United Technologies Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
187 Reviews

3.0
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United Technologies Chairman & CEO Louis R. Chênevert
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85 Ratings

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Pros
  • Pay is good and great benefits also they have employee scholar program (in 15 reviews)

  • Employee scholar program is great (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • All business units operate autonomously so no chance to collaborate with others (in 9 reviews)

  • Communication with upper management wasn't always clear (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    IT Project Manager

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    Current Employee - IT Project Manager  in  Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    Best company to work for. Bright future ahead.

    Cons

    No clarity on promotion
    Staff aug everywhere even when they say it's not it is what it is

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make promotion process more transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great work experience with just enough pay and a conservative culture

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Hartford, CT

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great work experience, able to gaun alot of valuable experience in the finance field
    - Room for growth within the company if you work extremely hard

    Cons

    - Very conservative culture, comapany is not very forward thinking
    - Company pays just enough to keep you around

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Communicate with analysts to keep them informed on what is happening with certain projects
    - Try harder to inspire and motivate your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    If you like being pigeon-holed...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Technologies

    Pros

    Great benefits, Great benefits, and Great benefits

    Cons

    Potential for career growth is limited

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a business model where employees can flourish and not hinder the career objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Can be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Information Technology  in  Boca Raton, FL
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Boca Raton, FL

    I worked at United Technologies as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    A good place to work if you are a good functional lead and you are self motivated and directed.

    Cons

    If you are not a full-time employee, you are not part of the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right talent from outside to lead.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, large bureaucracy.

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    Former Employee - Staff Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    It's a (very) large company so there's a lot of opportunity to move around.
    The people I worked with were technically outstanding.
    You get to work with some pretty amazing technology.
    You can work hard and advance your career or lay low. Your choice.

    Cons

    Research and development moves very slowly (not surprising, considering the size of the organization, the product lifecycle and type of products.)
    A lot of decision-making is based on internal politics.
    You can spend lots of time and resources on bad ideas, especially if you are far from the front lines (aka the ultimate customers)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Research Center: pick a few areas and commit resources--if your level of commitment is the occasional minor project, then just don't hire in that area.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    OK place to work

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer  in  East Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in East Hartford, CT

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

    Pros

    I have been working in the research center for 5 years. It is fairly flexible, knowledgeable colleagues to work with and OK compensation. Different things to work on.

    Cons

    Too much of a show place, tour comes everyday and disrupt working. People skill is much more important than technical skill to be successful. Many time people get lots of money doing things really doesn't make sense, only because this guy has good exposure and can get money from upper management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Learning experience

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Houston, TX

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great environment to learn gas turbine repair and chemical stripping.

    Cons

    Pay is not comparable to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better. Especially if employees are hardworking. And constantly learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    What's the secret to being successful?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at United Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Variety of divisions and opportunities--ability to move around

    Cons

    Very male-dominated, hierarchical, rigid, non-innovative, does not reward risk-taking

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become human

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Confusing Decisions/Directions now that UTC is running the show

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Engineer

    I have been working at United Technologies full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Good benefits in terms of sick time and culture.
    - Good schooling benefits
    - Work life balance is good

    Cons

    - No communication
    - Pay is average
    - No direction from Management
    - Broken processes
    - Low morale
    - Bonus structure isn't great, payouts are poor
    - Many managers, no leaders. Very focused on bottom line, no eyes on the horizon
    - Many managers have no manufacturing experience, They love data, which I do as well, but they don't do much with it.
    - Technical people aren't valued as much, managers seem more valued (perception)
    - Always changing direction
    - The vision is 15% earnings growth, and it ends there. so I ask, How are we going to do it? What are the plans, what are our core competencies? What is being outsourced? What equipment are we buying? What are we getting rid of?
    - Very old equipment
    - No training job training, skills enhancing.
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    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of your butt. Understand the current situation, fix the problems, redo bad processes, stop looking at the bottom line the whole time and start looking at the big picture. Stop chasing dimes with dollars when dollars can be saved with redoing major processes.

    It seems to me that they try to force things through the processes because the processes are horrid. Bad processes encourage people to go around them or figure out ways to not go through them, like changing procedures for bad prints because the eco process takes months to get through. Fix the bad processes so people won't have to think around them. Also, don't flow down processes and force people to adhere to them when they don't exist or when no training is done on how to perform them. Train people on SAP, FIX SAP, train people on how to do their job. The quality of a product comes from the design, people, equipment, you have old equipment, no training of the people, and the designs are very old. I fail to see how you can improve the quality of the product strictly through minor changes in procedural changes. Figure out the core compentencies, develop them, buy equipment for them, train the people on how to use the equipment, advance the processes for those, and design for the use of your core compentencies, design out the stuff you don't want to use.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Average conglomerate

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    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Westford, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Program Manager in Westford, MA

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

    Pros

    UTC is a strong company with a well managed portfolio. They have one of the best educational reimbursement programs in the world, which can be a big draw for someone looking to enhance skills. They have reasonably comprehensive benefits. UTC's ACE is a good, middle of the road continuous improvement system that keeps technical performance solid. The company has a pretty good balance in integrating new acquisitions, imposing a few "best practices" like ACE, but letting the companies run themselves for the most part. UTC has a very strong corporate ethics program.

    Cons

    As a publicly traded company, the emphasis is relentlessly on shareholder return. That means strategy and innovation always takes a back seat to quarterly earnings. Long cycle time business opportunities are all but lost. This can be a major shock to acquired companies which have aggressively invested and taken some risks to create a business, only to discover that their days of expanding their business through investment and flexibility are essentially over. Risk averse is an understatement.
    Compensation is middle of the road. We don't "hire the best because we want to be the best". We hire the average, and hope our best practices level the playing field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Push back on Wall Street and the corporate office a little more. Don't let UTC's corporate culture invade your successful company. Find a way to take the good best practices without becoming a clone. Fight to keep your truly exceptional innovators and behave like a startup. Use your discretion, and ask forgiveness later rather than falling into the "mother may I?" gravity well of corporate life.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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