United Technologies Reviews

Updated February 13, 2015
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  1. Good opportunity for someone to improve a process.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at United Technologies

    Pros

    Very Good salary. Interesting work.

    Cons

    Poor upfront training. Goals are solely dollar driven. No focus on material planning. No work-life balance. No management support.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mentoring program from day one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Decent entry level pay but with very flat salary slope

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    Current Employee - Engineer, General Engineering in Chula Vista, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer, General Engineering in Chula Vista, CA

    I have been working at United Technologies

    Pros

    -Relaxed atmosphere
    -Decent salary for new grads (decent only for new grads)
    -Extremely diverse
    -Oceanview
    -Free water

    Cons

    -Lower than inflation raises (now down to about 1% from 2% last year) even for high performers
    -Pay grade promotions extremely modest and not competitive (taking advantage of the diminishing number of aerospace jobs in San Diego)
    -Leaving company and returning later required for any decent salary increase
    -Very little actual engineering work, mostly paper pushing, lean activities, department meetings, administrative tasks.
    -Very difficult to find another engineering position since most current duties don't impress other companies.

    UTC seems to be trying to establish a new lean culture by flushing out higher-salaried engineers with fresh college grads, hoping they will accept a very small salary slope as the norm. This is because most real engineering work is outsourced to their facilities in Mexico and India meaning real American talent is no longer needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've been promoted up two paygrades and am still making the same money. Engineer salary structure isn't fooling anyone. I've got non-engineer friends at other companies making close to the same pay.

    Nothing local managers can actually do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    frustrating

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good people across the company. The company pays leaders well, and there is a lot of opportunity for cross company knowledge sharing. Great at buying key technologies and companies.

    Cons

    Choking bureaucracy with processes designed to the tee, but no bodies to implement any of the work. So even the smallest efforts require significant time, approvals, and money, and patience. Easier to buy growth than built it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in focus areas that can improve speed to market and allow the company to grow. Encourage more innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Project Manager (PM)

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    Depending on the business unit and state salaries are somewhat competitive.

    Cons

    Businesses are turning into For Profit Oriental widget factories. Depending on the business unit, too many unethical managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees and stop indirectly threatening their livelihood.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Tough times at the business unit

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    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Manager in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Strategy Manager in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Intriguing portfolio of businesses for an aspiring general manager

    Cons

    Company appears to care very little about its people, their development, or their long-term fulfillment within the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the hard strategic decisions...even if it results in writing down some acquisitions or abandoning previous pathways. Continuing to take hundreds of millions (or billions!) of dollars in restructuring charges each year has already let the cat out of the bag that things are not rosy, but committing to a strategy and then giving the employees time to execute it would help morale...and probably performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Too many changes at BU level!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Technologies full-time

    Pros

    UTC is a very large and diverse company

    Cons

    Simplification and problems cannot be addressed in a timely manner. It takes FOREVER to get decisions made. This could be due to the fact that there is so many changes in leadership and BU's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees and hold management accountable for their actions! There are so many changes in leadership that no one wants to be accountable for their actions so no one will make a decision. This stalls progress!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Solid, old company, but Corporate HQ is staffed with many stodgy, rude people.

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at United Technologies as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Tuition reimbursement is excellent. UTC is a solid, well performing company that is not going to go away any time soon. The work-life balance is impressive; most employees are long gone by 6:00 (at least at HQ - I hear the BUs are a bit different). The people are smart, for the most part anyway, though probably not as smart as a consulting company or bank, or even a financial services company. As evidenced by the cars in the parking lot, literally everybody is extraordinarily well-paid.

    Cons

    I quote my coworker, "This is the strangest office environment I've ever worked in." They recently switched to an all-cube layout for anybody below Director (which at UTC is right below VP). MANY people are bitter that they no longer have a private office, and so there is a rule of not having conversations at our desks. If someone doesn't like you, they tend to get very passive-aggressive. Everything is gray. Everything. People walk around looking like they're constipated because they're "overworked" and "stressed". But I have yet to see the evidence of any kind of real pressure on these people, not like a client/customer-facing role would be. Certain higher-level employees will accept a meeting that you schedule a week in advance, say nothing more, come to the meeting for 30 seconds then declare, "I'm bored with this" and march out of the conference room. And the VP encourages them to fudge the numbers on the Employee Satisfaction Survey to meet their Lean Six Sigma requirement. The best part is when the VP introduced himself to an intern that had been working in the office (there's only 30 people in this dept) thinking she was with a visitor to the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to your employees! Just walking around the office every once in a while and saying hello to the analysts and interns would probably go a great distance. And if you were feeling especially frisky that day, maybe tell them they're doing a great job! Gee whiz the thought of it makes me feel all giddy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Go for it if you enjoy working for "the man"!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmington, CT

    I worked at United Technologies full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    A nice office work environment.

    Cons

    Remember this is corporate. Don't expect to be treated with respect or a human being. The goal is to cut costs wherever possible. You are ALWAYS expendable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice is wasted on those who've already sold their soul.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Depressing place to work.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain/Manufacturing in Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Supply Chain/Manufacturing in Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    Pros - Good compensation. Easy to not work hard and simply show up and get paid. Large company so there is ability to jump around and try out various roles if desired, although after working for 3 branches of UTC - they all have the same feel... sad.

    Cons

    Cons - Company is too big for its own good. Series of reductions and layoffs have deflated morale. Company takes ' this is how we've always done it' approach. Mandated boring corporate initiatives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to foster a sense of culture and commitment from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Top down hierachy, approval and controls makes execution too slow to implement great ideas!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Technologies

    Pros

    Great ability to define strategy and use of ACE. Communication from the top via meetings and webinars are good. Visual Controls guide the business units/departments.

    Cons

    Lack ability to execute to the plan due to high employee turnover. Leadership style is too political, disregards experienced advice, which threatens ability to work as a team. Leadership culture does not foster respect for legacy employees (Goodrich) and is not a united front of effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to build and trust your teams. Have respect for all persons and they will accomplish amazing work. Flatten organization, less centeralize management. Top down control is too slow for a global economy and ability to respond to customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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