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Hamilton Sundstrand President Alain M. Bellemare
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Pros
  • Education benefits are excellent (in 11 reviews)

  • Good work life balance when i was there (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance would be difficult (in 5 reviews)

  • Rampant nepotism among executives and senior management (in 7 reviews)

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    Quality engineer

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    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Santa Isabel, PR
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Santa Isabel, PR

    I worked at Hamilton Sundstrand full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products, good people in the shop floor. Lots of control over the process. They pay for your school tuition.

    Cons

    Culture is un-professional. Physically threatened by peer, screamed at by people one level up from another department, peers speak badly about other peers to get promoted which rarely happens due to almost no opportunity and HR does nothing to improve the situation. Also, drug abuse is rampant, especially in middle management. Finally, as an aerospace company you'd think they would validate their processes. This is not the case.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get serious about drug testing, especially leadership. Have HR develop a set of values and establish a feedback program. Pay attention to quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    Good tuition assistance program.

    Cons

    Totally driven by shareholder targets.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Prepare to work a lot of long hours without recognition

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    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Windsor Locks, CT
    Former Employee - Field Service Representative in Windsor Locks, CT

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

    Pros

    Very high-tech product. Huge diversity in job opportunity. Good benefits. Ability to move around within the UTC umbrella of companies.

    Cons

    Not a lot of focus on work/life balance. With all the layoffs, older folks are squatting on jobs and make it difficult for the next generation to be promoted. Knowledge sharing is on a need-to-know basis. Performance reviews are less a measure of the employee and more a check in the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try some one-on-one skip level meetings. Have opportunites where employees truly CAN exceed their PFT objectives, not just complete/incomplete....those are merely called job duties. I wanted to grow with the company, but when I put in extra effort/hours it became the new normal. Seek out those that are giving 110% and say thanks. I received more appreciation from our customer than our company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Takes the allure out of aerospace

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Rockford, IL

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

    Pros

    Considering what was required out of the person, the pay was high
    Great chemistry
    Food after important meetings
    Good test labs

    Cons

    Didn't keep to the job title or job description
    Very slow moving company
    Management assumes smooth operation, doesn't double check on work progress/work started/work finished
    Will only listen to one level lower, if they dug deeper then they would be a better company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Whats more important the quarterly books, or the company 2/3 years from now

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Outsourcing is the key to large profits. "Greed is good" right?

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    Current Employee - Test Cell Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Test Cell Technician in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Talented pool of dedicated employees. Reasonable pay and educational benefits.

    Cons

    I have been employed at Hamilton Sundstrand for 11 years and have watched the company de-evolve since UTC took over. UTC is great at talking the talk but not walking the walk. They continually over commit and under deliver to their customers. UTC thinks ACE (their business system back engineered from Toyota) has all the answers. It is more of a farce than viable system.

    Management will do almost anything to win a new program even if it means creating a no win situation when it comes to manufacturing costs. A perfect example is the debacle of the APS 5000 APU for the Boeing 787. Most estimates would put R&D at around $100 million thus far and we sell them for roughly 1/3 of what it costs to manufacture them. The result is that UTC has decided to source our work to Poland in an effort to save money. This is an easy fix for a poorly run company and probably won't work but looks good on paper.

    In our meetings COPQ (cost of poor quality) is often referred to yet they continue to source critical parts to third world countries only to end up with reliability problems and high warranty costs. UTC also focuses heavily on ROS (return on sales) a metric which shows % profit on product sales. We are continually told that our ROS is too low and should be in the neighborhood of 15%. What they fail to realize is that ROS has steadily declined since their take over of Hamilton Sundstrand.

    What has taken place at Hamilton Sundstrand should serve as a cautionary tale for the employees of Goodrich. UTC has no interest in manufacturing in this country and in a perfect world would produce nothing and collect profit while not paying taxes. Outsourcing is heading your way too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to listen to your employees. Find value in their feedback and concerns, utilize their expertise. Hire and promote talented individuals rather than "yes" men and ACE gurus. Do a RRCA (relentless root cause analysis) of ACE to determine if it really value added or just window dressing. Produce a business plan that focuses on IN sourcing not OUT sourcing and maybe you'll become the world class company you claim to be.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Executive and senior management performance reviews required

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor Locks, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor Locks, CT

    I have been working at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    - Relatively competitive salaries and benefits (not really a 'pro' since life/work balance is a figment of management's imagination)
    - Possibility of working with truly talented people (possibility dwindles as the talent pool are hired away to greener pastures and new hires begin to understand how HS really works - see 'cons' below)

