Woodward Reviews

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Woodward Chairman, President, and CEO Thomas A. Gendron
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38 Ratings

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Pros
  • Great benefits, great reputation in the Fort Collins community (in 12 reviews)

  • 1 , some interesting technology, Good benefits/salary for the region (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • if you dont increase peoples wages to balance out the high insurance costs and the cost of living in this area (in 3 reviews)

  • A little too much short term thinking by upper management (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Attrition is a problem, with no backfills in sight!

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    Current Employee - Member  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Member in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward full-time for 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run by financiers

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward full-time for 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overly conservative, more concerned about metrics and stock price than investing in key markets and technology, outdated equipment and facilities, egotistical and emotional management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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Keep Away they will use you and spit you out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Woodward full-time for more than a 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
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Actuation Assembler/ tester

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    Current Employee - Assembler  in  Skokie, IL
    Current Employee - Assembler in Skokie, IL

    I have been working at Woodward full-time for more than a 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Woodward full-time for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Meeting the bottom line in the short term trumps long-term thinking

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Skokie, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skokie, IL

    I worked at Woodward full-time

    Pros

    Good healthcare plan
    Decent salary
    Opportunity for bonus based on company performance

    Cons

    Metric-driven at the expense of everything else
    A lot of management finger-pointing
    Doesn't promote from within
    Not forward-thinking
    Out of touch management
    No bonus plan that ties directly to a single employee's performance below the management level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop making empty speeches about the value of employees to the Woodward "brand" and start doing things that really matter. Invest in the company's future instead of only trying to squeeze more blood from the stone. Show your employee through your actions that you value them if you don't want to continue losing employees every week.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    An elite level that is hard to crack

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    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Sales & Marketing in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward

    Pros

    Good benefits, so good that they don't think they have to pay you. Good IT which is hard to find at many companies.

    Cons

    three years raises: 0%, 0%, 2%. They use a comparative salary system to other local companies, but there are no other local companies this big, Woodward employees lose.

    As previous have mentioined there is a middle management level of "old-timers" who take the credit for good work and blame the underlings for mistakes.

    Six Sigma, kaizens...Woodward is stuck in the 1980's following the old Japanese methods. Hello! Motorola, Toyota, Sony did you notice they are all in the toilet? Six Sigma is a way to turn an easy five minute business decision into forty hours of meetings with no resolution!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You may be friends, have drinks, with those middle management people who have been around for decades. If you want your company to move forward, you need to look deeper, closer to what goes on with the people who are really doing the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Change Agents Not Welcome

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    Current Employee - Unspecified/Anonymous Engineering Leadership Role  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Unspecified/Anonymous Engineering Leadership Role in Fort Collins, CO

    I have been working at Woodward

    Pros

    Great benefits, great reputation in the Fort Collins community. Very interesting product mix. Extremely talented technical workforce. Excellent practices for root cause analysis, implementation of corrective action, and preventing reocurrence.

    Cons

    This company has the most conservative, monolithic management cultures that I have ever witnessed. Interestingly, during the time I was there, 95% of the power and politics seem to emanate from no more than three individuals who typically resided in other [sometimes global] locations. And this bad behavior drove the propagation of more bad behaviour throughout the entire company. Morale in the engineering organization has been rock bottom for many years, and there is no relief in sight. There is no room for "change agents" in this company; it's all about comply or die.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All of the other comments I've read by others here ring absolutely true. It's much more than just sour grapes. You need to kill the culture of punishing the change agents, and instead embrace new ideas for organizational effectiveness. And for heaven's sake, you need to stop your senior engineering leaders from ruling by intimidation and fear. instead of constantly churning your middle managers, I think it's time for a change at the very top of the engineering chain.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Frustrating and dissapointing!

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    Former Employee - Assembly Technician  in  Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Assembly Technician in Loveland, CO

    I worked at Woodward

    Pros

    Very well equipped facility. Great benefits. Clean, well organized. Plenty of overtime.

    Cons

    Due to nature of products and market, company is very structured and training does not allow for any past work experience. You need to do it " their way" regardless of whether or not it makes sense from a manufacturing standpoint. Person training me had good knowledge and ability to do the work but no "people skills" and only knew what needed to be done without and knowledge of why the task was being done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please utilize people who have the ability to work with people in the training positions. Trainers need to recognize what trainee needs and help the trainee, not chastize and be-little the trainee when success is not immediately realized. People learn at different rates of speed and that must be taken into consideration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    You will get hired if you dont want to work.

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    Former Employee - Assembler  in  Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Assembler in Fort Collins, CO

    I worked at Woodward

    Pros

    Easy place to work, some people are nice. Good benefits. Picnics.

    Cons

    The pay is horrible. And they can make you work long hours. Their are tons of lazy people who cheat on their time sheet, take long breaks, and dont do any work or just plain screw up , and they dont do anything to correct it. Some people just walk around and talk to others all day. You have to be in a ceratin group of people to get away with this, and you will. Some people have to work and some do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need to get a back bone and get rid of the managers or people who do nothing at all. They walk around and talk. You go to them with a serious issue and they dont care. Whats really interesting to me is....If you show up everyday and do nothing..you get hired. If you call in a few times, but work your tail off for 10 hours a day, they wont hire you. So if you are looking for a job, that you can sit and dont have to work..this job is for you. They refuse to get rid of lazy people. Management is a complete joke in this company. They would save alot of money if they got rid of the non workers. To many managers, that sit and talk all day, and wont confront a problem, they just ignore it. They have no management experience, they are just moved into the slot. Its a joke. Wake up, and clean house. It would be a better place to work if they had people who are held accountable for what they do and dont.

    Doesn't Recommend

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