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SPX Reviews

Updated November 29, 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. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SPX full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Challenging clients will keep you on your toes

    Cons

    Constantly travelling. Hard on any family.

    Advice to Management

    Better acclimate yourselves with field activities.


  2. "Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing worth sharing avoid this company

    Cons

    Clueless management total lack of depthness

  3. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good company business processes.

    Cons

    Limited career growth in the company, unclear HR policies.


  4. "Acquired production plant being run counter to its roots."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting product. Essential infrastructure. Very large scale.

    Cons

    The Company insists on treating a custom job shop as a run-of-the mill production line. Lack of coordination between Engineering, Manufacturing, and Management create a hostile push back atmosphere. Disposable Shop floor Supervision (with few exceptions,) has NO knowledge of the product and relevant production systems. Lack of engineering support, Lead Operators, and insufficient Quality Control staffing constantly roll issues forward; with very little future proofing.

    Advice to Management

    More intermediaries are needed, stop squeezing pennies only to waste dollars.

    SPX Response

    Aug 29, 2017 – Director, HR

    Thank you for your feedback, and I would encourage you to reach out either to your focus factory leader, VP Ops, or myself to provide your ideas on how to better the processes. You can also... More


  5. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Olathe, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SPX (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good insurance, some paid holidays after hired on permanent.

    Cons

    not allowed to go to doctor appts. or stay home sick without attendance points. If you do not have vacation or not eligible for fmla and you or your child has on going needs and trips to doctor or having to stay home to bad go to work anyway. I had to go to work on one occassion with a 101 fever, with trips to the restroom every 30 minutes this went on for three days!!!!! They dont accept doctors notes unless you stay home at least two days and even then you still get an attendance points how stupid!!!! worked there for over ten years. They fire people for anything and everything. would not recommend to anyone to work at that place. no room for advancement from on the floor level.

    Advice to Management

    Get a back bone!!!!! give incenitives to hourly employees


  6. "Great company/management"

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

    I have been working at SPX full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with (intelligence & personally)

    Cons

    No clear path for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Understand how to retain employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Franklin, TN
    Current Employee - Sales in Franklin, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Pay with job security. Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Management team is very weak. Clicks everywhere.

    Advice to Management

    Allow people who work their butts off to move up the ladder and do a way with the "good ole' boy" system.

  8. "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


  9. "Mechanical Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SPX full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance pretty good

    Cons

    Managers can be short sighted


  10. Helpful (1)

    "TCI International Fremont, CA - Get Out While You Can!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SPX full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Having a paycheck every other week is always nice to have. Free soda in the breakroom (free water, but only if you're in a meeting). Donuts on Friday (until the person that does this nice gesture retires)

    Cons

    TCI International tends to sweep customer problems under the carpet and wait until they don't respond back. Management didn't really know what to focus on or prioritize and their main product really began to spiral with unrealistic goals/objectives. TCI would prepare for orders that hadn't even been fulfilled yet, but they was banked on them being placed eventually (fingers crossed). No sign of growth within the company, not unless you were the son of the head of the company. Definitely lot of blame game going around, conversations/emails tend to be filled with adjectives of "WRONG!" Every month or so there are negative/passive aggressive emails exchanges occur. A lot of things went on behind the scenes (smoking electronic cigarettes one's cubicle). There are no signs/indicators on the bathrooms that say whether the bathroom is vacant or occupied, so there's a lot of confused people/foreign customers violently grabbing at locked doors. Manufacturing/production people are treated like they're in a third world country; some of the folks that are involved in production/manufacturing like to refer to their workplace as a "rat-trap" or "sweat shop."

    Production people tend to be treated like they're lower class and uneducated. A lot of times at TCI, multiple projects varying in size/technicality are thrown onto the individual whether they are related or not. It's up to the individual to find balance and a solution these projects that tend to be polar opposites (or last minute fixes). Reserving a test bench or project space to run your tests doesn't exist at TCI, if a higher-up person/person's project is more important than yours, they'll kick you out and take your spot. There's no keeping of a baseline configuration for all products at TCI, it's whatever solution gets the same output for whichever product they are currently working on is the key. If you find an error in some product on the way, then sweep it under the table and hope that the customer won't find it or that a future software version will cover up this error. Higher-up staff and the highest position in the company do not have the technical background to make decisions or understand technical issues. When this type of thing happens you get people who are unclear of realistic timeframes of solving technical problems, and layoffs of 10% of their company.

    For Christmas they bought everybody chocolates (some people are diabetics). If you're on your lunch break managers love to pay visits to their employees and ask them for an explanation or help with a problem even if you're trying to abide by the law and have lunch. Whether you're trying to rest in your cube during lunch or eating in the break room, if management wants something to be fixed they tend to not care if they take you away from your lunch. "Hard-work" is not clearly defined, if you are efficient/effective at what you do they would rather see you in the office till 8PM and up early the next day. Word travels quickly in this small company even if the information about you is confidential. Conversations are held in the middle of the hallways and tend to attract people (mostly upper management/management), and although management might not need to be in the conversation, they tend to stick around in the conversation to make it seem like they're having an intelligent/important discussion. Every week management has you write down a detailed description of your weekly milestones and what you've been working on, but then when they confront you in the hall about what you've been up to they act as if they have no idea of what you've been up to.

    Advice to Management

    Very small tiers of management. If there's a project that needs to be completed, Upper Management will make their rounds to the individual employee(s) that are responsible for that work and ask them why they haven't completed the task yet, then a second round of upper management within 10 minutes will approach the same individual and ask them why their work isn't done and when can they expect it to be finished (a method of which most upper management does to look like they're "busy").

    Managers of the both software and regular engineering teams are unclear about priorities, and what is actually going on in each program or project. There's a lot of covering your own tail and making sure the people below you aren't doing/learning anything that has a lot of visibility or benefit to the company (that way when there is a layoff they let go of the people that are at the bottom of the barrel). Don't have a non-technical person (Upper management) come to meetings and talk about why a problem isn't fixed when they don't understand the technicality behind the issue or the timeframe in which it is capable of being fixed.

    Management tends to have meetings everyday that like aren't very productive or result in any progress (but they hold them anyway so that it looks like they're doing something important). Looking busy when you're not is a key trait that most upper management has adopted. Management tend to make passive aggressive comments about putting in hard work in order to move up the chain (not a good tactic especially if you're trying to encourage people to do their best work).


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