I have enjoyed my time overall at Schneider Electric (originally American Power Conversion Corporation). However, the company is very manager focused, with the overall organization structure feeling very inverted and top-heavy. The primary way to advance in your career is to become a manager, there is limited growth opportunity for those who wish to stay technical.
My particular division in IT Business (the group which was formerly American Power Conversion Corporation) is becoming increasingly software/firmware based, but is, to their detriment, holding stubbornly to the hardware centric past. They are reluctant to acknowledge the increasing importance of firmware in their products or to adopt contemporary methods of managing software development.
The overall environment is fine, and mildly supportive. In my experience, managers are relatively considerate and want to be good managers and do right by their employees, but they are also short sighted, somewhat close minded, and resistant to constructive criticism, despite claiming that they are "always open".
Compensation and benefits are reasonable and competitive, though there is a significant culture of working (unpaid) overtime, occasionally (but rarely) working weekends. Expect a fair amount of travel.
1. Management team must fairly treat employees, good review to the good ones, not just because he is or is not at the same side. 2. Create the friendly, family atmosphere at production floor. 3. Be nice towards all employees, specially towards the good ones (not like the recent years, everything is bad).
I've started working for current company under Invensys-IDC name in India Hyderabad as the first employee for captive-center of Invensys, Foxboro group. I've established myself being the key developer, team member, leader in the group. Upon recognition of my skills, I've been transferred to Foxboro , MA as the first employee to transfer from India center to US. Since the day of start at Foxboro, I've picked up the new product and quickly rose to be a key member to the success of the product.