Pentair Reviews

Updated 21 September, 2014
Updated 21 September, 2014
104 Reviews
3.0
104 Reviews
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Pentair Chairman and CEO Randall J. Hogan
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good People to work with and good products ensure you the ability to sell materials (in 10 reviews)

  • good pay and better benefits, direct dposit with 24/7 computer access to payroll and benefits as well as employee discounts (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Very corporate which is good if you like this structure you must enjoy very limited work life balance to succeed (in 4 reviews)

  • Don't ever expect to spend time with your family, unless you are upper Management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leviathan of an organization with good people but also lots of red tape of a typical bueurocracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Technical Sales Representative

    I have been working at Pentair full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Deep pockets, training, good vehicles, compensation is reasonable but not great.

    Cons

    Large and dysfunctional group of companies and organizations internal seem to work against each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time preaching and more time doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Do NOT work for this company, I repeat, do not!

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    Former Employee - Slave  in  Hanover Park, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Slave in Hanover Park, IL (US)

    I worked at Pentair as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely nothing, Minimum wage to work in the blistering heat and terrible conditions.

    Cons

    Where do I begin, I have over 4 years of experience in warehouse and manufacturing, particularly, in the Steel industry. I worked here for one night at the Hanover Park, IL location and it has to be the worst job I have ever had. I'm a 24 year old male, I can handle extreme conditions, but this is just ridiculous, considering the pay. For 3rd shift they paid $9.25 an hour, which is by NO means anywhere near what you deserve to be paid working there. I received very positive feedback from management regarding the work I did that night (because I literally ran the entire line my first day there), but I'm advising you not to work there. I could not imagine what 1st shift would be like considering the heat.

    The HEAT will destroy you, especially if you're working with the aluminum canister-filters (even hotter). I had a headache and a nauseous feeling a few hours in. I've never experienced feelings like that before and later found out that those were symptoms of HEAT STROKE. I chugged water like crazy mind you, at least 5-8 cups every hour. If you want to kill yourself or are a ex-convict, this is the perfect job for you, but if you're not, run away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating your employees like slaves, pay them more...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, but relatively slow decision making and frequent org changes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Strategy
    Current Employee - Director, Strategy

    I have been working at Pentair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good brands, strong operations. Focus on quarterly performance but has good long term strategic planning process. Talented and performance driven CEO

    Cons

    Frequent org changes, slow growth. Not much reward for top performers. BU presidents not able to take bold decisions, still very US centric

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stabilize organization, recognize and give opportunities to top performers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    You are on your own

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Pentair full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Only for graduates, just to realize that there are so many good other companies, only a few real specialists, experts

    Cons

    No real trainings with real experts, you can get training only if you have nothing to do which will never happen and if you get it you will regret of the things you could do instead. You may ask for a good chair for you but you will only get a kitchen chair instead. If you need to read A3 drawings you can reed it on your knees because in order to approve few chairs and desks 4 top managers should come to your office and 2 years to pass. Local manager can do nothing. When a new project starts every manager say to employees that they will get any help, but when it comes to a real case - no one can help as they never knew all those things. Futher budget reduction is expected. New employees may be paid more than experienced that have participated in all the projects during the year and successfully completed it (on time and high quality). When it comes to work on a very complex project your manager tells you that you are the only one who can do that (and you really are) but when it comes to pay rise - seems like all the words are forgotten. If you wanna pay rise - declare of your resignation. I don't know how many times this approach can work. Though you will be offered some pay rise but it wil be so uncompetitive so that you will leave anyways. No talent & career management at all. It is easier for the company to hire new guys. Money - is the only value for the company though it declare the other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to listen to your employees. Don't try to paint a picture - do real things. Develop your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Kansas City facility - Very bad company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Learn everything on your own.

    Cons

    Dirty and old building with broken furniture from the 70s.
    No training, no workable reasonable system in place.
    Don't value employees. Hard working employees are all over worked and got blamed ion everything. Lazy employees doesn't do anything and remain in the company because they can't leave.
    Inconsistence on policy execution towards different people.
    Manager that broke ethic rule doesn't receive any punishment or consequence. All they did was given that person a "talk"
    Unfair working environment and the company will abuse you of you work hard and do a good job.
    No communication between management and lower rank employees.
    No action taken even after employees asked for help multiple times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't see hope in this place changing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  Stafford, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Sales in Stafford, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    culture is great. People are good to work with.

    Cons

    work many hours and on weekends

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    DECENT COMPANY

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Trainee  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer Trainee in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Pentair as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Information is not suppressed or distorted, so people can find out what they need to know to do their work.
    Individuals are given meaningful chances to grow, becoming more valuable to the organization in the process.

    Cons

    People’s day to day work makes sense to them, and they understand how their own jobs fit in with everyone else’s.
    And they are not hindered by stupid rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    proper training to the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    White Bear Lake location

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Value Stream Manager  in  White Bear Lake, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Value Stream Manager in White Bear Lake, MN (US)

    I have been working at Pentair full-time

    Pros

    Some very good people working there. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Very Engineering centric, extremely high turnover especially of Value Stream Managers and very poor Safety controls in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a manager in place that drives Operations, Sales and Engineering... not just listen to Engineering.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inside Sales

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Management has changed again. Maybe these people are more professional and are waking up to how to run a large company like this one. Communication is opening up on what the company is doing as a whole. That hasn't filtered down to local management yet. Old habits are hard to break.

    Cons

    There is no chance for advancement there. Not one person was promoted in the four years I worked there. People are considered expendable. Benefits are not good. The location I where I was working was very cheap. Even let the receptionist go to save money. Even though we met or exceeded booking projections consistently. Processes in my department were not well documented. Which leads to too much tribal knowledge and confusion for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing the department name every year or so. Employees don't even know how to answer the phone. Update your website/websites. There are several. And all of them are difficult to navigate. How do you expect your customers to find out what location to contact for the product they need if the employees find it hard to do? Promote people internally instead of firing existing people and hiring new ones to replace them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    AMAZING!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Pentair

    Pros

    Positions off great Flexibility, Culture is fun!

    Cons

    Career paths not always clear

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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