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  • 106 employees say

    Excellent (45)
    42.452830188679%
    Good (26)
    24.528301886792%
    Satisfactory (19)
    17.924528301887%
    Subpar (16)
    15.094339622642%
    3.48
  • 0 applicants say

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3.48 Employees say
0.00 Applicants say
  • 22.Oct 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Very patriarchal management culture. Coworkers are friendly, but management makes it clear there are hard boundaries on behavior, dress code, internet usage, and generally the need to always look busy even if you are on a temporary break at your desk.

Support from management

It's a numbers game. Even though your financial numbers are heavily affected by the economy, you are held to arbitrary goals. If you make it, all is well. If not, management is very much in a "throw you under the bus" in mentality. Managers blame subordinates when numbers are not met. HR backs up managers no matter what.

Teamwork

It varies. There are pockets of competitive people who simply will not share. And there are others who are super cooperative. Beyond that, you're affected by the quality of your team. They mean well, but might not have the ability.

Freedom to work independently

Sometimes you feel micromanaged, but there is too much too get done, so management simply doesn't have time to micromanage you. You have a laptop, take it home, wherever, and yes, work independently a lot.

Internal Communication

Very good about sharing financial results and projections with employees. Sometimes you feel like you are being spammed by stupid stuff from personnel and you can't filter it, so it is very distracting. There used to be an internal message board but it was banned when management decided it was too negative.

Gender Equality

Most women in the company are admin/ secretary type positions, but of the few who are in engineering most are treated favorably. There is not an overt statement that women are the be favored, but in proportion to the number of women hired, a very high proportion of them in engineering are on management track. Engineering tends to be male centric so supply of women is low, but the proportion of women in management is not as low as the overall proportion in the engineering areas.

Attitude towards older colleagues

Once you pass 50, you are sort of diverted to the "retire in place" path. When new management opportunities come up, younger workers are favored. This creates a sort of decline because the older you get, the more stagnant your job gets and the less respect you get. Periodically they have a early retirement carrot and stick incentive to encourage over 55 to leave, but with a threat that if they don't they are at risk for lay off. But the early retirement bit has rules that managers cannot early retire someone unless they give up the position, so sometimes they just make older workers' lives bad enough they want to quit anyway (and the manager keeps the position). HR supports this.

Career Development

They pretend to care, but truth is only about 10% are on a success track and everyone else is out of consideration. They have a very complicated annual review process that includes a "career development" section, but it is just for show, to go through the motions. If you are an entry level employee, yes, you have a lot to learn and you'll be given many opportunities to gain expertise. Yes, you'll go from I to II to III, so to speak. That is expected. But 90% get parked at "senior" level. There's no hope for them to advance beyond that.

Overall compensation for your work

They say they are "competitive." Which means they conspire with other companies to make sure they don't pay too much. Once you arrive, whatever your starting pay is, you will only get cost of living increases and even that may be paused if business is bad. There is an edict passed down from upper management that "merit" ratings will only be "performs as expected" no matter how hard you try. So, on paper, they look legit. This company pays slighty less than other companies and they take advantage of engineers who just want a comfortable life and not disrupt their lives by changing jobs just to get better pay. You won't get what you're worth unless you go to work somewhere else, and they won't try to stop you from leaving because that would set a bad precedent with other employees. But they do have to pay competitive rates on new hires. It's just that after that, it's just cost of living, no matter what.

Office / Work Environment

New-ish building, good air, lots of sunlight, you can get a special chair if you think you need it at your desk. Lots of cubicles, shortage of offices and conference rooms. Noise level is not so good if you are on a conference call and concerned about your background noise coming in on the call. Like a lot of cubes, you work with your back to the walkways, so people can walk right up on you and read your screen.

Free coffee, hot beverages. Refrigerator in breakrooms. Microwaves. Sinks (but no garbage disposals in sinks). Snack machines. Lot of people bring cookies, cakes. Sometimes when a catered lunch has extra food, it will be put out in the break room for anyone who wants it.

