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15 days ago

Sr Cable Engineer

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, Honeywells Federal Manufacturing & Technologies business manufactures sophisticated mechanical, electronic and engineered-material… Honeywell International


25 days ago

Electrical Engineer

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, Honeywell’s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies business manufactures sophisticated mechanical, electronic and engineered-material… Honeywell International


1 day ago

Welding Engineer – new

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

including process characterization, development, qualification, troubleshooting, and improvements. The Welding Engineer performs such activities for… Honeywell International


13 days ago

Student Intern – Application Developer

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

• Analyzes, designs, configures, tests, implements and/or maintains IT enterprise software application systems including those designed for mobile… Honeywell International


12 days ago

Test Equipment Engineer

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, Honeywells Federal Manufacturing & Technologies business manufactures sophisticated mechanical, electronic and engineered-material… Honeywell International


19 days ago

Western Sales Manager - Fire Systems

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

Honeywell Life Safety (HLS) is part of Automation and Control Solutions (ACS), a $16.6 billion strategic business group of Honeywell. HLS innovates… Honeywell International


6 days ago

Electrical Engineer II

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, Honeywell’s Federal Manufacturing & Technologies business manufactures sophisticated mechanical, electronic and engineered-material… Honeywell International


12 days ago

Student Intern -Integrated Supply Chain

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

• Provides varying degrees of computer system expertise and supports. • Serves on… Honeywell International


16 days ago

Additive Manufacturing (AM) Engineering Metals

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

In Kansas City, Honeywells Federal Manufacturing & Technologies business manufactures sophisticated mechanical, electronic and engineered-material… Honeywell International


26 days ago

General Counsel, FM&T

Honeywell International Kansas City, MO

Honeywell is on the leading edge of supplying engineering and manufacturing expertise for our nation's defense and national security. The Honeywell… Honeywell International


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    Current Employee - Engineer III Electrical  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer III Electrical in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Honeywell full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You get to work on some very interesting and unique technology that is important to national defense. Pay is decent/good for the Kansas City area. Doesn't usually require working very long hours. I refuse to use the term "work-life balance".

    Cons

    This plant has been doing this work since the 1940s, but corporate management has changed over time. Over the past 5-10 years, Honeywell corporate has become more actively involved in dictating how the plant operates. This includes the HOS (Honeywell Operating System), and a GE style human resources approach, among other things.

    The core of HOS is basically quick and efficient morning department meetings. This is wrapped in a bunch of fancy corporate window dressing. By a "bunch" I mean that there is a senior manager position ($120k+ salary) devoted to HOS.

    An example of how things devolved in Dilbert territory: Part of HOS is the concept of 5S, which is 5 words that essentially translate into "keep things clean, sorted, and organized". By the way, 5S originates from a Japanese system which uses 5 words that start with a phonetic "S". So they naturally found 5 English words that also start with an "S". Not gimmicky at all.

    Anyway, 5S is typically used in a manufacturing environment, which does make some sense. But they decided to also apply it - without modification - to engineering office space. This means at the end of the day, your desk is supposed to look a certain way, with a neat stack of paper and everything in predefined places. I've heard from multiple reliable sources that they're soon going to start opening our drawers and cabinets to make sure they're also in compliance.

    Doesn't sound *too* unreasonable yet, right? Just wait. Every desk has a trash can, and the trash is taken out on a daily basis. Yet still, there is a 5S related rule that dictates that any kind of food waste cannot be disposed of in the trash can. There is a Honeywell corporate guy where part of his job is to go around and inspect the trash cans to make sure this is not occurring. And not just food itself, even a food wrapper is an infringement.

    Honeywell has also pushed a counterproductive human resources strategy. Every year, they target 10% of the work force to be rated under-performing. The system is known as the 9-block, which is a grid of performance and behaviors. If you are rated below by your manager, your job is in immediate jeopardy and you must pass a "Performance Improvement Plan" within 30-90 days or you are let go.

    The problem with this system is the quota. The distribution is supposed to be plant-wide, but it is in reality broken down by department, so frequently a manager is forced to rate someone below, even if they don't have an employee that deserves it. The performance review often reads like a litany of trumped-up charges, exaggerating every possible behavior or event possible, real or perceived.

    On top of that, upper management will lie to your face that there even is a quota, or how it is distributed. All you need to do is ask the right person that used to be a manager, and they will confirm what I just stated. Lest you think I am just a disgruntled employee, I have been rated below, average, and above average in the 3+ years I've worked there. The above average rating came with a promotion and a decent raise.

    So in closing, you get to work on some very interesting and classified technology that is very important to national defense. But you also have a guy who makes more money than you inspecting your trash can for candy wrappers, and you could be thrown under the bus to make quota using an HR system pioneered by General Electric that they themselves abandoned for being counter productive. If you can tolerate the corporate BS, it really isn't a bad job.

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    Even if the management agreed with some of what I listed under "cons", I'm not sure there's much they can do about it. It probably comes from above them in corporate management.

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