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C&D Zodiac Reviews in La Palma, CA

Updated January 19, 2015
Updated January 19, 2015
82 Reviews
2.5
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • People are leaving a few every month to go work for the old owner of C&D, I say good bye (in 6 reviews)

  • A great place if you're a recent grad (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper Management is typically promoted based on who they know, not what they know (in 8 reviews)

  • cliquish, low pay, no advancement, nepotism and plagiarism (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good stepping stone company, moving up means moving on

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Environment here is interesting. There are many engineers under 30 and over 45, but not too many in between. People are very open and you'll make some good friends here. It is also a great environment to learn in because there is such high turnover rate, new employees are a regular.
    Benefits are average - health, dental, and visual with 401k
    Work/Life - they have a good program here (free lunch once a month) to have a guest speaker come in and talk about ways to improve your health. Depending on the program and your position, there may be times of a lot of down time where you come in and leave on time, giving you much time to go home and knock back a few beers.

    Cons

    Management has unreal expectations on timelines. There can be times where engineers are staying until midnight releasing drawinigs. This unfortunately is a self perpetuating style that management doesn't understand that you cannot compress a new project's timeline.
    Job roles undefined. There were some "Design Engineers" doing Project Engineer work while not getting proper pay or recognition. There is about as much structure as a caterpillar has bones.
    Questionable engineering practices. This company is good if you want to learn the basics of engineering and manufacturing but they don't use any real GD&T and everything is normalized to internal specs. There is no real engineering done here. It was surprising to learn how many people here (including project engineers) did not understand the concept of torque - why pushing a door at the knob side is significantly easier than at the hinge side.
    Pay. You start and end at what you're offered. I've been here two years and have received a total of $0 bonus and $0 pay raise. Its unfortunate that their belief is that hiring fresh out of college engineers is cheaper than retaining current employees. Avg turnover is 1-2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees a bonus/raise to keep them from finding new jobs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bad management

    Former Employee - Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac

    Pros

    You have a job, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Management making bad decisions, high turnover rate for production employees, engineers leaving left and right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Work hours are looong...10+ hours a day...Team is not really a team.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assembler in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Assembler in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Limited benefits, overtime, new experiences

    Cons

    long hours, mostly standing, culture team, everyone mainly works super ultra slow and pretends to work!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a good place for start up engineer to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I worked at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It's a good place for start up engineer to work. Good people, energetic culture.

    Cons

    very mininum growing opportunity. poor project guide line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Place to get experience, not to have a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Design Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Very easy to move up, due to high turnover and a willingness to promote from within
    -Good atmosphere and people

    Cons

    -If someone wasn't hired directly out of college to work here, 90% of the time it means they are terrible and just have nowhere else to go.
    -Lower than industry pay. (See first point)
    -Motto is "just get it done", plans to make things better never get implemented. They are always in crisis mode.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When everybody at the company can see the issues we are having and you just pay lip service to them, don't get angry when things go wrong. You can't cut a schedule by 4 months, layoff people, let the good engineers leave and replace them with new grads and expect quality products to be produced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good work experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great first job, don't expect to make much but you have the opportunity to learn good things in terms of design and manufacturing

    Cons

    They get young people so they don't need to pay good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little extra money on keeping those that are crucial to the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great working environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in La Palma, CA

    I have been working at C&D Zodiac full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, future growth available

    Cons

    below average salary, not much bonus

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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