Aerotech, Inc. Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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  1. Solid, well-run company with great people at all levels

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

    I have been working at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aerotech is a solid, well-managed company that focuses both on doing the right things and doing things right. They hire and develop top-notch talent in order to make the best products in the industry.

    The company is small enough that there are opportunities get to know people in lots of other departments, and management is close enough to every level from C-suite to production floor that they listen to and respond to issues at all levels.

    The benefits are good and the culture is very much engineering and technically focused.

    Cons

    The company is small enough that there are not always obvious opportunities for advancement within a given department, so progression in a career can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Some modern benefits like flextime, on-site recreational or child care facilities or other conveniences would be really nice additions.

  2. Founded in the 70's, still functioning like it's the 70's

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Administration in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary was fair and competitive.

    Cons

    Retirement benefits non-existent. The company does not match anything into your 401k. They do an employee stock ownership program. It is impossible to know how this is calculated or will be accumulated. It really only starts accumulating after many many years with the company. A matching 401k would be much more beneficial. There is only one health plan and is very costly. I believe the biggest issue with the company is it's lack of work-life balance. With the exception of night turn, everyone in the company works from 8-5. There is no option of flex time. Also the whole company has to take lunch at noon. Everyone! Admin staff, engineers, management. I have never seen anything like it where you aren't allowed to take your lunch at 1 if you are busy. The whole company stops what they are doing and runs out of the parking lot. I know of a lot of employees who are chastised for having to pick up kids from daycare in the middle of the day or need to leave before 5. They are just not flexible in any way. They have 350 employees and do not provide a wellness room or nursing room for working mothers. They seem to have very little trust in their employees that they can get their work done and have a family life outside of the company. Many employees have felt the need to look for other employment where they are not put down for having a family.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees enough to provide an option for telecommuting or at a very minimum flex time hours. Understand there needs to be a work-life balance.

  3. it's been wonderful

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Person in Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Warehouse Person in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Aerotech, Inc. part-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Get paid every week, and they will answer your call to help you right away.

    Cons

    I Get Great exercise will working, and I get paid !

    Advice to Management

    To find jobs, that meet each persons economic needs .

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  5. Great place to work, great environment, great people, great benefits!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Competitive pay with yearly increases
    - Excellent profit sharing bonus
    - Employee Stock Ownership
    - Excellent health benefits with low deductible
    - Clean, climate controlled
    - Company picnics and incentives for employees
    - Paid sick time
    - Supportive staff

    Cons

    - Vacation accrual (2 weeks to start) could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great job with employee incentives. Employees love to be recognized for their hard work. Increasing vacation accrual would be great.

  6. Growing Company with Growing Pains

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

    I worked at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great profit sharing and employee stock program, Benefits packages are ok.

    Cons

    Little room for advancement, Always seem to be rushing to meet ship dates, lack of planning is just amazing.
    Management doesn't care as long as they hit their numbers for the quarter.
    Stupid rules that are not documented well...

    Advice to Management

    Remember that you can't keep hammering your employees all the time, eventually they will break and lose the drive to work hard. People have lives outside of work, it can't always be about Aerotech.

  7. A decent place to make a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Embedded Control Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Embedded Control Systems Engineer

    I worked at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You can't deny the benefits. The health insurance is good and the annual profit share is a real boost to your salary, as long as the company continues to make money. The HR department honestly seems like they are looking out for the employees. The work is challenging but varied enough to remain interesting.

    Cons

    There definitely is a cap on advancement that you will hit after a few years, and with that comes the annual just-above-cost-of-living-increase in wages every year. It definitely feels like the company wants to ensure they pay you as little as they can. During leaner years, the profit share is meagre, and in the worst of years, it barely makes up for the mandatory four-day workweeks, which serve only to make sure the company stays profitable. Technically speaking, the company has trouble breaking with tradition (I.e. backwards compatibility) which may affect the ability to not only develop but also sell future products. This also tends to quash creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Allow engineering to make technical decisions that will better the products, even if it breaks compatibility. Make sure creativity is not stifled. Make sure employees feel respected and wanted, especially by larger pay increases, at least every now and then.

  8. Sales and Application Engineer...Great Culture!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales and Applications Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Sales and Applications Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Aerotech, Inc. full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing about working at Aerotech is the people. People are open, friendly, and nerdy...which suits me. Everyone in upper management has an engineering degree. It's funny to see myself in so many people here; whether it's my intensely technical task orientation side that wants to be right, or even my salesy side that is on the cusp of overly nerdy. Some people play card games like Magic and Dominion here at lunch... love it, but don't get me wrong there will be times you are ROFL from some of the big personalities in the office. Innovation and ideas are encouraged!

    Basically, if you think you are smart, nerdy and fun then you belong here!

    Cons

    I could really go for my own parking spot, but that's pretty trivial...

    Advice to Management

    Fantastic, love it, keep up the good work, promote me...LOL

  9. Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work is very interesting and challenging and is constantly pushing the boundaries of technology. The management team values R&D and continually reinvests in new development projects, capital equipment, and training of employees to stay at the forefront of technology. Many chances to advance and work on a variety of projects with a diverse, global team. Aerotech has good benefits such as employee stock ownership, profit sharing, and 401k/medical.

    Cons

    As with all companies, there are some downsides. The current growth phase has caused some stress as we try to expand capabilities to penetrate new markets.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on strength of research and development. Focus on manufacturing infrastructure as a key to expanded growth in new markets.

  10. Pittsburgh-based global manufacturer with nice benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Aerotech offers employee tuition reimbursement (100% for As, 75% for Bs, etc), profit sharing programs and employee stock ownership in addition to the standard health benefits. They've been in business for over 40 years and never had a layoff. They are growing quickly into the global market with subsidiaries and service people in several European and Asian markets; and they recently expanded the factory HQ in Pittsburgh.

    Cons

    The rapidly expanding company has suffered some growing pains. They seem to be focusing on change management to rethink the organizational structure in light of its growing reach.

    Advice to Management

    Address communication challenges (culture clash) between long-time employees (lifers) and young, new talent.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Quickly growing but entirely disorganized disaster waiting to happen.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - CNC Machinist in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Aerotech, Inc. full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company is growing quickly by being the low-cost provider in a growing industry. The folks that do the software seem pretty bright.

    Cons

    There is a definite pay ceiling, and the best folks don't seem to stay long. Their apprenticeship system is isn't very good: the folks that have gone through it aren't very knowledgeable. Everyone seems to hate everyone else at all levels of the company, and there is a severe lack of managerial and technical skill in the machine shop. I ran away from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Unsustainable growth doesn't count as growth. Clean house and hire some professional management while you are still making money.

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