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Updated November 14, 2018
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John L. Garrison, Jr
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Pros
  • "Compared to most accounting jobs the work/life balance is excellent, and there is no "busy season"" (in 29 reviews)

  • "Great people -- no "prima donnas"" (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • "Lot of value focus and work life balance" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Upper management says "safety first" but they dont actually care about our safety" (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Design Engineer II"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team to work with, team members and supervisor are great, a lot of work to do, great benefits overall and work life balance, great location.

    Cons

    Needs more organization, needs more people on the manufacturing floor who care about each other, need to keep placing more emphasis on safety

    Advice to Management

    Keep on the path and stick to it while still caring about the employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terex AWP (Genie Ind) NPD Engineering"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    OK work-life balance.

    You get to work on wide range of engineering aspects of a design if you are in new product development, and are interested and push to do so. As you climb, you can manage your boss enough to focus on your main areas of interest (but you need to be stubborn about it). The engineers that follow their interest here always find a way to off-load what they don't want to do on someone 'below' them... I'm sure that's not unique to Terex.

    CEO Garrison seems to be making positive changes, taking realistic long view.

    Working here you avoid the pitfalls of market-rate pay and high bonuses offered for similar positions at nearby companies… where would you spend the money anyway?

    Career opportunities... if you go management route. Not so much for staying technical.

    Cons

    Antiquated engineering change management systems. Poor engineering policies, procedures, and controls. Little or no /real/ training - sink or swim on-boarding... which leads to "cowboys". Many pockets of Engineering Dept are populated by “cowboys” or engineers who are just ticking boxes; quantity over quality (maybe this is a 'pro' for you?). Operations/manufacturing is often resistant to change, think they are the real 'customers', over the companies /actual/ customers. 'Servant Leadership' (company tenant) is complete and utter BS -- you get ahead here by ticking boxes for your manager, not by helping those below you or those affected by your work. People often don't worry too much about people down-stream of their decisions, just as long as they are pleasant and smile they can do pretty much what they want. Just ship it!

    Ramping up engineering employment now, which absolutely means we are about to begin 'right-sizing' people within 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to “Servant Leadership” tenant… I don’t believe you will though. Also, I hope behind closed doors you are getting 'more real' about global trade-war issues about to hit us hard than you have been publicly!

    Terex Response

    Sep 18, 2018 – Communications Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to provide this feedback. First, we are glad to hear that you have noticed positive changes occurring as a result of our strategy introduced by CEO John Garrison.

    As... More

  3. "Good people, bad bones"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good hours (for most employees) and fair compensation for OT on hourly workers.

    Cons

    Ever-shifting initiatives with insufficient resources to implement, siloed departments not seeing costs affecting eachother

    Advice to Management

    Cut failing business segments. Invest in engineering consistently in segments you commit to if you wish to be the market leader.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Aerial Work Platforms"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Terex full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting multi disciplinary work gives engineers a strong mix of technical breath

    Cons

    Cyclical market demand often lead to substantial workforce reductions


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good overall, but not for everyone"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, friendly people, and overall a solid place to work. There are a lot of "lifers" who stay with the company for a very long time (with good reason).

    Cons

    Salaries for most not on par with the area. Management reluctant to staff appropriately for cost reasons, so many people are perpetually overworked and on the verge of burning out. Too much restructuring of upper management. Unstable (very cyclical) business results in mass layoffs balanced by frenzies of growth.

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring so often. Stop changing overarching goals of the business so often, Build some stability around how the company is run, who is running it, and the goals that people are working towards day-to-day.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Company has Issues"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Reasonable Pay
    - Nice People
    - Good Amount of Training Available

    Cons

    - Loud Risky Work Environment
    - Slow Wage Increases
    - Out Dated Technologies
    - Drug Testing and Cameras = Employee Distrust Issues
    - Surprise Layoffs

    Advice to Management

    Need to modernize equipment and style of management.

    Terex Response

    Jun 30, 2015

    Thank you for sharing your comments on the Terex Glassdoor page.

    We are glad to hear you are enjoying the many training opportunities available and like working with your fellow team members... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Over-reactive management but Fantastic Culture"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great people to work with. Everyone is friendly and inclusive right from the start.
    - Potential for lots of project variability.
    - Good growth potential if you show promise in a given field.
    - If not in manufacturing or manufacturing engineering, there is a good potential for a healthy work/life balance.

    Cons

    - Management has a tendency to be over responsive to customer and higher management requests. This often results in projects getting cancelled abruptly and without consideration to the work already performed.
    - Pay is below average for the Seattle area.

    Advice to Management

    Justifications for business decisions are often met with cynicism since at this point the decision has already been made and thus a good point can't be recognized even if valid. If feedback from the engineers who actually work on projects was elicited before a final decision was made, this would likely go a long way to easing frustration with management's reactionary image. Fundamentally, people need to feel heard and they can't be heard after the fact.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not for Engineers"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work/life balance was great, benefits were above average. Job responsibilities consisted of lots of shop floor interaction and very little new product development.

    Cons

    No career or salary growth.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "All around good place to work (Genie AWP, a subdivision of Terex)."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Current Employee - Design Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work/life balance. Pace is not as fast as some other industries (consumer electronics). Company seems to actually care about employees. Corporate culture is pretty laid back. Management seems pretty open about state of the company and willing to share information. Good 401k match, Health benefits are decent.

    Cons

    You won't get rich working there. Bonuses are pretty weak. Sick time/Vacation time are same thing? Don't expect to work on the highest of the high-tech.

    Terex Response

    Feb 2, 2015 – Admin

    Thank you for sharing your comments on the Terex Glassdoor page. Terex is proud to offer competitive salaries along with advancement opportunities, and a full range of benefits, including 401k... More


  10. "Have a better integration training for new engineers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer I in Moses Lake, WA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer I in Moses Lake, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Terex full-time

    Pros

    Good management at current location. The people that work here are great, the moral is very high

    Cons

    Parking lot sucks. The building is old and the roof leaks. in the office space the central air often goes out so you are either freazing at your desk in the winter or sweating in the summer. Propper software for the job would be nice.

    Advice to Management

    design managers should have a good grasp of the whole system of the machines they are working on not just a specific area. Purchase software for both mechanical engineers and electrical engineers.