Composite Engineering Inc

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Composite Engineering Inc Reviews

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    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intelligent Staff, Laid back environment, Easy Going, Flexible, Friendly, Established Business, Interesting Work, Cutting Edge Technology, Fast Paced Work Place, Good Communication.

    Cons

    Parent Company disconnected, Extreme Hours if Salary, Long Deployments, little to no intensive to shine, Cost Plus Contracts, ill defined job requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be petty and make good business decisions. Upper management is opposed to change and reason.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Better communication in 2014 for Composite Engineering, Inc. should be a top priority at the company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time

    Pros

    Diversity, international markets and cross culture of both professions and ethnicities within the company. There is never a dull moment at CEi.

    Cons

    Communication upward, downward and laterally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make 2014 the year for a communication culture change. Take a few extra moments to stop by their desks or a simple 5-10 minute catching up session with them so they know there valued and needed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Misguided Management

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They make interesting niche products. They know how to manufacture with composites. Manufacturing is their strength.
    Being such a small company allows one to see many areas and move around to different fields. Every part of the company is close together.

    Cons

    This small company is trying to play in a big company arena as a DOD contractor but is failing in many regards. Much of this can be traced back to its top-down dictatorial management style. Employees and employee input are not valued. They are willing to throw one of their own under the bus to get out of a tight spot. This leads to very low moral and high turn-over. I have watched some of the finest engineering talent walk out the door.
    Partial successes are over-sold. This comes back to bite the company over and over when it is time to perform. Very telling is the internal motto amongst employees: "Over-commit and Under-perform". The company has not learned how to apply sound engineering principles and to plan programs realistically.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to stop micro-managing everything. Let the experts in their respective areas do their jobs. They need to foster an environment of respect and team work and stop the internal back-stabbing and bullying. Middle management must be given the authority to execute industry proven engineering and management philosophies. They should not be used solely as a pass-through conduit for directives from above. The company needs a shake up at the highest level to establish a healthy and productive work environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Lack of strong management, no trust in employees, poor business decisions, always running behind the 8 ball

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Because it is a small company you have the ability to do a variety of things and I was able to do a variety ot tasks and learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    You never felt that management trusted any employee. You were micromanged from the President down and once purchased by Kratos it was even more so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They need a consultant to come in and look how the company is being run. Being a start up and from owners with no prior work experience there are some major concerns about the structure and management of how the company bids there work and manages their staff. There was no management training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small business

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    Former Employee - Contracts in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Contracts in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Direct access to Senior Management. Good product. Customers like the product and provide good feedback to the employees. Feels good to see the Target fly. Pride of product.

    Cons

    Untrained Senior Management. Relies on inexperienced Managers to execute. Volatile work environment - confrontational. Heard they are working on resolving that issue. Small group of "Untouchables".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because the person has been with the company forever doesn't mean they can do the job. Hire the right people with the right experience to perform the job and listen to their recommendations. Crack down on the aggressive behavior from managers.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bad Company - BEWARE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    None, None, None, None, None.

    Cons

    This company sanctions bullying. I had to leave the company to get away from it. The senior management treats women differently from men. CEi uses employees and then terminates them. Their turnover rate is high in many departments, and employee satisfaction is very low. The employees do not trust management. The previous HR VP walked off the job due to the poor treatment of women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Highly demanding and rewarding engineering position

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc

    Pros

    High level of accountability & recognition; exciting products with many challenges for engineers; opportunity to gain experience in several aspects of the business;

    Cons

    Some degree of micromanagement; demands on personal time can be very high during certain periods; facility is located in a less than desirable area;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your most competent employees to lead teams that have some autonomy in how they do their jobs; continue to clear out those who are not up to the level of competence required.

    Recommends
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Roseville, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant in Roseville, CA

    I worked at Composite Engineering Inc

    Pros

    Both facilities are in good locations. Quite good pay and benefits for a smaller company. The owners (married couple) really do seem to care.

    Cons

    They call themselves "thick skinned" in meetings and in interviews but they dont realize its because its a silo environment. Too much reactive problem solving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With some culture change there is potential for this company to become quite successful. Their ability to build great aerospace product for less and faster is their competitive advantage.

    Doesn't Recommend

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