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Sikorsky Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
233 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Sikorsky (and UTC) creates a learning culture and puts their money behind it with a very generous Employee Scholar Program (in 20 reviews)

  • I have been told that the Employee Scholar Program and stock award program has been limited lately (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance: is always on the horizon; there seems an innate inability to eliminate bureaucracy (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay raises are very poor and no adjustment for cost of living (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Learned quickly why Sikorsky is known as the " Bully Company. "

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Purchasing Analyst in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Sikorsky pays very well. As a buyer in procurement I found the work to be very challenging and never ending "plate was always full." Benefits are very good but like everything else changing with the times, cost continues to go up.

    Cons

    Very disappointed in Sikorsky's ethics, it's only talk. Example, in their buyers training classes the Supplier Quality Assurance Department sends in a person who tells the class "if your boss tells you to do something illegal, don't do it."
    If you go ahead and do it you can get in trouble with the government, if you don't you get terminated by your boss when SAC has their next massive layoff. All you need is to bump heads with one manager and your out the door plus "black listed within United Technology."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should take a good look at their mid level managers, a good percentage of them should not be in a managerial position. Their actions will some day get SAC in major troubles with the government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company if you are working directly on a helicopter program

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pretty stable company with OK benefits such as defined contribution and 401k matching as well.

    Cons

    If you are not working in one of the helicopter program, then you are consider non-essential staff and consider overhead.

  3.  

    One heck of a roller coaster ride!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time

    Pros

    The people I work with on a day to day basis are amazing. I work with some very talented individuals. The time off policies make it bearable to work at my company.

    Cons

    Management just doesn't get it. The salesmen are full of it and most of the time they don't hardly know anything about the product that they are pushing. The work environment always feels like a numbers game and a dog and pony show more than a productive place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop self-promotion and recognize the talent you have working for you. Concentration on that would be a good start. Work surveys are enforced but never listened to. Pay your workers what they are worth and stop trying to replace them with younger and cheaper labor. Stop preaching about ethics when it's obvious that you don't follow the same ethical code!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    stable work but zero opportunities

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    Former Employee - Electrical Eng in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Electrical Eng in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    good work good vacation days

    Cons

    just say yes, leadership have no relation with the technical work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay and some good people who really care but hindered by upper management all in the name of a buck.

    Cons

    To dépendant on government contracts. Quite a few layoffs over the past few years hitting the older workforce. benefits continually being cut in an effort to cut costs while excessive spending on travel and conferences by management. They continually held a reps conference costing millions, every year at the Mohegan Sun while laying off the workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Repair the damaged relationships with government, Stop changing management structure weekly, unsettling and still not working.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Sikorsky Aircraft

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Stratford, CT
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Stratford, CT

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has international reach and a variety of different professional areas to explore.

    Cons

    Poor leadership is pervasive, the company structure and management doesn't foster teamwork and morale is low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The general employee population is starving for leadership and a sense of teamwork and unification. You are looking at a mass exodus and tremendous loss of talent as the economy recovers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Intense culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sikorsky full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great innovation and a spirit of tackling the impossible; proud legacy

    Cons

    Work-life balance impossible; nepotism and favoritism abound; hard workers get more piled on while low talented workers benefit from an even pace and perks; zero support for career growth and training in new skills; seemingly oblivious to the good talent that exists

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Budget for real support - from admin help to junior experience people who can take some of the work load and "busy work" off the plates of others. Everything should not be an emergency. Planning and strategy should be engrained more in the culture, but it starts from the top-down. Send a message that you are thinking forward and pay attention sooner to the priorities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Changing times

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    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Sales & Marketing in Stratford, CT

    I worked at Sikorsky full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Sikorsky has exciting products that accomplish amazing things globally. This tends to be a cause for personal fulfillment. Campus benefits include the improved landscaping and the addition of a gym with a nutritionist. Tied to UTC, the savings plan and health benefits are generally competitive with industry.

    Cons

    The company seems to have selected disruptive vs. incremental change. The resulting talent management direction means senior hires with gaps in skills/experience. Although executives are not always hired for what they know, the compensating attributes are not compelling. The focus is solely on the bottom line now and survival, at the expense of sustainable growth. Work-life balance: is always on the horizon; there seems an innate inability to eliminate bureaucracy. There are excessive standard PowerPoint presentations to management with less insightful, strategic feedback. Too many management layers filtering as in a military hierarchy. The environment is stifling for creative behaviors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attracting and retaining talent is an issue because the cost of living in CT is high; however, personal growth is increasingly difficult at Sikorsky. Employees need to spend more time meeting the demands of the job, vs. updating their own skills and learning needs. The company is cutting back learning & development program budgets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    There is A LOT of room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Proposal Operations Manager in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Proposal Operations Manager in Shelton, CT

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

    Pros

    Good people to worth with

    Cons

    Limited Career Growth
    No Work Life Balance
    Not enough compensations for the amount of work that is done

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    worked there 5 years as Final Assembly Foreman

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    Former Employee - Final Assembly Foreman/Manager in Stratford, CT
    Former Employee - Final Assembly Foreman/Manager in Stratford, CT

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

    Pros

    Pay is okay. Pride in your job. Work life balance sucked. Lots of overtime and zero compensation. Personal growth is all in who you know. No respect from upper management. If you spoke truth and your mind, and it wasn't what they wanted to hear look out. hence me being laid off.

    Cons

    Company makes vast amounts of money, yet bonuses and compensation for mid level salary suck. They worry more about Union employees then they do the people who supervise or run them. I had a crew of 25 people building helicopters under my direction and in a 40 hour work weeks pay they all made more then me.
    Speaking up to management or having your own ideas is frowned upon. Salary HR is a total joke, and if I didn't know better through you under the bus to upper management.
    Doesn't matter how great you perform, if they don't like you or you point out inept people or practices you get tossed. Example: I was rated number 1 out of 13 salary foreman on my line in 2013. In 2014 I was only 1 of 2 foreman let go during lay offs. Do the math.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You guys couldn't manage Pratt and Whitney, then got sent to Sikorsky ( both UTC Companies ) You are afraid of anyone having skills or knowledge below you that you don't have. You worry more about a Union workforce that hates you then the salary workforce that gets your job done. You disregard or don't acknowledge talent and only help or promote someone who's a relative, friend, or somehow tied into the company. When you have your ideas or processes you deploy shown to be ineffective or lacking, you scorn the messenger and keep tabs on when to get rid of them. I had a salary HR lady in a meeting discuss upper managements concern with keeping quality supervisors in a meeting of about 20 of us. The meeting brought up all this and I brought up that I considered working elsewhere due to these troubles. Guess what, # 1 guy in 2013 got laid off 5 months after that meeting in 2014.......Go figure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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