Esterline Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
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  1. Corporate great environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Esterline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    heads down, interesting work, nimble and smart company

    Cons

    small lean team, ot much opportunity for advancement, no bonuses for manager level

  2. Excellent small-company focused on safety-critical software development and verification

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Platteville, WI
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Platteville, WI

    I have been working at Esterline full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Small company with many projects going on, allowing you to have a variety of work experiences as you move from project to project. Easy-going environment, with plenty of opportunity to make friends.

    Cons

    Surrounded by rural areas, urban areas are a ways away. Still working to define a career growth path that doesn't involve management (which is limited as far as the number of positions available).

  3. Esterline Control Systems was a great hands-on work environment with challenging design opportunities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Sylmar, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Sylmar, CA

    I worked at Esterline full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was a medium sized company where engineers were treated with a lot of respect and given a lot of authority to make decisions and direct the design. We did a lot of hands on design work, building protoypes and running tests which was a lot of fun. The workday also ended at 3:30 pm which allowed a good rest of the day to spend with my family and do other things.

    Cons

    In a small company the opportunity for advancement was somewhat limited. There tended to be some cliques formed in the upper management which made it hard to feel like you were part of the team at times, but that is pretty standard for most companies I suppose.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great people...horrible benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Coeur d'Alene, ID

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This review is for Advanced Input Systems in CDA, Idaho. They have some great employees and managers. For teh most part I knew what was expected of me and was able to complete my work in 45-50 hours per week. They are very open to advancement and growth. I tried out program management for a while and they actually let me go back to engineering with no questions asked.

    Cons

    The benefits are horrible. Salary is mediocre but not bad for the area. Performance bonus based on goals so lofty that no one could ever attain them. Health insurance is non existent. It was free but it showed. $5000 deductible with a HSA that they didn't match anything on. In today's day and age of Obamacare you could probably find something better on the open market.

    Advice to Management

    better health insurance if you want to hold on to workers.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Manufacturing Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineering Intern

    I have been working at Esterline full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, great people, learned a lot. Would recommend to anyone looking for a solid internship experience that will challenge you daily.

    Cons

    The only negative would be just the nature of the work. A lot of time was spent dealing with the companies product lifecycle management system which at the time was not as efficient as it needed to be in order to truly serve its purpose.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, I loved the management.

  7. I have had a pretty positive experience as a first job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Platteville, WI
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer I in Platteville, WI

    I have been working at Esterline full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get a lot of experience working with a lot of different aerospace companies.
    Employees are very nice.
    Not a lot of repetition in what you work on.

    Cons

    Working a contracting job does not give you a lot of in depth experience in what you are working on. Also it is very hard not having a lot of job security. Not a lot of room to grow technically or management wise currently.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management is fine.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company that provides good potential for career growth.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sylmar, CA

    I have been working at Esterline full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. A large portion of products are designed and manufactured in-house.
    2. Have in-house manufacturing/fabrication/assembly.
    3. Implementing positive change for overall and future company growth.
    4. Allowed to be involved at any stage of legacy products and new product introduction.
    5. A considerable portion of employees have been working there from 5 to 30 years.

    Cons

    1. Cultural change - not negative.
    2. Current structural and organizational shifting.
    3. Can take a while for your role and duties to be fully defined.
    4. Implementation for change is slow and evolving.
    5. Resistance on cultural change.

    Advice to Management

    1. Hold people accountable for their work.
    2. Implement a short and/or long term plan an execute to completion.
    3. Proactive approach in resolving product related issues.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Process Improvement Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Intern - Process Improvement Engineer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Esterline as an intern (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Growing Company, Making major improvements.

    Cons

    No accountability for actions of employees

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their actions!

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good Experience, its what you make of it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Sylmar, CA
    Current Employee - Intern in Sylmar, CA

    I have been working at Esterline

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big company, set hours to work, employees laid back. Creativity and hard work is appreciated, good communication with senior managers. Great CEO.

    Cons

    Employees who work for decades not to much of advancement. Politics, but that's everywhere the same.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency would not hurt.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work. Very knowledgeable corporate staff

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Valencia, CA

    I worked at Esterline

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Ability to transfer between divisions
    Professional advancement
    Opportunities to learn the other functional areas of a business
    Exciting industry and products

    Cons

    Some management does not understand entire process
    Need for recognition of the "little people"
    Better plans to staff at the appropriate level

    Advice to Management

    Tell your employees the truth and not just what they want to hear
    Develop programs to acknowledge achievement at all levels

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