skilled "seasoned" employees you have and where there placed. I would say the average age is 48-52, which happens to currently be a generation who didn't grow up with computers and I know, it's unfortunate but we have to work with it. Had they been factory workers for the Big 3 they would be retiring right now, but instead most were mechanics and some were technicians (yes there is a difference) and now there getting sharepoint mazes and cad software dropped in there laps with maybe 2 days training and it really kills productivity on a daily basis in electronic publishing. Put together a panel and move these guys into positions where there experience can benefit a younger faster employee and increase production. In other words move them out of production and into product/process quality control positions and bring in a younger culture to fuel innovation and speed growth for the future of SPX.


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