    Cons

    - Rampant nepotism among executives and senior management
    - There is an element of 'reverse Darwinism' within the organization (incompetent managers survive while the best give up, in frustration, and move on)
    - One word: ACE (which, in practice, is more an acronym for: Aggravate Company Employees)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Show humility; be genuinely concerned about the workforce who make the executive salaries and huge bonuses possible.
    - The right way ahead is not just in the data. An informed intuitiveness is also required. Charisma comes in handy.
    - Demonstrate true leadership; standing in one place, or stepping back while others take risks, does not cut it.
    - The power to inform and persuade win the battles for hearts and minds. Communicate. Motivate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I have worked for them for 30 years but I am really starting to regret sticking around.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockford, IL

    I have been working at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    I find it difficult to see any of the advantages. If you are in manufacturing you need to speak Polish Russian or Chinese to keep your job. Their stock prices continue to make you money but they make it clear they do not want to keep manufacturing in this country. They would sell out their own mother for the short term buck.

    Cons

    They talk alot about valueing their employees but just tell them something they don't want hear sometime and you will see your true net worth. Diffrences in opinions will not be tolerated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating your employees with a little respect. Alot of 20+ year veterans are treated as though they are nothing more than a numbered tool that needs to be replaced with the newest version of inexperianced college grad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company drove into the ground

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    Current Employee - Repair Admin in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Repair Admin in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    good benefits, good location, good operating system

    Cons

    No loyalty or respect what so ever to seasoned workforce due to constant management turnover the past 5 years. They broke spirited horses and lost site of the customer. They can blame the union all they want but it was corporate infiltration and the once size fits all attitude that brought down a good company and outsourced our jobs to Poland. Shame on you!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too late - You can't see the forest for the trees. The majority of seasoned employees are leaving and the ones that are there are counting days until retirement. You blew it. Customers are not happy and your reputation is in the tank. Thanks for screwing up yet another american company. Good luck Poland.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    So many levels of management it is ridiculous.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Windsor Locks, CT
    Former Employee - Engineer in Windsor Locks, CT

    I worked at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    The work is exciting and highly technical.
    Fellow employees are top notch.
    The pay is comparable to other aerospace companies.
    Number of hours required to work each week is not too bad in the space business, 40-50.

    Cons

    Depending on whether you go through the engineering side or the operations side there are 9 or 11 levels of management just in the space systems department. Then there are multiple levels above all of them over in the commercial aerospace side of HS. This means that you are that much more removed from anyone that actually has authority to make a decision regarding your career or the resources at the company.
    The performance feedback system does not work. It has no impact on your compensation or timing for promotions. There was a system to force a certain number of low ratings even if people did not warrant it.
    The average age is quite high, about 50. Which is why there are so many middle layers of management. Made the work environment not very pleasant as many people were unhappy but were not able to leave.

    The insane focus on the cleanliness of office and lab areas offers plenty of pitfalls for getting noticed in a bad way, but there is no opportunity to get noticed in a good way.
    I'm not kidding when I say insane. Management would walk around and search your desk drawers to make sure everything was in order and the drawer was labelled with the right label. Pictures were taken of the desk while clean and then had to be hung at your desk. It made for this paranoid gestapo environment where having a clean desk was actually more important than doing good engineering work. You basically never wanted to stand out or be noticed, because that was always negative and never a positive thing. It really made it feel like kindergarten.

    The IT situation is very bad. I had my laptop go down twice for extended periods. Both times it took over a month to fix. I was never given a replacement. I had to run around using other computers to keep up with work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to better engage technical engineers that do not want to be managers. You should reduce the number of management levels. There needs to be a clear advancement path for people to shoot for and it should be linked to the performance feedback. When people feel in control of their career, they are empowered and their work is far superior to when they feel advancement is completely random.

    Eliminate horribly inefficient bureaucracy that adds nothing and just wastes time and money.

    Treat people like adults and they will surprise you. Don't treat them like convicts or toddlers. Seriously, grade school children are treated with more respect than the employees.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started good but quickly and steadily heads downhill the more you are exposed to how things work

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    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Windsor Locks, CT
    Current Employee - Software Systems Engineer in Windsor Locks, CT

    I have been working at Hamilton Sundstrand

    Pros

    Good People to work with
    Most mangers are fair and accommodating

    Cons

    Poor Salary in comparison to other companies
    Too much bureaucracy
    Outsourcing and cost reduction getting out of hand (esp with record profits)
    Stretched resources and over worked employees to make deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat employees as people and not number or cogs in a wheel. Employees are not interchangeable at the flick of a wrist. Additionally, promote from within. Too often you see a new VP or senior staff member with a couple years of HS experience and multiple years at other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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