Emerson Reviews

Updated 15 October 2014
Updated 15 October 2014
176 Reviews
3.4
176 Reviews
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, travel expectations are low for some positions (in 17 reviews)

  • Stable company, well organized, decent work-life balance, good training (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • work - life balance is not so great (in 4 reviews)

  • Since it is a big company, it is hard to make a mark in the industry (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Overall, it has been a good experience working at Emerson.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Product Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A problem solving organization. Overall the company is financially well managed, invests heavily in new technology development, drives innovation, and is a thought leader striving to be #1 or #2 in markets served. Most people are customer focused and work well together to develop solutions that deliver significant results. Compensation and benefits are okay. In general work / life balance is good for most people.

    Cons

    Too many silos. Organizational design, goals, measures, rewards, and incentives are not always optimal to encourage collaboration or best results across departments, regions, or business units. Heavily matrixed organization can make it challenging to gain approvals, buy-in, or consensus to change. Also, there are fairly limited opportunities to take foreign assignments, however, most global leadership or subject matter expert positions typically require extensive international travel 50%+.

    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Learn, Great Place to Retire (if you can stay employed)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Engineering in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Director, Engineering in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Emerson full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Emerson has great processes and strong, stable leadership. It has great training infrastructure for its leaders, including very effective mandatory training for first-line managers and 360 reviews for directors and above. The company focus on profitability assures that the company at least is viable going concern and will be around for the indefinite future. The company has a fantastic retirement plan if you don't get laid off before you can build it up. For those who join now, there is a profit sharing contribution to your retirement. The older folks get a pension.

    Cons

    It's incredibly difficult to cull out poor performers - especially at the individual contributor level, but when profitability of a business unit is an issue, a layoff can ensue that takes out a whole swath of people - both good and bad.

    The culture tends to breed a lot of cliques and factions - both inside the various business units and especially between them. There are mandates to the business units to collaborate more effectively but for the most part these mandates are only given lip service. Each BU and Line of Business has its own P&L - to which incentive pay is based - and *everyone* is short staffed. Hence there is significant disincentive to collaborate if there is no way for both BU's to heavily monetize the opportunity.

    The company has a strategy to move into MRO & Energy services enabled by enterprise software. This strategy permeates the business with teams in every platform (Climate, Process, IA, etc) trying to execute it.

    Unfortunately, the company is not a true software development company - it is a component manufacturer with firmware development for the electronics it sells. Software development - especially enterprise software development - is an enigma to senior leadership.

    Therefore, while the software-enabled service strategy conceptually seems like a great idea, it has been extremely problematic to monetize. Many of the issues lie with the execution, but quite frankly the initial strategy was flawed as well. I'm not sure if there have been adjustments since 2013.

    Finally - the place is a case study in unfunded mandates. I heard "we need to do more with less" so many times that it ceased to have any meaning. There are process groups that expect compliance with certain process changes but the funding for the QA and project management heads to implement the changes is never there..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more willing to admit that a strategy isn't working and come up with a new approach. People in the office of the chief executive need to be willing to allow the business units more flexibility in their go-to-market approach for services and software. Be willing to take a hit in profitability and do what it takes to truly fund innovation. Don't make it so hard to fire people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Emerson part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Gym membership, doctor on site with no fees

    Cons

    Understanding matricies of the hierarchy of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide up front training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst management..worked for 3 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mohali, Punjab (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mohali, Punjab (India)

    I have been working at Emerson full-time

    Pros

    No pros about this co

    Cons

    Pathetic work, management can't solve their own issues.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Boring and unnerving

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company, well organized, decent work-life balance, good training. Also good products

    Cons

    Career opportunities non-existent. If you work in a satellite location, management in St. Louis or Austin will forget about you. Benefits are so-so. Pay rises rare. No bonuses. Work load is unpredictable, so you might end up doing nothing for months and then suddenly work 12 hours per day. Management style is very old fashioned and structure is very hierarchical. There is no way to influence the way things are done. Technology tools are obsolete and time-wasting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should realize that we live in the 21st century, not in the Fordist era. Obsession with profit should give way to a broader view about the Company's future and long-term goals. Also, communication with employees should be real, not just presenting numbers and achievements carefully selected to mask the reality of business environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Cooling CE

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Emerson

    Pros

    It used to be a great and very stable company that would invest on their employees big time. There was almost no stress because the company provided the right tools to make it comfortable and stable at almost every conditions.

    Cons

    For such a big company with such a magnitude, they extremely under-pay their employees. A lot of people guessed my salary to be almost twice of what I made. It has become very unstable that everyone that I speak to that is still there seems to be miserable and worrying that they're going to be on the next round of layoffs. They're shipping their "American Made" equipment factories overseas to make a penny in profits. When you think you're doing an amazing job, all of the sudden they lay you off or move you to another department.

    I won't recommend this company to any person I care for, because I don't want them to be worry about getting laid-off every day.

    Ralph Liebert did not envision this happening to his employees when he sold his company to Emerson.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that needs to catch up to current industry practices.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at Emerson full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company to move around between business divisions with a wide spectrum of jobs.

    Cons

    Like previous comments about being the squeaky wheel if you want to have personal growth.
    Very heavy Office Politics with "In" crowds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the "Emerson culture" mentality because it does not work with the new generation.
    Embrace and appreciate new ideas that will match industry practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall, Emerson is a good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Emerson

    Pros

    The work life balance at Emerson is excellent. Great respect for making sure that balance is in place. Numerous individuals with decades within the company.

    Cons

    The locations that Emerson tends to locate it's businesses tend to be a bit rural.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to do your internship with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Technician in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
    Former Employee - Project Technician in Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    I worked at Emerson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Salary is decent;
    - Pleasant working environment, the people there are friendly and helpful. Even if you don't know exactly what you have to do right away, they give you an accommodation period during which you get the chance to learn about your job duties.
    - Flexible working hours;
    - I didn't attend any training courses during my internship but new employees take a training course in DeltaV if they apply for a position in the PSS department, for example;
    - They offer courses for learning a new language (not for interns);
    - There is a cafeteria on campus where the food is relatively cheap;

    Cons

    - Location. It's situated outside the city limits and traveling to and from work can take about ~2 hours a day if you live near the city center;
    - They didn't seem to have many free "cubicles" so I had to switch desks a lot;
    - A lot of bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great start-up for a junior student

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant of Markeing Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)
    Former Employee - Assistant of Markeing Manager in Beijing, Beijing (China)

    I worked at Emerson as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    One of the 500 hundreds, great opportunities to study and learn.

    Cons

    So strictly and formal working environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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