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Updated Jul 22, 2014

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3.2 181 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

United Technologies Chairman & CEO Louis R. Chênevert

Louis R. Chênevert

(84 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great work experience with just enough pay and a conservative culture

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee) Hartford, CT

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    If you like being pigeon-holed...

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, Great benefits, and Great benefits

    ConsPotential for career growth is limited

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a business model where employees can flourish and not hinder the career objectives.

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

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    Can be a great place to work

    Information Technology (Former Employee) Boca Raton, FL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire the right talent from outside to lead.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, large bureaucracy.

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee) East Hartford, CT

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsResearch 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 Senior ManagementResearch 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    OK place to work

    Staff Engineer (Current Employee) East Hartford, CT

    ProsI 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.

    ConsToo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Learning experience

    Chemical Operator (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGreat environment to learn gas turbine repair and chemical stripping.

    ConsPay is not comparable to other companies.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay better. Especially if employees are hardworking. And constantly learning.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    What's the secret to being successful?

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVariety of divisions and opportunities--ability to move around

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome human

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

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    Confusing Decisions/Directions now that UTC is running the show

    Manufacturing Engineer (Current Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

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

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    Average conglomerate

    Senior Program Manager (Current Employee) Westford, MA

    ProsUTC 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.

    ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementPush 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Goodrich was a decent place to work but UTC has changed the place with vice grips of ACE reqt's and etc..

    Staff QA Engineer (Current Employee) Chula Vista, CA

    ProsSalaries, Career opportunities, company sponsored educational benefits

    ConsUTC is laying off senior staff thru golden hand shakes and lots of outsourcing key support dept's. Hiring freezes big work loads.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate what is going on to all employees. Discuss company common goals to all.

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