Hamilton Sundstrand
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www.hamiltonsundstrandcorp.com Windsor Locks, CT 5000+ Employees

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Updated May 20, 2014

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Hamilton Sundstrand President Alain M. Bellemare

Alain M. Bellemare

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    Not great

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsGood tuition assistance program.

    ConsTotally driven by shareholder targets.

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    Prepare to work a lot of long hours without recognition

    Field Service Representative (Former Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Takes the allure out of aerospace

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Rockford, IL

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

    ConsDidn'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 Senior ManagementWhats more important the quarterly books, or the company 2/3 years from now

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Test Cell Technician (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementTake 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Executive and senior management performance reviews required

    (Current Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    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 Senior Management- 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Rockford, IL

    ProsI 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.

    ConsThey 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 Senior ManagementStart 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company drove into the ground

    Repair Admin (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    Prosgood benefits, good location, good operating system

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementToo 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    So many levels of management it is ridiculous.

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsDepending 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 Senior ManagementFind 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.

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

    Software Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
    Windsor Locks, CT

    ProsGood People to work with
    Most mangers are fair and accommodating

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementLearn 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nearing the end

    Program Manager (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsThe ability to learn and excel are there.
    Lean organization allows to wear many hats and gain plenty of experience in a short amount of time.
    Educational benefits are still the best around even with reductions in certain areas.

    ConsSan Diego branch is on the way out for all areas except military production and repair. Engineering will see a 30% reduction in work force with full force of Poland resources. Commercial production will be 100% gone. Most commercial repair will be gone.

    Mid management is not good enough. They lack the ability to actually "manage" their departments. Engineering Director choice is one train wreck after another. Latest PWA person does not transmit confidence rather makes you want to get your resume in order. Doesn't know how to reach his people. Program office is rife with incompetence from old veterans who gave up long ago to mid level people who never learned how to do things right and shouldn't be managing anything. Contractors not only run areas of importance, but they do so with little or no supervision.

    No one believes the VP has the employees' interest in mind and it is eating away at everyone like a cancer. The mantra from the HS president is San Diego is here to stay but you'd be hard pressed to find a sole who will agree with that when they are behind closed doors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace most if not all engineering mid management. Review all Program Managers true body of work and recent performance and replace as necessary. Lift 3rd year of furlows and double merit increase for 2011 to show commitment to the future. Staff project engineering core with people who know Project management as well as the product.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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