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Watlow Electric Manufacturing Reviews

Updated Apr 7, 2019

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Watlow Electric Manufacturing CEO Peter T. Desloge (no image)
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48 Ratings
Pros
  • "People have been very friendly to me and have been willing to help me with all my questions(in 4 reviews)

  • "Good, safe, clean work environment(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Relatively low pay and benefits could be better(in 5 reviews)

  • "Upper management not good at communicating with employees on the floor(in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great company to work with"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diverse company and cares about its employees safety and health

    Cons

    Lower chances for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    You have great people who cares about the company and equipment use them well and prevent from laidback instead of hiring from outside

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2018-03-15
  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, tuition reimbursement,

    Cons

    there is little room for advancement

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2019-04-07
  3. Helpful (1)

    "More work and repetition than compensation."

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    Current Employee - Lead Operator in Richmond, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company has acceptable benefits for employees who have been hired-on. There is room to grow if you have the motivation and drive. College courses provided at the worksite and paid for by the company, if you are studying in one of a few allowed degree programs and keep up your grades. Team members are a good bunch, most with the drive to do an excellent job and help each other succeed. Management is... approachable and makes time for staff, as well as lead operators and trainers.

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    Cons

    Many of the production cells are very repetitive, and ergonomically unsound for 8-10 hours daily of repeated actions. Complaints to this seem to fall on deaf ears. Far too much focus and concern is placed on per hour metrics. It seems that quantity over quality is the true priority for some cells. Huge disconnect between shifts. In some areas in comes across as daily opposition with blame going back and... fourth. Management seems to avoid this and pass it off to lower leaders to handle. The Watlow culture called the " Watlow Way" has great direction and promise, but it appears the use is selective to individual advantage. There is a program called Enriching Lives, that is a terrible attempt at brain washing. The concept of molding to your company and its desires. Run by The Pacific Institute, this program is a total waste of time and money. Too much money is spent trying to paint this picture of a culture, yet it still feels very autocratic management wise. There is a saying at this Watlow location that if you do not like the job, leave. Well that has been happening in droves. If you love mandatory overtime you will love working here. For many departments and employees on all three shifts, there is a terrible work life balance. Retention of employees is a huge issue. We are losing good knowledgeable people to bad management decisions and unacceptable and unreasonable expectations. Hiring is through a temp agency and everyone starts that way except a few who are direct hires. There is no clear explanation of when the temps should expect to be hired on. They do not give many reasons for retention and loyalty before you re hired on, if you are even. There is a lot of turnover. Many play favorites, but many companies have this issue.

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    Advice to Management

    People over profits. Take care of your employees first and they will take care of you. Pay is very low for the work and attention to quality that is expected. Mandatory overtime and unreasonable expectations has cost us so many over the past five years. Lean manufacturing fails if you lose the people who were dedicated to and trained in it. Many have availed themselves of higher education within the... supplied courses in manufacturing management offered. It seems to many of us who have partaken of this offering that it does not actually increase your chances of promotion within this facility. Corporate should come and privately interview team members to get the real picture.

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    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2019-04-04
  4. "uncertain"

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    Current Employee - Technician 
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    job security, indoor climate controlled work place, personal time, good co workers

    Cons

    little to no raises, unequal pay and benefits, no positive reinforcement, no way to advance, management promotes friends instead of hard workers, management gets hired with zero prior experience

    Advice to Management

    please reward hard work. every one should get a employee review. even management. employees should feel like they can look up to management. to ask them questions and get real answers, not excuses or unfulfilled promises to seek out answers. friends were given high positions based on the word of one person rather than a company wide review system. alot of people deserve to be sitting in those seats over the ones... that were chosen.

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    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2019-01-24
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a good place to work. Low pay and advancement is a joke."

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None. Time is the only the way for promotion not performance.

    Cons

    No matter how many years you top out at $24.00 hr.

    Advice to Management

    None.

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2019-02-12
  6. "Pretty decent place"

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    Current Employee - Designer II in Hannibal, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Office/Engineering staff are paid fairly on experience.

    Cons

    Shop floor has its downsides with turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employees it will reward you.

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2018-10-20
  7. Helpful (3)

    "The circus is in town"

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

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for murderers, sex offenders, drug abusers, and other felons! All are welcome at Watlow

    Cons

    Where to start...Talk about few people knowing what is going on with the business? So much attrition...the quality of workers...HR is crooked and criminal.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house and investigate HR actions and behavior. Hire quality staff if you want quality work done.

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2018-09-23

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing Response

    September 26, 2018Senior HR Communications Specialist

    As a team member, we want to hear and understand your concerns and therefore we encourage you to speak with your team leader directly, human resources or another leadership team member so we can create something better

  8. "They tried"

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    Former Employee - Operator II in Richmond, IL

    I worked at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Huge culture shift recently. Clean-ish work. Ambitious company.

    Cons

    Disconnect from management to employees on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Communication of expectations is needed.

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2018-07-01
  9. "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time

    Pros

    Growing company, good people, pay is good,

    Cons

    Lots of standing, hard to get raise

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2018-05-09
  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Team Leader in Hannibal, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Watlow Electric Manufacturing full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people who work here are great, always willing to help each other, family environment. Management cares about people and are always working to make it a great place to work.

    Cons

    Business is growing, so overtime is sometimes mandatory.

    Watlow Electric Manufacturing2018-04-17
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