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Watlow Electric Manufacturing Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  • Low pay for operators combined with expensive benefits package (in 5 reviews)

  • yeah right no one has seen them yet (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Best place I've ever worked"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Winona, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits. The treatment of employees can not be overstated. The managers and business are open minded to change.

    Cons

    Watlow has it's difficult individuals like any business. The corporate layout makes change slow.


  2. "Best in Manufacturin"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very cooperative and kind management
    Good, safe, clean work environment
    Comfortable indoors, good brand new facilities
    Good training and free equipment

    Cons

    Very busy production line, very demanding
    Very chaotic on first shift, constant interruptions and mechanical issues

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic work! Don't push the line workers too hard.


  3. "Good job to get experience and find a better job"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Richmond, IL
    Former Employee - Operator in Richmond, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good job to gain experience

    Cons

    Management is blind to what goes on in production. PTL's have favorites and tries to only promote them. Raises are nothing but couple cents. One PTL shares Information about other employees. Such as pay wages. They promote all the wrong people and do nothing about the issues with management on the production floor.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to open their eyes and realize what is going on and why people are quitting at such a high rate.


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  5. "Director of Marketing Communications"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best company I have ever worked for. Plenty of challenging work and lots of opportunity to make an impact every day

    Cons

    Decision making can be slow at times.

    Advice to Management

    None at this time


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Ethical Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Lake Villa, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Lake Villa, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management supports and demands tolerance to change via constant process improvements being implemented. Customer satisfaction and meeting customer expectations is a top priority as well as meeting metric goals & regulatory requirements. Business system is well defined from the Quality Manual through the work instructions for each task required.

    Cons

    Not all managers follow the Watlow Way defined ethics standard and are not always held accountable for their actions. The training program is the weakest link in the business system and causes quality issues when high turn over of employees occurrs.

    Advice to Management

    Hold all managers accountable for their actions and adherence to the Watlow Way ethics. Assign resources to the training process to ensure it is valid and valuable.


  7. "A company with great culture"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues to work with; customer focused culture; employee oriented with relative flexible work time.

    Cons

    Less growth opportunity for long term employees. Very conservative, which is good during the downturn, but bad for the company to grow bigger.

    Advice to Management

    Look more at growth, take more risks, use and grow more talents.


  8. "Great Potential"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Richmond, IL
    Current Employee - Operator in Richmond, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing company with lots of potential.

    Cons

    Outside of management, pay is awful. Benefits are the worst available in the industry. Management is incompetent at best. Plant is run out of favoritism, nepotism, and fear. No communication. Employees are continuously lied to and given false hope. Policies and decisions change like the wind.

    Advice to Management

    Without a complete overhaul of management, from supervisory level up, this will always be an awful place to work


  9. "Looking for discount employees that like propaganda"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The facility is getting cleaned up nicely and the line staff genuinely enjoy working together for the most part

    Cons

    Why can't Watlow believe that money drives people. They truly believe that people dont want better jobs or promotions for the reason of better pay. Its even frowned on when brought up. Promotions to them mean the privilage to engage in more complex issues. I really mean that. They feel that people want promotions for the challange or to be more engaged. This was even the message to lower supervisors and team leads when they would yrain them.

    The Richmond facility is the worst at this. They will push back on people for this all the time. Except if your good friends with 1 of 3 people. Then you will get at least something in a pay bump and maybe even more.

    The Watlow, Lean culture revolves around 3 facilty managers. If the head operations guy wants something, he'll magically have all sorts of non published data out of all the data we have that shows he's right. He never uses the data everyone can look to. Its always his magical source he finds but cant describe where he gets it or why it doesnt match other data we can see. As long as his plan or idea....usually he doesnt do that anymore either. He's resorted to using general statements like: its a corporate strategy or plan. No other facility can validate that either when we visit them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the being cheap and hard capping people. Start giving real raises again to try reducing your Richmond turnover rate.
    Stop making all people suffer for your business errors or lack of innovation to gain money. How many times do people need to take pay cuts or unpaid time off (including salary) or even low/no raises just to help you met your newest comittments you fail to realize.

    Fire your facility boss and his operations pet and bring back either Mark or Greg or even bring back if possible Craig Farley for the job. Demote the 2 others back to a lower level or out of the area completely. The one is not a Watlow leader by definition and his boss always supports him when caught not being one.

    OPEN YOUR EYES CORPORATE, AND FIX THIS PLACE.

    People suggest and suggest to these 2 and they act like they care, only to go their way anyway.

    I guess ill be leaving soon since they wont fix it. At last count 7 more upstairs staff in Richmond are planning to leave plus myself soon.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Operator Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operator Technician in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Operator Technician in Columbia, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It is very clean environment and good place to work as a team. People are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Hard to move present career to higher career even you have degree and higher level of practical experiences, because higher management doesn't care about them.

    Advice to Management

    Management need to focus on more and help the employee how they can move forward one level to next level in their career and respect their hard work.


  11. "Great Place to work!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Winona, MN
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Winona, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time

    Pros

    Cares about employees. In a recent downturn, they refrained from laying off when they easily could have. Fairly open to new ideas and new ways of doing things if you can justify them.

    Cons

    Some aspects of the culture are rooted in the old ways and it clashes a bit with how much of the company (most of it) is lean.

    Advice to Management

    Find the anchors that are rooted to the old ways, even if some of the old ways are okay, its not good to always be an anchor resistant to better ideas.


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