Woodward

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Woodward Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
86 Reviews
3.0
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Woodward Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas A. Gendron
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good money, great location, great benefits if you are single (in 13 reviews)

  • 1 , some interesting technology, Good benefits/salary for the region (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • it is very difficult to work with upper management, specially with direct supervisor (in 6 reviews)

  • Compensation is fair, but company is located in a high cost of living area (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A caste system

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    OK benefits but have been cut every year for the past few, blaming Obamacare wearing thin. Recently kicked spouses off the benefit package

    Cons

    If you are part of the elite (directors, VPs) you can do well, big bucks and they have amazingly extravagant leadership trips twice a year. If you aren't the elite, good luck. The past six years raises have not met the inflation rate. If you complain the mantra is: "be glad you even have a job"
    Complete separation of the management from the workers, if someone hadn't pointed out the sales director to me I wouldn't know who it was,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth, come down & meet the people who get the work done, throw us a crust of bread now & then instead of "Let them eat cake"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't do it!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money, great location, great benefits if you are single.

    Talent is high and great to work with. Lots you can learn

    Cons

    The place is is just too lean and getting leaner.

    More thought over stock price than quality or employee satisfaction. Note, HR is not there for you!

    Zero training, be ready to be dropped on the deep side of the pool and expect to swim if you want to cut it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Balance stock price with employee input and satisfaction.

    Stop sacrificing quality at the cost of cheap suppliers who only lead to more product issues and unhappy customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    OK, if you don't pay attention to how things happen behind the scenes

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electronics Assembler in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Electronics Assembler in Fort Collins, CO

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

    Pros

    Good medical benefits for employees. Stable work environment. "Competitive" pay (not the lowest wage, but certainly not above the local average either).

    Cons

    Too little regard for employee happiness - we were expected to show up every day and do a great job and be happy we had a job at all. The few times people complained, they were met with hostility or open threats about being fired. The term "team building" was a foreign concept when I was working there. Very little training for my position, and virtually no new-hire orientation. Medical benefits for non-employee family members isn't any better than other companies in the area. Several positions in the company appeared to be filled by people who were either friends of the boss or "happened to be in the right place, right time" (i.e. under-qualified personnel in critical technical roles).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more time to train employees, listen to them and what they're concerned about. A happy employee is a hard working employee, but a disgruntled employee can destroy your company's reputation even after he/she has left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Weak leadership, behind the times

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Finance in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Talented staff
    Positive financial outlook

    Cons

    Woodward is striving to be lean but has not properly invested in business systems that allow efficient processes outside the manufacturing floor.

    They continue to make baby steps in the right direction, but the result is one system bolted onto another. Manual processes are still pervasive. Large projects are typically assigned to "members" to complete in addition to their standard workload and without project management training. Over-collaboration slows down progress and there is rarely a true decision maker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the desire is to continue with "One Woodward"...

    Break the cycle of over-collaboration by empowering decision making below the executive level. It is not possible to obtain 100% approval 100% of the time. Too often, months of work is thrown out the door simply because one President or VP didn't like change.

    Consider when "lean" has gone too far in the global support services environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    No upward mobility development is in the planning

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering in Valencia, CA

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

    Pros

    The health insurance costs are rising slower than most

    Cons

    Employee engagement is a huge hurdle to overcome - results for employees is a slow but sure downward spiral to a flatline in career and financial growth. Managers are not real managers since they have no talent to retain folks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You VP's and director guys are making all the dough and all the stock dividends - keep it up ! The Total Rewards is a joke.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Attrition is a problem, with no backfills in sight!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Member in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Member in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Location #1 , some interesting technology, Good benefits/salary for the region.

    Cons

    Management is disconnected from issues, ignoring problems. No place to grow/move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do some Gemba walks and see the real problems, listen to the teams doing the work, understand and ask - don't tell

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run by financiers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable company, decent benefits, great people to work with, work is interesting and fun

    Cons

    Major pay disparity (I am 30% underpaid), employees have no control over annual bonus metrics, overly conservative, more concerned about metrics and stock price than investing in key markets and technology, outdated equipment and facilities, egotistical and emotional management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to invent the "next big thing" and invest in your facilities, your people, your tools, and your key markets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Keep Away they will use you and spit you out

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodward full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people
    On-site cafe
    free employee holidays meals

    Cons

    changing management, no one knows what they are doing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Actuation Assembler/ tester

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Assembler in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Woodward full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great medical, sick, educational benefits, you also can buy a extra week vacation. Your contribution for medical insurance PPO type is very little compared to some the companies I worked before. They will pay your education if it meet the company needs. The ability to buy a extra week vacation is great, if you do not use it you get it reimbursed at end of year

    Cons

    I ca not speak for the entire company, since the unit I work for was acquired recently. Any acquisition is hard to integrate a old culture into a new culture. Before being Woodward this unit was a private company called MPC in Skokie Illinois. You can see that Woodward is trying to improve the current management mentality, however the resistance is enormous. Per example, the many suggestions I gave none were implemented. Like a 10 hours a day 4 days work week, flex working hours, and etc. I sense a great fear among the incompetent that were able to move up via nepotism or favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to upper management, came to the floor, listen to new hires, create a round table meeting, give a voice to the people that really do the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Short-term thinking from bonus-obsessed executive management, with no focus on new business development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Skokie, IL

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

    Pros

    The company has a solid medical plan and maintains high corporate integrity. The production workers are dedicated. Motors and Sensors business is sound.

    Cons

    Overemphasis on rules and procedures, at the expense of business efficiency and common sense.
    Claims of "Members matter", backed up with experienced managers run out on trumped up claims of performance issues. Sales and Marketing Dept is completely broken. New product pipeline and ability for innovation are a thing of the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the long term strategy for financial health rather than focusing on your bonus checks for current fiscal year performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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