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SPX Reviews

Updated April 17, 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. "Holewatch"

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    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    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.

  3. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    money was cool and all

    Cons

    hours traffic people coffee and women


  4. "Great"

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    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Current Employee - IT Administrative in Düsseldorf (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience gaining and salary
    Longest time employer with 38 hour week
    30 days vacation
    Flex overtime and home office possible

    Cons

    Work atmosphere cold
    No parties events
    Little training
    Restructuring every year almost
    Inflexible structures not allowing for exceptions to rules

    Advice to Management

    Leading not sitting out


  5. "Great company as long as economy is healthy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at SPX full-time

    Pros

    This company offers good hourly wages. I loved the work building medium power transformers. They also matched your contributions with 401k. I'd recommend

    Cons

    Health insurance was lacking. Shift work was based on seniority preference. I was going to be stuck on night shift indefinitely.

    Advice to Management

    Overall satisfied with management. There were times where I felt hindered in progression when I wasn't moved around enough or as quickly as possible. This made it take longer to get top pay.


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  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. 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.


  10. "ok i guess."

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    Current Employee - Material Handler in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    good vaction time and health insuranc e.

    Cons

    very little room for advancement.


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