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Schneider Electric Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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Schneider Electric President and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire
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  • Work life balance is almost upto the mark (in 84 reviews)

  • large company, so efficiency is a problem (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Best Company in the industry period!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Schneider Electric full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Schneider is a fresh breath of air for me. It's is a company that does not judge you based on culture but ability. Many companies in our industry (Process Automation) use the term you don't fit the culture. Which is definition for you don't look like us. Schneider focuses on hiring top talent and strengthening that talent. Through training, developing and actually caring about its employees. Instead of the old and outdated good old boy system. Which brings no true value to customers.

    Cons

    It's a big company with a lot of procedures that need streamlining. Hiring takes a bit of patience but I guess anything worth having take time to get. Hey I had to put something here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep staying ahead of the industry. You may stand out but those that lead always do. Oh and streamline some of those processes.

    Schneider Electric Response

    May 5, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Team

    Thank you for such a positive review! We are very proud of our focus on strengthening the skills of each of our employees. Great people like you make us a great company!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "If you aren't in manufacturing, stay away!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Clovis, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Clovis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working for Pelco is the commitment by the entire company to take care of their customers. Pelco has long had the motto of "fanatical customer service". Working for Pelco shows you that it isn't just a motto, but an entire way of life around here. As an employee, it makes you proud to be a part of that.

    Cons

    First let me say that I've heard many different opinions on Pelco, and it seems that it is highly dependent on the position of the employee. Many people I know in manufacturing love it here, because it offers them more than the average manufacturing job. Given that, I can only give my opinion based on my position (professional level employee).

    The worst part about working for Pelco is the frustration knowing that Pelco seems to be in the position to really lead the Security market, but consistently stumbles due to ineptitude of Senior Management. No matter how much or little you work, it really doesn't seem to have an effect on your pay, lack of bonuses, status in the company, or congratulations (or lack there of). There doesn't seem to be any punishment of upper management if they are consistently late on projects (which seems to be the way of life around here). A big reason for this seems to be the manufacturing culture that this company grew up in. It started as a metal bending company, and despite its seeming luck to be in the position it is in as a leader in the industry, it still acts like a metal bending company. People are in Senior Management because they have been with the company for a long time, and not because they are good at what they do. The manufacturing culture doesn't end there. When defending its stance on benefits, or bonuses, or whatever, Pelco always compares itself to manufacturing companies rather than Technology companies. The benefits are really poor at Pelco, and they have just gotten worse with changes taking affect in July.

    If you are coming from a technology company and are considering working at Pelco, I'd think twice about the decision. The number of managers, and the number of levels of management it takes to get from you to the CEO is astounding. Given all that management, it seems like no one is in charge, and no one has the power to make any decisions. Things seem to happen around here because they just happen, and not because there has been any decision on the topic. Processes are still all paper driven, and we are just NOW starting to use electronic processes. Like above, as a technology company, Pelco is stuck in the 80's... as a manufacturing company, who knows, maybe they are modern.

    As a bonus, Pelco was recently acquired by Schneider Electric, a public company. So they are stepping one by one through the top ten list of everything you do when you buy a company who isn't the most profitable. Cut benefits, check. Get rid of temps, check. Hiring freeze, check. Freeze on purchase orders, check.

    Advice to Management

    Simply think about what this company really is. It is now a technology company, try and act like one.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Just in! French-led company impossible with financial expectations and lousy ethics....wait, that's not news."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Smyrna, TN
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Smyrna, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company with more opportunity outside of just one location; excellent instructor-led classes and benefits

    Cons

    Senior management leadership is a joke; very bureaucratic to the detriment of the company, no central information technology linking all their conglomerates or even within their major brands, working folks to the point of developed medical conditions because of scrimping on labor costs and having folks do quadruple the work; running off excellent employees and keeping the ones that really need to go

    Advice to Management

    Stop the nonsensical bureaucracy and listen to your locations; allow leadership to happen on the local level and for the love of God, please employ the right people into leadership and empower them to actually make a difference. Do not continue to stifle people's morale and potential by consistently presenting impossible financial barriers.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dowdell leaves APC in 2006 ... news finally catches up to Salary Review website!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Enterprise Account Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    money is fairly good; a lot of personal independence in how you do your job. Products are reasonably good, but haven't brought any good products to market in last 2 years.

