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Sikorsky Reviews

Updated Jun 18, 2014
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3.2 213 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Sikorsky President Mick Maurer

Mick Maurer

(56 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, and a employee scholar program that anyone can take advantage of(in 20 reviews)

  • Sikorsky (and UTC) creates a learning culture and puts their money behind it with a very generous Employee Scholar Program(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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    stable work but zero opportunities

    Electrical Eng (Former Employee) Stratford, CT

    Prosgood work good vacation days

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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

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    Sikorsky Aircraft

    Marketing Manager (Current Employee) Stratford, CT

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe 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.

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

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    Intense culture

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsWork-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 Senior ManagementBudget 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    There is A LOT of room for improvement

    Proposal Operations Manager (Current Employee) Shelton, CT

    ProsGood people to worth with

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Changing times

    Sales & Marketing (Former Employee) Stratford, CT

    ProsSikorsky 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementAttracting 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.

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

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    worked there 5 years as Final Assembly Foreman

    Final Assembly Foreman/Manager (Former Employee) Stratford, CT

    ProsPay 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.

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

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

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    Underpaid and Overworked

    Advanced Concepts Engineer (Current Employee) Stratford, CT

    ProsIt's very cool working for one of the premier helicopter companies in the world.

    ConsThey pay below market since there is no direct competition for talent in the area. Inflexible work arrangements.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Constant instability and stuck in the 80's

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPart of the UTC Family so there are perks along with decent pay. My co-workers were great.My immediate manager was a joy to work for.

    ConsBehind the times. not very diverse. Upper management out of touch with the workforce and doesn't respect the people who actually do the work. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive the talent you hired a chance to shine. Increase the number of weeks vacation

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Do not feel respected as an employee

    Engineering Manager (Current Employee) Stratford, CT

    ProsAverage pay and benefits
    Opportunities to learn skills and work on interesting products
    Leadership seems interested in improving the company

    ConsI always have the feeling that I would be easily replaced. Its a large company and doesn't care about any one individual. Its difficult to justify putting much energy into the job. Pay is based on years on the job rather than skill or effort.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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