Textron Reviews

Updated May 1, 2014
Updated May 1, 2014
90 Reviews

3.4
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Textron Chairman, President and CEO Scott C. Donnelly
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The pay is decent, and the work-life balance is very good (in 3 reviews)

  • Good career growth if willing to move between companies, which could require relocation (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The business units seem preoccupied with narrow markets (in 3 reviews)

  • Textron is a very process oriented and slow moving company (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    No longer has interest of employee's in mind

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist  in  Victorville, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Information Specialist in Victorville, CA

    I have been working at Textron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Reasonable pay and good medical benefits.

    Cons

    Company has taken away all incentives to continue to work for them. Over a 4 year period they have only given pay increases of less than 3%, and decreased benefits and perks. More than 4 class action suits have been filed and awarded to employees over past two years for dishonest practices. When penalized by state for not paying overtime, then responded by canceling all bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being greedy and remember what made your company strong, which was the moral of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Spinning Out of Control, Going Down

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Textron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, leave, liberal travel policies, good employee discount programs.

    Cons

    Endless, disruptive layoffs and job redirections without time for healing; corporate restructuring at least every 3-6 months; management rules 100% by emotion and feeling and 0% by business cases and logic; pay has been slashed and benefits have been reduced; bonuses have been eliminated; no business discipline - shiny object and panic rule the method of business; investments are often eliminated in mid-progress due to changing priorities causing chaos, RIFS, and uncertainty. Vice Presidents and Directors get blamed and fired for failing to turn the tide, but crippling decision making comes from on high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your resumes, because the cycle over the last five years says your days are limited here. Someone new will be brought in with a new vision (which will be the same vision with a new coat of paint) in about six months. Meanwhile, top talent will be lost to better opportunities and RIFS, your budget will be slashed, and you'll be called to the CEO's office to get yelled at so often that you will never accomplish your bold, identical to the old, goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Creative Director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at Textron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some talented people, some nice people.

    Cons

    Mostly idiots. Management is out of the dark ages. Very top heavy management style with no one to do the works (money spent on top managers). Horrible place to work if you're in IT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dump 1/2 your management team and hire talented worker bees. Quit hiring kids out of college and expecting them to preform as veterans. They're not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    After 19 Years and in a High Visible Position at Corporate as a Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Director in Providence, RI

    I worked at Textron full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - used to be international but Kautex still is and you can get some good experience
    - if you were on the Pension, then it was worth sticking around
    - fly in Private Jet here and there was nice and saved time at the Airport

    Cons

    -2 to 3 tier employee systems, the Haves, the have nots and worse the folks that have nothing
    -Health Care Plans
    -No Pension
    - 401 to linked to company stock price
    - relocation program
    - "good ole boys club still"
    -if you want to learn why "cash" is important this is a good job to learn from

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recommend selling and dividing up to owners that want to invest in people and processes. Textron used to be known as that type of Company when it first started out and about the early 90's lost it way to where alot of the employees will tell you it's just a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A place to gain experience and bail.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Design Engineer  in  Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Design Engineer in Goleta, CA

    I worked at Textron

    Pros

    Excellent place to learn and take on a significant amount of responsibility. Will work on interesting projects. People are very friendly and a joy to work with. Small team, can take on as much as you can handle.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Pay increases even for top performers are very limited. In my personal situation, the director of our site appealed to the VP of Finance for an increase and was turned down. Left the job solely because of pay... 30% increase at next job. If Textron acquires your company, expect a 4-5 year run before you're dumped. Horrible bureaucracy and excessive processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smart people are assets, compensate them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Slimy execs with bad admin to boot!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Overworked Employee  in  Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Overworked Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Textron

    Pros

    Benefits were really good.
    Some people - very FEW- were great co-workers.

    Cons

    Not competitive salaries
    Expected to work overtime without any recognition
    Management always trying to be "premier" when it's really "pathetic"
    Too much corporate double-talk
    "Lean manufacturing" is a joke. Just learn how to do things BETTER without firing people and making them do ridiculous workshops/training that costs WAY more than the savings you'd get if you'd just let people do their work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Award performance, not seniority.
    Get rid of the people who are vested due to time spent on the job -they are usually the ones bringing others down.
    Your executives are pulling personal favors all of the time -and nepotism is alive and kicking at Textron.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are younger than 50 and want to advance in your career ... stay away!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consultant  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Consultant in Providence, RI

    I worked at Textron

    Pros

    Downcity Location is great for getting out at lunch to run errands or to just take a walk

    Cons

    The lack of advancement opportunity unless you are one of the "chosen" ... meaning you look like the current leadership ... think every speaker at the Republican National Convention and you will get the idea

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach ... and realize that you cannot manage Gen Xers and Millenials like Baby Boomers and expect them to stay with the organization ... and make corporate diversity a priority and a reality, not simply a class to attend

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stay away from Textron

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer  in  Wilmington, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Test Engineer in Wilmington, MA

    I have been working at Textron

    Pros

    The people, the health room. Medical benefits is so so. The people are willing to help you when their assistance is needed. The health room is a plus. No need for yearly membership fees. The equipment is satisfactory for an aerobic or weight training. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A huge plus on working out at any time of the day.

    Cons

    No straight overtime for salary
    Medical is so so.
    Too many tiers of management.
    lack of feed back for encouragment or "job well done"
    No positive attitudes from management to motivate in coming to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to walk the talk and less talk. Actions speak louder than words.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Campbell is an OSTRICH and an ASS

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Manager  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Textron

    Pros

    Relocation benefits were great. Then it started to suck. Big time. They act like they have it together. In reality, they are really missing a big element of business: people. They will never be competitive with the poor leadership they have in place.

    Cons

    Everything. Six sigma is KILLING the organization. Senior management is ridiculous -no one is accountable. Their matrices and micromanagement techniques for all of the businesses is just in the stupid category. The whole company is run by morons. And, the company president's secretary -here and at other units are really witches in disguise. Most have been with the company so long that they "can't be fired" -or so we're told. It is a HUGE joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your unhappy employees. Get your head out of the sand. The brand of "Greatness" is CRAP-NESS. Get rid of dual reporting - focus on the business at hand rather than trying to be so terrific for a common good. It's CRAP. It's micromanaging. It's killing your people. WE HATE BEING AT TEXTRON.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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