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Updated Aug 4, 2020

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  1. "Incredible internship opportunity"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Engineering Intern in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Terex for less than a year

    Pros

    TDLR; work here. It’s incredible. I worked for Genie, Inc. (a Terex Brand) in building 8 in Redmond, WA as a manufacturing engineering intern. Here I was a part of the MTS - NPD (Manufacturing Technical Services - New Product Development) team, which is different from other manufacturing engineering teams (others include line support, etc.). It's just what it sounds like: we develop new manufacturing processes for the new products being designed by the mechanical engineers who are also in NPD. This was my personal experience, in no particular order: Real team involvement: Working here was not like any other internship. At Genie you get treated as a real member of the team of engineers, with the opportunity of taking ownership of real responsibilities within the major project. There's no sense at all of being lower than everyone else and there are absolutely no menial tasks such as getting coffee for your boss or other "typical" intern responsibilities. Great coworkers: Everyone here wants to see each other succeed and we all work together to get there. As an intern new to the company and the field in general, I was always asking for help, and people were always happy to stop whatever they were doing to give me a hand. I was always given great detail to the point of actually understanding what to do. Outside of work, we would often get together for drinks around town and would converse at company events. I look forward to being able to have these people as professional contacts for my future. Chill environment: This Genie campus has multiple buildings with multiple products being made on production lines, and in buildings where this happens things can understandably get hectic at times. However, while these other buildings on the Genie campus are kind of densely packed on the inside with 100+ workers per building and lots of equipment filling the space, our building only had around 40 workers in a building of the same size, in a much more open space. Things are always changing in this building as new processes are continuously being developed, and everyone works together towards common goals. Work always changing: Working for MTS, there is a lot of hands-on and a lot of being at the desk; it’s pretty split down the middle. We all had really big desks with multiple monitors connected to a removable company laptop within an open-cubicle sort of layout. I worked at the computer for CAD, analysis, instructional, and overall preparatory-type work, and went to the floor to execute said prep. I got to weld, laser-cut, 3D print, and use the saws, and was able to put in machining orders for more complex parts to be made by dedicated machine shop staff. There was a lot of laying things out, assembling, and fabricating to be done. Company exposure: There is a lot going on within Genie and on our campus specifically. As an intern, it’s a lot to take in at once. Genie management really reconciles this by giving lots of opportunities to spend time at other buildings (and facilities in other cities) getting tours and shadowing professionals, taking company “classes,” watching training videos on the “Terex U” website, and getting trained on lifts and machinery. The intern program is also amazing (I credit the incredible HR staff for this) which took us through a “foundations” course during the first week, along with multiple tours and fun trips worth bragging about throughout the summer (we went to the Mariner’s game and river rafting, all paid for!). We got to meet higher-ups including the VP of HR, Paul Smith, and the President, Matt Fearon. Great pay rate, lots of hours: As an intern I worked 4x10’s (10-hour days M-Th) at $22/hr with overtime ($33/hr) encouraged each week on Fridays and occasionally after-hours M-Th. Work days were from 530am-4pm. I am typically a night owl, so this was my only con. I got used to it pretty quick though. My supervisor was very lenient on this start time for us and gave us from 5am-6am to actually arrive. There was no real clocking-in (just entering it in online manually) so it was just an honor system pretty much, which everyone seemed to live by. Big company yet still growing: Genie is a company that is bigger than it seems to realize (or at least advertise). In other words, they act very modest, in a good way. It’s a company that is very recognizable and looks great on a résumé, but knows that it has a lot of room to grow and improve along the way. This growth is very clear to see over time, and as an engineer I often had discussions with coworkers about how things in our facility and on our products could be better in the future. Safety: Genie is a lean manufacturing-driven company. By truly following the lean philosophy, they are very dedicated to safety on and away from the workplace for employees and customers. On pretty much each wall there are posters regarding the Terex “safety saves lives” concept, each with the same core values a Terex employee or user is expected to follow. There are “5S” safety expectations and everyone does their own assigned part to keep the facility clean and free of hazards. Employees aren’t even allowed to lift more than 40lb by themselves, and require some sort of lifting device (such as a forklift) to lift beyond this (two people can lift up to 80lb together). PPE is required in most buildings at all times while on the shop floor. Workers will notice and kindly remind you as soon as they see you missing something or doing something against the core safety expectations. By making sure everyone is on the same page with all of this, working for Genie always feels safe and well-kept. Location: Moving to Redmond, WA from Eugene and Corvallis, OR was not a very big change at all for me. The environment feels very valley-like as I am used to, however it is closer to a big city (Seattle) so there is a good amount more people/traffic. Living close to work (< 10min drive) has been very convenient for me, as I have heard from others who live all the way in the U district of Seattle that the commute every day is not ideal. I like the town, but it’s always hard to tell how much you like a new town after only a few months. Definitely has a lot to offer.

