Honeywell

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Honeywell Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.2 1,617 reviews

73% Approve of the CEO

Honeywell Chairman and CEO David M. Cote

David M. Cote

(585 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good Work-Life Balance most of the time (sometimes it can get extremely hectic though)(in 122 reviews)

  • Work environment is not very stressful and mostly you can choose your own projects(in 72 reviews)


Cons
  • Benefits, perks and work life balance have been slipping last few years(in 44 reviews)

  • upper management doesn't involve itself in employee betterment(in 40 reviews)

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    Where old engineers go to die

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsSome projects were interesting.
    Some managers were good.

    ConsFrom a Software Engineering perspective, it was ANCIENT.
    Too much standardization between groups that had different functions (made it inefficient).
    Too much focus on process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProcess is a good thing, but there is a fine line between enough and too much. When I was at Honeywell, it was definitely TOO MUCH. As engineers we spent more time adhering to process than getting actual work done.

    Too much standardization of tools was killing our efficiency as well. Just because a tool works well for one group, doesn't mean it's the best tool for every group throughout a 100,000+ employee company. There should be a bit more control to use what works at the group level.

    To managers: Understand what your employees do. If you don't really know/understand, listen to them. I had a manager who didn't know much about software development (he admitted as much). He then enforced ridiculous non-sensical goals on me for my annual goals and objectives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    6 people found this helpful  

    Good Until Bought by Allied Signal

    Staff Systems Engineer (Current Employee) Glendale, AZ

    ProsIntellectually stimulating work. Leading-edge technology in the Aerospace field. Dynamic environment, especially in the government and defense sector. Diverse and very talented engineering workforce.

    ConsVery much "old boy" network as far as advancement and promotions. Horrible management style of "rank and yank" inherited from CEO Dave Cote, a devotee and apprentice of GE's Jack Welch. Employees are ranked together with peers once a year during review cycle. Bottom 10% are marked for elimination - no exceptions. Stupid and incredibly moral destroying management style. Employees are forced to compete against each other just to keep their jobs, instead of focusing on innovation and new technology.

    Every year, benefits are cut down from the previous year. Management Incentive Plan sounds good on paper, but in practice management finds ways to restrict the payouts by tying to unreachable goals the average employee has no control over.

    Company seems to be more interested in moving jobs to cheaper off-shore locations rather than investing in their mainland U.S. employees. Stock price seems to be the focus of the company - period.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDump the Jack Welch-style "rank and yank". You are losing good employees. Upper management says employees are Honeywell's best asset - just lip service.

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

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    Won't recommend to anyone in current situation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBig company...Lots of products around 4-5 key verticals.....Becoming kind of service work...Only legacy products....but serving only big players.....

    ConsNo work life balance....Managers suck!! Becoming kind of service work...Only legacy products....but serving only big players.....

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake managers to work!!!

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

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    Process oriented company that has lost its way!

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLarge, safe, stable, innovative and have offices in most large cities. Global reach

    ConsLack of respect for the individual. Very little upside. Worst HR in North America.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHoneywell has excellent systems in place but not followed. Of course everyone does the mandatory training but for get the basic principle of respect for the individual. I have never worked in a company where there has been zero loyalty to the employer. Benefits are poor. All the emphasis seems to be on cash flow and stock price. Short sighted, ego-driven executive managers.

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

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    Low morale, big corporate machine.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood training programs, intelligent team members.

    ConsPoor health insurance, lack of stable leadership. Extremely bureaucratic so it takes forever to get projects through. Way too much "corporate mentality." Employees are not treated as valued and compensation is lower than average compared to other industries.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen more to employees and make them feel like their opinion has weight. Too many bad ideas get promoted when employees who have been in the business a long time tell management the ideas are a mistake!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Watch out if you work for a company which HW purchases - days could be numbered

    Technical Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsBig company name on your resume. If you work at a large HW site there may be opportunity for advancement, and other big company perks. Some aspects of HOS (particularly 5S) can help.

    ConsVery centrally managed. When HW buys a successful business - they often times kill what made it successful by taking all decision making authority away. Strong customer relationships are lost when the matrix organization structure brings new salesman to a customer - who don't have any history with that customer. The same applies for technical support, and supplier relationships. Quick decisions are stifled by matrix-ed corporate hierarchy.
     Benefits - especially health care are not competitive with top employers. During the interview process - you have to dig deep to find out what the benefits include. The offer letter will simply state that they offer a benefit package that includes health, dental , etc. with no details on the cost or options. As a former manager who hired several people - I always encouraged prospective new hires to push HR for answers on this - so they would not be surprised or disappointed should they accept a position.
    HW has an attitude that suppliers want to work with them because they are so big. The reality is often different. Long time local suppliers who have a history of supporting a business are often thrown out in favor of national, or global contracts - where the new supplier has no relationship or familiarity with the newly acquired business. This can lead to delivery problems and quality issues.
    Travel is virtually non-existent unless you are in a "customer facing" role. So - forget that technical seminar or trade show unless you're a salesman. Career opportunities for non-sales or marketing people is also very limited.
    Focus and tooting the horn of top management (Mr. Cote) is relentless. Each day when you log onto the internal web site - you are informed of some new wonderful thing he has done. CEO of the year, on Obama's jobs commission (while simultaneously moving jobs from US to Mexico, India or China), appearing on "Sqwuak Box", opening a manufacturing site in China (no mention of the one being closed in PA).

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote people in different parts of the business. Let acquired businesses continue what they did in the past to remain successful. Or better yet - observe what made them successful and incorporate those traits into other parts of HW where practical. Don't force every diverse asset in the HW family work with the same rules, systems, procedures, etc. The customer approach for selling thermostats to Home Depot should be quite different than selling hundred thousand dollar industrial hardware to an oil company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not very people friendly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey provide flexible hours and comp time

    Conspersonal growth, promotions, training, listening to people

    Advice to Senior Managementstop listening to your Tier 2 & 3 and start talking to Tier1

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

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    Unpleasant

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Wayne, NJ

    ProsIntimate, small, fast paced environment.

    ConsToo much workplace bullying and disrespect to staff.

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    Good company to work for - as long as you "know the right people"

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge company. It's practically impossible to get fired from Honeywell (this can be good AND bad).

    ConsIf you know the right people, there is room for growth. Layoffs have been happening more frequently. There is a large amount of lack of accountability.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening to your employees about what is wrong and what needs to be fixed. When an employee comes to you with an issue, don't brush it off, put it off until later, or try to make it "somebody else's" problem. Take accountability/actions to fix the problem. Otherwise, you are sending a message to your employees that you don't care. And, if upper management doesn't care, then why should the employees care?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    You'll learn a lot, but cash out before the culture drains you

    (Current Employee)

    ProsYou will be surrounded by smart people who will teach you a lot

    Compensation is good

    ConsCulture is becoming more dissatisfying by the day. The CEO's attitude towards the employee base is dismissive at best and unfortunately that attitude is starting to filter down throughout the individual business units.

    While cash compensation is good, health benefits are among the worst in industry.

    You are treated like it is an honor to work here.

    Oppressive environment will leave you constantly on edge and frustrated. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI understand that the share price rules above all, but it would be nice if you created an environment that made employees think that you care, even just a little bit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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