Curtiss-Wright Controls Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good engineers, poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great engineers Opportunity to work on innovative designs that serve customers well

    Cons

    Toxic politics Good engineering is backseat to sales. Projects are promised with inadequate time, planning, and money in a desperate attempt to show bids. Nepotism Nepotism Nepotism. It exists everywhere but at CW it's a way of life Open degradation and belittling of employees across the board, top to bottom, performing and non-performing

    Advice to Management

    The one piece of advice for management, namely fire all of the managers and revamp the culture, is the one thing least likely to happen. The place is poison.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Be very careful of what you sign up for!

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

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Benefits - Pay was decent - Some of the co-workers

    Cons

    – Management of all levels: - They are clueless to what is going on - They don't know what each job entails therefore, there is a constant battle of who should be doing what - When they can't figure out an issue they fire individuals who took on the issue but weren't fully trained - Assign the work of 3-4 people and expect everything done timely even if that means working 80 hour a week - Micromanaging - Don't know how to talk to or treat employees No work life balance, you have to create your own if you want it Every business unit operates as a silos Lack of onboard training Monthly close process takes weeks to complete because there is not clear way of performing tasks No employee appreciation therefore, employee morale is horrible! Too many politics No room for growth because even if promoted you're still doing your previous duties Not enough employees for the work High turnover Not a good work environment, profanity is constantly used, talking down to employees is a constant as well

    Advice to Management

    Wake up because when good employees understand their worth there will be an even higher turnover. Treat employees with respect because they are people too and not just a timecard to get you to your bottom line!


  3. Helpful (1)

    company in trouble

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in City of Industry, CA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in City of Industry, CA

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    interesting product game, good engineers

    Cons

    clueless management, no future planning, no advancement

    Advice to Management

    too late for advice


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  5. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Pay was decent - Interview process was easy, about a 20 minute phone interview - Coworkers were smart and easy to work with - Free coffee

    Cons

    - Unorganized management - Some micro managing - Software lead had no idea what was going on - Rarely get to see software manager unless deadline was approaching - Product was not that great - Parking was horrible

    Advice to Management

    The Curtiss-Wright Controls location in City of Industry seems to be headed in a bad direction. Start hiring more qualified people and paying them better wages instead of hiring 50 interns to just complete a project.


  6. Company of silos

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in City of Industry, CA

    I have been working at Curtiss-Wright Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The products are Interesting and the worker try to overcome the management short coming by working harder and longer.

    Cons

    Management lacks accountability, which permeates to the lower management and employees. The company has many silos between departments and within departments.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be interested in doing what is in the best interest of both the company and employees not what is best for personal interests. Eliminate the department and inter-department silos. Provide an environment for open and honest communication.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashburn, VA

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The engineers and technician are good to work with

    Cons

    The management is incompetent and the workload at times is not reasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Very top heavy. Do you really need 5 levels of management for a handful of engineers?


  8. Ineffective management leads to low efficiency.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Farmingdale, NY
    Former Employee - Electronic Technician in Farmingdale, NY

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They promoted the workplace as a "family unit." All of the workers were friendly and the atmosphere promoted solidarity. Everyone worked well together and there seemed to be a general feeling of pleasantness in the workplace.

    Cons

    The upper management lacked a clear vision and micromanagement was a huge concern. Due to obvious favoritism, there was some animosity between certain departments. This also contributed to certain individuals who were not necessarily qualified for certain jobs being promoted into positions that they couldn't perform.

    Advice to Management

    Hire the right person for the right job and micromanagement will not become an issue. Try to avoid very obvious favoritism.


  9. It ok

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

    I have been working at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I can't think of any

    Cons

    To much change in the last few years

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop being cheap


  10. Poor Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Valencia, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Valencia, CA

    I worked at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Customers and people were good to work with during tenure

    Cons

    lack of positive moral due to business culture and reduction in force

    Advice to Management

    Build business strength with core people


  11. Helpful (2)

    No growth opportunity, good people all around, bad management

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

    I have been working at Curtiss-Wright Controls full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly people, at least for the ones I worked with. flexible work schedule, can come in as early as 7 leave as early as 3:30 free coffee. pays well.

    Cons

    required overtime, schedule slip as always, many people don't know what they are doing, (lack of leadership) No growth opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Running a company with this style will never go far. Try to keep the employees happy



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