    Cons

    There honestly are not many cons to this job that come to mind. Getting used to the early mornings was a struggle for a few weeks, but I committed to going to sleep around 8 or 9pm and never slept through my alarm. For a night owl, this wasn’t easy right away. The only other con was the for the first two weeks or so I was on the phone all the time with our IT department trying to get access to certain programs and files. I would have preferred if this access was on my computer already before getting to my desk on the first day, however accessing IT was made very easy over the phone and with an online “service now” app, so I really can’t complain too much.

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    Terex Response

    September 18, 2019Internal Communications Manager - Terex AWP

    We are glad to hear your internship was a positive experience. Our Early Talent program immerses high potential students in challenging, real-world projects that directly help drive business results at our global company. We firmly believe that pairing our culture of continuous improvement and our commitment to purposeful innovation with the diverse and creative mindset of students in our Early Talent program benefits everyone — our team members, our business, participants in the internship program, and our customers.

  2. "Good Place to work"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Watertown, SD

    I have been working at Terex full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits including health and dental

    Cons

    Tough to progress and somewhat disorganized


  3. "Great opportunity to learn"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Fort Wayne, IN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great potential to have impact and improve the product.

    Cons

    Production numbers trump all issues.

  4. "Ok for an entry level job, but not a place to make your career"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I had some great coworkers-that is the biggest pro. Most coworkers are helpful and willing to teach. Decent benefits in terms of 401k match, PTO, ESPP, insurance. Schedule and work life balance were good, but that is unique to design engineering and I can't say the same for production groups. You can be very hands on if you want to be. If you are the right personality and in the right place/time, you can get decent resume building experience (but there is limited opportunities for this)

    Cons

    In terms of compensation, they are not industry leaders and relative to the area are not competitive-so you don't work here for the money. Consistent underachievement of company wide financial goals results in layoffs every few years-you won't find stability for a long term career if that is what you hope for. In terms of career development, it's hit or miss. If you are in new product development (which typically you have to earn you way there putting your time in sustaining engineering), there are better opportunities to do engineering. If you are in sustaining engineering, unless you are one of the few mentioned above, career development is not great; putting out fires of production related issues, designing brackets, using excel to make BOM and configuration changes, part manual redlines-hardly the stuff that impressive resumes are made of or that will take you places. A few managers really are great, many were just average at best, but there also some that are like frat boys in a good ole' boys club, where if you are within their circle, you have it made . Reviews entail objectives that are generically and broadly cascaded down from upper management and your performance is rated at least in part on areas completely outside of your sphere of influence. Internal career development/promotions can be challenging/frustrating. If you want a promotion, you have to basically being doing the workload of the job title that you want before you get the official title and pay scale that come with it.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management need to do a better job!"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    For a long time I did not feel lot politics in the organization culture that slows down the work productivity. Employee are allowed to make many decisions (sometime more than they should).

    Cons

    The upper management seems not knowing what they are doing. Things happened out of their expectation in company business. So there were lot unexpected bad news. The middle management only serves to pass along upper management decisions. They were rarely able to explain what was going on. The lower management don't care as much as they should. They waste lot of money in projects. Few projects are completed in time. Project owners changes/lost quickly and the last owner is the one blamed for all mistakes. While wasting million of dollars in projects, management asks employee to save printing paper. Capable engineers and leaders are fired (to save money?) and low competent (low pay) people are kept.

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  6. "High Turnover"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Manufacturing Engineer in Oklahoma City, OK

    I worked at Terex for less than a year

    Pros

    Lean manufacturing methods and good people.

