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SPX Reviews

Updated September 15, 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 20 reviews)

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  1. "No training"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "It makes you wonder..."

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    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company just downsized with the spinoff of SPX Flow. There is work. And the work is plentiful. You could work here many years and retire. If that's what you want.

    Cons

    If you work at the core of production, assembly or warehouse fabrication, life is just okay. Management will work you to death with little to no work life balance and very low pay as compared to other transformer manufacturers in America. The healthcare, 401K and bonus share programs are subpar. Production employees currently receive 0% bonus. Waukesha, WI and Goldsboro, NC are not keeping their employees stocked with up to date working equipment. The turnover even on the supervisory level has been high over the past year, mainly because of retirees . Some new hires recognize what they are getting into and find employment elsewhere. The funny thing is that management walks them right out the door even after they turn in their two weeks notice.

    Work life balance is non existent if you are blue collar. If your a manager in a supervisory role you're guaranteed to have at least two weekends off per month.

    Advice to Management

    Abolish the good Ole boy network and grant opportunities for the younger generation and newer hires including minorities and women. Upgrade your bonus program and health insurance coverage. Ensure that blue and white collar workers enjoy a good mix of work life balance!

    Train your manager's to be encouraging and uplifting to the rank and file employee. Micromanaging every other employee does not create a positive work place.


  4. "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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Poorly Managed"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Get out now"

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    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


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Waste of your time and talent"

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    • 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.


  9. "Poor Business Ethic"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Warehouse"

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    • 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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