Environmental Friendliness

There are recycle bins. However, there are styrofoam cups. Company tolerates employees charging their electric cars in the parking garage. A lot of paper gets printed and recycled.

Work-Life Balance

Among engineers, even the jobs you expect to be "out at five" are pressed for unpaid overtime for extended periods. Among managers, everyone has a laptop and mobile phone and is expected to participate in teleconferences in early mornings and late evenings. Lots of people take work home to "catch up" in evenings and weekends.

Company Image

Everywhere I went, when I told people where I worked, they seemed impressed. Customers seemed to have a good opinion as well.

Job Security

The business, oil & gas, is cyclic. When it declines, there are layoffs. Probably about eery 4-5 years. Some people are more at risk than others, and it had nothing to do with your performance -- just bad luck to be in a department with a lot of layoffs, or maybe if you are an older worker who is perceived as making too much money, has too much annual vacation and implied insurance costs.

Handicapped Accessibility

The main doors are not automatic and are a little hard to open. There seems to be accommodation in restrooms -- handicapped stalls and stepstools. Wide-ish hallways. Elevators. Lab areas are less maintained for accessibility.

Workplace Safety

If anything, it is too high, to the point of inconvenient. There are unarmed security guards. The general environment is pretty safe. There are frequent drills to evacuate the building, and training in how to respond in case there is an armed attacker. The person in charge of safety is about 180% on top of things.

Challenging Work

Assuming you make some effort to move towards what you are interested in, you find work you enjoy. It won't last forever, and you'll have to periodically move around. It will be difficult, so it will be challenging. Even if you are doing something you don't enjoy, you will be faced with a load or difficulty level that can be called challenging. A few people are not doing challenging work. The assumption is they chose that path.

Inclusive / Diverse

Not many black or hispanic people. There are a whole lot of Phillipinos imported from Phillipine branch, and a lot of green card and H1-B. No one shares salary info, so we have no idea if green cards or H1-B are wage busting or not. But that is the general opinion -- that they are paid less to keep other engineering wages down. Why else would there be so many of them? It is hard to believe it is hard to get engineers to move to Austin.

Suggestions for improvement

  • Emerson needs to loosen up on the patriarchal management mind set. The employees are treated like children sometimes. Scrutinize your managers better, not just in an employee survey every 3 years. Emerson claims they have a psychologist screen managers. It is definitely not working. They need to fix that.

What I like about the company

To the extent you can be part of the 10% on career track, it can be super exciting. There are opportunites to travel the world, attend conferences, publish articles and make presentations, meet people from other business units and be on the cutting edge of commercially available technology.

What I dislike about the company

The annual review process is a complete sham, a parody of reality. It should be junked, as it is just a thin excuse to avoid rewarding people for their attempts to advance. You have to be really careful about which managers you work for. Some are great and some are horrible. In either case, HR always backs them up, right or wrong. If you end up with a bad manager, your options to move are limited. A lot of people are just hanging in there hoping a miracle will happen and a reorganization will save them. There are frequent reorganizations, so even if you have a good manager, it is not a permanent thing. You really need to think ahead and move while you can.

Company Culture
3.00
Support from management
2.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
3.00
Gender Equality
4.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
2.00
Career Development
2.00
Overall compensation for your work
3.00
Office / Work Environment
4.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
1.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
4.00
Inclusive / Diverse
4.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Flex. working hours is offered Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Desirable office location is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Relocation allowance is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Emerson Process Management Lllp
  • City
    Round Rock
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Employee
  • Department
    Marketing/product management

The following perks were offered to me

On site cafeteria is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Fitness center on site is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered
  • 30.Sep 2018
  • Employee

Company Culture

Great Values and Policies

Support from management

Can share great support from my prior boss, but poor from the last one.