    Cons

    Company doesn’t care about employees. They expect 60 hours per week with no overtime.

    Terex Response

    January 31, 2020Internal Communications Manager - Terex AWP

    Thank you for taking time to share your concerns. Our OKC facility has experienced a great deal of change as our production plan has evolved in response to market conditions. We understand that those changes have had an impact on some of our team members and on morale, and our leadership team is working to address team members’ concerns and create stability as we move forward as a team. In terms of your concerns about overtime – there are indeed times that we have to ramp up production in response to increases in customer demand. Engineering roles are generally salaried, professional positions, and not eligible for overtime. However, to be clear, non-exempt hourly team members are never asked to work overtime without pay. In every instance, they are paid overtime wages for those hours, in accordance with all applicable laws.

  7. "Genie is still a great place!"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineering in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work is rewarding. You can make a real difference. The products you help design will feel like your children and give you a sense of pride seeing them in action all around the world. You simulate, build, test, work with manufacturing, learn design for manufacturing, desgn for service, and lean principles. Basically the design is truly in your hands. Always been a place where it is better to ask for forgiveness, not permission. This means you have ability try new ways, just make sure they work. Basically though, you are in manufacturing based career, so you are competing with the world, you will spend time training cheaper overseas labor to eventuality take your job. This is the way of the world for the last few decades, last stop Africa. I feel for the younger generation who will never know this. They will be the one's asking how to do stuff eventually, or asking if you want fries with that. Been in manufacturing based career since the 70's. Genie was the best place I ever worked, lots of smart enthustic coworkers, fun projects, generally realistic timelines, In choosing this kind of work it becomes hard to not make it consume your life, expect some late nights if you want to suceed.

    Cons

    Manufacturing in America is slowly being eroded, now considered "dirty". If you think all the expertise we learned when we (USA) were a manufacturing powerhouse will not be lost as more content is outsourced, think again. Sorry, I don't think this is Genie specific, just manufacturing specific. Financial engineering just games the system, accelerating the highs and lows. The great recession is proof of that. Bob, Ward, and Rodger were true visionaries, Ron was a dreamer who spent like a drunken sailor, and John is a taskmaster, so you may not feel as much job satisfaction as in the past. Don't kid yourself the third world is desperate for work and are ruining the environment and putting their workers at risk like we did in the USA in the past. I guess we just don't care as long as it is not in my back yard. Not enough customer engagement, need better proceses for spending "seat time" with the products , and more unfiltered customer feedback.

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  8. Helpful (3)

    "Long term Planning"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer - New Product Development in Oklahoma City, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Acceptable compensation package. Friendly environment.

    Cons

    I has hired along with many others for new product development and within 12 months the entire product line was sold off. At the very least this shows a really poor long term outlook or difficulty making the hard decisions on the part of upper management. It's pretty much the typical publicly traded company that lives for whatever the next quarterly results require to appease stockholders. It's a shame because the potential is obvious, but the execution is flawed across the board.

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    Terex Response

    January 26, 2020Director, Corporate Communications

    Earlier in 2019, the Company made a difficult call and exited several cranes product lines that had become unprofitable. When the decision was made, we moved as many OKC team members as possible into other roles at the plant. Changes like this can be disruptive, which we understand, but as a team we have moved forward and are focused not only on supporting the business but also on making OKC the best working environment it can be.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Potential misplaced and or lost"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This company is a good place to start a career as they are willing to higher those that are young or new to the industry. Your coworkers will help you but, they are in the same boat as you as you seem to have to learn from each other here. The products the company builds are pretty cool.

    Cons

    Terex Runs as an aquisition company and cares about stockholders and price above all else. Management is comfortable and runs things like a group of good ol boys who want to retire soon and don't want to really change even though they say they do. There is tons of potential at this company, but their culture of hands off leadership is fully dysfunctional. Leadership doesn't seem to be able to lead but instead relies on someone down the chain to hold things together. An effective training program, at all levels, is definitely missing. Company doesn't seem worth sticking around for even though there are some great people here.

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  10. "Great Work Environment"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Support Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Terex full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very structured and established company. Overall great place to work.

    Cons

    Had a fair amount of travel. Which did not suit my life.

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