    Cons

    A lot of former military, so you are always an enlisted person. Little respect as a collegue ... rarely taken into management's confidence.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together and hire some real professionals esp in Sales and Marketing. Get over the notion that the Founder's Club (people that grew-up with the company; usually people with 10 or more years "in") have any ability beyond what they learned on-the-job. Most have been promoted way beyond their ability and are scared s-less about rocking the boat. You're probably one of them ...


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Square D Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Florence, KY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Florence, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Workload is manageable, deadlines are not too bad

    Cons

    Feel like a small cog in a very large machine. Currently members of the team often fail to show up to meetings, do work, and attempt to get credit for work they did not do.

    Advice to Management

    It would be a step in the right direction to fire people who fail to perform anything less than the absolute bare minimum.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "I don't even know where to start!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Services Sales Executive in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Services Sales Executive in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money was ok, they pretty much leave you alone to run your own territory. Fairly good service reps although most are pretty green. The product quality is still fairly good, but slipping fast. Alot of recall issues, not a great product line for a services salesperson. Coming from the manufacturing world I couldn't believe the number of salespeople they have for thier standard product when everything is sold through distribution anyway? The long-term Square D folks >20years were
    professional and technically competent.

    Cons

    Lack of inside support, lack of managerial support, lack of technical sales talent. This job never ended as they added more and more territory and made up product to your work load with absolutely no management support. Management is too busy looking over thier shoulder up the chain to care about the average employee. Specifically in NJ/NY the management was terrible. Constant struggle to get inside people to follow rules made up by management as you go. Always be prepared to leave this company as they lie to get you in and drop you in a heartbeat if it doesn't fit managements mold. I saw so many people come and go and come back, I got the feeling they really had no idea of what they were doing. Covered probably the largest territory for services for 5 years without a thanks, only what have you done for me lately. Too bad the French had to go and mess up such a good brand.
    Everything is "by Schneider", Square D, APC etc..
    Tough to sell services when they really only have one or two products. The rest is all sub to an aquisition company and passthrough to make the services $$ look bloated and like actual growth.

    Advice to Management

    To senior management, listen to both sides of the story before you jump to decisions.
    To middle management listlen period.
    To anyone looking to join this company, have a 3-5 year plan to get out.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "A waste of time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits were comparable
    Work-life balance was OK

    Cons

    No career growth
    No career opportunities
    Management care about themselves only
    The direction of the company is horrible

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not engaged or committed, management does not care about its employees at all


  9. "IT related"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Related in Clovis, CA
    Former Employee - IT Related in Clovis, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are hired directly by Schneider-Electric, it would be a good company to work for.

    Cons

    If you company was bought by Schneider-Electric good luck. They will layoff 50% of workforce within a year. Promise whoever is left with a salary adjustment to the industry norm and before the adjustments are to take affect, outsource you.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to save your a**es and look after your employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Inside sales is a tangle of Inefficient, political, overlapping, incompetent, uninspiring, unskilled, middle-managers."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in West Kingston, RI
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in West Kingston, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Potentially clear cut path for advancement, potential for good total target compensation if you blow out your quota because of accelerators. If you miss your quota however, base pay is abysmal. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Micromanagement to the nth degree. An inability of "yes-men" middle managers to step up and speak out when something is wrong ethically or business process wise. A lack of appreciation for the sheer volume of work and stress undertaken by their subordinate inside sales reps. Endless new initiatives that never drive any clear result other than to pad the managers' resumes. Favoritism and politics either hurt you or help you. Blindness on the part of management to recognize the hemorrhaging of talent due to mistreatment, underappreciation, underpayment, and an unfair, political culture. Turnover is accelerating at all levels of sales and spreading to other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that when the economy turns around, you will have a mass exodus. No longer will you be able to bully employees knowing there is an endless supplies of new suckers. Take some organizational behavior 101 courses to learn how to treat people.


  11. "Not a good place to work for...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clovis, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clovis, CA

    I worked at Schneider Electric full-time

    Pros

    Good work/life balance..that's all.
    Nice office and campus
    Good vacation benefits.

    Cons

    It does not matter how well you perform. No opportunity for growth.
    Management does not care about career growth of their employees.


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