Honeywell
3.2 of 5 1,584 reviews
www.honeywell.com Morristown, NJ 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.2 1,583 reviews

                             

72% Approve of the CEO

Honeywell Chairman and CEO David M. Cote

David M. Cote

(567 ratings)

62% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood backlog, experienced sales team

    ConsNeed more qualified install and service technicians

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    Sourcing

    Sourcing (Current Employee)

    ProsSome flexibility and a good resume builder

    ConsTo big and lack of accountability

    Advice to Senior Managementorganize company to be more efficient

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

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    Not what it used to be

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsTalented and hard working fellow employees, good starting pay, decent benefits. Line level supervisors are generally excellent and supportive. Flexible work hours for some.

    ConsCorporate leadership out of touch, poor new recruit retention. Honeywell no longer recognizes value of employee experience. Many of the better benefits are reduced for new hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive young talent a promotion path, allow different divisions some autonomy, ditch the old G.E./Allied Signal way of doing things. Stop trying to hammer square pegs into round holes with the One Honeywell model.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Stepping Stone

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsConservatively run to prevent boom/bust culture, extremely safe place

    Conscompensation, career path opportunities, lack of training/education, very inefficient processes

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

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    Staff engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLots of opportunity to advance and explore different functions

    ConsPoor compensation and benefits

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overall, positive but needs more energy to go to next level

    Business Consultant (Former Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsEnjoyed my colleagues. But management wasn't focused more on checking the boxes rather than implementing a strategy to win more market.

    ConsToo many "old dogs". Needs new energy to really tackle the industry and markets.

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare the wealth. Let some of the new guys have a chance to grow some of the base accounts. Otherwise, people will leave if they can't be successful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Just isn't the same..

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGreat, hard working dedicated people. Use to have good benefits, competitive compensation, plenty of training opportunities. Sr Manager down, great leadership. Plenty of upward mobility

    ConsCompany is only focused on shareholder satisfaction and stock performance, Benefits are getting smaller and smaller, Cutting costs at every opportunity with very little to no focus on the future, the employees or the customers... Sad.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the short term mindset, take care of your people, ride out the low times and focus on the future, not today and tomorrow. Invest heavily on future technology, that is what made us so successful in the first place. Put more thought into the betterment of the company and employees as appose to your bonus.

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

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    What do YOU want?

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsHighly matrixed organization creates an environment where too many stakeholders do not know what resources are available, who controls those resources, what are the capabilities of those resources, are those resources performing, along with what is the true business need or value stream. If you are politically savvy, you can thrive and garner advancement at Honeywell Aerospace since most in the network do not know what you do and cannot validate your value add due to their lack of knowledge of how business get done at the business unit. This matrixed orgranization also means that those you support do not directly affect your raises and employability. So returning to the title, if you want to rise through the ranks you can, if you want to learn technology you can, if you want to do little beyond nurturing you network to stay employed you can. What do you want?

    ConsCons are highly subjective and as such are highly personal. Over my service years, the only con I consistently see is that entry to mid management performance results consistently prove that they are not leaders. Their results simply reflect macro economic conditions versus implemented strategies. A reliable personal success prediction tool is teasing out what ensures your manager will get his bonus regardless of enterprise initiatives, stakeholders needs, corporate policy, and on remote occasions the law, then deliver. You will have a long and successful career as a 1, 2, 4, or high 5 performance rating. Three years of 4s and counting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf Cote and the business unit executive leadership could see what I see. The energy, costs, and time invested to tailor the message to top management to hide, mislead, or conceal often dwarfs the efforts and contributions to solve problems and create shareholder and customer value. Mr. CEO, SBU Presidents, your message and leadership are being neutered.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very fortune 100.

    Sales Director (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGreat name recognition. Honeywell has great legacy brands that everyone recognizes. Great people in all businesses.

    ConsBenefits cut year over year. Focus on off shore really hurts the core business.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on innovation. Invest in the people you have.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Important Work in a Dilbert Environment

    Engineer III Electrical (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsYou get to work on some very interesting and unique technology that is important to national defense. Pay is decent/good for the Kansas City area. Doesn't usually require working very long hours. I refuse to use the term "work-life balance".

    ConsThis plant has been doing this work since the 1940s, but corporate management has changed over time. Over the past 5-10 years, Honeywell corporate has become more actively involved in dictating how the plant operates. This includes the HOS (Honeywell Operating System), and a GE style human resources approach, among other things.

    The core of HOS is basically quick and efficient morning department meetings. This is wrapped in a bunch of fancy corporate window dressing. By a "bunch" I mean that there is a senior manager position ($120k+ salary) devoted to HOS.

    An example of how things devolved in Dilbert territory: Part of HOS is the concept of 5S, which is 5 words that essentially translate into "keep things clean, sorted, and organized". By the way, 5S originates from a Japanese system which uses 5 words that start with a phonetic "S". So they naturally found 5 English words that also start with an "S". Not gimmicky at all.

    Anyway, 5S is typically used in a manufacturing environment, which does make some sense. But they decided to also apply it - without modification - to engineering office space. This means at the end of the day, your desk is supposed to look a certain way, with a neat stack of paper and everything in predefined places. I've heard from multiple reliable sources that they're soon going to start opening our drawers and cabinets to make sure they're also in compliance.

    Doesn't sound *too* unreasonable yet, right? Just wait. Every desk has a trash can, and the trash is taken out on a daily basis. Yet still, there is a 5S related rule that dictates that any kind of food waste cannot be disposed of in the trash can. There is a Honeywell corporate guy where part of his job is to go around and inspect the trash cans to make sure this is not occurring. And not just food itself, even a food wrapper is an infringement.

    Honeywell has also pushed a counterproductive human resources strategy. Every year, they target 10% of the work force to be rated under-performing. The system is known as the 9-block, which is a grid of performance and behaviors. If you are rated below by your manager, your job is in immediate jeopardy and you must pass a "Performance Improvement Plan" within 30-90 days or you are let go.

    The problem with this system is the quota. The distribution is supposed to be plant-wide, but it is in reality broken down by department, so frequently a manager is forced to rate someone below, even if they don't have an employee that deserves it. The performance review often reads like a litany of trumped-up charges, exaggerating every possible behavior or event possible, real or perceived.

    On top of that, upper management will lie to your face that there even is a quota, or how it is distributed. All you need to do is ask the right person that used to be a manager, and they will confirm what I just stated. Lest you think I am just a disgruntled employee, I have been rated below, average, and above average in the 3+ years I've worked there. The above average rating came with a promotion and a decent raise.

    So in closing, you get to work on some very interesting and classified technology that is very important to national defense. But you also have a guy who makes more money than you inspecting your trash can for candy wrappers, and you could be thrown under the bus to make quota using an HR system pioneered by General Electric that they themselves abandoned for being counter productive. If you can tolerate the corporate BS, it really isn't a bad job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEven if the management agreed with some of what I listed under "cons", I'm not sure there's much they can do about it. It probably comes from above them in corporate management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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