Teamwork

Matriz reporting sometimes cause issues a derails in projects

Freedom to work independently

Greas freedom from previous boss, no freedom from the last boss

Internal Communication

Sometimes information kept on higuer levels only, woul dbe good to share more downstream

Gender Equality

has improved recently, but big majority of execitove positions belong to Males

Attitude towards older colleagues

Respectful most of the time, but changes as you get closer to retirement age moe worried for replacement that really taking advantage of the exerience, skills and competencies

Career Development

Good development programs

Overall compensation for your work

Good benefits

Office / Work Environment

Was good till the last two years, management changes drove a poor environment and poor collaboration

Environmental Friendliness

Is a priority, godo example for other companies in the region

Work-Life Balance

High pressure to deliver forces people to spend extra time in office.

Company Image

Great Company

Job Security

Last changes drove to lack of job security and insatisfaction, befoer that was bery stable,

Handicapped Accessibility

Hace instalaltions for wheelchairs but no employees on wheelchairs

Workplace Safety

Very good! Exemple for other companies

Challenging Work

Challenging but enjoyable

Inclusive / Diverse

Need programs to include handicapped employees in the staff

Suggestions for improvement

  • Improve communciation to base employees

What I like about the company

Development programs

What I dislike about the company

Lack of consideration when making changes from upper levels

Company Culture
5.00
Support from management
4.00
Teamwork
3.00
Freedom to work independently
3.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
5.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
3.00
Environmental Friendliness
5.00
Work-Life Balance
3.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
3.00
Handicapped Accessibility
4.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
3.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered Stock or equity options is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered Relocation allowance is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Emerson Electric Co.
  • City
    Austin
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Former employee
  • Position
    Freelance/self-employed
  • Department
    Executive leadership

The following perks were offered to me

Health and wellness programs is offered Vehicle allowance is offered Employee events is offered

Suggestions for improvement

  • ALIGN!!!! Create standard procedures that have flexibility per site. The onboarding here is pretty rough it seems everyone is starting from scratch. Roll out new tools for the employees. How are employees supposed to create these cutting edge technology products for customers when we are still using old systems and technologies.

What I like about the company

This company highly values work/life balance. They also are a very challenging and trustworthy company, allowing employees to do with their position as they see fit. As long as they can justify it. They have a huge support for continually training their employees to be the best they can be.

What I dislike about the company

This company grew so fast that they haven't quite adapted to a global or even regional structure. They could do a lot more if there was not so much duplication and separate work and processes from site to site. I think they waste a lot of money because of this.

Company Culture
4.00
Support from management
3.00
Teamwork
4.00
Freedom to work independently
5.00
Internal Communication
4.00
Gender Equality
3.00
Attitude towards older colleagues
4.00
Career Development
4.00
Overall compensation for your work
4.00
Office / Work Environment
5.00
Environmental Friendliness
4.00
Work-Life Balance
5.00
Company Image
5.00
Job Security
4.00
Handicapped Accessibility
5.00
Workplace Safety
5.00
Challenging Work
5.00
Inclusive / Diverse
5.00

The following benefits were offered to me

Parking is offered 401(k) is offered Ability to work remotely is offered Tuition assistance is offered Paid Parental Leave is offered 401(k) Match is offered Flexible spending account is offered Paid time off is offered Healthcare (including vision and dental) is offered Life insurance is offered
  • Company
    Emerson Process Management
  • City
    Marshalltown
  • Are you a Current or Former Employee?
    Current employee
  • Position
    Employee

The following perks were offered to me

Free (company provided) Meals is offered Health and wellness programs is offered Employee discounts is offered Employee events is offered Free Snacks/Drinks is offered

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Review averages

  • 106 employees say

    Excellent (45)
    42.452830188679%
    Good (26)
    24.528301886792%
    Satisfactory (19)
    17.924528301887%
    Subpar (16)
    15.094339622642%
    3.48
  • 0 applicants say

    Excellent (0)
    0%
    Good (0)
    0%
    Satisfactory (0)
    0%
    Subpar (0)
    0%
    0.00

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Emerson
3.48
106 reviews

Industry average (Other Industries)
3.35
184,962 reviews

kununu average
3.37
3,250,000 reviews