Textron Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
89 Reviews

3.3
89 Reviews
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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.  

    Ok, not great, Old Boy Network Management Style

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Huge, multi billion dollar company, advancement opportunities, nice location in RI and exciting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Management runs the place blind. No concept of weeding out inefficient, and dare I say moronic employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the old boy network mentality and focus on retaining great employees. In the long run, the morons you seem to like and often promote will ruin this company. Stop focusing on the end game and start focusing on the process. CEO and management all need to calm down and really look at who is responsible for the past success of the company and who has the brains, loyalty and work ethic going forward for future success. And reward them!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Textron helped me expand my expand my accounting and managerial experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Textron

    Pros

    Textron adheres to good company values and ethics. The executives encourage leadership and personal growth for each individual employee.

    Cons

    Expect little support when prioritizing projects and managing a team. The expectations executives have of management sometimes do not apply to them. The work gets so busy it take on a 'chaotic' tempo.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat others as you would want to be treated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Mixed review on Textron

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at Textron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The opportunity to work on really cool products. The size of Textron allows good mobility between business operating units.

    Cons

    Unstable work environment, decisions are all centralized at the top giving lower level employees little opportunity to feel empowered and grow beyond their jobs. With reduced defense budgets, Textron may continue to suffer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit micromanaging. You hire great people who will not stay if they are constantly under someone's thumb.There are hard working good people at Textron who are limited by the environment

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good opportunies

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Manager in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Textron full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I have been able to learn a lot. Compensation and benefits are competitive. There are opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Company culture has changed quite a bit, not necessarily for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good but could be great

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Textron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The Textron I worked at was a "little big company". By that I mean we were fairly small group in a much larger corporation. This was great because I was able to work on a variety of projects to keep me busy and interested.

    Cons

    Corporate America is squashing the life out of creativity and innovation and Textron is not immune to this. I offered up many ideas and project proposals, but was told explicitly: "If there is not already an order or potential order in place, the project will not be funded". This type of thinking is exactly why companies are going out of business these days. You need to invest in the future. To become a leader you must innovate, not just build to specifications set forth by others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on keeping your employees. If there are not projects on the horizon, do not hire 50 new employees only to lay them off in a year or so. Use contract labor to fill the gaps. Invest in your long term future.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good & Bad

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

    I worked at Textron full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with a lot of strong brands that are fun and challenging to work for. They will move you and give you the opportunity to grow.

    Cons

    It is very corporate and so there are senior officials that will step all over people to make their next step. Very little care given to people being misstreated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at the executives. You are losing top talent becuase they are blinded by their own aspirations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good multi-industry experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Textron full-time

    Pros

    Good exposure to a diverse set of businesses - automotive, aviation, defense, commercial. Career growth potential better if able to move, since businesses are headquartered across the country and in Europe.

    Cons

    Most businesses are still operating at a minimum staffing level after the recession, meaning more work for the same pay.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Learned much while receiving hazardous duty pay.

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    Former Employee - Corporate Leadership Role  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Corporate Leadership Role in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Diverse business portfolio and compensation levels

    Cons

    Caustic culture, over reliance on Six Sigma dogma, and internal versus external orientation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Beware of your individual and collective blind sides

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Finance LDP Intern

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    Former Employee - Leadership Development Program - Finance  in  Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Leadership Development Program - Finance in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Textron as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Never had to work more than 40 hours

    Cons

    Most interns didn't have very meaningful exposure

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Old Boys Club

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Providence, RI

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

    Pros

    Learned Six Sigma and other functional business experience that has helped me with my career.

    Cons

    Not a very female-friendly culture. I had male colleagues say unprofessional and in particular when I was pregnant, inappropriate comments simply because I was female. There is almost no diversity. Unless you are an old, white male, this is not the place to work.

    There is absolutely no career growth or talent management. I worked with some very talented, smart people who either were laid off or left. By the time I left the company at the end of 2010, all the good talent was gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire diverse, talented people and the innovation will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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