Textron
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www.textron.com Providence, RI 5000+ Employees

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Textron Chairman, President and CEO Scott C. Donnelly

Scott C. Donnelly

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    No longer has interest of employee's in mind

    Senior Information Specialist (Current Employee)
    Victorville, CA

    ProsReasonable pay and good medical benefits.

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

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

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    Spinning Out of Control, Going Down

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Baltimore, MD

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

    ConsEndless, 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 Senior ManagementUpdate 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.

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

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    Management (Current Employee)
    Fort Worth, TX

    ProsSome talented people, some nice people.

    ConsMostly 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 Senior ManagementDump 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Director (Former Employee)
    Providence, RI

    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 Senior ManagementRecommend 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A place to gain experience and bail.

    Associate Design Engineer (Former Employee)
    Goleta, CA

    ProsExcellent 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.

    ConsVery 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 Senior ManagementSmart people are assets, compensate them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Slimy execs with bad admin to boot!

    Overworked Employee (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

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

    ConsNot 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 Senior ManagementAward 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Consultant (Former Employee)
    Providence, RI

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPractice 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from Textron

    Senior Test Engineer (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, MA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementNeed to walk the talk and less talk. Actions speak louder than words.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Campbell is an OSTRICH and an ASS

    Communications Manager (Current Employee)
    Providence, RI

    ProsRelocation 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.

    ConsEverything. 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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